Wednesday, February 27, 2008

a little World War I history

Henry (Harry) Lamin

I enjoy reading history so while researching my family I feel that that I can give them more than than just a name on a chart. I can better understand what type of a life they may have had by what was going on around them.
Both Jackie's and my grandfathers served in World War I, and to top it off the both served in the Canadian Expeditionary forces and went to England and France. I can only guess what they witnessed there.
If you are interested in a little family history during WWI than spend some time reading the Blog
WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin's letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written. To find out Harry's fate, follow the blog!
The Blog started in July of last year they will continue until he dies or comes home. Reading them gives me more of a feeling of what our grandparents went through in those years.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Other peoples family history

I have a good friend at Church that I was talking to about family research and he indicated that his father served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI and that’s all he knew about his military service.
I took the bull by the horns and found his records, ordered them from Canada and gave them to him. Later sitting around talking about the records he indicated that he knew very little about his grandfather and had no idea where he was born.
I love a challenge so I was off to see Mr. Google, and as of now I have found not only his family history but also his grandmother’s side of the family. I love the NET.
His family came from Canada and settled in Prairie, Skagit County, Washington. They owned and operated a shake mill for years. I have about 50 pages complete with pictures of his family history. Hope to get up to see him later this week with the find. Wish all my research could be this easy.
Need any family history research? Try Mr. Google
If interested check here.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

We moved to South Dakota?

We still have 9 weeks 3 day and a few hours but we do have a new address for those who want to send us snail mail, like Christmas cards, birthday cards or money. It's a mail forwarding Company that we will start using after the first of May this year.
In case you forget our address you can check back with this Blog.

Dick & Jackie Driver
2040 W Main #210-2446
Rapid City, SD 57702-2446

Our telephone number will remain the same at 509-398-2626 for Dick and 509-398-2625 for Jackie. We may go to one phone number but not sure at this time. If we do we will keep the 2626 number.

For now we are going to stick with the email address.

For those who are unaware, we have purchased a 5th wheel RV, sold our home and if it would not fit into the RV and the kids didn't want it we sold or donated it all. Jackie retires April 30 and we are off to see the Country and plan on never spending another cold winter again.

Friday, February 22, 2008

first Blog and a hike in the snow...

Well it looks like Deanna came up with our Blog name. Thanks-I think it's great. The exciting things that are going on with us these days is waiting for Jackie's retirement day, April 30, 2008 and then we will be off on May 1 to see our wonderful Country. Our first stop will be camping with close friends in Boardman, Oregon for several days.

Last Monday we spent part of the day hiking and viewing the old indian caves at Lake Lenore, North of Soap Lake. It was cold and icy but we made it. The trail was covered in snow but some one else had been there before us and that gave us an idea of where the trail was. We got off the trail on the way down and ended up in knee deep drifted snow. It was slow going but our little dog just walked on top of it. Guess it's time to lose some weight.