From Miss Kate’s Autograph Book

an autograph to Miss Kate

From Miss Kate’s Autograph Book

Mary Katherine Link, the oldest daughter of William Booker Link and Amanda Randolph Link, was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, 6 August 1850 but most of her life was spent in the vicinity of Thomasville, Cheatham County, Tennessee. As the oldest daughter in a rural farming family, she had many responsibilities. She accepted her role with grace and was both practical and thrifty. She began teaching at a young age, a career that spanned forty years. She taught at Cheatham County schools and offered subscription tutoring when needed. After her brother, Samuel Albert Link, opened the Link School in 1900, Kate taught there.

A member of Mallorys Church, she was involved in both Sunday school classes and programs for the Missionary Society. She was also a successful business woman who used her earnings to build a small house on the Link property.

Miss Kate passed away on July 27, 1917 in Thomasville, Tennessee. She is buried at Mallorys Cemetery in Cheatham County where you will find a monument listing most of the Link family, including her.

Miss Tot

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Marjorie Barker was born January 3, 1920 in Chattooga County, Georgia. Her father called her Tot and although he would die before her second birthday, her nickname stayed with her the rest of her life. Growing up during the great depression and losing her first husband in World War II was tough but it only made her stronger.

Today is the 98th anniversary of her birth. Happy birthday Mom. We miss you.

Merchant Marine Memorial

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American Merchant Marine Memorial

The memorial is located in the Hudson River just west of Battery Park. Designed by sculptor Marison Escobar, it depicts four merchant seamen and their sinking vessel – the S.S. Muskogee – after being attacked by a German U-boat. The fourth man is in the water and is only visible when the tide is out. According to Wikipedia, the sculpture is based on a photo taken by the U-boat commander who attacked and sunk the S.S. Muskogee. All of the American crew died at sea.

This beautiful photo was taken by Raul Garcia Peñalver and found on Flickr.

The World War II Museum in New Orleans has recently opened the US Merchant Marine Gallery that helps tell the story of these mariners who crossed the Atlantic and Pacific transporting supplies, weapons and men to the warfront.