Category Archives: Family Stories

El Capitan High School 50 Years Later

I visited my old high school last week – 50 years after graduating!  We are both still in pretty good shape.  The Class of ’63 was the first to complete all four years at El Capitan – it was a … Continue reading

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Fork In the Road : Celebrating Two Years

This is the 2nd anniversary of my blog, AlwaysBackroads.  I had little idea what this experience could be – it’s so much more than I expected.  Not only have I stuck with it for two years, but I love writing … Continue reading

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Mom’s 80th Birthday Yard Sale

Wearing worn jeans and a faded sweatshirt, Larry from Montana stopped by in his old RV.  Carmen came from Tecate with her children all dressed up for a visit.  We had never met them before, but they all came to … Continue reading

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Daniel Pierce (1814 – 1902)

In my grandfather’s 1902 diary on April 27th he wrote about the death of “Grandpa Pierce” – this was Daniel Pierce, actually my grandfather’s great-grandfather.  Below is a transcript of his lengthy obituary.  My copy doesn’t give a source, but … Continue reading

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Mom’s 1934 Road Trip – Part 2

This is the second half of Mom’s diary from her road trip with Fran Duffey from Illinois to Washington DC and back in October 1934.  You can see the first part here. Thursday Oct. 4 Got up at 8 o’clock and … Continue reading

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Mom’s 1934 Road Trip – Part 1

Taking a break from Grandpa’s Diaries for a week to share one of Mom’s. Harriet Duncan and her best friend, Frances Duffy, took a road trip in 1934.    Mom was 19 and Fran would have been about the same … Continue reading

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Aunt Helen’s 100th Birthday

My Aunt Helen was born 100 years ago today.  It’s a fine reason for a celebration!  She was a wonderful aunt, friend, sister and great role model. Things to know about Aunt Helen: She was always there when my mother … Continue reading

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