Keeping family stories alive and well Home Life

Hello everyone:

Let me tell you a story. A friend of mine had an uncle and aunt who owned a farm. They loved to make ice cream, so they opened a small store in front of their farm and sold their ice cream, which was made from the milk that their cows produced. Everyone loved the dessert, and business was great.

One day, the uncle learned that he could make a lot more money selling booze from the back of his store. He started his new economic endeavor, to the chagrin of his sister. One night, the store burned down. He could never prove who did it, but it certainly appeared that his sister had put him out of business.  To her dying day, she never confessed…….

Family stories are such fun. I hope you will take the time to chat with your older relatives and find out what interesting experiences they have had. You never know when you might find a bootlegger or two in your family tree!


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.


  1. There are many family stories that relatives in my grandpa’s generation just don’t tell. “I’ll take it to my grave,” they say. Must have been some pretty secretive stuff. 😉 BUT, we did find a clean brown paper sack in my great-grandmother’s suitcase years ago after she had passed away . . . hmm . . . we can only assume.

    • Hi Tisha:
      A clean brown paper bag???? Hummmmmm…….I wonder what in the world that was all about! I have a brother-in-law who served in Vietnam and he never talks about it. I have an aunt who died at 53 and they never really said what type of cancer she had, just that it was related to her stomach (which could have been anywhere in her abdominal area). My great aunt would never tell me if she had ever had a beau, she just gave me a look that said, “don’t ask……”
      Thanks for posting, Tisha!

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