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Ancestors’ Given Names Become History Lesson for Modern-Day Family January 23, 2013

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared for Julie’s Fresh Air in 2009   By Pennee Murphree, Guest Blogger for Julie’s Fresh Air Every time I look through the 10,966 people I have in my “All My Family” file on my Family Tree program, I get a history lesson. Since Julie has asked me to occasionally write [...]

Roots: Preacher Grandma Survives a Runaway Horse January 18, 2013

Editor’s Note: If you dig into your family roots, you’ll discover you have a lot of awesome Grandmas, like mine. My Grandma Holcombe was a preacher. Now I understand that tendency to get on a soap box and preach … This story was originally published for Julie’s Fresh Air in 2006.   Family Research From [...]

Roots: When Outlaws Pop Up in Your Family Tree January 16, 2013

Editor’s Note: As you dive deeper into your family tree, you discover the good, the bad and the downright ugly. It’s not only a lesson in history, but in what families must overcome namely bad reputations. Since Mom had already found outlaws on her side of the family tree, it was time to uncover some [...]

Christmas Traditions on the Farm: Oyster Stew on Christmas Eve December 3, 2012

Editor’s Note: Running my series again, Christmas Traditions on the Farm …   By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Ever since I can remember, Mom made oyster stew on Christmas Eve. As adults, we still ask Mom to do her oyster stew if we’re coming over on Christmas Eve. We usually will have a bowl [...]

Celebrating the Centennial Continues with Article 10: Mechanical Pickers Come of Age in Arizona! October 22, 2012

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Arizona Farm Bureau’s Celebrating the Centennial continues with Article number 10. Not too long ago, we were still picking cotton by hand. In fact, it’s how manyArizona farm families got their start. They migrated to the hot, dry desert of Arizona and became part of the picking crews that [...]

Discovering the Story Behind the “Blue Knight of Gwent.” October 3, 2012

By guest columnist Pennee Murphree William ap Thomas, ”The Blue Knight of Gwent” of Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire,Wales and one of his wives, Gwladus verch Dafydd become one of our ancestors of the month since they are Pat’s 14th great grandparents and also my 16th great grandparents.  Gwladus is my 16th great grandmother twice over because [...]

A Sprig of Parsley by Pennee (also known as Mom, Da & Mrs. Murph) June 29, 2012

  By Pennee Murphree If you grew up in the Great Depression in the 1930’s and lived on an Iowa farm you developed what is often called old fashioned values. You worked very hard, made the best of the little you had and became extremely frugal.   That was my Mom, Lucille Howard. She had [...]

Fresh Air: Do Denim! July 28, 2011

Editor’s Note: Planned for 2012, I’ll be releasing a new book I’m calling More Fresh Air. It will be a follow on to my first book, Fresh Air, and will highlight other family stories about life on the farm. In the meantime, on Thursdays I run excerpts from my current book with some updated tidbits. By [...]

Remember the County Fair! April 12, 2011

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau I remember mine. I loved the county fair. The Pinal County Fair in Arizona where I entered my 4-H pig each year for show stands clearly in my memory these many years later. I remember entering brownies in the cooking category and also sewing and other categories. In my [...]

Running for Help on the Farm January 21, 2011

By Julie Murphree, Arizona Farm Bureau Last week’s story about the runaway truck might have exposed my rescue mentality but I think sometimes I was egged on by my big brother. Little Lisa is in this story too. Prior to the big summer when she wanted to learn how to drive, Lisa came out to [...]

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