Some old research documents and photos!

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in Geneology | Posted on 12-02-2014

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To see some of my old research documents and photos, just click here! I will be adding a new page soon for all the new information collected.

A post that is long overdue!

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in My Life | Posted on 20-06-2013

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Since so many have requested version 2 of the book, I have started working on that. I had no idea how much information I was going to receive from all of you, and what a wonderful surprise.

The first copy took almost 5 years to write because it involved so much research. Now, much of you have contributed tons of wonderful living memories of our ancestors, and facts that really tell our story!

I will be keeping everyone updated on details as I pull them all together! The next copy of the book will be a hard copy, not an eBook. I have had so many folks wanting a  hard copy and they were willing to help with the cost that, I felt it was time.

Hugs to all,

Carolyn

 

Writers Block

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in Geneology | Posted on 12-09-2009

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One thing I have discovered is the cure to writers block! Go camping in an RV and have wireless connection.  Without all the distractions of everyday life,  your mind can get flooded with memories of your childhood. Since my book is about my childhood and past memories of relatives long since gone, this is great! My deadline is the end of the month to get it all down. I’ve made progress.

Mary Breckinridge Hospital where I was born

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in Misc | Posted on 07-09-2009

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To tell the history of this facility we must start where it began. In June of 1928 the original Hyden Hospital was dedicated. The months prior were filled with adventure and exasperation as builders from far away came to do their part in the construction of the Hospital. The Hospital sits high atop the Thousandsticks Mountain overlooking the quaint little town of Hyden, Kentucky.

Its has often been asked of why Mrs. Breckinridge chose this site to build the Hospital. She said that there were many reasons why the Hospital was built to look over this little city, where it was quiet and peaceful, but the first reason was because there wasn’t a choice.

The stories that came from that quest were amazing. Fifteen mule teams were assembled to pull the cement and plaster from the Hazard railway and the tools weighed more than the equipment that was being installed. Many who were involved in the building came from Louisville and Cincinnati, cities that are many miles away from the mountains.

One story Mrs. Breckinridge wrote about in her autobiography “Wide Neighborhoods”: A gentleman who came to install the heating plant had left Hazard on the little mail cart with the mailman. He shared his story upon arrival: ” We jolted along for several miles and then the wagon gave out. The post boy and I got on the mules, with the first class mail, and then the mules gave out. We started to walk, and then I gave out”. The pride of the local men who worked on the Hospital was very evident in the beautiful hand-hewn buckeye mantels to the great rocks used for the hearthstones.

Many months and much toiling later the Hospital was complete. The dedication was to be held on a beautiful spring day. The concern was that the weather may be too hot for the guests. No one could have ever imagined that the heavens would open and the rain would fall in blinding torrents thus giving way to rivers flooding and roads being washed away.

Mrs. Breckinridge had invited Sir Leslie and Lady MacKenzie from Edinburgh, Scotland to be the honored guests. Lady MacKenzie represented the pioneer wives who had been a part of the journey that men had made years ago in founding Kentucky. The guests arrived the morning of the dedication but unfortunately some of their luggage did not. This was due to the rising river and the inability for the wagon to cross.

Mrs. Breckinridge reported this news to her guests and said all received it with good humor. Sir Leslie gave a very moving speech on the Hospital veranda where the stars and stripes proudly hung as a backdrop. Before the ceremonies began, the Perry County band played “My Old Kentucky Home”. Near the conclusion of Sir Leslie’s address he spoke these words “…In all reverence, I dedicate this Hospital to the service of this mountain people.

The act of dedication will have consequences beyond all imagination. It will evoke responses along the many hundreds miles of these mountain frontiers and among the millions of their people. The beacon lighted here today will find an answering flame wherever human hearts are touched with the same divine pity. Far in the future men and women, generation after generation, will arise to bless the name of the Frontier Nursing Service.” With those words the first 12-bed Hospital in the area was dedicated.

A few years later a generous gift allowed the hospital to expand to an 18 bed hospital and eight bassinets. In 1949 the hospital grew again to house 25 beds and 12 bassinets.

