About Me

     Growing up I spent lots of time with my Great Grandma Estella Smith.  Grandma lived on the edge of Scranton walking distance for me to go after school or after piano lessons.

     I didn't have babysitters when I was young because if Mom and Dad were going somewhere I didn't want to go, I would stay with Grandma Smith.  I didn't know my grandparents, Bert and Nina Grisso, as well because they moved between Missouri, California, and Iowa. I just didn't see as much of them until I was older.

     Grandma had all the time in the world for me.  Sometimes we played a board game about Central America that came from the back of a cereal box.  Grandma told me stories about older relatives, and she made me pancakes.  It became a family joke because Mom wouldn't make them for me, but of course she made them for my children, her grandchildren.

     Because of Grandma Smith's stories, I thought I knew a great deal about my grandma's side of the family.  However, as I have researched I have found many interesting pieces of information that I had not know before.  Now I am sharing that family history.

     I have a few other interests such as gardening, travel, and reading. Don't be surprised to find a page or two here and there on these topics as well as some random thoughts and other bits of useless information.

Margie/family historian


  1. I never met my maternal grandparents as they passed away before I was born. My paternal grandfather died when I was 2 or 3, and my grandmother was never able to function after that. I didn't really realize what I was missing until I began listening to other people's stories...and you have great stories! Your family, I am sure, will very much appreciate your work on this project. Good for you! The other Margie

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