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Week 8: Technology
February 21, 2011, 12:34 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
Week 8: Technology. What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

What is technology?  The idea is moving forward.  I could talk about computers and Internet and write volumes.  In 60+ years I have seen a lot of things come and go.  Today I am going to concentrate on how one specific item has changed over the years.

I think we had a phone of some kind in the first house we lived in, but I don’t remember it at all. When I was about 7 years old we moved about 20 miles away to a small town, close to the center of the state of Kansas and just a few miles south of Nebraska.  This house had a crank telephone, it was wooden with the shelf and the black mouth and ear piece.  It was a party line, and our ring was 3 longs and a short.

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By the timeI got to be a teenager, the phone company had up graded us to a black dial phone, which hung on the wall. We were still on a party line, and there was a timer on the phone.  You could stay on the line for 15 minutes, and there would be a beep about 30 seconds, before you would be cut off.  If you weren’t finished, you would have to call them back to continue the conversation.  This did not allow longwinded teenage conversations.  Before we moved in 1965, the phone company had again upgraded and we had a party line.  Photo from


During my college years, I don’t remember to many changes, but in the early 70’s phones came in all shapes, and sizes.  We had a gold wall phone, in our first home. Grandma had a blue trimline phone. In the 90’s I got a touchtone phone.  Between 1990 and 2000 they were coming out with the mobile phones, bag phones, etc. Photo from


My brother came for a visit, and asked “Did I get his message?”

“What message?”

“On your answering machine.”

“I don’t have an answering machine.”  I did eventually get a cordless with an answering machine.

In 2001 I took the plunge and got my first cell phone. I still have my land phone with an answering machine, and a cell phone.  I do not have all the extras: call forwarding, caller ID, etc.

What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

I still have a landline with a cordless phone, and a cell phone.  I have not moved up to the Smart phone, just not ready to take the leap.  I don’t want the camera on my cell phone, and I do not have texting.  I do not use my computer for this kind of communication either.  Maybe someday.

There are so many other aspects of technology but you can go on, and on, and on.

Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (

3 Questions from Tpstry
February 15, 2011, 1:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

After reading Genea-Musings Blog for Saturday Night Genealogy Blog, I watched the video clips from on their 3 questions they asked of some participants of RootsTech.  These 3 questions brought up many more questions. Randy Seaver suggested using them for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  I have taken the 3 questions an answered them to the best of my memory, but by asking others the questions, it brought up other questions and memories.

*  Has you grandmother ever ridden a roller-coaster?

I can not imagine either of my grandmothers riding a roller-coaster even if they were available.  My father’s mother raised her family in Montana in the 1900’s. They lived in the country and unless there was a traveling carnival or circus that came through, there was no opportunities for this.

My mother’s mother was born and raised in Arkansas, also during the early part of the 1900’s.  I just can not imagine my grandmother riding on any kind of ride.  But I did have my cousin ask her mother (she’s 88)  if there were carnivals or circuses that came through a she said no.  The groups that came through we revivals.  She told of one that nearly closed one of the local churches.

*  What is your grandfather’s “dream car?” My father’s father died in 1938 in Montana, so I don’t know if he had a vehicle of any kind at that time.

My mother’s father never owned a car.  Again my Aunt told that if they needed a ride, they would ride to town with the mail man.  He died in 1961.
*  Who was your mother’s prom date? My mother only attended school through the 4th grade.  There was no prom for her.

These questions brought up more questions.  My sister and I had a chat about these questions.  I asked her if our mother ever rode a roller coaster. Our parents lived in Kansas all of their married life.  She remembers traveling carnivals coming through, but the adults didn’t ride on the rides.  We also wondered did our father have a vehicle to drive to from Kansas to Oklahoma to get our mother.  He was working in Kansas in 1936, and meet our mother in Oklahoma, where they were married.  It is possible that after the wedding they went to Arkansas, where her parents lived, then returned to Kansas.  Again we took this question to our Aunt.  She thought that he did have a car, for the trip.  Otherwise they would have been traveling by train.

This Aunt was brought to Kansas to help when my sister was born in 1937.  I have the receipt that my father received a driver’s license in 1937, he was living in Pawnee Rock, Ks.  Did the state of Kansas start requiring a driver’s license in 1937?  My aunt also said he taught her to drive, she remembers it being on the muddiest roads he could find. From the website only 39 states required an operator’s license.  So Kansas could have started requiring them in 1937, I am still looking for that answer.

These questions started up some memory juices.  I enjoyed this walk down memory land, and it was shared with at least 3 others.

Week 7: Toys
February 13, 2011, 8:29 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 7: Toys. What was your favorite childhood toy? Is it still being made in some form today?


What was your favorite childhood toy?

I remember my bride doll.  She had blond hair and wore a white lace wedding dress and of course had a veil.  This was before the time of Barbie, so this doll was 18-20” tall.  I would dress her, and have a pretend wedding, and  try to fix her hair. I also had a baby doll, and a metal doll house.  The dolls wouldn’t fit in the house, but I could pretend, as it had an upstairs and a downstairs.  Don’t have any pictures of my dolls, or the doll house.

The other things I enjoyed playing with were my paper dolls.  Again I was drawn to those that represented a wedding.  But these would have the whole wedding party, with their dresses and suits. There was also, clothing for the bride and groom to take on their honeymoon.  But there were also dolls that would have costumes from other countries.