The Hyden Hospital has many astonishing feats to its reputation but most pale in comparison to September of 1930. The first tonsillectomy clinic was held at the Hyden Hospital. Dr. Kobart performed 151 operations in 2 days all but 19 were tonsillectomies. The children took great comfort in knowing once the procedure was over they could eat all the ice cream they wanted.

No matter the task at hand Mrs. Breckinridge was ready for the challenge and her vision for Frontier Nursing Service never dimmed. She was the driving force behind Frontier Nursing Service until her death in spring of 1965. In her room overlooking the beautiful landscape of Wendover, which she called the incarnation of her dream, she completed her journey and bid us adieu. It was decided shortly after her death that the memorial to her would be a new hospital.

Times have changed from the days when appendicitis was life threatening and you had to travel for hours to see the nurse.

Mrs. Breckinridge once said, “Those who will not change are destined to be left behind”.

With that in mind, in October of 1970, a groundbreaking ceremony was held and in 1975, a brand new, state of the art facility, the Mary Breckinridge Hospital was dedicated. The Hyden Hospital became home to the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing.

Today, the Mary Breckinridge Hospital continues to meet the challenges facing a small rural hospital. In September of 2003 the hospital became a Critical Access Hospital which provides basic services necessary to the community, maintains a low average length of stay and networks with other healthcare providers to ensure that the healthcare needs of the community are met.

Mary Breckinridge Hospital offers a fully equipped emergency room, inpatient services, state of art diagnostic and ancillary services, and houses the Wasson Rural Health Clinic. The hospital employees over one hundred from the local community making it the second largest employer in Leslie County.

Misc. Marriage Records, Leslie County, Ky

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in Geneology | Posted on 12-06-2009

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All Information taken from Records Books found in Hyden, Leslie County, KY during July 2002 by Lennie and Diane Roark. Please note there are many other marriages other than the ones listed.

Marriage Book 1: 10/1878 – 1/1885

Brock/Mosley:  Elijah Brock, Principal, born Clay Co., KY, Amon Brock, Surity, (Father), born Harlan Co., KY, Mother: Born Clay Co., KY. Elijah: 19 yrs. old and Angeline Mosley:  21 yrs. old, She and her parents were born in Clay Co., KY. Wedding date: Sept. 29, 1870. Signed: J.S. Melton, Clerk and Witness: J.J. Hensley.(page 86)

Brock/Rice:  Solomon Brock and Chinie Rice page 176  Solomon: age 52, 2nd marriage and Chinie: age 28, born Knox Co., KY. Wedding date: Dec. 6, 1882.

Gross/Wilson: Edmond Gross and Myrtle Wilson, page 216, Dated:  April 23, 1914, Leslie Co., KY, at J.B. Wilson residence, Witnesses: Joe Slusher and J.B. Helton

Gross/Brock:  William Gross and Sarah Brock page 238  Dated Nov. 25, 1914, at Eph (NOTE: Ephraim) Brock’s residence in Leslie Co., KY. Witnesses: Eph Brock, Barbara Helton, John Brock, Bernice Brock. Performed by R. Caldwell, J.P.

Roark/Roark:  John Roark, Jr. to Lizzie Roark  page 184  Wedding Date: Feb. 8, 1913 at John C. Roark’s residence in Leslie Co., KY. Witnesses: John H. Napier,  John C. Roark, and Elijah Simpson. Performed by: R. Caldwell, J.P.

Roark/Nolan:  James Roark and Mella Nolan page 204  Wedding: July 15, 1912 at grasse yeard on Oakly Fork, Leslie County. Witnesses: Dillion Sizemore and Frank Nolan. Performed by E.L. Osborne, MS

Roark/Smith:  Elhannon Roark and Linda Smith  page 210  Dated: Feb. 14, 1914 at Miller Smith’s  in Leslie County. Witnesses: Frank Smith, Reynold Bowling and Hughes Smith. Performed by: James Bowling, J.P.

