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My Family Makes and Appearance in Bill Jehle's Book, One Man's Trash

I halted on page 161 of Bill Jehle's book this morning to ponder the implications of my own family members making an appearance in his history of the Cigar Box Guitar.
My mom was Vonna Lou Streeter. Her dad, Tom Streeter had a sister named Elsie Streeter (my mom's Aunt Elsie) who gets a mention as conductor of a home-made instrument orchestra in an excerpt from the Logansport paper on page 161 of One Man's Trash.
Bessie Wininger (who, blessed by one of Bill's typos, becomes a Wiuinger) gets credit for her talent at braying like a mule- a talent my grandfather also possessed. Maybe he learned it from her, or the other way around. Maybe Galveston, Indiana was just a hotbed of mule imitators.
If I remember correctly, Bessie Wininger also married a Streeter, maybe my mom's Uncle Claude? which is how we became related to the Wininger family. I got to be pretty good pals with my Mom's Uncle, Bid Wininger, Galveston's retired telegraph operator, because he lived a hundred years and because Galveston was between South Bend, where I grew up, and Bloomington, where I went to college for a bit.
The name Rodibaugh also strikes me as familiar, if not familial. I think my grandparents were friendly with some Rodibaughs.
Really. What are the odds? This reminds me of a T.C. Boyle novel.

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Comment by Diane in Chicago on December 22, 2010 at 9:47am
Wow!  What a small world.
Comment by Delvero on December 22, 2010 at 2:02pm
Very fitting for someone like yourself who's writing and compiling history about the subject. Well done!
Comment by David Sutton on December 22, 2010 at 3:35pm
Bill's got the history part- my work is in the present! There'll be photos of some old instruments, but the book is primarily in the here and now. My hat is off to Bill Jehle for compiling the history.
Comment by Nancy Barnes on December 23, 2010 at 12:32am
Oh gosh, did you know they were mentioned in his book or was this a pleasant surprise?  Now his book has become a part of your family history. Enjoy your ponderings!
Comment by David Sutton on December 23, 2010 at 11:21am
It was a BIG surprise. Pure coincidence.

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