DRAT! Did an Edit and forgot to click Publish again. Have been going in too many directions at one time, this just tells about the storytelling ones.
Sometimes this newspaper masthead seems so appropriate. Times Past, Present, and Future.
The Times Present has been more aggravating. Among the most difficult is my transitioning to a new personal computer and trying to retrieve all my backup. I had to accept the lifespan of my old computer had either ended or deserved to go. Now I'm trying to figure out how to get everything I had up and again running, hopefully without having to buy even more!
I'm also looking forward to removing the cast from my wrist and arm on March third.
Oxford Public Library. In the process, I was videotaped by Oxford Community Television and was favorably impressed. In the meantime I did yet another videotaping with Shelby TV, while offering Liberetta's story at the Shelby Township Library. This was arranged before I knew what would happen in Oxford. My hope was to document and archive the history of this family for the township, especially the Shelby Township Historical Committee and the Lerich and Green descendants. The support from the Historical Committee over the years has been the start of so much of my research, beginning with her own oral history, The Beacon Tree, which can be found on the Historical Committee's website. As a result the Shelby program will be expanded beyond the library program.
Oxford Community Television, however, decided Women's History Month in March would welcome the story of the "Hello Girls" and Oleda. I definitely agree. These women fought for 60 years to gain finally recognition as veterans. They were addressed as "soldier"; warned repeatedly of being subject to Court Martial; their mail, leave, and medical care all came from the military (although, unlike the soldiers also in the army, they were not given typhoid shots, so Hillsdale operator, Cora Bartlett is buried "Over There" because she died of typhoid); one of their switchboards was partially destroyed by German fire earning their supervisor, Grace Banker, the Distinguished Service medal and the operators with her certificates. Yet when they returned they were denied veterans status. It wasn't until the 1970s those few still alive received their honorable discharges and promised Victory Medals.
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