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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.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - 12 August 2010 - John Brown's Civil Air Patrol Patches

These belonged to my granduncle, John ("Bun") Brown. He kept an active pilot's license until he was in his 90s! (No, he didn't continue to fly then, but he carried that license with pride.)

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Jean -

    Thanks for posting this photo!

    My name is Major Ace Browning, and I am a Civil Air Patrol historian. I wanted to introduce myself, as I collect, preserve and document uniform history like the items of your late granduncle John. I maintain and display a collection of CAP insignia for various events, as well as share that collection on the internet for those who can not view it in person - http://www.incountry.us/cappatches/

    If you would ever like to put John's Civil Air Patrol artifacts is good, responsable hands. I would love the opportunity. I would document the information you have about his CAP and aviation career on the website, as well as display a photo of him along with images of the insignia for all to see and learn.

    Thanks for your time and for your ancestry blog. I also keep track of my family's geneology as well!