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Three Mothers: Part I – Opal Gay Coumerilh (1903-1978)

One winter evening when I was about eleven years old, we sat down with Grandma in the living room by the faint light of the fireplace and the Christmas tree. I asked her about her childhood and about her ancestors – people I had never met. “What can you tell me about Opal Gay Coumerilh?”Continue reading “Three Mothers: Part I – Opal Gay Coumerilh (1903-1978)”

“My Nettie, My Nettie; Oh, My Nettie”

Reflections on the Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Logan, Utah “Spanish Influenza – Just Grip Camouflaged Under A New Name,” read the 13 January 1919 headline of an article from The Journal, a Logan, Utah newspaper.[1] Over the previous months, Utah along with the rest of the world had been fighting Spanish Influenza. TheContinue reading ““My Nettie, My Nettie; Oh, My Nettie””

“When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Grandpa”

When I was young, before I started school, I was sometimes asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. Without hesitation, I would eagerly respond: “When I grow up, I want to be a grandpa.” In my mind this was a perfectly acceptable occupation, for even if I did not know what IContinue reading ““When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Grandpa””