Lawrence Daniel West, Jr.

He was the third generation in his family with the proper name of Lawrence but commonly known as Larry, and he wasn’t Lawrence III because his grandfather’s full name was…

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Walter Stanley Forbes

Walter started life in Jackson, Mississippi as Walter Stanley Cummings but, due to some undocumented family circumstances, he and his sister, Edith, were adopted by John and Amanda Forbes. He…

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John David Bowman, III

Secane, Pennsylvania is an unincorporated appendage of Upper Darby Township in Delaware County. It’s a small bedroom community known mostly for its commuter rail station, and is connected by a…

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Fred Melvin Short

John and Anna Short were raising four children, one of them a teenager, by the time Fred was born. Twin boys followed in 1931 but one of them died at…

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Michael Montanaro

Michael’s parents had seven of their children born in Italy before they came to Philadelphia for a better life. He was the last of three who were born when they…

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Thaddeus Albertus Phillips

Joseph Campbell developed condensed tomato soup when he was 78. Harland Sanders opened his first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant at age 62. Sometimes people find their greatest purpose late in…

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Jennie A. Johnson Stone

Like her parents, Jennie started life in New England. She must have grown up with a love of horses as a child, because riding a circus horse was her father’s…

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