Wanting my family history to be more than just a collection of names, I love finding the stories that make them real. My online subscription to the Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri enables me to accomplish this very inexpensively. So last night while trying to find a little more information about Great Uncle Frank Hanlon's family out of Terril, Iowa, I found this beautiful story about his daughter Louise and her son Paul (referred to in the story as "Phil") published 24 December 1942 by the Terril Record, Terril, Iowa. My Great Uncle Frank had just passed away two weeks prior and his son Francis, was all alone for Christmas.
"We received a very lovely letter from Louis Hanlon Corso of Chicago last week and in it she said their son, Phil, who will be 11 today wanted to come out and spend his birthday and Christmas with his uncle Francis because he thought Francis would be so lonely. His mother told him she was afraid he couldn't come because the trains would be so crowded at the holiday time. Some what later she heard him dialing the phone and later when she asked him whom he called he said the Union Depot, and asked the lady at "information" about coming, and that she had told him they thought they could squeeze him in, and the folks here expected him Wednesday. This makes a wonderful Christmas visit for the ones who are home."