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52 Weeks of Personal & Genealogy History: Week 36 Road trip – I
October 25, 2011, 8:58 am
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Week 36: Road Trips. Describe a family road trip from your childhood. Where did you go and why? Who was in the car? How did you pass the time?

Although this is to be about a family road trip from your childhood, I am going to share a road trip that I have just completed.  It will be divided into several segments.  On this journey were  Melba, Karen, Charles & Judy and Gloria.  We traveled from Kansas to Vancouver, Washington,  Kenneth & Billie joined us there , to travel up to Vancouver, BC.  Carl & Nola joined us there.

We were celebrating 40 years of marriage, & ministry, a 60th birth, combined with a family vacation.

Nine of us boarded the STATENDAM, cruising the inside passage up to Alaska.  Then we debarked for 5 days to tour some of Alaska’s inland.  From Fairbanks, we flew back to Vancouver, BC.  Carl & Nola flew back to Montana, Melba remained in Vancouver, Washington with our Kenneth & Billie. Charles & Judy, Karen & Gloria headed back towards home via a brief rest in Colorado.

Alaskan Journey – 2011

Part I – Kansas to Vancouver, B.C
Charles & Judy loading the van

Getting ready

Charles & Judy, picked up Melba and Karen in Ellis, then on to Colby to Gloria’s.  The next day we traveled through Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming to our destination of Rawlings, Wyoming.   Karen and Melba’s cousin, Cindy, gave us a tour of Rawlings, sharing information and history of the area.

Eating lunch

Gloria, Melba, Judy & Charles


Karen: the photographer

Then on to Twin Falls, Idaho, through Wyoming, Utah and Idaho.  As we traveled through Utah, we stopped by the side of the road to see our first live moose, a male and female, keeping cool in a small marshy pool.


Utah Moose

Female Moose

Female Moose

After reaching our motel in Twin Falls we learned of the Earthquake in Virginia, from Charles & Judy’s son.  That evening we drove out to Shoshone Falls, just as the sun was getting ready to set . It was a very calm and beautiful location.

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

Shoshone Falls

Gloria, Charles & Judy

Gloria, Charles & Judy

Vancouver, Washington was our next destination, Kenneth & Billie, would be  joining us for the cruise.  We took the day to just relax, driving out to Bonneville Dam, for a tour.  Our tour guide took us down in to the bowels of the dam to see the huge, huge generators.  After the tour, he said if we would have lunch, just down the road he would join us.  Andreas, came and serenaded us during our lunch, at CXXX in Stevenson, WA, with his 8-string guitar, playing Classical and Baroque music. He also presented a copy of his CD to Charles & Judy, and Kenneth & Billie.

CXXX Bar & Grill

CXXX at Stevenson, WA


Serenade by Andreas

The next day we headed out to Vancouver, BC.  Here we would board our cruise ship the STATENDAM.  We were certainly glad we were not scheduled to board the boat that day; we probably would have missed it.  After getting past the boarder, we were about 15 minutes from our motel and it was 4pm.  As the cars piled up around us, we inched our way forward, getting very frustrating at our slow movement.   Ahead we could see 3 lanes merging into one lane. Two hours later we arrived at the tunnel, suddenly cars were whizzing all around us.  It was 6pm we had moved 1 mile, and now there were 3 lanes open going both ways.  We had arrived right at rush hour. We now have a better understanding of rush hour traffic.

A day to explore Vancouver was planned.  Replacing forgotten clothes determined our first destination. A very scenic drive with lots of detours, took us to more of the residential section than we expected and no store was located.   We divided, our group heading for Fisherman’s Wharf.  Just a few blocks from the Motel, was the store, we hoped the other group would find it.  But we headed on to Fisherman’s Wharf, where we explored a fresh fish market, as we enjoyed the shore.

Fishermans Wharf

Fishermans Wharf at Steveston, BC

On the shore

Relaxing at the Wharf

Our next stop was a Buddhist Monastery.  It was very oriental, calm and peaceful.

Buddhist Monastery

Entering the Monastery

Serenity Pool

Serenity Pool

Upon our return to motel, Carl & Nola, the final members of our group had arrived.

All nine of us were all excited to start the next segment of our journey.

…………………………………to be continued.

52 Weeks of Personal and Genealogy History: Week 38: Hobbies
October 9, 2011, 2:49 pm
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Week 38: Hobbies. Did you have any hobbies as a child? Which ones?

