The People of Pancho

At Play In The Archive

Heartbreak in Hamburg

Well, People, if I’m working in chronological order, then I can’t avoid telling this sad tale any longer. It’s the strangest feeling to miss and mourn people that I never actually knew, … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 27 Comments

And Baby Bob Makes Three

I return to my semi-chronological exploration of the lives of my maternal great-grandparents, Franz Georg Leopold Lessiack (Leo) and Margaret Spielmann Lessiack, who courted in romantic rowboats, and who were … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · 8 Comments

Christmas with the Winkies

I’m stepping out of chronological order here, but ’tis the season, so I must. There are many things that whisper, “It’s Christmas time!” to my senses, but nothing trumps the arrival … Continue reading

December 1, 2015 · 22 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving, People (and Happy Birthday to Margaret)

“Skeptics often distrust the motivations of genealogists. Isn’t this obsession with ancestry just self-obsession? Isn’t it just another narcissistic pastime, sort of a “six degrees of separation” game in which … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 16 Comments

A Missive to Margaret

Hello, People. Today I return to the story of my great-grandparents, Leo Lessiack and Margaret Spielmann Lessiack, the happy newlyweds last seen picnicking with their in-laws. I was inspired to learn … Continue reading

November 17, 2015 · 5 Comments

Thank You, My Veterans

Hello, People.  In celebration of Veterans Day here in U.S., I bring you a slight update of last year’s post featuring my veteran people. It’s worth mentioning that several veterans in my … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · 5 Comments

Leo and Margaret Picnic with the In-laws

Hello, People. I hope you all had a satisfying Halloween. I costumed up as an accordion-playing gypsy and relaxed by my new Campfire-in-a-Can (so great) to serenade the trick-or-treaters walking by, and hand out … Continue reading

November 2, 2015 · 15 Comments