Category Archives: Cottongim family

Grandma Lizzie

Today would have been my Grandma Lizzie Cottongim’s 124th birthday. I remember visiting her house on North 16th in Richmond, Indiana for family gatherings when I was a boy.  There was always great food and the deep connections close family … Continue reading

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An empty chair

This holiday season is the first time in my life I find myself celebrating Christmas without a grandparent.  My grandma died just a few days short of her 91st birthday this past October, and she was the last of my … 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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