Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Wilson Suffer Loss By Fire

While my great-grandfather was getting married on Christmas day 1906, his father's barn was burning to the ground. Click here for source.

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The Closet In the Basement

On my ninth Christmas Eve, my parents went out— probably to finish Christmas shopping. They had put Arnold, my 17-year-old oldest brother in charge of my other brother, Hans, and me. Arnold told me he wanted to show me something in the basement. It was thrilling following him and Hans down the stairs. My brothers actually wanted to do something …