The Towns

Let us be done, to some fundamental extent, with any towns named by listing some identification, like presenting reasons for mention.  There are three groupings for towns that are points of reference.  Some are simply something like current news items or places of interest.  They have no direct relationship to yours truly.  Some are not something personally visited or any such thing, but they have a relationship because of someone else.  Thus a cousin’s relatives on the other side living in Oklahoma might bring in a mention of that town or a friend in Arizona might bring in a mention of that town.  The third group of towns are places where some actual physical time has been spent, maybe a few hours or maybe a long stay, long enough to take up some of the life of the people.  There have been four of the latter.  

Terre Haute is in Indiana and the reason for sitting there in the past was that entire summers were spent at the grandparents house there.  Cincinnati and Dayton are both in Ohio.  The main reason for time in Cincinnati was education.  The federal government has a program that’s supposed to be an opportunity for people to upgrade old skills they have to meet the needs of business these days.  The one in Cincinnati was presumed to be good.  Dayton is home; but, the program was mis-managed in Dayton, and there was no upgrading.  It turned out it was mis-managed in Cincinnati, too.  Lastly, Covington is in Kentucky.  Apart from an unexpected need to find another place to live, the program was available through a third group in Covington, where it likewise has been mishandled.  (The government wants results for the money. and some upgrades take time.   More about this some other time.) 

The above is the explanation for all of the towns mentioned.  Two of the foreign towns (so far) are particular because they are ancestral.  They were the places from which one or the other set of grandparents migrated to the United States.  The main thing to be noted about them is that when the grandparents lived there, both towns were a part of the Austrian Empire that existed before the first world war.  The people migrated from Austria.  At that particular time the empire carried the title Austria-Hungary.  Today, Ozd’any (a hundred years ago it went by the name of Osgyan or some similar spelling) is in the newish country of Slovakia.  Erdokovesd (which here is missing the dots over the “o” letters that makes it another letter of the alphabet) is in Hungary.  It was just once that they were all Austrian. 

Place names conjure up images.