Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Potter ancestors known and touted today.

The Tri-City Herald, newspaper for Richland, Kennewick and Pasco, Washington, on Tuesday, 21 January 2012, carried a human interest story about Coral Arne who lives near Gig Harbor, Washington (some miles from Tri-Cities actually). Coral, who is 95, has completed a notebook documenting her family's history to present to her children and grand-children. Nothing new here. But, said Coral, "We have a Harry Potter in the family," referring to her grandfather, Harrison R. Potter. During her research, Coral and her granddaughter, Susan Green, found a document that revealed that her Potter ancestors held a special place in American history. Eight of the Potters' sons served for the Union during the Civil War, the longest combined service----- 21 years---- from one family. "The amazing thing is that they all came home," she said.

I think that any of us having Civil War ancestors during this 4-year remembering and anniversary of the conflict should let the local media know their stories. I know our local reporters would appreciate my sharing the story of my Matthew Potter's Civil War service.Think?

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