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Oct 21, 2008 - Finding Roots in Illinois

When we decided to take this trip down the Mississippi, I knew we would be coming close to my roots in Illinois, but I had no idea how close. I was born in Wood River, Illinois - just up the road from St. Louis. My dad worked for the Shell Oil Refinery there and in 1955 they opened up a new refinery in the Puget Sound of Washington State. So when I was just under 5 years old, we all moved out west through that gate of opportunity to the small town of Anacortes where I grew up. As far as I know, no one in my immediate family has been...

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