Memories and Faces

Putting our footprints in the sands of time for our children

Memory Lane

Wandering down memory lane and recounting the stories of my families: McCarroll, Duffy, Rose, and Sharrow, and Kacir, Poljak/Pollak, Grofcik (Jurek) and Yuhas.

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Summers on Lake St. Clair

Posted by Patricia Dettloff on August 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)


“A B C D goldfish?

L M N O goldfish!

O S A R!

C M P N?”

Sitting on the back or the bow of our boat, this ditty was repeated every time someone was fishing off the side, whether early in the morning or late in the day. We grewup on a boat… from a 20’ Sorg to a 32’ Richardson… we spent the majo...

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The family ties that bind

Posted by Patricia Dettloff on June 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember being able to take a walk and visit your relatives who lived on the same block? When our ancestors came to America, they stayed together not only in their thoughts and hearts, but on the same block!

I look back fondly of visits to Gramma ‘Carroll’s when we would each day take our walk and stop partway down the block to visit Uncle Vern and Aunt Ruth. A little snack, some time to talk and off we’d go further down the block to Aunt Helen and Uncle Morris’s...

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Don't you just love finding treasures?

Posted by Patricia Dettloff on April 3, 2011 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Within the last few months, I’ve found a number of families and/or a family member in the US Census reports posted on


One find was especially exciting.


My maternal grandmother had a cousin who was a nun. We would visit the convent at St. Bernard’s Church and School every time we had a sleepover at Gramma’s. She referred to it as visiting her cousin and referred to her “cousin” by her birth name (Edna) most of th...

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You find them in the funniest places...

Posted by Patricia Dettloff on April 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (0)


As hostess at an alumni event through Macomb College, I signed in a couple who were attending. The last name was very familiar and I found that the husband was a descendant of one of my families from the Algonac/Marine City area... Drouillard. How exciting to keep finding more and more family!


Photos uploaded

Posted by Patricia Dettloff on April 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (0)


Photos have been uploaded of family weddings or wedding attendees. These were among those photos I have from my grandmother, Alvera Rose McCarroll, and include the Rose and Sharrow families. Check them out... do any faces foster memories?


Website launched

Posted by Patricia Dettloff on April 3, 2011 at 3:36 PM Comments comments (0)


Our new website has been launched today.This site has been created to connect our Rose and Sharrow families from the Macomb and St. Clair counties area of Michigan. They came here from Canada and settled in Ira Township, Algonac and Marine City. More families will be added as I go along.

Family is just a phone call away...

Posted by Patricia Dettloff on April 3, 2011 at 3:34 PM Comments comments (0)


Today I received a phone call from someone who got my number from the local historical society president. He knew what families I was researching and knew he could send this woman my way. Lo and behold, she is related through the Rose line through a brother of my great-grandfather. Jennifer, it was great meeting you and I hope we can keep in touch.

Also, the president is very probably a relative as well. His last name, although spelled differently, i...

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