I was born January 23, 1947. That means two or three survivors of the Civil War were still alive; when I was a child of five or six, I’d see survivors of the Spanish-American War as well as World War I marching in holiday parades.


Childhood memories of my late sister from the 1950s. The first memory is of the annual Lantern Parade in Rock Island, Illinois; the second, of night rides at Christmas time to view the lights; the third, of Easter.

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