My earliest memory is of me standing in a line with my mother, waiting to ride a Shetland pony at the Los Angeles County Fair in September, 1956, when I had just turned two years old. Since this is primarily a journal about memories – and my family – it seemed appropriate to name this blog after that recollection from the very dawn of my conscious mind.
Mother and Father died 27 and 32 years ago respectively, and I miss them every minute of every day. It's my hope that my writings here will help to preserve their memory – for me, for their relations and friends still living – and to offer others a personal, loving glimpse into the life and history of a 20th century American family.
The principal characters in this story are...
Edward M. Shannon, Jr. Born: Lenape, Kansas, 1915
Mary Lillian Fitzpatrick Shannon Born: Copperfield, Utah, 1917
My mother's mother – my Nana:
Mary Elizabeth "Lily" McCluskey Born: Workington, Cumberland, England, 1888
James Scott Shannon Born: Covina, California, 1954