DEAR SUN SPOTS: I wanted to provide an update on the two recent queries I had placed with Sun Spots.

First, regarding Dr. Lucy O’Connell, my sister and I met with her granddaughter last month and gave her some old photos and other items. Our grandmother worked for Dr. Lucy O’Connell 100 years ago. It was nice to be able to give her these items. One of her grandfather’s clocks had been purchased by another doctor and was mentioned in a newspaper article.

Here is the strange connection, the doctor that bought the clock turned out to be the grandfather of a family member in my second query about the Stelmok/Tamasuinas family.

Next, my sister and I met with those family members last week and had a wonderful time going over all the connections with our two families. They were pleased to receive the photo album and I hope they will be able to identify some of the people in the photos.

Lastly, the day you re-ran the Stelmok/Tamasuinas request, because you felt it needed to be in the print version of the paper, was the same day I sat down to send you a message asking if you would do exactly that. Great minds think alike. Thank you.

That was the day the family saw my request and made contact. Many people depend on the print version and are not reading the Monday digital-only edition.


Another fact is that the family members who contacted me were not the ones who read the queries. In both cases, my requests were brought to their attention by someone else. As usual, writing to Sun Spots results in success. — No name, no town

ANSWER: I’m just thrilled that you took the time to update me and all the Sun Spotters. This is such interesting information regarding the connections between your families. I’m so glad you and your sister were rewarded for your efforts.

In the time that I’ve been Ms. Sun Spots, we’ve been able to reunite so many people. I can’t take the credit for it at all. Those who simply write in are doing all the work!

I want readers to understand that Sun Spots runs Monday through Friday and yes, that includes one day of having the column in the epaper only. This is the wave of the future, my friends, for better or worse.

Rest assured that I often repeat letters from Monday’s Sun Spots again throughout the month if I feel it’s important to get particular content out again. We are all working to ensure that our subscribers get the best experience possible when they read the Sun Journal.

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