Thomas Orville Conner (who went by "Orville" much of his life because he hated being called, "Mr. O'Connor") was my great grandfather. He was born in 1896 in Zero, Lucas County, IA and died in 1988 in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, CA. And did a whole lot in between.
I remember so many things about Great Grampa- the berries that he fed us, the cows he milked each day, his calm thoughtful presence. And I remember sitting on his lap all the time and just snuggling.