Roark/Smith:   D.B. Roark and Dosha Smith  page 234 Dasted: Aug. 17, 1914 at A.B. Dixon’s in Leslie County. Witnesses: W.S. Young and Nancy Dixon. Performed by: W.H. Mattingly

Roark/Collett:   page 256  Dated: September 8, 1915 at Roark, Leslie County. Witnesses: M.C. Collett, Phebe Sizemore. Performed by: Thomas Slusher.

Roark/Collett:  Loyd Roark and Polly Collett  page 254  Loyd: born in Leslie County, parents born in Clay County, 21 yrs. old. Polly: born in Leslie County, parents born in Clay County, 17 yrs. old. Dated: July 13, 1915 at Dillion Collett’s in Leslie County. Witnesses: Dillion Collett and Virgil Collett. Signed (Performed by) Wm. Collett, Minister.

Roark/Roark:  John L. Roark and Dora B. Roark  page 270  John: 23 yrs. old and Dora 21 yrs. old. Dated: Nov. 30, 1915 at W.D. Roark’s in Leslie County. Witnesses: W.D. Roark and Willie Brock. Performed by W.C. Collett, Minister.

Roark/Baker:  Lawrence Roark and Lucy Baker  Lawrence: 21 yrs. old, born in Leslie County, first marriage. Lucy: 23 yrs. old, born in Lelsie County, 2nd marriage. Dated Dec. 10, 1915.


Brock/Collett:  John Brock and Laura Collett at Roark, Leslie Co., KY. Witnesses: Martha and Willie Brock.  Performed by: W.C. Collett, Minister  page 271

Brock/Gross:  Jack Brock (age 27) and Amy Gross (age 21) in Lelsie County. Dated May 1, 1916.

Book 3 February 1896 – September 1916:

Whitehead/Brock:  Levi Whitehead and Mahala Brock  Wedding: Feb. 22, 1908 at Peter Wilson’s in Leslie County. Witnesses: Julia and Lawrence Wilson. Performed by Peter Wilson, Minister.  page 80

Whitehead/Caldwell:  William Whitehead and Rebecca Caldwell  page 102  Wedding: Nov. 20, 1909 at Green Caldwell’s in Leslie County. Witnesses: Green and John Caldwell. Signed:  John M. Caldwell

Whitehead/Collett:  Farmer Whitehead and Alice Collett   page 186  Wedding: Aug. 21, 1913 at Polly Asher’s in Lelsie County. Witnesses:  J.H. Asher, Polly Asher, and Nancy Asher. Performed by G.R. Caldwell, J.P.

Whitehead/Saylor:  H.M. Whitehead and Martha Saylor   page 192  Dated: July 6, 1913 at Mile Branch in Leslie County. Witnesses: Henry Morgan and James Slusher. Signed: S.L. Saylor.

Whitehead/Day:  James Whitehead (21 yrs. old) and Lula Day (18 yrs. old)  page 252  Dated: June 16, 1915 at Isaac Day’s in Leslie County. James: 21 yrs. old, born in Leslie County, Father born in Clay County and Mother born in Leslie County. Lula: 18 yrs. old, born in Leslie County, Father born in Perry County and Mother born in Perry County.

Marriage Book 4:

Asher/Fairchild:  J.B Gross, minister: Jacob Asher married to Polly Fairchild Feb. 6, 1886

Brock/Brock:  John Brock to Mary Brock Oct. 16, 1900 Marr. by J.J. Hensley at Dillion Sizemore’s in Lelsie County, Oct. 11, 1900. Witnesses: Dillion Sizemore
The (NOTE: Theophilus )Brock

Brock/Rice:  Dec. 4, 1882 Solomon Brock and Chinie Rice. Perforned by J.B. Gross at Joseph Baker’s, Leslie County, Dec. 16, 1882. Witnesses: Jos. Baker and Evaline Baker

Brock/Napier:  Washington Brock and Elizabeth Napier by Wm. Templeton, Rev. at Johnathan Hensley’s in Leslie County, Sept. 26, 1886. Witnesses: Wm. Slusher and Harvy Hensley

