My ancestry is Irish (Garvin), Scotish (Brown), English (Butts), and German (Muller). My grandmother, Mary (Molly) Garvin was born in a covered wagon crossing the Indiana prairie with her family on the way to settle in western Illinois in 1850 to escape the potato famine. My mother said she was the sweetest women to ever have graced this earth. I am sorry to say the same cannot be said of her son, my grandfather Earl ....He was the archtypical Irish drunk ....".four sheets to the wind" almost every day of his adult life. This may have resulted, in part, to his marrying the dictatorial daughter of German immigrents. I grew up in a German-Irish dominated community , Muscatine, Iowa - a mid-sized city on the banks of the Mississippi River. As a youth my father was the leader and defender of the Irish gang against the German gang. His brutal fights with the German youth leaders are sill legendary in the area. In any vent, he raised three sucessful children - my brother was a building contracter (Texas) - my sister a PHd college professor (Wiconsin) - and me, a research envirmental scientist/engineer (illinois). We are all retired now .
Folk, Celtic, Garage Band, Blue Grass
Currently Reading? (Books Magazines etc)
the Road, the History of Illinois, new perodic antique magazines
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