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  Daddy's Girls

     Machern Truit Tales (Jan 29)  My daughters and I spent moments last summer making quince and cherry plum jams, harvesting from communal trees nearby our home. That reminded me of my German grandmother’s tales and antics of life at her grandparents' villa in Saxony, where she, her siblings and cousins helped collect fruit — although preserving it proved to be the greater challenge 😆

     Tell-Tale Neighbours (Jan 1)  Back in late 2013, I was tipped off by the Sächsisches Staatsarchiv about my great grand-
father’s notable deeds.

   I received three files covering 1916-1917, 1922-1923 and 1929 — around 90 pages of archive material in total. Some remarkable details came to light.
   Take Hermann Schmidt, for example, who lived opposite my Oma’s maternal grandparents. In a statement to the Royal Court of Leipzig, he recalled how in late January 1917 my grandmother’s brother, Theo (then 8 and a half):
   “drained the catbowl at Frau Glennig’s house and licked his fingers from hunger. Frozen to the bone, he was … shown mercy by those in the Püchauer Straße poorhouse, whose residents ensured he didn’t starve to death while begging.”

     Dreams Can Come True (Feb 27)   In early 1963, my socialite great aunt and her Hungarian sidekick rode into San Francisco’s ‘high society’ Pacific Heights.

   This last week I’ve been scouring the city's news archives for tales from “the Street.” Indeed, it was no stranger to afternoon tea parties and ‘musicales,’ but it also saw its fair share of crime, suicide and occasional blazes too.
   But all good things must come to an end. In 1990 the couple finished up and barely a year later, Margot was back in the 'hood, reuniting with apartment tenants to say farewell to her ‘beloved husband’. Nevertheless, they had certainly lived the American Dream.

     P.S. San Francisco (Jun 4)   Picking up loose ends from my last post, was the McAvoy O'Hara mortuary still in business? 'A Google User' pointed me in the right direction and that evening I got on the blower. A kind gent heard my tale and asked me to call back the next day. He brought good news — and bad...

     An unwelcome Father’s Day surprise? (Jun 18)   I estimate that in 1915, Vatertag took place on May 12. For my great grandfather, having just been called up to the World War One frontline, should have arrived a few days beforehand, supporting the Imperial Germany ‘Fourth’ Army’s offensive in Ypres, Belgium. What if, however, there was more to contend with, than ‘just’ going into battle? Perhaps, for example, a tell-all letter from his childrens’ nurse…?

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