Monthly Archives: November 2010

Working on the Railroad

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the railroad industry shaped our country. My great grandfather, George Paul Semler, spent most of his life working on the railroad.  When he retired on November 29, 1961, the local newspaper ran a … Continue reading

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Dying in 1918

Death can strike anytime, and in 1918 it struck hard. The Flu Pandemic of 1918 killed millions of people across the world.  Ambrose Jarvis, my great-great grandfather, was probably one of its victims. On Ambrose’s death certificate, the cause of … Continue reading

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