Brock/Roark:  Ephraim Brock and Martha Roark by William Templeton, Minister of the Gospel at Thimothy Pennington’s in Lelsie County, Oct. 26, 1887. Witnesses: Thimothy Pennington and Wm. Roark

Baker/Roark:  James Baker to Elizabeth Roark by Wm. Templeton at Leslie County, KY on Oct. 28, 1887. Witnesses: Lincoln Wilson and Delaney Bowlin

Belcher/Gross: David Belcher and Sarah Gross married by A.B. Gross at Richard Gross’s at Lesllie County May 18, 1892. Witnesses: Z.B. (B.R.?) Caldwell and William Belcher

Brock/Collett:  Alexander Brock and Mattie Belle Collett by D.W. Sisemore at P.L. Collett’s in Leslie County Dec. 2, 1893. Witnesses: The (Theophilus) Brock and Caloway Hoskins

Patrick/Brock:  Amon Brock and Hettie Patrick  by J.B. Gross at Schoolhouse in Leslie County, KY, Dec. 1, 1894. Witnesses: J.C. Napier and W.S. Mosley

Brock/Gross:  Sampson Brock and Alabama Gross by Joseph Caldwell at Richard Gross’s in Leslie County, KY on March 10, 1896. Witnesses: John Gross’s and Joshua Caldwell

Boling/Roark:  William Boling and Burly Roark by Johnathan Hensley at J.J. Hensley’s in Leslie County, April 30, 1893. Witnesses: W.H. Hensley and John C. Roark

Collett/Pope:  Ingram Collett to Elizabeth Pope by Wm. Templeton at E.W. Robinson’s in Leslie County, Nov. 5, 1886. Witnesses: Stokley Bowlin and E.W. Robinson

Caldwell/Brock:  Jacob Caldwell  to Matildia Brock, b. J.B. Gross, minister at J.B. Gross’s in Leslie County, Feb. 6, 1887. Witnesses: Andrew Brock and Joseph Caldwell (Page 18)

Callihan/Lewis:  Isaac Callihan and Rachel Lewis by John M. Day, Minister, at John M. Day’s, Leslie County, A;ril 13, 1894. Witnesses: Henry Coots and Catherine Day (page 20)

Couch/Whitehead:  Taylor Couch to Nancy Whitehead by W.B. Eversole at Hyden, Leslie County, May 29, 1893. Witnesses: Clark Eversole and J.L. Maggard

Whitehead/Helton:  Millard Whitehead to Sarah Helton by Wm. Gross at James Helton’s in Leslie County, March 11, 1886. Witnesses: James & Robert Helton

Whitehead/Baker:  Dec. 21, 1887 Taylor Whitehead and Becca Jane Baker by Levi Pennington at Levi Pennington’s, Lesllie County, Dec. 25, 1888. Witnesses: John Baker and Hewy Day

Whitehead/Pennington:  March 21, 1893  Joshua Whitehead and Candy Pennington by Rev. Isaac M. Day at J.M. Day’s residence, Leslie County, March 23, 1893. Witnesses: W.M. Day and Cety Pennington (page 145)

Whitehead/Gross:   Feb. 5, 1893 Wm. Whitehead and Margaret Gross by R.J. Shepherd, JPLC at J.B. Gross’s in Leslie County, Feb. 5, 1893. Witnesses: John Whitehead and Wm. Muncy

Whitehead/Collett:  Feb. 24, 1894  James Whitehead and Martha Collett by J.B. Gross at Wm. Muncy’s, Leslie County, Feb. 25, 1894. Witnesses: D.W. Sizemore and W.C. Collett (page 146)

Whitehead/Muncy:  Dec. 6, 1895  Carter Whitehead and Sarah Muncy by J.B. Gross, Bishop, at H.W. Hays’s, Leslie County, Dec. 6, 1895. Witnesses: H.W.  Hays and Mall Griffith

