Sidebar by Martha Quillen

Heavy Meddle – April 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine

Once upon a time, when I was twelve or so, I told my grandmother (born circa 1890) that I couldn’t believe what she had lived through. My great-grandmother (who was about forty when my grandmother was born) married soon after the civil war, and my grandma used to talk about that because there was a civil war centennial from 1960-65 — and also because my grandma wanted me to know that her family had been fierce Yankees. (Despite the fact that she was Canadian; apparently some of her relatives had even enlisted in the Michigan militia).

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