Strange Thing Happened At Work

Very strange thing concerning work. As you may recall, two days a week I transport people , mostly older, between their homes or nursing homes and various medical facilities. I took the van home Tuesday night, preparatory to going 110 miles to Cook, MN on Wednesday morning.

In the morning – I could not find keys for the van. I am, as a rule, very careful with keys. I looked on the table (living room end table) because it was where I remembered putting my keys and wallet. I picked up my personal keys and my wallet. No van key. … Read more…

The Sad Tale Of Too Many Toasters


I like my mother-in-law. This is not an anti-mother-in-law story. It is just strange.
Not sure how I got in the middle of this. I guess you could say my wife, JoAnne, dotes on her mother. And her mother, June, dotes on JoAnne. They’re a doting duo. Except my daughter, Sara, is in the mix too. She gets doted on as well. But that would be a trio. And – Oh, never mind…

So – the toasters.

June’s toaster broke. JoAnne got rid of the toaster and started buying new toasters. She bought cheap ones. She bought expensive ones. Starting … Read more…


It’s been a strange day – filled with bitter, OCD, and passive aggressive people. Then you meet people who are in much worse circumstances – who meet life with a smile and a laugh.

Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up. Psalm 71:20

A Few Thoughts – Ramblings

Reality and the Nightly News have nothing in common

One Nation Under God

I believe that a personal relationship with Jesus is necessary for salvation.

In The End: “Every Knee Shall … Read more…

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ORIGIN: London
MIGRATION: 1634 on the Griffin (on 18 Sep 1634 John Winthrop reported “the Griffin and another ship now arriving with 200 passengers and 100 cattle (Mr. Lothrop and Mr Simmes, two godley ministers, coming on the same ship).”
REMOVES: Barnstable 1639
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: On 8 Jan 1634/5, John Lothrop was the eleventh among thirteen founding members admitted to Scituate church (entered in the record as “Myself”). When the Scituate church moved ot Barnstable in late 1639, John Lothrop remained as member and pastor, until his death in 1653.
FREEMAN: Admitted to Plymouth Colony … Read more…


JAMES MATTHEWS from “NEW ENGLAND: The Great Migration and The Great Migration Begins”

ORIGIN: London
REMOVE: Yarmouth 1639

FREEMAN: In 1639 Yarmouth list of those who took the oath of fidelity. Propounded for freemanship 7 Sep 1642 and admitted 7 Mar 1643, and in consequence appended to 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freeman. In Yarmouth sections of 1658, 29 May 1670 and 1684 Plymouth Colony list of freeman.
EDUCATION: Signed his deed.
OFFICES: Deputy for Yarmouth to Plymouth General Court 20 Aug 1644 (absent). 8 Jun 1664 Plymouth Grand Jury, 1 Mar 1642, … Read more…


In 1919, John Wesley Morris Sr, was 50 years old, when he got into a fight with some Alger Smith men on the train between Two Harbors and Knife River. He was thrown off the train. As John was a huge man, and very strong, it must have taken quite a few of them to throw him off. No doubt John Morris Sr felt some animus toward the railroad after the way they’d dealt with him.

Journal News: In 1920 the state railroad and warehouse commission authorized the Duluth & Northern Minnesota Railroad (Alger Smith) to close down its line. … Read more…



In 1869, Wesley Morris was born in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. By the 1890 census, his older brother, Johnathan Morris, had died, and he was given, or took, the name John Wesley Morris. From a young age, he worked the Wisconsin rivers as a “river pig,” jumping from log to log during log drives on the rivers and living in a floating wannigan (shack on a raft).

In the late 1880s or early 1890s John Wesley Morris met Dorthea, an orphan whose family had died in an epidemic. She was ethnically Dutch and worked at … Read more…



Winter can get long in the north country. Sometimes we go down to the cities to take a break. This time we went north for a little physical and spiritual renewal.

It’s not too far north of us, about a hundred miles. It is an area familiar through family connections and ancestry – the north shore of Lake Superior, between Duluth, and the Canadian border.

Over one hunderd years ago, my mother’s family removed from northern Wisconsin to northern Minnesota, following the white pine forests. They were loggers. My great grandfather did well at first, having a camp with … Read more…

Of Parks

I enjoy doing family trees. The history involved can be very interesting. As one of my nephews has recently married, I decided to do her family tree. This young lady, we’ll call her “Faith (not her name, but close!),” grew up on a very large ranch in eastern Oklahoma. As it was a rural area, and her last hame was Parker, I looked for Parkers in the area. As I only had her parent’s names, making the connection to great-grandparents is always the toughest part.

A couple of hours research, and I had the only Parker family in the area … Read more…