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A Pioneer Remembered
2020-09-15 18:36
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, 1850This year, 1850, was about the time that Michael Stinson Cooke arrived in the United States from Ireland. He spent some brief time in New York and then… Read More
A Trip To The Fair
2020-08-13 16:06
The California Midwinter Exhibition of 1894The California Midwinter Exhibition of 1894 was held in Golden Gate Park, just steps from Mary Ann Cooke Piratsky's parents' home. It was held from… Read More
A Life's Mission
2020-05-05 23:42
Sister Columba (Belinda Cooke) probably on an celebration of her vowsMeet Belinda Cooke. Belinda would be my first cousin, twice removed. She was my great-grandfather Michael's  niece… Read More
2020-04-05 20:58
From the Plague Doctor series- could be more appropriate today than a plague doctor in his mask? It is certainly nothing new in the history of man… Read More
Throwback Thursday
2020-03-26 22:33
This is Ann Cooke, the widow of Michael Stinson Cooke in front of her home at the corner of Geary and Cooke St.. (San Francisco) I don't know the year, but Michael died in 1897 and she died… Read More
A Sticky Disaster In The North End
2020-02-01 12:37
Clarke at Hanover St. in Boston's North End about 1893-courtesy of the photo archives Boston Public LibraryThis is Boston's famous North End neighborhood, just before the turn of the century… Read More
The Story Of Isaac D Fuller
2020-01-23 22:39
Isaac D FullerBack when I was updating all the military record for my Ancestry tree, this photo popped up as a hint. "Ah, a terrible war injury", I thought. Isaac had enrolled in the Company… Read More
Black Sheep In My Tree
2019-12-03 00:59
This is a brief post about a not-so-close relative who qualifies as a black sheep. (his wife would be my first cousin 8 times removed) Truly things don't change much over the years as you sh… Read More

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