Monthly Archives: November 2013

An Unlucky Draft Number

In honor of Veterans Day, I decided to post something about Dad’s entrance into the Army. He had only been home four months when suddenly, he had to report for duty. Why did this happen so soon after he finally … Continue reading

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Down Memory Lane with Jerry Aagaard

I thought I would share some of the emails from Jerry Aagaard, the man who was issued his passport in Moscow the same day as Dad- April 29, 1941. (Another Living Survivor of the 1941 Trans-Siberian Railway Found) Jerry has continued … Continue reading

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Kuibyshev at Last

For three weeks after my grandparents and aunts arrived at the Sverdlovsk Station on Christmas Eve 1941, the diary reported nothing of significance. At some point, they must have heard that the capital had been moved from Moscow to Kuibyshev, … Continue reading

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The Woman in the Photo

Genealogy research takes a lot of persistence and patience. We would all like to hope that our ancestors’ stories can be easily pieced together by filling in a few names and dates at ancestry.com.  Sometimes, particularly with an unusual name, … Continue reading

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Reunited

I imagine that my grandmother and aunts were frantic with worry not knowing what had happened to my grandfather. At the next station, two of my aunts, Helen and Nancy, got off the train to look for him, leaving my … Continue reading

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Going from Bad to Worse

It was now December 16, 1941- four months since their forced-evacuation from Novgorod, and my grandparents and three aunts had traveled more than sixteen hundred miles. The journey was not over. My grandparents were able to obtain some salty pea … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Gift from a Bumblebee

I usually take a break from blogging on Saturday and Sunday, but this time, I must make an exception.  Today I read the blog posting from “Bumblebee Trails,” in which she mentions her search for the grave of my Uncle … Continue reading

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