Barry's Relatively Speaking: Captive Audience on Mt. Howard

Posted on Aug 15, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Wythle shares the following experience.

For years I searched in vain for information about the family of great grand Aunt Susannah Coleman. Imagine my surprise and pleasure when I found myself face to face with her great grandson, riding in a gondola to the top of Mt. Howard in eastern Oregon. Only the last minute did I decide to take the tour, making the ascent to the top.

Two of us stepped through the gate. Because those directly behind us were a family who wanted to stay together, they

called for two more passengers to step forward. Only one came. He, along with a sister, are the only two people who could have given the information I had so diligently sought.

There we sat, third cousins, face to face for fifteen full minutes while the cable gradually lifted us higher. He was most gracious to me who held him a captive audience for that quarter hour. It was only because his name was identical to that of his father that I realized to whom I was speaking. Now my great grandfather's family sheet is complete.

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