The dolls would come in a book, with the dolls on a heavier paper, and the clothes on a lighter weight paper.  Sometimes they came in a box.  These dolls were on very heavy cardboard. The clothes had to be cut out, and be very careful not to cut off the tab that held the clothes on the doll.  You might have dresses, party dresses, wedding dresses, swim suits, and capris. Sometimes there were purses, hats, shoes, boots, and coats. There was clothing for any season. You could pretend all kinds of events happening to these characters.  There were men, women, boys and girls to be dressed, although more were girls and young women than any other age.


Sometimes a magazine would have paper dolls that could be cut out and played with. Here is a page from “Wee Wisdom”, a monthly Christian based magazine for children in the 50’s.  This page shows a doll that if you wanted to cut out you could.  This one is from August 1954.


Now for the question, is it still being made in some form today.  Yes, but you have to look for them.  I have purchased some for my granddaughters.  But the dolls, may have a magnetic covering, and the clothes made of a plastic.  If you go to historical sites they may have some books of paper dolls with clothing to represent a specific time period.

There are still baby dolls, and few of the larger dolls other than Barbie, or that size doll. Many little girls still enjoy playing with their dolls.


Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (


Week 6: Radio & Television
February 9, 2011, 10:58 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 6: Radio and Television. What was your favorite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?


I grew up in the middle of the United States during the 50’s and 60’s.  Living on a farm, the radio was used to provide the news of the world.  My father would listen to the farm reports, and grain prices.  I am sure there were other programs, but the one I remember most was “Gangbusters” the show about the FBI & hunting down Public Enemies.  The radio was in the living room on a washstand, used for storage, next to it was my mother’s rocking chair.  I would settle into the rocker, and listen to the exciting episode, catching the bad guy.

We lived in an area where most stations were Country & Western, so I grew up listening to C &W of the 60’s.  As a teenager late at night, if you held your tongue just right, we might pick up KOMA out of Oklahoma City.  That was clear across the state.


Until we had our own television, I only watched television when we visited neighbors.  My parents would play Canasta with our neighbors on Saturday nights.  I would get to watch “The Hit Parade”, early MTV.  My father bought our first TV in the mid-sixties.  It wasn’t watched much during the day, but if my father was in the house at 6, we would have the 6 o’clock news on.  Our choice of programming was very limited.  We had 2 stations one was a hybrid with NBC and a few CBS programs.  The “World of Disney” and “Bonanza” were Sunday night favorites.  The TV was turned off after the 10 o’clock news.  It was on very rare occasions that I would get to watch anything past 10:30.  Back then the stations signed off at the end of the programming day, and always played the National Anthem.

I remember being very disappointed when I saw my first color TV, in a store window.  The colors were so pastel; I was not impressed at all.  It wasn’t until after 1976 and I was married, that a color TV became a part of our life.

Always looked forward to the new seasons, and the specials, like the “Miss America Pageant.”  Shows I enjoyed over the years were: “The Flintstones”, “Dr. Kildare”, (although “Ben Casey” was more popular, we couldn’t get it), and “Bonanza”.  Even read the book it was based upon.

But when it comes to a favorite show, you can’t top “DICK VAN DYKE”.  My favorite episode was the one where you don’t see much of Laura, because she has her big toe caught in the bathtub faucet. Another show, I always enjoyed was “Hec Ramsey”, an early forensic detective.  It was set in the old west and he used, what we would call forensics to help solve the crime each week.

In those days you watched the shows from September to May, and in the summer you had the reruns.  They didn’t bounce around from time slot-time slot, and there weren’t mid-season replacements.  You could depend on this, for example Sunday night, was the Magic Castle lit up with fireworks, “Walt Disney” would come on to introduce the weeks episode, and it was followed with (wish I could have the intro music), Adam, Ben, Hoss and Little Joe riding up to defend the Ponderosa on “Bonanza.”

Remember Radio and Television were our entertainment.  The screen wasn’t 32-54″+, if you were lucky maybe 24” across. There was no remote.  If you wanted to change the channel, or adjust the volume, you had to get out of your chair or couch, walk across the room, make the adjustment, and then sit down again.  Or if there were children, you could have them do it for you.

Over the years many, many shows have come across the airways, and many stations, have come and gone.  The advent of cable, and the dish, have all had an impact on what the world of television is like today.

Thanks to Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( for her successful 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (

Backup Day
February 2, 2011, 10:54 pm
Filed under: New thoughts

Yesterday was a good day for me to work on my back ups which Geneablogger was recommending.  The day was very, very, very cold here.  The temp never got into double digits and there was some very gusty winds, blowing the small amount of snow we had.  It isn’t noon yet, but the temp showing is only 3°.  There isn’t much wind, but still too cold to be out and about.

So yesterday I spent the day backing up my data, and also, going through the photos, I have added where with the camera or scanning over the past year.  Since I use iPhoto and iPhoto Library Manager I was making CD backups of all the libraries I have added since my last back up.  Now I have a copy of albums I still need to get proof sheets for.  They are both fairly large, so they will both take some time.  I am also continuing to scan the copies of the Langston Newsletters that I have, trying to get as many as possible ready to burn to a CD or Disk.

Today I have read my latest issue from Michael Neill’s Casefiles Clues.  I really enjoy his tip of the day, and the newsletter containing his casefiles.   If you are not familiar with this check it out at , and for the tip of the day.

I have found them very helpful.

Now my day has been interrupted, by a call to sub this afternoon.  So I am finishing this post after returning home from a sub day.  So my plans will be delayed for another day.

I am also struggling to get the blog to do some of the things I think it should be able to do.  I know what I want but not being successfully the site to do what I want it to do. But that is a part of the learning curve.  If I can get it figured out, wonderful, but until that time, there are some things, I won’t be putting out there.


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