Abraham Lincoln Family Heirlooms from Last Male Descendent. Jewelry, White House china, rare autographs and other ephemera passed from Abraham Lincoln’s family line to the last male descendent, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, who did in 1985, went on the auction block today at Cowan’s Auction in Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an archive detailing Mary Todd Lincoln’s 1875 arrest and incarceration for insanity.
Elmwood family receives medal of honor. Read about the extraordinary life of Dr. Grace E. “Betty” Clements of Elmwood, Nebraska, one of the few women to train as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Force during World War II who went on to become a neurologist after the war. Her family was presented the Congressional Gold Medal recently.
Unclaimed Kin in Los Angeles Piling Up. One of the downsides of “the Great Recession” is the growth in the number of unclaimed bodies in county coroners’ offices. In Los Angeles, where unclaimed bodies are being cremated at the rate of more than 20 a week, the coroner’s list is rapidly approaching the 5,000 mark.
Tracing Your Genealogy. The Onion offers up its own satirical view of genealogy in an article that’s not that far removed from reality. Enjoy!
Living history: Bressler photographs social documentary. After graduating from high school in Kansas in 1995, Nate Bressler hit the road, photographing the people he encountered on the way. Check out his remarkable work.
Remember, too, to check out my Life in the Slow Lane blog. This week, I write about our plan to get rid of 100s of books.
Larry Lehmer is a professional personal historian and chief legacy planner at When Words Matter, Ltd., who connects generations through their stories. To learn more, visit his web site, send him an e-mail or follow him on Twitter.
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