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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordless Wednesday, 30 Sept 2009

The 2 Wilcox homes, Dallas, Dallas, Texas. Above: the Peabody house with Edward Everett Wilcox's first & second wives - Amanda WILLIFORD (on the right) and her nurse, Leonora Adelia STICKLE CASKEY WELCH (on the left); probably Nellie Elbert WILCOX in the front. About 1891.

Below, the Parkview house (still standing), about 1910:


  1. Love the house on Parkview! Great photos, thank you for sharing them both.

  2. That house was designed by Edward E. Wilcox, son of architect Nathan W. Wilcox, who, I believe, used that same basic design for other buildings. I'll post more on that at a later date.