I guess I would say my hobby was reading.  As a child I was reading every chance I could get, as well as late into the night. The most exciting day of the week was Saturday, this was the day I would go to the library to get my new books for the week.  Check out this post about Shopping Saturday which was the day I got my new collection of books for the week.   When a book catches my interest I don’t want to put it down.  Is it any wonder I became a librarian.  Although,  I am not the reader I was as a child but I still enjoy reading a good book.

I also enjoy doing needlework, over the years I have stitched many pieces that have been given away as gifts. Counted cross stitch is my favorite type of needlework. I started with stamped cross stitch.  One of my early favorites is a stamped sampler.  I can see many mistakes, but I still like what it has to say.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
With out numbers
how can we count our joys

Without words how
can we tell of them

Because there is a glass over the picture, I had trouble getting a picture of this.


One of my treasured pictures is one I made for my son, it is an eagle in full flight.  The wing spread is about 18” across.  It was a challenge.  It was entered  into the county fair and received a reserve champion ribbon.  I am unable to continue with this hobby, as my hands are not as nimble as they were in earlier years. This was a hobby that allowed me to make some very special one of a kind gifts for friends and family.

Today one of my hobbies is  photography. It allows me  to make those special one of a kind gifts.  The past several years I have used pictures taken over the year for a calendar.  I make one that includes all of the birthday’s and anniversaries for our family for the year.  Then I make a smaller version with just the major holidays and use that for Christmas gifts that year.  The 2012 calendar will feature photos  from the trip I took to Alaska.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: 35 Weddings
October 4, 2011, 1:20 pm
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Week 35: Weddings. Tell us about your wedding. You may also talk about your future wedding, the wedding of a relative or shape this question to fit your own life experience.

I described my wedding in my very first post for the 52 Weeks of Personal History and Genealogy.  Our wedding was Jan 1, 1975 at 2pm Baptist Church, Horton, Kansas.  My sister was my matron of honor, and I used 9 of my 10 nieces and nephews in the wedding party.  My mother insisted I have all of them or none of them, so I went with them all.  I had 4 candle lighters, so I had to be sure to have lots of candles, 2 flower girls and 2 ring bearers.  One niece helped at the guest book.  The very youngest niece was only 18 months old and wearing a cast from the waist down one leg and about ½ down the other.  She just got a dress like all of the others.  A good friend – Joe Mitchell was the best man.  Jack Ryan another friend sang for the wedding.  Mrs. Midland, a fellow teacher, played the organ.

Bride, Matron of Honor, flower girls

Bride, Matron of Honor, and flower girls

My sister made all of the dresses out of light blue polyester, trimmed with lace, and dark blue velvet ribbons.  When she was finished with all of the dresses, she had enough fabric to make simple jackets for the 2 ring bearers.

When we were ready to take pictures, we realized that Richard had not put on his bow tie for the ceremony at all.  He does have them on in the pictures after the ceremony.  A tie was hand painted on the pictures taken during the ceremony.

About 5 years ago, we were giving the video that my brother-in-law had made of the wedding.  He could not film during the service, but it has before and after.  The 8 mm film had been transferred to VHS.  My youngest son, took the video, edited it, then added “The Wedding Song” which was sung at the service, and produced a short video, which he put on DVD for me.  Not long ago, I sat and watched that 5 minute video, and relived some memories.  I wish I had the capability to put that video on here, but I haven’t figured that out.

I’ve been away
September 28, 2011, 2:43 pm
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It is obvious that I have gotten behind on my 52 Weeks of Personal and Genealogy History. I was enjoying an awesome trip.  I joined friends and family, traveling by van to Vancouver, BC, boarding Holland America’s Statendam for 7 days, then being taken by bus and train to Anchorage, Denali Park and Fairbanks, flying back to Vancouver, BC, to return home by van, with a rest stop in Salida, Colorado.  I came home with a cold, it  has taken about 10 days to catch up on business, laundry, just get back into the routine, and to all of the time changes. During the cruise I did not have my computer, so I had to depend on places where I could get on for a brief time.  The world does go on with out it.

The Travelers at Denali

Finally a picture of all nine of us

Charles & Judy Grant, Melba Engel and Karen Grossman, Gloria Mattix, traveled from Kansas, to join Kenneth & Billie Voss at Vancouver, Washington, Carl & Nola Voss from Arizona, joined us at Vancouver, BC to take the cruise.

On the ship, with the glacier behind me

To provide I was really on this trip.

Since I have been home I have been working on my photos, starting on a book of vacation memories and pictures and trying to get my calendar set for 2012, review what I have been doing on Langston Ancestry, and making sure I have everything in order for that.  My blog has kind of taken a back burner, but I hope in the next couple of weeks to be able to work on it and catch up.

