About the Book
Margaret Mary Ivory Henry is the grand daughter of my great great grandparents Bridget Kealy Ivory and Daniel Ivory who were married in St. Michael's Catholic Church on February 2, 1826 in Danesfort, County Kilkenny, Ireland. Margaret Mary's husband, a Northwestern University educated pharmacist, John Martin Henry, was the son of my great grandparents Anna Marie Carr Henry and Alexander Henry.
My Irish ancestors, the O'Brien, the Henrys, the Carrs and the Ivorys settled in Cox Creek a small community north of Strawberry Point, Iowa in Clayton County. The center of the community was a small country school, a Protestant and Catholic Cemetery and the small Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Michael F. O'Brien lived and worked in Seoul, Korea from August of 1963 to June of 1997. He grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful wooded hills of northeast Iowa. At age twenty-four he left the corn fields of Iowa for the rice paddies of Korea. Those rice paddies fascinated and excited him with their ever-changing patterns and through them he learned, also, to love the Iowa corn fields he had left behind. He is a retired art and photography teacher from Seoul American High School in Yongsan, 8th U.S. Army, in Seoul, Korea. Mr. O'Brien's credits include Far-Reaching Fragrance - Photographs of Korea, a collection in coffee table book form of photographic insights into traditional Korea. He has also co-authored a high school photography text, The Photographic Eye - Learning To See With A Camera. 1984 - John F. Kennedy Center Fellow for Teachers of the Arts.