Climbing My Family Tree, Part 11F

Immigrant Rev. John McLeish

This is the last of four known letters authored by Rev. John McLeish (my three times great-grandfather) on his journey from Massachusetts to California during the gold rush of 1849. This letter was published in The Boston Olive Branch on Saturday, January 19, 1850. Continue reading

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Climbing My Family Tree, Part 11E

Immigrant Rev. John McLeish

This is the third of four known letters authored by Rev. John McLeish (my three times great-grandfather) on his journey from Massachusetts to California during the gold rush of 1849. This letter was published in The Boston Olive Branch on December 15, 1849. Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 11D

Immigrant Rev. John McLeish

This is the second of four known letters authored by Rev. John McLeish (my three times great-grandfather) on his journey from Massachusetts to California during the gold rush of 1849. This letter was published in The Boston Olive Branch on November 17, 1849. Continue reading

Climbing My Family Tree, Part 11C

Immigrant Rev. John McLeish

This past week Wartburg College Professor of History, Terrence J. Lindell, contacted me through my WordPress account. While conducting research for a course he teaches on the gold rush of 1849, Professor Lindell discovered four letters my three times great-grandfather Rev. John McLeish wrote while on his trip from Melrose, Massachusetts to the gold mines outside Sacramento, California in 1849. Professor Lindell was kind enough to share the letters with me. Continue reading

Senator Merkley on DREAMers

This week I got an email from Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley. I want to share it with you.

Dear Alan,

Right now, the futures of 800,000 young DREAMers are hanging by a thread, waiting for Congress to step up and do the right thing. I am calling for immediate action on the DREAM Act to ensure these young leaders can keep contributing to the nation they love.

Today I met Juan from Salem. He loses his job tomorrow because his DACA permit is expiring.     Continue reading

Enrique’s Journey

I’ve been reading Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. If you would like to check out her website, click HERE.

Enrique's Journey

The book is the story of a boy’s dangerous trek through central America to reunite with his mother in the United States. Nazario relates the true facts as she experienced them herself. She knows what he experienced first-hand, as she took the same journey, re-tracing his path, step by step, and putting herself in grave danger along the way. Continue reading