This week end is a baby shower, and a family wedding. I have agreed to do 1/2 day library tomorrow, and 4 days of subbing next week.  I think my world is busy.

Thursdays Treasures: Child’s Rocker
August 18, 2011, 1:38 pm
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My rocking chair

Gift from Santa

This rocker is one of the few presents I got from Santa Claus.  I was about 5 or 6 when this chair was my Christmas present, almost 60 years ago.  We lived in a two story house, and there wasn’t a chimney for Santa to come down. That Christmas morning I was told Santa had left my present in the barn.  So I had to go down the hill to the barn where my parents milked the cows to get my Christmas present.  At that time is was more reddish colored wood.  Over the years, I used the chair, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews, my children and grandchildren.  When I was in high school or college, I refinished the chair to it’s present color.

Several years ago, my son’s family was at my house, I had the chair available for their then 4 or 5 year old granddaughter.  I told her the story of how I came to have the chair.  We had been visiting in the dining room.  We later moved to the living room.  When we got in the living room Suszan looked around the room, then looked at me.

“But, Grandma, you have a chimney”.

I hadn’t explained that this wasn’t the house I lived in as a child.

This is still a special treasure from my childhood.

June 28, 2011, 12:13 pm
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Over the past several weeks I have attended several activities that bring back many, many memories.  Some of them are the wonderful times we spent together, some of the difficult times we went through together.

One Last Time

One Last Time

I helped good friends put together a presentation to be shown at the reception held honoring 40 years of ministry and marriage.  I have share 20+ years with this couple.  They have closed one chapter of their life and are moving on to a new one called “Retirement”.  We continue to be in contact even though they have moved many miles away.  Phones and computers allow us to keep in contact.  Looking forward to sharing new memories with them when take an Alaskan Cruise later this summer.

Prepared for the final service

Prepared for the final service

The Cullison United Methodist Church celebrated 125 years of service to the Cullison community.  A celebration was held on Saturday night. This is a community I spent 16 years in, marrying a local boy.  I participated in many activities of the church when I was living there.  The next morning we closed the final chapter as the church celebrated it final service.  A very bittersweet day, to think of the many years of service, and now the members will become members of nearby churches to continue sharing their Christian Love.

Sad Good-bye

Sad Good-bye

Then last night I was able to share in the celebration of my grandson’s 9th birthday by webcam. Even though he is only 9 he is just starting to build his memories of which I hope he will have many in the years to come.  We are also reminded when he was born.  That first month was a real roller coaster, for Matt, Mom, Dad, and  Grandmas.

No one can take these memories away. For each group a chapter has closed, but a new chapter begins. Even when the book closes, the characters will move on to other chapters.

52 Weeks of Personal and Genealogy History: Week 26: Songs
June 28, 2011, 9:52 am
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Week 26. Songs. What was the #1 song during the week of your birth? Enter your birth date at This Day in Music ( and find out. If you were born before 1946, you can enter the year of your marriage, the birth dates of your children or some other significant event.

When I went to the suggested sight, there was nothing listed for the year of my birth. I then went to another site dMarie Time Capsule and found songs for the year, and also the prices.  I decided to compare the information for the following years.

1948 the year I was born, 1975 the year I was married, 2000 -the beginning a new century.

Songs of 1948 Songs of 1975 Songs of 2000
Buttons & Bows  Rhinestone Cowboy  Say My Name
Manana  Love Will Keep Us Together  Breathe
Woody Woodpecker  He Don’t Love You  Amazed
I’m Looking Over a 4-Leaf Clover  Fame  I Wanna Know

I am familiar with all of the songs of 1948, a couple of the ones listed for 1975, and only 1 from 2000.

Here are the prices for the  1948, 1975, and 2000

1948 Prices

1975 Prices


Bread:  $0.14/loaf

Bread:  $0.28/loaf

Bread:  $0.93/loaf

Milk: $0.86/gal

Milk: $1.40/gal

Milk: $2.78/gal

Eggs:  $0.67/doz

Eggs:  $1.26/doz

Eggs:  $1.25/doz

Car: $1550

Car: $4950

Car: $20,664

Gas $0.26/gal

Gas $0.57/gal

Gas $1.57/gal

House: $13,500

House: $42,600

House: $206,400

Stamp: $0.03/ea

Stamp: $0.10/ea

Ave Income $3,671/yr

Ave Income $15, 546/yr

Ave Income $65,500/yr

Min. Wage: $0.40/hr

Min. Wage: $2.10/hr

Min. Wage: $5.50/hr

DOW Ave: 177

DOW Ave: 852

This has been a look back in time.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

52 Weeks of Personal and Genealogy History: Week 24: Clothes
June 15, 2011, 7:28 pm
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Week 24. Clothes. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?

