Once upon a time in 1967, a branch of the Hohman family moved to 65 Ordale in Mt. Lebanon PA. We moved away in 1980. Many roads led there, many roads led from there. All roads lead to Ordalia.
Mom, aka Eleanor “Ellie” Hohman née Hennessy (1932-2019), did not dwell on the past. After a collection of Kodachrome slides did not pass muster during a spring cleaning (or, as she called it, “clearing the decks”), Mom gave the collection to me. I was riveted by the “vintage” images, scanning them immediately. Whereupon the collection, though shared piecemeal, gathered electronic dust. Organizing thousands of slides was one hurdle. Finding a venue for them was another. Money and time were factors too. When would I (to borrow another of Mom’s favorite expressions) “take action”? The catalyst was her death on July 21, 2019. Building Ordalia became a mourning strategy. Its broader purpose is to commemorate Mom and, as she would wish, the whole family, the web of lives.
Tom gets credit for the name of the site.
Site Administrator (Greg), July 21, 2020