Month: April 2016

Yum-yum! Fish fries in the deep South when everyone gathers around in the backyard at picnic tables and lawn chairs, waiting for Dad to serve up hot fresh catfish fillets from the spattering, gurgling deep fryer, along with all the ‘fixins,’ are a Southern ritual. Manning the cooker is almost a right of passage for the Southern male. But back in the day, in the 1950s-60s, the fish were fried indoors in the hot, humid Southern kitchens by the matriarchs of the family. Who doesn’t…

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I haven’t been able to trace Frank’s travels very well due to a limited paper trail. Did he stay primarily in the Southeast or go wherever the train tracks and his inclination took him? How did he survive on a daily basis? Begging, borrowing, or stealing? Did he live in hobo jungles, or campsites, near the rail tracks? Did he suffer the hurt and humility of being thrown off a car by the railroad security known as bulls? I found a telling news article about…

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Frank McCune allegedly returned home to America in 1919 after serving overseas as a World War I soldier. I haven’t found him in the 1920 U.S. census databases on Ancestry or Family Search. There are a lot of Frank McCunes, but not one who seems to be ours. He’s also not listed in the Columbus City Directories for 1921, 1923, 1925, 1927, and 1931. I’m assuming he was mostly on the road during the 1920s. He does show up in the 1928 Columbus City Directory…

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