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Come Join Us! June 27, 2016

By Pennee Murphree, Former Quadrille de Mujeres Member In 1975, I went to the Annual Dust Bowl called Maricopa Stagecoach Days, a small community mini-Gymkhana, mini-rodeo that raised money for the community. As I watched the various events, as well as my four bored children who by now were covered with six inches of dust, [...]

Roots: REACHING INTO THE PAST September 27, 2013

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared in 2006. We rerun here to celebrate our past and learn from it. By Julie Murphree, Julie’s Fresh Air Well, historians will tell you that studying history, in general, is good for us. You and I live in the present. We plan for and worry about our future. History, [...]

Our Outposts Great and Small: 10 Ways to Make Your Life Significant September 23, 2013

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau and Julie’s Fresh Air There are individuals in every generation whose “outposts” in life appear small, insignificant; often unnoticed. But their greatness emerges not from their outpost, but their outlook on life and how they touch the lives of those they connect with during their walk. How are we [...]

Roots: Grandpa Ross & His Prince Albert Tobacco August 16, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Genealogist and former farmer  I remember my great grandfather, Melvin Ross, so well because he lived with my mom’s folks and so did my parents and I for awhile. Grandpa Ross had his own room which had been built for him by my grandparents, Galen and Alma Ross Ward, off of the [...]

Flodden Field: History’s Tragedies Woven into Family Trees August 14, 2013

By Guest blogger Pennee Murphree, Genealogist and former farmer “Died in the Battle of Flodden Field, Sept 9, 1513,” was a phrase that kept coming up as I was working with my family tree, adding to it, and correcting mistakes, which I do often. So I tracked the date of the Battle of Flodden Fieldand [...]

Roots: Was One of Our Ancestors Part of the Famous Lipizzan Rescue During WWII? July 31, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Retired Arizona farmer and Genealogist     Waldo Ward Fincham, born in Iowa in 1913, was a gunner in Patton’s 2nd Cavalry in World War II. After the war he gave a snaffle bit to my cousin, Jennifer Bell. He told Jennifer that he got the snaffle bit when the Army rescued [...]

Roots: One Ancestor Opened his home to “Toilworn” Messengers July 29, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Retired Arizona farmer and Genealogist   I recently added Grandpa Ross’ brother’s obituary to my family tree. A brother to my 3rd great grandfather James Ross, William, he was a generous man. I love reading these old obits. Somehow, besides telling us our families’ history and getting us correct birth and death [...]

Roots: Aunt Lura’s Story Inspired A Modern-Day Genealogist May 3, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Guest Blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air A few of my friends have asked me how I got started on my genealogy research.   It was my 100-year old and lovable Aunt Lura.   My great Aunt Lura (Andrew) Peacock was born in 1895. She lived in Jefferson, Iowa and was turning 100 years [...]

Grandpa Ross And His Prince Albert Tobacco April 26, 2013

By Pennee Murphree, Guest Blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air I remember my great grandfather, Melvin Ross, so well because he lived with my mom’s folks and so did my parents and I for awhile. Grandpa Ross had his own room which had been built for him by my grandparents, Galen and Alma Ross Ward, off [...]

Roots: What’s In A Name? January 25, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article, originally appeared in Julie’s Fresh Air in 2006, gives more insights into a family’s history via the naming of their children.   By Pennee Murphree, guest blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air Names are so interesting. When you examine the names within your family tree you discover that they say a lot [...]

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