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JOHNSONBURG, ELK CO., PA
1810 - 2010
"Going to the woods is going home."
. . . be ye steadfast . . .
I Corinthians 15: 58
Sigma Sigma Sigma - Alpha Pi
I was born Ridgway, Elk Co., PA - raised Village of Rolfe (Johnsonburg), Ridgway Twp., Elk Co., PA - on the Clarion River, amidst the splendor of the Allegheny National Forest - resided almost twenty years in the historic Village of Williamsville, Erie Co., NY - in September 1987 Cliff and I moved to Champagne Village/Lawrence Welk Village, Escondido, San Diego Co., CA to be "close-by" grandparents to our beloved only grandchild, Clifton J who graduated May 16, 2010 from Boston University. In late September 2014 we moved back East (after considerable nagging on my part) - I MISSED thunder - lightning - RAIN - SNOW! Cliff has his surfboard hanging on our living room wall in Niagara County, New York! Cliff and I celebrated our 60th Wedding Anniversary on February 15, 2018.
I am a METHODIST EPISCOPAL/UNITED METHODIST HISTORIAN/BIBLIOPHILE (BOOKWORM)/MEMORIALIST/GENEALOGICAL SLEUTH - Highlights of my Professional Career: I am a retired SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST/SCHOOL LIBRARIAN - permanently certified in Pennsylvania and New York State - over 20 years experience setting-up and managing library media centers in elementary, middle and high schools within public and private school systems in Pennsylvania and New York - also have a NEW YORK STATE PUBLIC LIBRARIAN'S PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE as of April 22, 1983.
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"A Genealogist must have the patience of Job; the curiosity of a cat; the stubbornness of a mule; the eyesight of an eagle; be blessed with the luck of the Irish and have the ability and stamina of a camel to go long hours without food or drink."
--from The Herald, Vol. 18, No. 3 & 4; 1995
"He found a lonely little volume whose tale was seldom told - everyone's story matters, said Morris."
from The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore.
by William Joyce
"I hear ethereal whispers
persuasive, soft and still,
Daughter, if you don't remember us,
--from an old Irish headstone
"Tis but the casket lies here,
the gem that filled it sparkles yet."
"THOSE WHO DO NOT READ
ARE NO BETTER OFF
THAN THOSE WHO CANNOT READ."
Tribute To My Mother:
Bertha Mae (Miller) Haight
YOU MAY HAVE TANGIBLE WEALTH UNTOLD,
CASKETS OF JEWELS AND COFFERS
RICHER THAN I YOU CAN NEVER BE--
I HAD A MOTHER WHO READ TO ME.
--from the poem The Reading Mother
by Strickland Gillian
"Happiness consists in small things, not in great. It is the small things we remember, when time and mortality close in, and by small landmarks we may make our way at last humbly into another world."
--from An Excellent Mystery - the eleventh chronicle of Brother Cadfael, c1985
by Ellis Peters
Handwritten cover page:
Journal Of The Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church -
which met in session at Capt. Dorsey's, Lyons-Town, State of New-York, July the twentieth, one thousand, eight hundred and ten.--
Bishop Francis Asbury
Bishop William M'Kendree presided
200 YEARS OF AMERICAN METHODISM
GENESEE/WESTERN NEW YORK CONFERENCE July 20, 1810 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010
"What we keep in memory is ours, unchanged forever."
"The dead are never far from us. They're in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air."
--from Ordinary Grace, c2013
by William Kent Krueger
"Let us get a firm grip of the very little which we do know, so that when fresh facts arise we may be ready to fit them into their places."
--from The Adventure of the Devil's Foot
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Genealogists Are Time UnRavelers!
"To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root."
"For this life do your best; and, so doing,
be mindful always that the other life is imminent."
--Rev. Bishop Isaac William Wiley
Methodist Episcopal Church
"The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life."
--Rev. Billy Graham, at age 78
Genealogy - "Who is in charge of washing your family sheets?"
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