Curious about a Vaudeville musician who woos a beautiful opera star? 

Historically Speaking with Angela Breidenbach welcomes family historian, Stacie Mason Keeley, as she shares the 64-year love story of her great grandparents.

Letha Gladetsch, a Victorian era renowned opera soprano and Miss Chicago beauty queen, meets Henry Hunt of the Garden and Hunt Vaudeville band act. They spark a romance that lasted 64 years and crossed the country with their talents in music and movies. Henry Hunt opened the first movie house in Chicago. Leitha sang on a European tour at 18 years old. Listen in for the family stories, tips on how to verify your own ancestral documents, and be sure to view the photos in the slide show on this page.

If you think you’re related to Stacie Mason Keeley or any of the people you hear about in this episode, contact Angela Breidenbach on the contact page of for more information.

Listen to the half hour show by clicking this link: Historically Speaking Episode 6

Books/Tools mentioned in this show are: Blue Ribbon Brides (Romance set at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893), The National Archives, and


I’m excited to announce my 2nd episode on my new radio show —
Historically Speaking with Angela Breidenbach!

Angela’s radio guest, Rebecca DeMarino, talks about her ancestral love story and how that affected her writing.

In this episode I’ll be interviewing my guest, Rebecca DeMarino, about her ancestral love story set in a lighthouse. I can’t wait to hear everything Rebecca has learned about her 9th great grandparents, what that has to do with a lighthouse, and all the fascinating details of this true, historical romance. If you’re interested in learning more about Rebecca DeMarino or reading one of her books, we’ll feature her latest novel, To Follow Her Heart. 

Follow Rebecca at:

Twitter @RebeccaDeMarino

Horton's Lighthouse, central setting to Rebecca DeMarino's ancestral love story!

Horton’s Lighthouse, central setting to Rebecca DeMarino’s ancestral love story!

Here's a link to Rebecca's book if you'd like a copy:

Here’s a link to Rebecca’s book if you’d like a copy:


Who needs to know who begat who? For Pete’s sake, I can’t pronounce most of the names anyway.

Then this morning in my personal time of reading the Bible, I understood a tiny reason. One that turned out to be not so tiny. I understood how all those puzzle pieces fit into God’s plan. (Okay, maybe I understood some of the puzzle pieces, lol.)

My great-grandmother, Mary Charity Hartshorn Nelson
Angie-I took this myself just to see how much I resembled my great-grandma.
No make-up on purpose.

So I began to wonder more about how we resemble our ancestors in both looks and spirituality. For fun, I snapped a shot of myself so I could put it side by side with my great-grandma’s photo. I did this a few different times with various ancestors. I’m stunned at the similarities.

I’ve been reading the Chronological Bible on (via my blackberry) in order to better understand how all these ambiguous stories and events fit together. I felt I might grasp it better. And boy was I right!

This morning I entered the New Testament. Stunning moment when I realized I’d read the stories of most of the people listed in Matthew 1. No longer did the list of names seem so daunting. I knew how David, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Juda, Tamar, Perez, even Aminidab, and then came a few that stunned me. Boaz whose mother was Rahab–the prostitute heroine. Obed whose mother was Ruth–the foreigner. Jesse who thought his son, David, would amount to nothing as the youngest. And Solomon–the great murdering king who married the adulteress and yet is renowned as the wisest man who ever lived. On and on the list goes with names and stories I’m finally connecting.

One of the best moments though? When I realized how many imperfect people are in the lineage of Jesus Christ. Who will come after me that the Lord will rise up to do great things? He or she may not be the Messiah, but what if in my imperfection the Lord is still able to work through my ancestral line to bring about His will?

What about yours?

These stories give me hope when I make awful, unsolveable mistakes, the Lord will be able to reconcile me to Him and still use my life. Wow factor! I’m not a lost cause and neither are you regardless of the mistakes we make, regardless of our ancestors mistakes.

Come with me back to the Lord who has great plans for us in spite of our pasts.

May we be like Rahab, Solomon, and even the woman who must fight for her rights-Tamar. Imperfect, yet so passionate about correcting wrongs in order to live for the Lord.

Liking those begat lists now.