As I child I was not a tomboy, so I wore dresses most of the time, most were made by my mother or my sister.  Quite a often they would have a Peter Pan collar and puffed sleeves.  When went to college, and then married, I started making my own clothes, again skirts & blouses and dresses.  Around the time I was in 7th grade I joined 4-H, and sewing was one of my projects.  One year I made a pink gingham crop top, and dark blue pleated skirt.  I did not fare well at the style show, because the judge didn’t like the pink and blue combination.  Ah! Well, I survivied.

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Clothes over the Years

During my early teen years, I was aware of the “fashion fads” of the day.  A couple I remember: the Intern blouse, a style from the TV shows “Ben Casey”, and “Dr. Kildare”, (the heart throbs of the day).  The other was the ruffled blouse, it had a ruffle around the neck, the bottom and another one down the front.  As I was not a slim, trim little girl, I knew what that one would never do for me.  I did not buy either of these two items, but I remember many of my classmates did.

During my High School years, girls were allowed to wear jeans on Friday.

In 1970 I became a “working woman”.  I had my first teaching job.  In preparation of that job I sewed all summer, making several outfits, to wear on the job. This was a time when the hemline was above the knee.  I had some short skirts but not the extreme of today.  As one worked in a classroom, you had to be careful, how you stood, or sat, because the hemline was way up there.  It was during the 1970-71 school year, the district allowed women to wear a pantsuit, but it must be a matching pantsuit.  I bought my first pant suit that year.  It was of polyester, dark blue pants and top. The top had a white tailored collar, a pocket with a touch of red fabric peeking out.

My father was open to a lot of new ideas, but I was not sure how he would react to me in a pantsuit. I wore it to fly home for a visit.  So the first time he saw me in it was as I debarked the plane, (on the tarmack, not the nice ramps into the airport of today),his first comment was  “I like it.”  So I did make and purchase other pantsuits over the years.  Eventually my mother started wearing pantsuits.

Over the years I have been aware of what is “in fashion” but didn’t always embrace the styles.  Especially the style of shoes, i.e. platform and 4” heels.  Many years ago, I decided to dress for comfort not fashion.  Sometimes it is hard for me to find items to wear, because what I like is not “in style”.

And as time goes by some of those styles are seen again.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants.

Baseball memories
June 5, 2011, 9:08 pm
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This afternoon was spent keeping score for the Jr. American Legion Team in town.  As I watched these young boys play today, I was reminded of the many years that Baseball was an important activity in our life.  My youngest son could not wait until he could had finished kindergarten, and he could play T-Ball.  This was for a very small town’s rec team.

Ryan had a strong arm from a very young age.  He was 6 years younger than his brother.  We would go watch the practice and games.  One afternoon as Ryan (he was about 5) and I sat watching the practice, a ball was hit over the backstop, Ryan quickly retrieved the ball, climbed up several levels of the bleachers and threw the ball over the backstop.  The ball almost went to 2nd basebase.  The coach turned around and asked ” Who threw that ball?”  He was amazed.  It had gone further than many of the balls the boys on the field were throwing.

So it was no surprise that the summer after kindergarten, he wanted to sign up for T-Ball.  This was the beginning of an wonderful and exhausting journey for the next 16 years.  He played T-Ball, coach pitched, was chosen to play on a traveling team, they played Hap DuMont, Babe Ruth and High School Baseball, American Legion Ball and for Brown Mackie College for 2 years.  He finally got the opportunity to travel with a team that traveled overseas to Holland, then was invited to help out, and spent 6 months in Holland, playing ball and seeing the sites.

Another run

Scored another one

As I watched the game, I was reminded of so many memories of those days.  I need to sit down, and get started writing down those memories,and adding pictures to what I have.  I have pictures, and clippings for some of the later years.  But not matter where life takes him, he will always have the memories of a lots of travel and experiences.

This is just one of the many projects I want to work on.

Trying a new idea
June 5, 2011, 8:29 pm
Filed under: Personal History, Study

I am taking a class on using Word Press.  Today’s lesson was about adding media, photographs, pdf files, word documents, slide shows, and others.  I want to experiment by making a slide show of pictures take at our family gathering in 1970.  I added some of the photos to my previous blog post Secrets Not.

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