American family stories by audiographer Joe McHugh
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A young man's introduction to the family of his "intented" can lead to unexpected and embarrassing consequences as told by Bebs Chorak from South Carolina.
There something about this story that really gets to me. It is told by Bill Durbrow who is a doctor in Grass Valley, CA. He is also a gifted piano player. Here he tells what happened to his grandmother during the early days of the West, and in particular, her love for the piano.
Judith Parkhurst's father was a taciturn man who seldom, if ever, showed affection to his daughter. It took an ice storm on Christmas Eve to reveal his true feelings.
Sometimes an underage young man will do almost anything to join the army. Here Nan Murningham tells about her grandfather's military service with General Sherman during the Civil War and his long life afterwards.
I had the rare good fortune to interview noted old-time fiddler J.P. Fraley while attending a music festival in West Virginia some years ago. While a freak summer hailstorm clattered down on the metal roof above us, he told me stories about growing up in the mountains of eastern Kentucky and how he courted his wife Annadeene who became his guitar player for many years.
For some reason Richard Bausch's father always wanted to be a car salesman. Eventually he got his wish and seemed to enjoy every minute of it. So his son decided to give him a little test.
Strong religious beliefs can intrude even into the preparation of food as Skip Houser of Grass Valley, CA, humorously tells us here.
Martin Simpson is an exceptionally talented musician who performed the theme music for our "The Telling Takes Us Home" radio series. He grew up in England and here tells how an appreciation of music came down to him through his family.
How can someone be buried between Indiana and Missouri? Find out by listening to John Wheeler tell about the two women that married his grandfather and what takes place when no one is around.
Sandy Burke lives in Peoria but her family roots go back to New Orleans. Here she relates how the tradition of making Christmas gumbo was passed down from generation to generation within her family.
The worth of a thoughtful gift is beyond reckoning as John Eliason of northern Wisconsin recounts in this story. John's grandfather, by the way, is credited with inventing the first snowmobile.
Alan Hayashi's parents not only endured the hardship of a WWII Japanese internment camp, they also found themselves dealing with the consequences of a life threatening disease. Years later their son would become a public health official.
Here is a wonderful tale told by Beth Goodwin of Virginia about how modern medicine has improved the quality of life for so many people. It is also about a mother's love and determination to care for her child.
It can take years for some stories to get told as Judy Nielsen discovered when she at last heard the truth about the hotel her grandfather and great uncles purchased soon after arriving in America
Ninety-five-year-old Oleta Singelton from Gilmer County, West Virginia, tells a story about a very special gift her mother gave her for Christmas.
Bud Ogren was a law professor who lived in San Luis Obispo, California. Here he tells a story about breaking his arm as a youngster and how his father, a man with only a seventh grade education, figured out what to do after the doctors had given up hope.