Sunday, April 26, 2009


Here is a picture of my mom and my sister Kathleen c 1958, most likey the summer of 1958. I am thinking that perhaps that is when my grandmother Anna and her husband William Krah moved to Sarasota FL. They moved there after Anna's retirement. She did custodial work in an elementary school that was within walking distance to her home.
We visited them in the summer of 1964, I know that day to be correct because it was the year I graduated from high school. There were dinosaurs then. LOL
Strangely, at some point in time they moved back to the Pittsburgh area. That must have been about 1966 or 1967. They bought a house in Uniontown PA. When they lived in FL they would go down for the winter and come up to PA during the summer.
In 1969 my grandmother became ill. She had not been feeling well and was admitted to the local hospital. My mother got a call that she was being transfered to the University Medical Center. She had leukemia, and then with the brusing and bleedin she had a stroke and was unconscious. She would never recover and died in 1969, at the age of 69.
My question now is, why did they feel the need to move back to PA? Did she feel that something was not right, or did they feel that they would not be able to make the trip back and forth much longer?
Another thought. One of the papers I found on Footnote, my great grandfather Thomas Dowd and his brother in law Cummins Finnerty were sponsors for their other brother in law Thomas Mulroy. They were also for a man Patrick O'Toole, Patrick was married to a woman named Bridget, could this woman possibly be another sister of Thomas???? I have to investigate that possibility.


  1. Hi, Claudia! I don't know the answer as to why they moved back to Pennsylvania, but my grandparents have always moved around a lot since they retired. They were from Michigan, but when my mom married my dad from Louisiana and moved there 2 years later, my grandparents and several aunts and uncles followed. My grandparents lived in Louisiana for about 8 years before moving back to Michigan. They stayed there another 2 or 3 years and then came back to Louisiana, where they've stayed ever since. Maybe your grandparents decided they didn't like being away from all their other family members. Did they have any other family in Florida?

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