Isla Arendell (nee McInally) wrote to me with the following message, “Further to your post about ‘Fin me Oot’, I thought you might like to hear about our family connection. My parents John and Nan McInally (nee Murphy) emigrated to the States in 1951. My father grew up on Baird’s Rows and my mother in Rosebank Avenue in the Village. My mother’s family, her mother Alice (nee Burns) and her two sisters Margaret and May followed my parents and their father James Murphy and settled in
New York. We had a holiday home up state in Lake Hopatcong which my parents named Fin me Oot as they never forgot their roots.
Here is a picture of the American Fin me Oot and one of the original sign which we brought back with us when my parents returned to Blantyre with me in the 1970’s. We settled on Farm Road. My father John was the school janitor in David Livingstone Primary and my mother ran the playgroup on Logan Street. I now live in Gloucestershire and have a holiday house in Wales called….. Fin me Oot and use the original sign from the 1960’s. Isla”
With permission to share, here is Isla’s parents American holiday home named Fin Me Oot, along with the old, original sign. Fin Me oot was the affectionate name given to Caldervale mining village.