The Official Writing Challenge
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I suspect that this is your family history? I hope you get an opportunity to share it at some reunion or similar gathering.

Consider narrowing the scope of this some day, and writing just one small story, with one person's POV. A collection of such stories might be a family treasure.
I loved reading your story. It was if I could actually see time pass. Good writing.
Your family will value this piece long after the Challenge is forgotten, which makes you a first place winner!