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Father’s Day

This is the oldest surviving photo of my Dad, with Grandma Mabel, taken in Port Huron, Michigan, in 1922. Bonus ancient Ruff pic: From left: Oscar, Lydia, Albert, and (my grandfather) Walter Theodore Ruff. Early 1910s. Happy Father’s Day, kids.

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Mother’s Day

The photograph above, taken in Brazil in 1936, is the oldest surviving image of my mother that I possess. Mom is the blond toddler in the lower right with the suspicious look on her face. The cheery-looking gent holding her … Continue reading

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Patent pending

Last week I was in Detroit, Michigan for a family reunion, and while I was there I got to raid my grandmother’s cedar chest for old treasures. This is an advertising brochure for the electric milk condenser my great-grandfather invented: … Continue reading

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Urwahnfried

Thanks to a German fan named Kolja Böther, I now have a copy of my missionary grandfather’s memoir, Roughing it for Christ in the Wilds of Brazil. It’s short—more a pamphlet than a book—but does a good job of conveying … Continue reading

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More Ruff & Lehenbauer family trivia

Since blogging about my cousin Ernest, I’ve been on a family history jag. I’m not sure how interesting any of this is to non-relatives, but with Bad Monkeys‘ pub. date just four months away, I’m starting to get requests from … Continue reading

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In which your author finds a relative sitting in Saddam Hussein’s chair

My family doesn’t have a strong military tradition. Although a number of the men, particularly in my father’s generation, have worn uniforms, there aren’t any career soldiers, and reference to “the service” has always meant religious service. The Ruffs are … Continue reading

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