Whitehead/North:  May 18, 1895  John Whitehead and Cathern North by J.J. Hensley at J.J. Hensley’s, Leslie County, May 18, 1893 (just as it is written). Witnesses: Lige North and John Roark


Whitehead/Griffiths:  April 11, 1896  John Whitehead to Catherine Griffiths  by Blevins Sizemore at A.B. Griffiths, Leslie County, April 11, 1896. Witnesses: Ance Roberts and B.S. Griffiths

Whitehead/Begley:  Jan. 22, 1896  William Whitehead to Margaret Begley by Rev. H.H. Bailey at Gran Begley’s, Leslie County, Jan. 22, 1896. Witnesses: Robert and Jesse B. Begley

Whitehead/Brown:  March 17, 1899 Farmer Whitehead and Alabama Brown by J.J. Hensley , Minister, at Jas. Whitehead’s, Leslie County, March 17, 1899. Witnesses: James Whitehead and Samuel Mosley

Whitehead/Saylor:  August 21, 1898 Henry Whitehead and Martha Saylor by A.B.(?) Gross, Leslie County, August 21, 1898. Witnesses: E.L. Howard and Frank Gross

Whitehead/Wells:  August 7, 1903  Pillip Wells and Susan Whitehead by A.P. Shepherd, M.G. at Cutshin, Leslie County,, August 8, 1903. Witnesses: Sylvania and Rebecca Shepherd (page 151)

Whitehead/Farmer:  Feb. 25, 1904  Henry Whitehead to Lucy Farmer by Jos. Caldwell at James Farmer’s, Leslie County, Feb. 25, 1904. Witnesses: James Farmer and John Hill

Marriage Book 4:

Rourk (Roark)/Collett:  Page 113  James Rourk (Roark) and Martha Collett, by Wm. Templeton, Minister of the Gospel, at Wm. Templeton’s  house, Oct. 27, 1887. Witnesses: Elizabeth Templeton and Feriby Brock

Roark/Sisemore:  Hance Roark and Sarah Sisemore, by Blevins Sizemore, at Robert Sizemore’s home, Leslie Co., KY  on May 2, 1890. Witnesses: John Sisemore and James Roark

Roard (Roark?)/Simpson:  Carter Roard (Roark?) and Nancy Simpson, by J.M. Caldwell, Minister, at Calvin Saylor’s home, Leslie Co., KY, Jan. 23, 1890. Witnesses: The (NOTE: Theophilus) Brock and Ingram Collett

Roark/Templeton:  March 15, 1891  John Roark, Jr. to Feby Jane Templeton by D.W. Sisemore, JDLC, at D. W. Sizemore’s, March 15, 1892 (as it is written). Witnesses: John B. Napier and Andrew Simpson

Roark/Brown:  Nov. 30, 1891  Wade Roark and Mintie Brown by J.J. Hensley, at John Brown’s in Leslie Co., KY on Dec. 31, 1891. Witnesses: George Brown and Silas Nance

Roark/Sisemore:  June 22, 1892  Boone Roark and Louisy Sisemore, by D.W. Sizemore at Hance Roark’s in Leslie Co., KY, Nov. 23, 1892. Witnesses: E.W. Sizemore and James Sisemore

Marriage Book 7  Nov 1884 – Nov 1894

Whitehead/Baker: #182 Taylor Whitehead and Becca Jane Baker, Dec. 21, 1887. Taylor: Living in Leslie Co., KY, 21 yrs. old, b. Clay Co., KY, farmer. Becca Jane: 17, living in Leslie Co., KY, she and her parents were born in Perry Co., KY.


Marriage Book 8: 4/1906 – 12/1909

Whitehead/Pennington:  #6  John Whitehead to Hulda Pennington on May 5, 1906. John: Living in Leslie County, 21, Farming, born Leslie County, KY. John’s father: Jackson (NOTE: Andrew Jackson) Whitehead, Mother: Amy (NOTE: Pennington) Whitehead, born Perry County, KY. Hulda: Living in Leslie County, KY, 22, born in Leslie County, KY, Father: Green Pennington and Mother: Betty Pennington, born Perry County, KY.

