Did you know that you can
locate a living veteran? You can.
The Department of Veterans Affairs, The Records Processing Center at PO
Box 5020, St. Louis, MO 63115, has a locator service. For only $2.00, you
can search for someone lost!
Each branch of the military operates a worldwide locator service.
If you need to find someone, write a letter to the person you are trying
to locate and place it in an envelope with the individuals name on the
outside. On a separate page, give as much information as you can,
including full name, Social Security number, service number,
discharge/retirement date, etc. Send this to the branch of service in
which your friend or relative last served and officials will try to locate
him or her.
Locator addresses include (Air Force): Air Force HQ AFMPC/DMPD 003,
Randolph Air Base, TX 78150-6000. For the Army: HQ DADAPSR, Alexandria, VA
22321. For the Marine Corps:: HQ USMC (MSRB-13), Washington, DC 20380. For
the United States Navy: USN (NMPC641E), Washington, DC 20380.
If you only have the person's name, you might try the National Telephone
Directory at our public library or one of the "finder" services available
on the World Wide Web.
You might look in the Social Security Master Death Index. This material
lists those who have died since 1962.
Many national veterans organizations such as the American Legion, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, VVA, etc., will search their own membership rolls and
will forward a letter to a veteran so requested.
The Army, Navy and Air Force Times newspapers also publish a "looking for"
Judy Steinkamp, 456 Jenny Lane, Elizabeth, IL 61028-9398 is looking for
the recipe for old-time apple "Brown Betty." Any help, she writes, would
Are you kin to Daniel Boone? If you are, there are several Boone
Associations that would be delighted to hear from you.
The Boone Family Association of California is located at 19248 Rockridge
Way, Sonora, CA 95370. They have a booklet entitled My Boone Family, that
covers Boone origins and descendants from Sveide, the Norse Viking King,
in the year 740 AD to the Pennsylvania Boone family inn 1717.
The Boone Family Research Association, PO Box 887, Glen Carbon, IL
62034-0887 has a number of publications on the family of Boone available
The Boone Society, PO Box 500642, Atlanta, GA 31150-0642 maintains a
database, adds new members and their Boone ancestors and publishes a
newsletter. This group hosts an annual reunion.
For complete information, go to:
In case you find a rusty old horseshoe, here's how to make your wish come
If you find a rusty old horseshoe, you must make a wish, spit on the
horseshoe and throw it over your left shoulder to make your wish come
If you hear a rooster crow and your nose itches at the same time - bake a
cake because company is coming!
If your right ear burns, someone is talking well of you. If your left ear
burns, someone is talking bad of you. You must wet your finger and rub it
across the ear, naming the person you think is talking about you. If the
burning ceases, you have guess rightly!
We'll talk about a few more home-grown superstitions next time.