Our Christmas Eve Tradition

Growing up in my family, I loved Christmas, of course. But what I loved more was Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve we were allowed to open one present from under the tree. Choosing just one present was by no means an easy decision for a child full of excitement like I was. Sometimes that choice could turn horribly wrong. Like the year I chose Aunt Jean’s gift to open. It was a pair of knee socks and some hair bows. Aunt Jean wrapped it in a fairly good size box. I was sure it was a toy of some kind.…

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Grandad and Walter Brennan

As I was sitting up late one night tucked into our family room couch with my computer, I was multi-tasking as I usually do by doing some “light” genealogy while I watched TV.  A movie came on called  “Bad Day at Black Rock” from 1955 starring Spencer Tracy. I’m a pretty big fan of Spencer Tracy so I was surprised I hadn’t seen this one before. To my delight, the supporting cast included Walter Brennan. Walter was a big deal back in the day. He is the only actor in history to receive three Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor.  He…

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Windsor Connecticut – Grace Church World War II Roll of Honor

History and Location No one can confirm for sure, but The World War II Honor Roll for Grace Episcopal Church is thought to be a blank template document that the Episcopal Diocese sent to the local parishes as a way to bolster patriotic and spiritual pride during the war effort.  There is no date attached but it is estimated the document was started about 1942. It contains many symbolic Christian images along with the names of the Grace Episcopal Church parishioners who were serving during World War II. The names are not alphabetical. They were added as men or women…

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Windsor Connecticut – National Service Honor Roll of Grace Church

History and Location This Honor Roll was created to honor the members of Grace Episcopal Church in Windsor, Connecticut, who had served in World War I as well as those who were presently enrolled in the National Service.    This hand-written roll was created between sometime after 1917. It began in alphabetical order, but at the bottom names were added as the war went on. The starred names are those who died during World War I. Those men were Howard Burdette Gray and Willard Griswold Barnum. The document is on display inside the Great Hall of Grace Episcopal Church at…

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