Yesterday I brought Berriman McLaughlin & Company back into the computer office. He has been waiting in a box for about six weeks, because I couldn't stand to look at the stack of papers and be reminded that I had to put him aside for awhile. My 2014 goal was to have my book about him done by year end ---- but many things got in the way, so he was exiled to the box until further notice.
But finally, I had a breather and decided to get started once again on this book. Berriman McLaughlin had eleven children that grew to adulthood. I plan to write about each of them, their family and their life. I am currently writing about child number five! She is daughter Elizabeth who married Elisha Petty first and second to Lyman B Darrow. Elizabeth died in her forties. Would you say I have a way to go with six more children? My goal now is to be done by year end 2015, but no guarantee.
That is the reason for the title Berriman McLaughlin & Company. As I study these folks I find such interesting personalitites and unknown events that I linger way too long on each child. They are the major stockholders and partners in the "Company".
When I started this project I felt it would be a fairly short and easy job. These people looked, at first glance, like typical frontier people that led fairly ordinary lives. What a delightful surprise to find not one of them is anywhere near typical at all. But then, I shouldn't be surprised since every person has a story worth telling.
It is definitely a labor of love and respect to write about Berriman McLaughlin & Company. Of course, I have a hidden agenda. I am hoping to find a slight, if even tiny, clue as to Catherine French's parents. But even if that does not happen it is fun to study her family. Patj