William Francis Dowd (1899-1984)

Grandfather of Spouse As we prepare to close out this year of 2018, I feel it appropriate to recognize that this is the centennial of the end of World War I, also referred to as The Great War. William Francis Dowd was one of  the many who answered the call from the city of Lowell, Massachusetts. We are fortunate that he did not make the … Continue reading William Francis Dowd (1899-1984)

Merry Christmas

I took a holiday from writing about ancestors for this week so that I can spend the time preparing for Christmas. Not everyone celebrates Christmas, but most people have something to celebrate this time of year. I have gathered information about my ancestors for many years. As I recently looked through the files, binders, photos, CDs and various other ephemera, I found that it really … Continue reading Merry Christmas

The Bread and Roses Strike

As we come marching, marching we battle too for men.   For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.   Our lives shall not be sweated, from birth until life closes. Hearts starve as well as bodies, give us bread but give us roses.           James Oppenheimer 1911 The last line of this poem was reportedly used during a union organizer’s speech during … Continue reading The Bread and Roses Strike

William Vieweg (1892-1974)

Spouse’s Grandfather Brown haired, blue-eyed William was born at home on Chestnut Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts to German immigrants and lived in the Merrimack River Valley throughout his life. His education was through the 5th grade and he could read and write. 1910:  In the 1910 census, he was 17 years old, living in his parents’ (Frank and Mary Miller Vieweg) home and working as an operator in … Continue reading William Vieweg (1892-1974)