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A little mischief?

Nettie Ove with Mary (Conlin) Sullivan and Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire (about 1922-23) This picture of Aunt Nettie with Mary and Nana (Agnes) was taken while the family was living in Poplar, Montana. My favorite part is the mischievous expression on Nana’s face in the corner of the frame....

Erma Strouse and Her California Girls

I absolutely love this circa 1910 photo of my husband’s great-grandmother, Erma Strouse, posing with friends, Sarah Vaughn and Agnes Longmire, in their beach attire. Erma is the beauty in the middle (polka dots), probably about age 16 at the time. I can not imagine swimming in long stockings like they are wearing. The back of photo reads “Taken while at Hospital, Soldiers Home, Cal.” about erma Erma was born in Moab, Utah in 1894. Her father, William Strouse, was...

Merry Christmas from the Conlins!

the clem conlin family Clement “Clem” Conlin was the oldest son of George Conlin’s brother, Edward. (Clem was Nana’s cousin). Clem managed the Conlin’s chain of furniture stores with George and Ida (Ove Conlin).  He was also the best man in Marvin and Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire’s wedding. The wedding photo (below) of Father McHale with Clem is one of my favorites! Clem married Patricia Scofield in 1945, after being wounded in action during WWII. The couple settled down in Clem’s...

Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire: Styleshow

As modern American style becomes increasingly casual, it is fun to reflect on the style of generations before us. Agnes Gregoire was always impeccably dressed, whether she was out on a lunch date or headed to a Hospital Auxilary meeting. This slide-show is a little peek into her unique fashion. (And how about that stylish pink and white outfit that Bumps (Marvin) is sporting?) I hope you enjoy this blast from the past…...

Gregoire-Conlin Wedding 1938

Agnes Conlin, M. Gregoire to be married I was excited to discover the wedding announcement for Marvin and Agnes (Conlin) Gregoire. They were married in Poplar, Montana on September 5, 1938. Marvin and Agnes went on to have four children and were happily married until Agnes’ death in 2004. After the wedding, the couple settled into the Leland Apartments in Great Falls, Montana. You can still rent a place in the Leland Apartments today!   Click on the Ancestry links...

Growing Up Gregoire, Part 2: Brother’s Shenanigans

SMOKING IN THE BARN BY VIRGIL GREGOIRE I think I was about 7-8 when there were men at our farm tiling the fields to drain the flooding low land into the dredge ditch. It’s the ditch north of the farm. Some of the men smoked and Marvin and I watched them, fascinated. We decided to try smoking, too. The tilers slept in the barn and laid their cigarette papers and other belongings on a crate or box thing. We snuck...

Growing Up Gregoire, Part 1: Minnesota Farm Life

Cover Photo: Four Generations, Virgil (Marvin aka Bumpa’s brother) and Father Robert in back with Grandpa Joseph Gregoire and Virgil’s oldest son Dennis. the runaway cart Story by Virgil Gregoire and Rita (Gregoire) Mockel (Siblings of Marvin Gregoire) We had a Shetland pony named Spot.  She didn’t like to be hooked up to a cart and got skittish and tickly if we did.  We also had a dog named Chummie.  Marvin, Rita, and Virgil were always the three getting into...

The Ove Family Tintypes

These Tintype photos were passed down from our Ove relatives. Initially, we only recognized Jacob Ove (in the furry hat above), but using DNA relatives on the Ancestry.com site I connected with a cousin who helped us identify Anna and Peter. If anyone has ideas about the people in other photos, I would appreciate your assistance in identifying them. Jacob Ove moved to the US from Norway as a small boy and married Marn (Mary) Larson Haselhaugen in 1888. For more information...