Another bite sized chunk of Blantyre History
TDH you mentioned your writings, have you written a book?
No Margaret, I have never ever written any other books or write ups like I am tackling now. I have in my family research over the years seen a lot of, who he is, he and she is, and they married this one or that one, but you do not or very infrequently see what I call the substance of the research, just a lot of names and figures. That’s right that is in fact what genealogy is mainly, just numbers, but given a chance and being of at a certain age one can see that there is a lot more that could be expressed than just the numbers. It is only when one sees the time slipping away and knowing that your children or their children do not have the memories that you have , you then think to yourself, surely I can try to give them more. I can give them dates and talk to them on occasions, but dates to a child without a story attached can be very boring.
Margaret, I would again like to point out that all I am writing to you about is what I can recall from my youthful memory and are not taken from any historical books or notes, just from my plain old memory.
As a child I can remember that most things that I was ever taught or told went in one ear and out the other, so I am hoping that at a future date just like your Grandchildren may do, they can sit down and read the ramblings of a frustrated writer come genealogist.
If I sent you just a bunch of dates, just to say where each street is in Blantyre I am sure it would be to say the least VERY BORING! So I hope you do not mind if I attach a known fact of mine and in so doing spice up our little chats.
ALL THAT I HAVE WRITTEN IS TRUE TO MY MEMORIES OF. THERE ARE NO SPICING, JUST FACTS.
I am off for some sun and fun for a couple of weeks , talk to you when I get back
Note from Bill: Isn’t it refreshing when someone like Thomas records, in his own words, his life experiences that he lived, smelt, saw, touched and tasted, rather than someone who just archives other peoples materials and calls himself / herself, an author.
Continuing the conversation between Thomas Dunsmuir Hartman in Chicago, formerly Logan Street, (known as TDH or Drapadew) and Margaret in Queensland Australia on TalkingScot.
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