My family originated from Germany, where they were great ship builders. My 5 generation grandfather Tevolt Moats and two of his brothers snuck away on a ship to come to America. While they were examining the new land they ran into a tribe of Apache Indians that welcomed them.The students at Aurora School sent in dozens of wonderful essays about their family and about Aurora in response to our first middle school essay contest. Each one demonstrates the author’s research into his or her family background and a deep consideration of life in and around Aurora in both the past and present. by Erika Ritchey (8th Grade) Like any other family, my family is unique in its own ways.There are challenges, accomplishments, traditions, and family heroes, just like any other family.by Erica Myers (7th Grade) My family moved to Aurora in the 1930s. Their ancestors immigrated to the United States from Germany and settled in this area of the Appalachian Mountains working with timber and mining. He never knew where an enemy may be lurking or if there was landmine nearby. Gran Hauser delivered babies all over the ridge and the Aurora area as a midwife.I think they must have come by ship and the decided to move to a rural area rather than staying in a city along the eastern shore. Neither wanted to talk about their experiences in combat. She worked like an obstetrician without any schooling. Blanche’s office was located in the house on the left as you turn right toward the Eglon Clinic. Jamison who practiced in the Erwin area near Rowlesburg.If she needed help, she could get in touched with Dr. Pappy Hauser owned a logging business and also farmed.Although he only went to school to second grade, he could calculate board feet faster than you could write it down. Gran and Pappy and their eight children would have a family reunion at their home on Stemple Ridge on a Saturday in August. When Gran and Pappy passed, Uncle Bill continued the tradition but made it a weekend event.He had a huge log truck garage that he and the boys would clean out.On Friday night he would have a hog roast and picnic.Have you ever eaten a pie that has both fruit and meat in it?I was chosen to represent Aurora School as a Buckwheat Festival junior princess this year which is also a tradition.