Friday, August 28, 2015

WeRelate Contest: Frank E. Petersen

Frank E. Petersen was the first black aviator and the first black general in the United States Marine Corps. He is the subject of the WeRelate contest this week.

Friday, August 21, 2015

WeRelate Contest: Emma "Big Mama" Didlake

President Barack Obama greets the nation’s oldest living veteran, Emma Didlake, in the Oval Office, July 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Emma Didlake joined the military in 1943 when she was 38 years old. She served as a private and driver during World War II. She later moved to Detroit and joined her local NAACP chapter and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Detroit in 1963.

Emma is the subject of this week's WeRelate Contest.

Friday, August 14, 2015

WeRelate Contest: thoroughbred horse trainer John Nerud

John Nerud's Website

This week's contest subject is thoroughbred horse trainer John Nerud who lived to be 102. I looked up his family back in Nebraska and census says his father was born in Bohemia. I'm not even sure where Bohemia is. Do you know? Can you find out more about Bohemia and contribute to WeRelate to win this contest?

Good Luck!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

President Warren G. Harding's Daughter with Nan Britton

So, yes, it has been determined through DNA that Warren Harding fathered a child with Nan Britton. Because no one believed her at the time and she received no child support she wrote a book, The President's Daughter, to try to raise some money. It was a best-seller. She writes about how he set her up in an apartment in Asbury Park, New Jersey and other intimate details about their life together. Going to be reading this book tonight on my Kindle.

Friday, August 7, 2015

WeRelate Contest: Agnes Fenton

This week's contest subject is Agnes Fenton of New Jersey. Born in 1905 she moved to Memphis with her cousin as a teenager and started one of the first black-owned businesses in that city. One of the habits she credits for her longevity is drinking Miller High Life beer.
We don't add living people to WeRelate for privacy reasons, but see if you can find her parents or her husband (is Fenton her married name?) and create a page for them on WeRelate.

Good Luck!