Notes from the past…


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An update on my Treasure Chest Thursday post

Yesterday I shared some Western Union telegrams that my grandparents received following the tragic death of their son, my uncle Miles Francis Stanley III.

My cousin Susan saw my post and called to offer a bit more information on my uncle’s death. Thanks, Susan!

She reminded me of a second version of those events that I had originally heard as a child, before I started investigating my own family history.

According to the second version, both boys were target shooting with guns that they had taken without permission, and Mike inadvertently moved in front of his friend as the friend fired and Mike was struck in the head by accident.

Apparently, several years after the tragedy, Mike’s friend was overwhelmed with guilt and went to my grandparents and shared with them this version of events.

The version I posted yesterday apparently was the official police version of the incident, as I found it in several newspaper articles in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

So, what really happened? The only person who knows the truth is Mike’s friend, the only witness.

Does it even matter? I think not. The end result is the same: a 14-year-old boy is dead, the result of a tragic and totally-preventable accident.

If I makes my grandmother feel better to think that her son died at someone else’s hand rather than his own, both accidental, that’s fine with me.


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Just a bit of housework

I’ve been doing some maintenance around here. While I have a Flickr account for all my genealogy-related images, I’d really like them all to be housed here at my hosted account. I’ve tried to install a couple of “photo album” programs here, but I’m not really good at all the Geek-isms, so I haven’t been able to get that going.

Then I tried a couple of WordPress plugins, but I’m not happy with the look. But, I’ll keep working on that.

Next, I deleted my Graveyard Rabbits blog. Let’s face it folks: I just don’t have time to maintain it. I have posted to it twice since April. It’s gone.

I added a bit of window dressing to the right sidebar: Everyday Genealogy Fun! (our daily blogging themes).

Following Thomas’ and Randy’s leads, a few days ago I started a separate WordPress.com blog as a journal to post my daily genealogical activies. I think this is a great idea and hopefully will help me stay focused and productive. However, I deleted that blog and will post those daily activities here under the category of “daily journal”. Really trying to simplify things around here.