Category Archives: Prologue: Going Up to Shiloh

From West to East

I was born in Castro Valley, California in 1957 not far from where the American frontier was believed to come to its end. In fact, the train station in Niles was originally built as the first stop of the transcontinental … Continue reading

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The Road up to Shiloh Church

Located in the Southern part of Scott County, Arkansas, the cemetery where several of my Cartwright ancestors are buried is by no means easy to find. Even if you have been there before, it can be difficult to find. Although … Continue reading

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Tom Joad and the journey back home

The Grapes of Wrath begins with (the son) Tom Joad leaving the Oklahoma state prison in Macalester and heading back to his home located near Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Along the way, he encounters “The Preacher,” with whom he talks about the … Continue reading

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“Gone to Shiloh”

The words are saturated with poignancy. Elton John describes the lyrics of the composition that he and Leon Russell are about to sing as “gorgeous” and I think they are. Each time I listen to this haunting melody with Russell’s … Continue reading

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Cartwright Family Memoir(s)

Going Up to Shiloh is the name I have given to this set of reflections about the immigrant experiences of my ancestors focusing on their journeys from east to west, north to south, west to east, and south to north. … Continue reading

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Why begin with Shiloh?

I imagine at least some readers of this blog about memories associated with the Cartwright and Starr families will scratch their heads about the fact that I have chosen to use the almost forgotten community of Shiloh as the principal … Continue reading

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The Six Cartwright Siblings — born to Millie and Jess

Bobby,Billy,MC,Millie,Virginia,Dorothy,Betty When I think of Cartwright siblings, I have in mind the six children who were born to Jess and Millie Cartwright (see photo above). This is the only photo that I have that have of all six of them … Continue reading

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