One hundred years ago on April 2, 1917, President Wilson addressed Congress with his speech, “America’s Purpose in the War.”
For all of you history buffs out there, did you wonder as I did what it was like for an ordinary American to live in this era?
Luckily, many years after my father died, I found boxes and boxes in my basement with diaries, letters, pictures, and memorabilia from my grandparents, Marian and Howard Rainey. I never knew my grandparents well growing up since they lived in Hudson, New York and we lived in St. Louis, MO but I craved to know more about my very small family. I never had any cousins or aunts or uncles to reminisce about the “old days” with.
After reading my grandmother’s diaries I was inspired to carefully transcribe them onto my computer to see if I would want to share them with others like me who are curious about their past.
The result, is my book which chronicles the very different lives of my grandparents inserted in chronological order. The contrast is stark.
I hope to enrich your lives through the positive spirit in my family and sense of hope for the future.
More to follow soon.