These pages are set down so that our grandchildren, and beyond, may know their roots and what brought us all to this point in our lives. Some of the stories will be new to our children and their spouses.
It is also a testimony to the fact that the shared love of family members is essential to a good life and that God is with us even during the times when we think we don't need Him.
In the belief that God wants us to share His gifts, and that my life and family are His Gifts, I want to share my story with all who visit these web pages. May you come away with a greater sense of Love, and an understanding that God works through us to build His Kingdom.
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From the Chicago Tribune
This was the world of my youth. To go somewhere, you stood on the painted "safety island" in the street next to the tracks and waited for the street car. This scene shows several bunched up since many routes converged on State Street. Also note the double 'decker' bus in the background. These were used on the Boulevard routes. Not visible in this photo are the trolley wires strung over the tracks which delivered electric power to the cars. The streetcar was a great mode of transportation when few people had automobiles. However, when the streets became crowded with autos and trucks, the "safety islands" were not very safe and if there was an accident, fire, or some other problem that blocked the track, there was no way around and the street car had to wait. Also, in the winter, wires froze and broke and track switches froze.
What was happening in the world during this time?
At the end of each chapter are links to the historical events of the world for each year covered in that chapter. The reader will be able to get a historical background of the times. Births and deaths of well known people, as well as developments in technology are listed. The visitor can see what was happening on the day he was born or any other date significant to him.
I had started to list events that I thought were important at the end of each chapter but they have been replaced by these links. The task was too time consuming and, as they say, 'why reinvent the wheel?' Besides, I was apt to omit things which were significant to others.
The links are to a web site called "Timelines of History". Students of history can use this resource to find any event from the "Big Bang" to the present. I do have a problem, however, with their view of the "Big Bang". They quote a source which describes it as a totally 'accidental' happening. I chose to believe that it was an event in the creation of the universe which was carefully planned and caused by God.
What happened when I was ... ?
My good friend and fellow team member on the parish web ministry sent a link to a web site that searches out historical events which occurred during your life. I input my date of birth and this is what it reported:
Don was ...