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Thursdays Treasures: Child’s Rocker
August 18, 2011, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Personal History
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
Filed under: Personal History


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.

Week 26: Songs
June 28, 2011, 9:52 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History, Personal History

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.

Week 24: Clothes
June 15, 2011, 7:28 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History, Personal History

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
Filed under: Personal History

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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Week 22: Secrets Not

Week 22. Secrets. Describe something about yourself that won’t be found on any record 100 years from now.

 Secrets Not (Family Gathering)

For every prompt you can write about the prompt or chose a topic of your own.  This week I have chosen another topic : Family Gathering.


In June of 1971 I was finishing my first school year, it had had many ups and downs, professionally and personally. But it was coming to an end.  I would not be returning to that job for the coming year, so I was heading home.  My brother (Kenneth) and his family were back for a visit, and came along with my parents to help me pack up and move back to Kansas.

On our trip back through Iowa, one of the highlights was stopping to eat at an Amana Farm.  We had a wonderful family style dinner of fried chicken and all the fixings.

Once we got back to Kansas it was time to gather the family.  Many of our family gatherings were held at the Dipman place near Larned.  At this gathering were:

Inez & Rudolf

Kenneth & Billie

Rudolf & Inez my parents

Melba & Eugene their 7 children,

Kenneth & Billie and 2 children

And me

Aunt Vada (my mother’s sister),

her son, Wayne and 2 or 3 of his children.

John and Eldred (my mother’s sister) and their families,

Danny & Vicki, their 2 daughters,

Dedria & Bob (I think Bob was there, but no picture) and Dari


The Dipman Family


Danny's Family

Also invited was my boyfriend, Richard.  I had not seen or talked tohim since April, when he had decided to break everything off (Another story).  So I had no idea if he was coming or not.  To my surprise he did show up.

Here are some photos taken that day.  Of course I took them all so I am not in any pictures.  Need to see if anyone else there has any pictures of the family gathering.

Afternoon Entertainment

Younger Generation

The weather cooperated, so we spent a great deal of time outside.  We enjoyed sharing a meal, visiting and enjoying the family, and watching the kids.

This family gathering was also a turning point in my life.  I came back to Kansas, found a new job for the next school year, continuing for another 37 years and renewed a relationship which eventually led to marriage and a family.

Treasure those Family Moments

You never know what the future will bring.

Grandpa Voss Carl & Shannon

"Auntie" and Dari

Richard & John

Put the picture of all the kids on Facebook, and several of them had memories of that day.  What fun to have others add to the memories.


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



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