Queensberry All-Services Club Programme – From the Archive Library

In the summer of 1944, Glenn Miller and his Army Air Force band travelled to England to play over 800 performances for service men involved in the war effort.  After the U.K. tour, they were scheduled to head to France to begin a six week tour of American air force bases and field hospitals.

That tour never happened. On December 15th, three days after his last performance, Glenn Miller’s aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.  He was not missed until his band landed in Orly on December 18th.

Glenn Miller’s last performance before his dissapearance was at the Queensbury All-Services Club in London on December 12th, 1944, and the man from the suitcase was there.

Learn more about the Queensbury All-Services Club and the mystery that surrounds Glenn Miller’s disappearance in the archive library.

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From Girl Friday to Woman of the Year – Meet Juanita Jones

You know, I think everyone has a place in this world which they make for themselves.

-Juanita Jones, 1969

Last week, we set aside John Paul Jones and turned our attention to the Lady from the Suitcase: Mrs. Juanita Jones.   The beginning of the post focused on Juanita’s childhood and her conservative education at the Southern Junior College.  We were introduced to a young woman who, in her youth, met the camera with a bashful blush.  Later in age, we were served up a cool reserve.  Continue reading

The Puzzle of Juanita Jones – The Lady from the Suitcase

You get a new jigsaw puzzle for Christmas.  Excited to start, you extract the box from the hermetically sealed plastic wrap, jostle off the lid and dump the pieces out on the dining room table.  First, you locate the corners and start to build the edges.  Little by little, the picture begins to form and you pretty much know how the rest is going to turn out…you just have to keep plugging away.  Then you realize you have more holes than remaining pieces.

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Flowers for his Grave – Catching up with John Paul Jones

Over the past couple of months, I have been immersed in Armchair Genealogy, researching John Paul Jones from the comfort of my home via the convenience of the internet.  Like my newly found Genealogy pals say, online research only gets you so far before you hit the fabled ‘brick wall’.

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This Old House – An Open Door to the Past

I have an advantage over some of my new-found genealogy friends, I live in the same area as the family I am researching. I can stroll down their sidewalks, visit their houses and lay flowers on their graves. This past weekend, I did all three.

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On the Right Track – One Baby’s 950 Mile Journey Home

How would a family travel 950 miles across the country in 1912?

I recently discovered that my Man from the Suitcase, John Paul Jones, was born in Cedar Springs, Michigan in 1912.  That’s not the interesting part, although I’m fairly sure it was interesting to him.

The bit that’s interesting is that Cedar Springs is 950+ miles away from where his family lived in Lowell, Massachusetts.

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Keeping Up with the Joneses – The Early Years

I’m a collector of things.  I like to have the full set.

I’ve got stacks of postcards I bought at thrift stores. I have over 3,000 postage stamps and a rapidly expanding vinyl collection that will soon require more shelving.  I have an urge to fill my kitchen with canisters…I like collecting.   Continue reading