1st. Lt. Edward Turner Noland, Jr.
Son, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Hero
Published December 25, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-887043-33-5; 128 pages; 8.5 x 8.5 hardcover; full color; photos and maps; $26.00
Bombardier Edward Turner “Tee” Noland, Jr. was shot down and killed over Italy in 1944, near the end of WWII, but his legacy, and his name, live on in his family. With family stories, letters, and photos of artifacts, this volume tells Tee’s story in vivid detail.
Compiled by Kimberly Easter Noland and truly a labor of love, this remarkable book tells the story of one WWII airman and includes interviews with family, official documents, and memorabilia sent to the family after Tee was shot down.
Kraemer Families in Alsace, France: My 20-year Search for a French Army Soldier
Publication date: December 5, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-887043-28-1; 398 pages, 8 x 10 hardcover; $50.00
One Woman’s Challenging Quest for Answers about her Ancestors
An old, red photo album, an image of a young man in mysterious military uniform, and a passion to learn about her ancestors sent Joyce Draganchuk on an adventure to uncover the secrets of the past. Her journey took two decades: It began long before online genealogy sites were available, so it necessitated writing countless letters, patiently waiting for responses, and traveling with her husband, John, from Michigan to Utah, and from Ohio to France. Without those trips, a little bit of serendipity, and a touch of dumb luck, Joyce would not have learned the in-depth story behind the Kraemer name; she would not have seen the villages where her ancestors lived and died; she would not have met key people who provided missing links. In total, Joyce uncovered nearly a thousand relatives and dozens of fascinating stories that she has captured in this detailed, colorful account of Kraemer Families in Alsace, France.
The Quest for Inez: Two Ways to Find a Grandmother
Kitty Burns Florey
Family history/Ohio/New York State/genealogy
ISBN: 978-1-887043-15-1; 297 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 paperback; $20.00
A HIGHLY UNUSUAL APPROACH TO A GENEALOGICAL MYSTERY
In April, 1910, a young woman named Inez Willick gave birth to a baby girl, put her up for adoption, and disappeared.
When Inez’s granddaughter began the search for her mother’s mother, she didn’t have much more than a name. But, as happens so often in genealogical research, she stumbled into an overwhelming bounty of information. Among her discoveries were another secret child, a close tie to one of American’s titans of industry, and a second cousin in California with a cache of family photos.
What remained elusive was a difinitive answer to the question that lay at the heart of the story: if Inez was her grandmother, who was her grandfather? There were a few clues, including a mysterious marriage (and annulment) and a ascandalous rumor with no on eleft alive to verify it, but every road led to a dead end.
Kitty Burns Florey, the author of nine novels, did what a fiction-writer does: she took the facts she unearthed and turned them into a plausible tale of not only a grandmother but a grandfather, a quiet turn-of-the-century Ohio town that is less serene than it appears, and an intriguing love story.
This is family history with a new twist. Here are two stories: the verifiable facts – fascinating in themselves – and alongside them an alternative universe that takes the research and flies with it in an attempt to come close to the truth. And, in the process of writing her grandmother’s story, Florey delves into her mother’s life and her own and finds some surprising parallels – and some revelations she was not expecting.
A Bigamist in the Bunch
Orville Wilbur and Nettie Drake:
How their 19th century secret affected one of New England’s oldest families
Family history/New England/Genealogy
Publication date: November 11, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-887043-13-7; 46 pages, 6 x 9 paperback; $10.00
Who knows why no one in the family wanted to admit that Orville Wilbur was a bigamist? Shame. Embarrassment. Or maybe they did not want to reveal the real story? It was a different era when the author’s grandfather was born in 1894. Divorce was scandalous; as a single mother, one can only imagine how Nettie Drake would have been treated at the market, the dry goods store, and—gasp—the church. Not to mention the financial complications of how a woman could raise children alone. Whatever the reason, Nettie finally gathered her courage and sent shockwaves that rippled from a small Boston, Massachusetts suburb as far north as Maine and west to the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. A Bigamist in the Bunch untangles the myths about Nettie and Orville and paints a vivid snapshot that shows how a single genealogical anecdote changed the generations that followed.
Jean Stone is a great-granddaughter of Nettie and Orville. Inspired by the in-depth genealogy research done by her sister, Joan Adams, Jean set out to learn more. The author of 17 novels, one non-fiction book, and countless articles, Jean is also a developmental editor with many additional books to her credit. The Bigamist in the Bunch, however, is personal. “It happened in my family,” she said. “I wanted to document the truth.”
Reminiscences of an 1850 Childhood
Esther E. Wood
Maine history/Family history
Publication date: September 2, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-887043-11-3140; 140 pages, 6 x 9 paperback; $17.00
Hannah Wood was born in 1844 in Blue Hill, Maine. Her father was a sea captain; her mother often joined him on his voyages while Hannah stayed ashore with her grandparents. As a young girl who was curious by nature, Hannah discovered her gift of storytelling. She soon began to keep a diary about 19th century life in a coastal village as she lived it-and as she saw it. Members of Hannah’s family and community come alive in this memorable collection drawn from previously unrecorded stories, old journals, and letters. Hannah Wood of Blue Hill, Maine has captured family history at its finest and most fascinating.
Esther E. Wood was the niece of Hannah Wood. An accomplished, beloved teacher and historian, Esther was committed to keeping her family stories alive. She lived and wrote at her family’s home at Friend’s Corner in East Blue Hill until her death in 2002 at the age of 97.
Clarence Hawkes: America’s Blind Naturalist and the World He Lived In
James A. Freeman
Once-prominent author of nearly 60 books of poetry and prose, naturalist Clarence Hawkes (1869-1954) survived rural poverty, lost half a leg at age nine and was blinded at thirteen. With unfailing enthusiasm and optimism he transmuted pain into art and became an immensely prolific and popular writer. In this book James A. Freeman explores Hawkes’ life and works in fascinating detail, giving us a close look at both his personal trials and accomplishments as well as a thorough study of the context in which his works were written and published. Writing with uncanny accuracy and empathy about people and a natural world he could not see, Clarence Hawkes lived most of his life in western Massachusetts, where he was known as the “Blind Poet of Hadley.” Appropriately enough for the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the town, we hear current Hadley residents reminisce about the hard-working, gentlemanly, friendly neighbor with clouded glasses who seemed always to be at his typewriter.
James Freeman graduated from Amherst College and the University of Minnesota. Currently Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, he has written or edited books on John Milton. He also published translations from Greek and Latin, plus printed essays on varied topiecs such as Hesiod, a medieval Latin hymn, a Renaissance Italian poet, Joan of Arc, Shakespears, Swift, Tennyson, and the history of exercise nutrition. He currently edits the Association for Gravestone Studies Quarterly and reviews for The Journal of Radio.