Today I'll cover Esther (Moreland) Leithold.
|[From the online copy of "And This is Our Heritage", courtesy of the Hathi Trust Digital Library (original from University of Wisconsin). Accessed 14 Oct 2014.]|
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|[The Foreward from "And This Is Our Heritage."]|
I never would have known about my 4th great grandfather B. R. Biddle's issue with small-nosed men, and why my 3rd great grandmother's nickname was "Puggie," if not for passages like this:
|[see the original size at the following: page 84 from "..And This Is Our Heritage"]|
|[Benjamin Robert Biddle, page 32, from "..And This Is Our Heritage]|
|[Maria Evans Biddle, page 12, from "..And This Is Our Heritage."]|
B.R. and Maria Biddle raised their granddaughter Esther because her mother (their brilliant daughter Alice (Biddle) Moreland, also here) had not liked Esther's red hair, having an aversion to red-haired people (?!).
|[Alice Biddle, age 16, with fellow graduates Currin and Veach (not sure who is who), from the first graduating class in 1870 of Oregon Agricultural College (later Oregon State University).]|
This unfortunate beginning allowed Esther to become intimately acquainted with her grandparents, and she was thus able to pass on stories and information that are so often lost from one generation to the next.
Esther does an amazing job bringing B.R. and Maria, and their world, to life. Because of her work I feel as if I know these people, flaws and all, which I can't say for any of my other ancestors (except those I knew myself, like grandparents).
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