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Family History by George Larson

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No close family anniversaries. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on this date in 1917: Jazz singer, actress and civil rights activist Lena Horne. Below is the title song from her 1943 film, “Stormy Weather,” a popular standard to this day. Also, on this date in 1908, a meteor exploded in the Tunguska region of Siberia, with the force of a thousand Hiroshima atom bombs. Along with other devastation, the explosion leveled the forest for twenty miles in all directions, with the…

Mayo quote

No close family anniversaries. Born in Le Sueur, Minnesota, on this date in 1861: physician and surgeon William James Mayo, one of the founders of the world-famous Mayo Clinic.

1915c walt lov wagon feat

Born in Sidney, Montana, on this date in 1914: my father, Lovell Larson. Pictured above in the earliest known photo of him, having fun with big brother Waldemar. Read More … On the same day in the same year, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated in Sarajevo, Serbia, by a Serb separatist militant. This event is often cited as the spark that ignited the conflagration we now call World War One. Below is one of many artistic depictions of…


No close family anniversaries. Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on this date in 1880: author, lecturer, and activist Helen Keller. When she was 19 months old, an illness (possibly scarlet fever or meningitis) rendered Keller both blind and deaf for life. Her courage and perseverance, and that of her parents and others, resulted in a long and productive life. Keller’s work set off a radical change in the way we view people with severe handicaps. One of those “others” was Keller’s tutor, friend, and long-time companion…

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Baptized in Tretten, Norway, on this date in 1678: Anne Torgersdatter Kvam, 6th great-grandmother in the Samuelson line. This is one of the earliest surviving churchbooks. It is fascinating to see images of the priest’s actual penstrokes 337 years ago.

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