Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Kansas City Journal 1909: Duke Lee Leaves Police Force to Join Wild West ShowD

Duke R Lee

Many thanks to author and researcher A.I. Little, who emailed me asking if the Duke Lee in this Kansas City article from 1909 is my grandfather. Indeed, it is! I knew he was married before he married my grandmother, Louise Gladstone, one of the Gladstone Sisters. And I knew the other history mentioned in the article, except for his being a cop. My mother confirmed that bit of info earlier today. News Items from The Kansas City Journal ~ Old News That's New to You from Vintage Kansas City.com

Friday, January 20, 2012

Novel: Tom Mix Died For Your Sins

I bought this book years ago at a second hand bookstore because of the title. I have yet to read it, and it's been a long time since I looked at it. I noticed it on the shelf the other day, and just noticed that the author, Darryl Ponicsan, also wrote The Last Detail and Cinderella Liberty.

It's a novel, with Tom Mix as a character -- a what if kind of tale. The book has a few photographs of Mix.

My uncle, Duke Lee (son of Duke R. Lee) is named in the book's acknowledgements.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Grandfather, the Map Maker

My mother's father, William H. Galvani, (actual last name Nikoulin) was many things: a 32nd degree Mason, a Buddhist, a vegetarian, a Jewish scholar, mayor, banker, historian, surveyor and map maker. His maps are available through a few collectors. Unfortunately, they are asking a lot of money for these maps. Sadly, no one in my family has any of these maps.

Galvani, William H. [WorldCat Identities]