The Genealogy of

Josiah A. Towle & Alice Mae Judson

 How to Share a Family Story


The best thing you can have in life is to have someone tell you a story.

                                                Leslie Marmon Silko

A friend of ours has written many stories about his life (not published works).  He occasionally sends us some and my wife and I both enjoy reading them.  One he wrote was about a conversation he had with his mother during the Depression.  After reading that I started thinking about my grandfather, Leonard Towle.  He was a great story teller.  He could tell a story in such detail you could picture everything.  My mother once commented that if he ever was called to testify at a trial he would've made an excellent witness.  My great aunt, Josephine Higdon Towle, was also a great story teller.  She carried a lot of family genealogy around in her head.  She could've written some books on local history as well (local being Clark County, Washington).  My Dad once suggested I take a tape recorder over and just let her talk.  This was at a time when I was becoming interested in our family history.  Unfortunately, I never followed through on his suggestion.  My Great Aunt and my Grandfather are both gone now, along with everyone else of their generation.  Also gone are their stories, their personal experiences and their knowledge.  Within the last decade several members of my parent's generation have died.

One of the purposes of this web site is to preserve family stories in a forum where others, especially family and friends, can read them, enjoy them and possibly learn from them.

On each page within this web site you'll find an I Have a Story to Share link.  If you have a story to share about yourself, or even a second hand story about a departed family member click on this link.  You'll be taken to a form where you can write your story.  After you fill it out click the Submit button at the end of the form and it will be sent to me.  When I receive it I'll send you a confirmation that I received it and place it in the web site where it can be read.

If you have a story involving someone that's living I suggest getting that person's permission before sending it, especially if the story puts that person in a potentially embarrassing situation.
Click here for a sample story.

Note:  stories submitted don't have to be as long and detailed as this one.  Any story from someone's life is valuable.

Here's a story about my Son.

Additional note:  If you're interested in writing and leaving a message for future generations you may be interested in KEO.  Click the link at the bottom of the page to learn more.

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I Have a Story to Share  

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