Features http://www.sentinelnews.com/features/todaysfeatures en Susanne of Allen Dale Farm, Part 15: A tribute http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/susanne-allen-dale-farm-part-15-tribute <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstocku_susanne15.jpg" alt="Susanne and Brig. Gen. Ron Van Stockum." title="Susanne and Brig. Gen. Ron Van Stockum." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> In September 1995 my son Reggie took his mother Susanne, then 80, on a trip to France, including a visit to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, near the border between France and Spain.</p> <p> She had first visited the shrine with her father in 1926 when she was eleven. Susanne described her impressions:</p> <p> I touched Reggie&rsquo;s cheek and he touched my cheek. And there was an atmosphere of prayer, no giggling, no laughing or anything. Just a very comfortable place to be because everybody else was doing the same thing. And it was very emotional.</p> Susanne of Allen Dale Farm, Part 14: Research and beauty in Paris http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/susanne-allen-dale-farm-part-14-research-and-beauty-paris <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockum_susanne14prince.jpg" alt="Susanne and her cousin, Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge, descendants of Charles X of France.Taken in Prince Jean-Louis&#039;s apartment." title="Susanne and her cousin, Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge, descendants of Charles X of France.Taken in Prince Jean-Louis&#039;s apartment." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> During our several trips to France, while we always visited our good friends Jean-Michel and Guillemette Dunoyer de Segonzac in Brittany, we did not neglect beautiful Paris.</p> <p> We stayed at small reasonably priced hotels, and dined at inexpensive restaurants frequented by Parisians.</p> <p> Such informal trips would have been impossible without the entr&eacute;e provided by Susanne&rsquo;s family background, warm personality and capability to shift in mid-sentence between French and English, in easy conversations with patricians and functionaries alike.</p> Shelby County’s 2015 Fabulous 5 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-county%E2%80%99s-2015-fabulous-5 <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/billmatthews.jpg" alt="Bill Matthews" title="Bill Matthews" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Sentinel-News, since 2008, has honored at year&rsquo;s end five Shelby Countians we think have had a significant impact on our community during the year. We sought your nominations on our Facebook page, and we believe each person &ndash; or team &ndash; selected for what we call Shelby County&rsquo;s Fabulous 5, has in his or her own way left an imprint that merits our honoring and emulating, represents a broad spectrum of a diverse society and truly is one of the best of our best.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Sam Eyle</strong></p> Shelby County’s 2015 Fabulous 5 http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/shelby-county%E2%80%99s-2015-fabulous-5 <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/billmatthews.jpg" alt="Bill Matthews" title="Bill Matthews" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Sentinel-News, since 2008, has honored at year&rsquo;s end five Shelby Countians we think have had a significant impact on our community during the year. We sought your nominations on our Facebook page, and we believe each person &ndash; or team &ndash; selected for what we call Shelby County&rsquo;s Fabulous 5, has in his or her own way left an imprint that merits our honoring and emulating, represents a broad spectrum of a diverse society and truly is one of the best of our best.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>Sam Eyle</strong></p> Susanne of Allen Dale Farm, Part 13: Charette family history http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/susanne-allen-dale-farm-part-13-charette-family-history <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockum_susanne13_charlesx.jpg" alt="Charles X of France, photo taken of potrait at the home of Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge, with his permission." title="Charles X of France, photo taken of potrait at the home of Prince Jean-Louis de Faucigny-Lucinge, with his permission." align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> <strong>General Baron Athanase Charles-Marin de Charette (1796-1848)</strong></p> <p> At the royal court, Louise, Comtesse de Vierzon, granddaughter of Charles X of France, met a gallant cavalier, Athanase-Charles-Marin de Charette, (1796-1848), Chef d&rsquo;escadron aux Chasseurs de la Garde Royal (Commander of the light cavalry squadron of the Royal Guard).</p> Susanne of Allen Dale Farm, Part 12: General Baron de Charette’s Chateau de la Basse Motte http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/susanne-allen-dale-farm-part-12-general-baron-de-charette%E2%80%99s-chateau-de-la-basse-motte <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockum_susanne12_motte.jpg" alt="La Chateau de la Basse Motte." title="La Chateau de la Basse Motte." align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> Our good friends in France, Jean-Michel and Guillemette Dunoyer de Segonzac, drove us to General de Charette&rsquo;s Chateau de la Basse Motte in Chateuneuf, six miles west of St Malo, which Susanne had inherited from her mother, the Marquise de Charette, in 1964.</p> Susanne of Allen Dale Farm, Part 11: Returning to the farm http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/susanne-allen-dale-farm-part-11-returning-farm <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockum_susanne11_3.jpg" alt="Noticing the moving van company&#039;s motto and recognizing Susanne&#039;s prowess in moving our family from station to station, I couldn&#039;t resist taking this photo of the &quot;Two Number 1 Movers&quot; in Feb. 1970." title="Noticing the moving van company&#039;s motto and recognizing Susanne&#039;s prowess in moving our family from station to station, I couldn&#039;t resist taking this photo of the &quot;Two Number 1 Movers&quot; in Feb. 1970." align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> In early February 1966, Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, Director of Selective Service (Draft), and his wife were our dinner guests at our quarters at the San Diego Marine Base. Appointed as head of the Selective Service System by President Roosevelt in 1940, Hershey had become the longest-serving director in the history of the Selective Service System, spanning World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.</p> <p> <strong>Working for the &ldquo;Brute&rdquo; </strong></p> Susanne of Allen Dale Farm, Part 10: A surprising promotion http://www.sentinelnews.com/content/susanne-allen-dale-farm-part-10-surprising-promotion <img src="http://www.sentinelnews.com/sites/www.sentinelnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/genvanstockum_susanne10_1.jpg" alt="To Susanne and “Van” with deep appreciation for all you both have done to make my job so pleasant. J. P. Berkeley, Major General USMC, C.G. 2d Marine Div FMF." title="To Susanne and “Van” with deep appreciation for all you both have done to make my job so pleasant. J. P. Berkeley, Major General USMC, C.G. 2d Marine Div FMF." align="left" hspace="6" width="59" height="85" /><p> One day in February 1961, while serving on the staff of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, I received an urgent summons from Maj. Gen. Phil Berkeley, the Division Commander. I wondered what I had done wrong this time!</p> <p> It turned out that the general&rsquo;s growing dissatisfaction with his chief of staff&rsquo;s performance had dramatically overcome his tolerance. He had abruptly ordered him to clear out his desk and get out.</p> <p> <strong>Suddenly the Chief of Staff</strong></p>