On This Day: Birth of Omar Weldon Laney

Omar Laney was born October 1, 1911, in Joplin, Missouri. He was my paternal grandfather. Omar Laney was the only child of Ernest Arthur Laney and Norma Ethel Lewis, both natives of Missouri. He attended Joplin High School, where he was a member of the ROTC. He was married for a few years to Juanita… Continue reading On This Day: Birth of Omar Weldon Laney

On This Day: Birth of Matilda Small Russell

Matilda Small Russell was born September 13, 1846, in Bloomington, Indiana. She was my great great grandmother. Matilda Russell, like many members of the maternal line of my family, was a descendant of Scottish Covenanters. For several centuries, this sect of Scottish Presbyterians fought for the right to uphold their own church government and practices… Continue reading On This Day: Birth of Matilda Small Russell

On This Day: Birth of John “Jack” McKeney Taylor, Jr.

Street Scene - Junction City, Kansas - 1874 Born September 10, 1854, in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Jack Taylor was my great great grandfather. Jack Taylor was born on this day in 1854 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. His parents, John McKeney Taylor, Sr. and Jane White Taylor, had married in their twenties and emigrated from Ireland… Continue reading On This Day: Birth of John “Jack” McKeney Taylor, Jr.