That was Larry, the co-author of Hesch History. We emailed and chatted most days, tried to make each other laugh. We often discussed books or the news, as you do, and one day he asked what I knew about my ancestors. I vaguely recalled a story about a great grandfather falling out of a wagon and dying three days later....I thought he was German, and that he lived in Buckman, Minnesota. That was about it.
So started an adventure that kept us both interested for years. HH began in January 2009, and it's now over 1300 posts. We tapered off in the last year, partly because of Larry's PD, but mostly because we ran out of new sources to tap. He was an inspiration, zeroing in on small facts that turned into days of fun research (Francis DeVivaldi, Uncle Math's Diary, the Olympic, among tons of other topics). Because of Larry, I went to Europe to find the places we discovered (and because Marion persuaded me ☺ ).
It's been a wonderful twelve years, knowing Larry. I'm heartbroken that he's gone. I've lost a dear friend, and honestly, he loved knowing more about our little family than you do.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
I'll miss you always