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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.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 13 July 2010 - Florence Luella Trapschuh Sherman

TRAPSCHUH plot in Greenwood Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane, Washington

Florence Luella TRAPSCHUH SHERMAN, b: 10 August 1887, Ohio, USA; d: July 1972, Spokane, Spokane, Washington, USA.

Florence married Cleveland H. SHERMAN in about 1904 in Spokane and they had 7 children, 5 of which lived past childhood.

Florence was my first cousin, twice removed. I was reconnected with that part of the family a few years ago, thanks to the Internet. The above photo was taken by Lance MURPHY, my third cousin. I appreciate his help and that of his mother, Genevieve TRAPSCHUH JOHNSTON, who helped fill in a lot of blanks for this side of my family.

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