Centralia’s Stuart House was recently the site of a transatlantic reunion, almost three quarters of a century overdue.
A 97-year-old Centralia great-great grandmother, Mildred Phillippe Level recently met a nephew she never knew existed.
A nephew, Dave Saunders, 74, of Bristol, England, who spent 50 years not knowing the United States half of his family tree existed.
It started with a slip of the tongue, across the Atlantic in England.
That was when Saunders, an insulation engineer, was at a family gathering.
“My aunt, she said, it’s a pity your mom and dad didn’t stay together,” he said sitting in Stuart House knee-to-knee with Level. “I didn’t know what to say. A few weeks later I asked one of my other aunts ‘what can you tell me about my real father?’ She looked startled and said, ‘He was an American GI, who told you?’ I said, ‘you just did.’”
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.