#1 Extra Large Black

By the first light of dawn I could see my fencerow set held by a big skunk! It was Wednesday, November 17, 1943, the day after my sixteenth birth­day. I walked a four-mile trap line for skunk and possum from our farm near Millersburg in the Lykens Valley. Trapping was very important to me, as I had no other income; also, it was exciting, adventuresome, and challenging. I slowly walked up to the...
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Discovering the World War II Bonus Program

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a perfunctory visit to the Pennsylvania State Archives in Harrisburg would produce one of the most poignant moments in my quest to trace my roots. As a sideline to my regular job, I write a weekly column on genealogy for the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. When I have a chance to tack a couple of vacation days onto a business trip, I often use the...
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Sunday in the Dark with Gold

Shortly after one o’clock that day, I arrived at the Medical School Building of the University of Pennsylvania, a little Late to be admitted by the campus security guard who routinely unlocked the main door for those of us who did not have keys. I noticed that someone else had missed the usual 1:00 p.m. deadline. He was short, somewhat overweight, and well dressed. I volunteered to bring...
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