Category Archives: Norvell Family History

An Officer’s Lady on the Frontier

Elizabeth Proal Norvell (1848-1931) was the wife of Colonel Stevens Thompson Norvell, an officer of the 10th Cavalry, one of the famed Buffalo Soldier regiments on the great plains.    Life for these women who accompanied their husbands to the … Continue reading

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A Special 4th of July

Forty years ago we celebrated our nation’s birthday in Alaska.  It was the Bicentennial, our 200th birthday.  From the start we were heavily involved with the celebration as I was a member of both the Anchorage Bicentennial commission and the … Continue reading

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Who’s your Daddy?

During the last week, I had the opportunity to think about fathers and their impact upon others  in an entirely different way.  We had several men from my college ROTC unit and their wives to dinner, it was our 50th … Continue reading

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Arlington

I have been to Arlington many, many times and it never fails to move me. The first time I visited this hallowed place was as a senior in high school.  It is amazing to me all these years later the … Continue reading

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When we were in the Service

I’ve noticed in recent years, I often refer to the time that I was in the Air Force as when “we were in the Air Force.” This is not surprising as being an officer, 50 years ago,  meant that your … Continue reading

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Death and Family History

Over the years researching family history I have read stories of terrible deaths.   There are murders, accidental deaths, and of course medical issues that run in families. Murders are the most sensational.  In my own family, there was William … Continue reading

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Moving to the Country

About 1905 my grandfather Hamilton Redfield Norvell moved his family from Buffalo to the small village of South Wales, New York. It was about this time that he took a position as head printer at the Roycroft in East Aurora. … Continue reading

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Criminals in the Family

Every family has a skeleton in the closet. In our family, Willard Smith Norvell and Bayard Boyd Norvell fit the bill. They were the sons of my great uncle Edwin Forrest Norvell, who had served in the Civil War, as … Continue reading

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Norvells in World War I

Two of my uncles, Jack and Steve, and an aunt Emily served in World War I. They were the only ones of that generation to do so in my family.  My Dad, the baby of the family, was born in 1911 … Continue reading

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Arctic Survival

The cold air rushing down from Canada today, its about -3F as I write this, reminds me of when I attended Arctic Survival School in Alaska. From 1974-1978, I flew air intercept missions in the F4 Phantom II out of … Continue reading

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