Whitehead/Caldwell:  #466  William Whitehead to Rebecca Caldwell, Nov. 19, 1909. William: Born in Lelsie County, 3rd marriage, farmer, born Clay County, KY, Name of father: William Whitehead, Name of Mother: Madeline Doling (NOTE: Boling?). Rebecca: Living in Perry County, 2nd marriage, born in Perry County, KY.

Marriage Book 10A:

Gross/Wilson:  Edmond Gross: Residing in Leslie County, Number of marriages: 1, Occupation: Farmer, to Myrtle Wilson, Residing in Leslie County, KY, Number of marriages: 1, Born in Leslie County, Father and Mother born in Clay County. Included is a note from her father giving permission for this marriage to take place. Witnessed: April 18, 1914 (#17)

Gross/Brock:  William Gross Residing in Bell County, 38 years old, Occupation: Farming, Born in Harlan Co., KY, Parents born in Harlan Co., KY, to Sarah Brock, Born in Leslie County, KY, Parents born in Clay County, KY, also 38 years old, Second marriage for her, Dated: October 14, 1914.

Leslie County Court Records, Martha/Nancy Osborne

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in Geneology | Posted on 16-05-2009

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MARRIAGE LICENSE

The Commonwealth of Kentucky

To any minister of the Gospel or other person legally authorized to solemnize matrimony you are hereby permitted to solemnize the rites of matrimony between EZEKIAL NAPIER and NANCY OSBORNE the requirements of law having been complied with.
Witness my signature as Clerk of the Clay County Court this 20th day of July 1860
G W PRICE, Clerk

CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE

This is to certify that on the 22nd day of July 1860. The rites of matrimony were legally solemnized between E. NAPIER and MARTHA OSBORNE at his father’s house in the County of Clay in the presence of W. WOODS and PLEAS. SIZEMORE
Signed. L. WOODS, JP

My New Front Seat

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in Short Stories | Posted on 18-02-2009

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I once purchased a used car that did not have a front seat in it. I later found out why. Anyway, I only needed it to drive around the neighborhood to visit family and friends so I put a lawn chair behind the drivers seat and got many a great laugh from all who saw me drive that ole car! I ended up with many fond memories. Eventually, I was able to find out why there was no front seat in that ole car.

The previous owner dropped fire from his cigar between the seats. The seat caught on fire and the gentleman had a heart attach from the fright and the car was sold really cheap. I got rid of the car which ended up junked out. Looking back, I’m glad I never replaced the front seat.

In a cabin on a hill

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in Short Stories | Posted on 24-11-2008

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I remember walking up a path to a secluded area in Hyden, Ky around 1962, maybe? We reached a cabin that was old and falling apart, abandoned. The area around the cabin was flat with no grass but weeds, etc. We walked inside the cabin and the fireplace was falling through from years of neglect. I saw two cups on the old wooden table. I walked the path of the two once young couple that lived there. She was beaten so many times as his wife. I saw the film on the coffee, the door open and a felt the sadness as she realized she had poisened him and ran for her life. She made it to the edge of the plath I had just climbed and died. He did not make it that far. A mystery that only I felt the pain and truth thus far. So, why be concerned of a story so old and unimportant? To keep the memories alive. Curious, maybe, just maybe, I’ll tell you the story of the cabin on the hill…

Making new friends

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in My Life | Posted on 12-10-2008

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This past weekend, I made new friends! It wasn’t just social, it was cosmic! We connected in ways only we and them could understand. Friendship that will last a lifetime.

Carolyn… Naturally!

Following a dream

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Posted by Carolyn | Posted in My Life | Posted on 31-08-2008

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I dropped out of high school, got married and had my children. I had always wanted to graduate and go to college but chose a family instead. Years later, my dream came true. I studied hard and realized you never get to old to follow your dreams. I graduated in 1999 with honors and earned an MBA!