In the past few months I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t had time to work at genealogy the way I wish. I have a lot of wonderful material on the Paak family, which has been given to me by Professor Edgar Lawrence. I also have some interesting material to share from Elmhurst research about the Klein and Van Gessel families.
But am I sharing any of it in this post? No. I want to do a good job of pulling it together, and I can’t do that now, as
overworked busy as I am. Instead, I thought I would share a photo from the Kalamazoo of my youth. On the right side, you can see my mother-in-law, the artist Diana Dale Castle. I wrote about her in my post The Todd House.
She’s at Bronson Park, which is the town square of Kalamazoo. When I was growing up, the park was surrounded by the “First Churches” of Kalamazoo (First United Methodist, etc.) and City Hall. Its enormous oak trees had sheltered Abraham Lincoln when he gave a speech in Kalamazoo. The park had the best Christmas decorations every year, and everything from political rallies to art fairs were held there.
My mother-in-law used to show her art at the art fairs.
Here is my MIL painting in her New York City apartment in the 1950s. Look at how horribly yellow the photograph has turned! Do you know if this can be fixed–and how to fix it?