Dirty Little Secrets — or the hidden 1897 story of the Slattery children in Kilrush

“Okay, it’s time to visit the aunts.  Ooh Mom, do I have to go?  Yes you do, and change to your white top – I’ve just ironed it.” I grew up in California but when we visited our relatives in Wichita, Kansas, where both my parents were born and raised, and where I was born, … More Dirty Little Secrets — or the hidden 1897 story of the Slattery children in Kilrush

Jack Slattery and the Luck of the Irish (Sweepstakes, that is…)

According to his daughter Sharon Slattery Beach, her Dad Jack Slattery bought an Irish Sweepstakes ticket every year – but in the fall of 1952, his ticket was finally drawn!! “Dad was so excited when he got the news but I think he died before the race. His horse didn’t do well but Mom got … More Jack Slattery and the Luck of the Irish (Sweepstakes, that is…)

The Irishman Who Lost His Toes in Wichita… and so Regained his Family Home in Kilrush!

Michael Francis (Uncle Frank) Slattery  (1863-1922) My 2nd Great Uncle Frank Slattery was born in the “market” town of Kilrush in County Clare, Ireland and died there in 1922. But in between lies quite a story! He was the sixth of nine children born to Thomas Slattery and Margaret Mulvihill, whose first child, also named … More The Irishman Who Lost His Toes in Wichita… and so Regained his Family Home in Kilrush!

Show Biz Part 1 — VAUDEVILLE: Lloyd Byron Millar / aka Gus Elmore!

Our Relatives in Show Biz – I originally started to write a single post about various members of our family who had been involved in show business – from vaudeville to television to music, theater and film–but quickly realized that there were some great stories that needed their own place. The first of these is… … More Show Biz Part 1 — VAUDEVILLE: Lloyd Byron Millar / aka Gus Elmore!