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Starting several years prior to her passing, Frannie Roots 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




Roots Generation 3

.....a.  Logan Holt ROOTS (2 Oct. 1905 in Hankow, China - 14 Aug. 1964) m. Mamie-Louretta “Mayla” BERRY (9 Dec. 1903 in Midway, PA - 1 Dec. 1988  in Wooster, OH) in Kuling, Kiangoi, China on 15 Aug. 1933.  Logan graduated from the Kent School, in Kent, CT in 1922, then obtained his medical degree from Harvard in 1926/1930.  He had a surgical fellowship with the famous Oliver COPE, M.D. in 1931-1932.  Logan went to China in 1933 where he met his fiancee in language school in Peking.  Both were medical missionaries.  When the Cultural Revolution started in China, the family went to West China where Japanese presence was minimal to a town called Hsichow (pronounced “Shidzow”), near the city of Dali in Yunan Province.  They lived in a Buddhist temple while practicing rural medicine, doing his rounds on a bicycle.  The Japanese never bothered the family.  He brought his family and Beth home to Dellwood, Mt. Kisco, NY in 1951.  He moved his family to White Plains, NY, in 1953.  Logan had an acute myocardial infarction in 1960, and a second in 1964.  He died of coronary artery disease.  She died of kidney failure.  Documents in possession:  Logan's Certificate of Identity, granted by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration for medical service as "Regional Medical Officer," issued 25 Jan. 1946.  (Ancestral blood line)

.....b.  John McCook ROOTS (27 Oct. 1903 in Hankow (Wuhan) Hopeh, China - 26 July 1988 in St. Ignace, MI).  He graduated from  the Kent School, CT,  in 1921, and from Harvard University in 1925 with an A. B., cum laude.  He was an early pioneer of the Moral Re-Armament (MRA), foreign correspondent and author specializing in East Asian affairs.  He was the first foreign correspondent to interview Chiang KAI-SHEK and Michael BORODIN in 1926.  From 1929 through the 1940s, he was director of MRA teams as traveling representative, and he served the MRA in South Africa, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Canada.  In 1978 he wrote a biography of Chou ENLAI published by Doubleday.  Died of a heart attack after prolonged illness ć 84.  No children.

.....c.  Sheldon ROOTS (no middle name) (27 July 1908 in Hankow, China - 20 Apr. 1986).  He was a poet, musician and humanitarian.  He attended the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA.  He was a volunteer for many years for the MRA.  He left China at age 13 and went to school in Kent, CT.  He then went on to Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where he learned to box.  He traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.  In 1945 he began traveling with theatrical and musical productions.  He returned to Mackinac Island, MI, in 1965 and was an exhibitor for the historical Stuart House, and remained there until he died unmarried on Mackinac Island, MI,  due to an explosion ć 76.  No children.

.....d.  Frances Blakeslee ROOTS (24 Aug. 1910 - 15 May 2000) m. Richard Moulton* HADDEN (20 Nov. 1910 in East Orange, NJ – July 9, 2003) on 23 Aug.1947 in Caux, Switzerland.  World-renowned duo concert pianists; have played all over the world by invitation, including several tours of China.  They have 2 CD recordings published by Cambria: 1989 (cassette)/1996 (CD) Frances Roots HADDEN: Lu Shan suite for 2 Pianos, and in 1992 one entitled Adventures in Music-Making (classical).  No children. Living in St. Ignace, MI.  (* The name Moulton was not a family name for Richard HADDEN.  He was named after the doctor who delivered him, Dr. MOULTON.)  Documents in possession:  Richard’s birth cert., Richard/Frannie’s marriage cert. 

.....e.  Elizabeth "Beth" Butler ROOTS (23 June 1912 in Lu Shan, China - 20 April 1986 on Mackinac Island, MI).  Beth was never officially diagnosed, though it is believed that she might have had Down’s Syndrome.  She attended American boarding school, and in 1941 refugeed with her brother, Logan’s, family from Shanghai to Rangoon, then up the Burma Road Rangoon to the southwest China province of Yunan, whose capitol in Qunming.  She also lived in southwest China in a Buddhist Temple for 3 years with her brother, Logan Holt ROOTS, during the Japanese war .  At the time of her death, she had been the organist for a number of years at Trinity Episcopal Church on Mackinac Island.  Died unmarried due to an explosion ć 73.  No children.


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John & Logan Roots 1906

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Logan Holt Roots, 1906

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John & Sheldon

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Logan Holt Roots

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Mamie-Lou Berry

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Mamie-Lou and Logan,

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Mamie-Lou and Logan Roots

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Mamie-Lou (Berry) Roots

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1941:  Loretta (far left), Eleanor (top), Logan (lap), Mamie-Lou and Logan

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Logan, Mamie-Lou & their 3 kids, 1953

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Eleanor, Mamie-Lou, Logan, Loretta and Beth Roots

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John McCook Roots, 1971


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John McCook Roots, 1981


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