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SPECIAL NOTE: JANUARY 2010
several years prior to her passing, Frannie Roots Hadden began a book about
Bishop Logan Roots, and his wife, Eliza Lydia McCook. It was Frannie's desire to convey the story of their missionary lives in
Below is the
link to where the book can be purchased (it will soon be available through
and Alibris), as well as their preview and picture of the dustjacket:
"[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
(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
Logan went to China in 1933 where he met his fiancee in language school
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)
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.
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
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
due to an explosion ć 76.
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.
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.
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