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Dear Friends of the late Frances Roots Hadden and Richard Hadden,

Starting several years prior to her passing, Frannie Hadden began a book about her father, Bishop Logan Roots, and his wife, Eliza Lydia McCook.  It was Frannie's desire to convey the story of their missionary lives in China during tumultuous revolutionary times, their love of the people, and for each other.  After Frannie's death in May 2000, the effort to complete the book was taken up by her friend and editor, Motoko Huthwaite, as well as two of Frannie's grand-nieces, Ellen Roots McBride and April Roots Prewitt.  Through their collective efforts over the last ten years, Frannie's book has finally been completed and is now for sale through Eastbridge Books. 

Below is the link to where the book can be purchased (it will soon be available through Amazon and Alibris), as well as their preview and picture of the dustjacket:

The Personal Letters of Bishop and Mrs. Logan Roots,
Two American Missionaries in China (1900-1934)
Motoko Huthwaite, ed.

"Logan Herbert Roots (1870-1945) was a very important figure in the history of the Christian missionary movement in modern China who, by his exemplary life in China, contributed to the later development of a vibrant and fully Chinese church after the missionary era ended."
--Daniel Bays, PhD - Calvin College

"[Bishop Roots] was no ordinary churchman. One could find in his drawing room leaders of the Communist Party, as well as those of the Kuomintang. Here was a man whose influence on the thought patterns of China's leaders was measureless."
--Captain Evans("Gung-ho") Carlson USMC - in his book Twin Stars over China.

From China with Love is a family portrait drawn by the letters of a married couple madly in love for over thirty years. Because their home is in China, the letters also tell us something about China; but what stands out most are the tender expressions of endearment, of concern, and of love for each other, for their children, and for their friends, both Chinese and foreign, in China and in the United States. It is a delightful experience tracing the love and commitment of two intelligent and eloquent Americans from 1900 until Eliza's death in 1934.

This book will resonate with many young couples today—emailing love letters between America and Iraq or Afghanistan or some other far-flung danger spot—separated by distance and war, but united in loving concern, faith, and hope.

ISBN 1-59988-016-4 (pb) $29.95




Frannie and Dick Hadden

Frannie was born 24 Aug 1910, and Dick on 20 Nov 1910.  
They married 23 Aug 1947 in Caux, Switzerland.
Frannie passed away on 15 May 2000, and Dick on 9 July 2003.

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you can download a free version from this website and follow Steps 1, 2 and 3. 

Hourglass tree of descendants from Thomas E. Haddon I (? - 1780).

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Frances Roots, age 8

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Bishop, Miss Crosby and Frannie

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Christmas in Hankow 1937

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Frances Roots, 1938

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Bishop Roots, Sheldon, Frannie & John, ca. 1939

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The Bishop & Family, ca. 1943

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Willard Hunter and Frances, 
ca. 1943

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Bishop's birthday 1945

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A young Richard Hadden

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Richard the sailor

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Frannie & Dick, ca. 1945

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Cutting the cake 1947

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The wedding party

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Frannie & Dick in style

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Roots clan on Mackinac

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ca. 1965

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Christmas dinner 1969,
Rick Martin's house

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In concert

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In China for duo piano concert, 1972

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Roots clan, ca. 1970

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Peking premier 1972

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Frannie & Chou En-lai

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Haddens, Libbys & Trish Martin on Mackinac, 1981

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Frannie & Dick over
Lu Shan Suite

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Lu Shan Suite 2

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ca. 1992

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Roots reunion
Grand Rapids, MI

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50th anniversary
with Pauline Holbrook

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Frannie & Don 

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Karen Roots and Frannie

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Roots reunion
in St. Ignace, MI

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Painting of location where Dick and Frannie got engaged in the Delamere Forest, England

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Dick at the piano, 2000

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Mackinac Island House

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Chalet Mackinac in St. Ignace, MI

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Mackinac Island Bridge


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