Last Hour of March

Nellie Adelaide McKenney was born December 24, 1902 in Pine County, MN, and died January 24, 1954 in San Francisco, CA. She married John George Haffner October 22, 1921 in Billings, MT. He was born February 22, 1897 in Arad, Hungary, and died February 02, 1975 in Salt Lake City, UT. Nellie was a poet. […]

Minnesota, My Mother

Nellie Adelaide McKenney was born December 24, 1902 in Pine County, MN, and died January 24, 1954 in San Francisco, CA. She married John George Haffner October 22, 1921 in Billings, MT. He was born February 22, 1897 in Arad, Hungary, and died February 02, 1975 in Salt Lake City, UT. Nellie was a poet. […]

Wild Geese

Poetry by Nellie Adelaide McKenney, 1902-1954, daughter of George Ellis (Bob) McKenney and Rachel Adeline Arnold. Nellie married John Haffner. WILD GEESE Bravely, In streaming lines they fly, Surely strong, and swift against the sky Where March her mist dimmed mantle flings, As they have flown ten thousand springs. Earth bound am I, I cannot […]

Nellie Mckenney Haffner

Grateful as I am to Allan for the image originally sent, I have worked with it some in photoshop. Nellie McKenney Haffner. Photo courtesy of Allan McKenney Nellie Adelaide McKenney was born December 24, 1902 in Pine County, MN, and died January 24, 1954 in San Francisco, CA. She married John George Haffner October 22, […]

Memoirs of Nona Strake, Part Three

A memoir by Nellie (Nona) Lenora Reynolds, daughter of Charity Alice McKenney. Continued from part two. Both the ocean and bay beaches were full of clams of different kinds. While we were living at the Big Stump place, Bart and I used to take our small homemade wagon to the beach and dig razor clams […]

Memoirs of Nona Strake

A memoir by Nellie (Nona) Lenora Reynolds, daughter of Charity Alice McKenney. Nellie was born 1877 April 22 in Minnetonka, Minnesota and died December 6, 1963 in Coos Bay, Oregon. Nellie first married (1) Oscar William Peterson abt. 1900 in Lincoln Co., Oregon. He was born about 1873 in Wisconsin. She married (2nd) Frederick William […]

Memoirs of Nona Strake, Part Two

A memoir by Nellie (Nona) Lenora Reynolds, daughter of Charity Alice McKenney. Continued from part one. Most of the Indians had been taken to the new reservation on the Siletz River long before we came. A good part of the old, old sand spit upon which Waldport was built was used by them for a […]

Vera and Dorothy “Dot” Crockett

Undated photo. Vera Crockett (1886-1933) is direct line, married to James Albert McKenney. That family is covered elsewhere on this blog. Dorothy Sadie Crockett was born 1892 Oct 7 in Chautauqua County, Kansas and would die 1980 July 24 in Rogers, Benton, Arkansas. She was married on 1910 Dec 21 to John Allen Fleming. He […]

James E. Sparks and Carrie E. (Cary Ann) Burch

Photo of James Sparks and Carrie Burch Sparks courtesy of Francis Partch Location would be Chautauqua Co., Kansas. I’m going to give a tentative date of 1902, around the time of their 50th wedding anniversary. James E. Sparks was born about 1832 in Indiana and died 1927 in Chautauqua County, Kansas. He married 1852 March […]

James Sparks and Mary Ann Ellis

Image of Mary Sparks courtesy of descendants of Mabel Clair McKenney Tripp. James Sparks was born 1803 in , Fleming, Kentucky. He married abt 1827 to Mary Ann Ellis in , Nicholas, Kentucky. She was born 1806 in , Nicholas, Kentucky. I believe James to be the son of George Sparks and Elizabeth “Betsy” Wells. […]

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