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Wiregrasswalker (#46887942)
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Bio Photo "Life's Greatest Handicap is Being Contented."
-Anne Nichols
"I believe that love and prayer are the most important things in life," -Anne Nichols

Excerpt from "Abie's Irish Rose:

FATHER WHALEN. Sure, we're all trying to get to the same place when we pass on. We're just going by different routes. We can't all go on the same train.
RABBI. And just because you are not riding on my train, why should I say your train won't get there?
Anne Nichols (1891-1966), American playwright; from Abie's Irish Rose (play), 1922


Haunting eyes peering at me
Through the veiled, forgotten past;
Spirit voices, phantom actors
Beckon me to join their cast...
Time unravels ancient stitches
As I vainly grasp each thread;
Scattered whispers, faded photos
Tell the tale of those long dead...
Withered memories pressed like flowers
Speak of young love once in bloom;
Scented traces faintly linger
Over long-neglected tomb...
Ghostly chanting leads me blindly
Down each darkened corridor..
As I ponder things that once were
-Things that are will be no more...

-Robert Westberry

One of my favorite poems by Alan Seeger:

"I Have a Rendezvous with Death"

I have a rendezvous with Death
At some disputed barricade,
When Spring comes back with rustling shade
And apple-blossoms fill the air--
I have a rendezvous with Death
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.

It may be he shall take my hand
And lead me into his dark land
And close my eyes and quench my breath--
It may be I shall pass him still..
I have a rendezvous with Death
On some scarred slope or battered hill.
When Spring comes round again this year
And the first meadow-flowers appear.

God knows 'twere better to be deep
Pillowed in silk and scented down.
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
Pulse nigh to pulse and breath to breath,
Where hushed awakenings are dear--
But I've a rendezvous with Death
At midnight in some flaming town,
When Spring trips forth again this year,
And I to my pledged word am true,
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

-Alan Seeger (1888-1916)

I would like to take this time to thank all of those who have visited my family including, my granny, Vera Griffis Westberry (who got me started on genealogy). Also many thanks to those who have visited my Anne Nichols and Adelaide Matthews Memorials. These were two wonderful ladies of the theatre who knew each other as friends and wrote plays together. I am fortunate to be related to Anne and to have known her and Adelaide through the eyes and memories of my friend, Janet. I am always looking for more information on Anne and Adelaide. If anyone has information please contact me or Janet (capecodder). After all, Anne's most popular quote was:

"Life's Greatest Handicap Is Being Contented!"

The following poem was found in my mother's (Hazel Westberry Paesano) belongings after she passed:

"The Time Is Now"

If you are ever going to love me,
Love me now while I can know
The sweet and tender feelings,
Which from true affection flow.
Love me now, while I am living...
Do not wait until I'm gone
And then have it chiseled in marble,
Sweet words on ice-cold stone.
If you have tender thoughts of me, please tell me now...
If you wait until I am sleeping, never to awaken,
There will be death between us and I won't hear you then.
So, if you love me , even a little bit,
Let me know while I am living so I can treasure it.
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Oldpa Dennis
RE: Henry Duffy
Will send the book this week.
Added by Oldpa Dennis on Jan 22, 2015 8:52 AM
David G
Mary Ann Hayes _Irwin Union
You have her son Lawrence Hayes tombstone picture under Mary Ann.
Added by David G on Jan 15, 2015 6:09 PM
Oldpa Dennis
Henry Duffy Book
I finished the book on Henry "Terry" Duffy and his wives, including Anne Nichols. If you will provide me with a mailing address I will be happy to send you a complimentary copy. You can also order copies through You should find the chapters on Anne interesting even though I only scratched the surface on her life story since my emphasis was on Henry. Thank you again for allowing me to use some information and a few images from your site.
Added by Oldpa Dennis on Jan 09, 2015 11:18 AM
Tim Day
RE: Hunters
Thanks so much. Rest assured that if I find a photo I will forward it to you.
Added by Tim Day on Dec 01, 2014 4:02 PM
Tim Day
Hi. I am wondering if you are related to the Hunters that are buried in Fort Myers. Cabble Kennon and his bother, Henry Edward were my great granddad's cousins. One of them had a daughter, Mabel, who married a Hunter. I am working on a family history of all of this, but it is hard to keep the names straight. Anyway, I am wondering who might have some information and photos of the older ones. Thanks, Tim
Added by Tim Day on Dec 01, 2014 12:45 PM
RE: William Goodlin
You can use any of my photos.

Thanks for asking

Added by Franny on Nov 15, 2014 3:36 PM
William Goodlin
Yes, you can use my Photo for William Goodlin. When you copy the picture let me know. I will take down my memorial. I went to add the memorial but no more pictures could be added. All the free photo space was used.

Added by Franny on Nov 15, 2014 3:05 PM
Helen Farrell
Glynice Westberry
I just posted some photos for the Episcopal Cemetery, Immokalee. A friend copied the inscriptions from the three graves in 1990 and added a note that Glynice West Berry is known to be buried there along with another child and one adult. The photo of the headstone for Glynice Westberry in the Baptist Cemetery is the same curved style as the unidentified grave from Episcopal. Do you think it might be the same?
Added by Helen Farrell on Nov 08, 2014 6:31 PM
Oldpa Dennis
Thank you for the permission. Of course I will be happy to share the biography with you. My focus is on Henry Duffy, but there is some interesting information on my section about Anne as well (particularly her early work in motion pictures and theatrical stock companies).
Added by Oldpa Dennis on Oct 30, 2014 11:44 AM
Oldpa Dennis
Picture Permission
I am preparing a biography of Henry Duffy and his wives for my family (he is my great-uncle) and would appreciate your permission to include some of your pictures to give faces to the names.
Added by Oldpa Dennis on Oct 29, 2014 3:18 PM
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