When I was a little boy and lived on a small farm, I saw the woods and thought they were so big. The small patch of land my dad worked was all he could handle.† Sometimes I would carry him a jug of water and look at the birds, trees, and insects. He would drink 1/2 a jug at a time and his jumper would be wet with sweat.† White salt would be in rings around his arms and shoulders.† I thought he was having a big time and that every thing was the way it was suppose to be. I did know that someone did own the land and took and wondered why it was that way.† Having no idea we were poor & the whole country was in a great depression.† We had a few neighbors and everything sounded normal. I can remember when I was told to do something and did not do it right I was corrected and learned to do things right.† And found out it was a rule to do a certain way and that was to be for all times. So that was a thing I noticed and it seemed that everyone in our family and all the people we met understood that rule.† Today Iíll walk around and say Iíll try to do right, it canít be wrong.
But I finally went to town in a wagon as we had no car and I thought the world was full of people and wondered why they were so busy - everybody going every way.† As I walked down the crowded street holding my dadís hand, stretching my neck to see something, I let go and walked on for a ways. Looked up and see that was not my dad with me. I panicked when I saw him no where.† He found me and I never let go of his hand again.† We did go into one of those stores - the grocery - but I thought there was a bunch of everything.† There was a crowd of black people further down the street and I gazed at them as I did not remember seeing them.† They acted normal so I did not know of their troubles, except that they were something special.
Finally got in school; so scared of going. My older sister already going.† I knew I had to go too.† After wetting in my pants a few times as I was too bashful to ask to be excused. I finally got the hang of it.† By then my dad had a T car cut down back seat and yes still the wagon & mule that belong to the landlord. Around the road it was 2 1/2 miles about 2 cutting through the woods.† At first Dad would take us but usually had to walk home in afternoon.† We carried a lunch, which usually consist of peanut butter and cracker, biscuit and scrambled egg or bacon.† Yes I can remember when sometimes a dry dough crust and a little chocolate was a delicious treat.† Mama probably didnít know how much we liked it.† And if we got caught sopping the chocolate pan we got a slap, but even now I still like to stick my finger in the cake pan and lick.
remember the car would not run for some reason, but a friend (Mose Sweendale)
came from town and under one of the big oak trees. He overhauled the engine and
we were to stay a way as it was spread out all abound. And took 4 or 5 days to
get it back to running and the total cost was $5.00.† While we are on the subject of cars, we had
some neighbors that lived in the wood west of us and we were visiting them one
day.†† There were some old car bodies in
the field near the house and us kids went to look at them. And yes I can
remember it was a T 2door.† So I opened
the door and as I climbed into the seat and holding on to the stirring gear
ready to really steer. I got too high, got my head into a nest of yellow jacket
wasps and it really hurt.† We had to go
by the house that other neighbors, Mr. Paine, lived. Where we stay when our
little sister (
Then my dad said he paid the money back to the bank for making the crop and had 30 some odd cents left and would have to quit the farm. Mama had been sick lots and had to have an operation which I did not know how bad. But then operations were bad & I remember she said they give her chloroform that made you sick. She was sick a long time.† Some how we found an abandon house and the one that was in charge got 3 or 4 dollars out of Daddy for a few months. We found out he really did not have any rights (Did not own the house). So we stayed there quite a while. My dad worked for government project and got groceries and made a few mattresses by hand.
We were close to a school in walking distance. I remember we were to get free lunch but I did not want to. As going in the lunch room was an embarrassing thing as all we had to wear was those stripped union alls with a let down backdoor.† And I keep my arms covered as I had the itch and the nurse would look you over as you came into the lunchroom.†† One day she caught me and rolled up my sleeve and that got my goat.† She sent me home and a note on what to do - it took two weeks of washing, bailing, and greasing with sulfur and grease to get rid of it.† Mama was stirring a little by then and a few months went by. We moved into a better house and got electric lights which I can remember was a big change.† I think that was after my dad got a $20.00 bill.† His first to call his own and kissed it and said he would never be broke again.† Even at this time we still had the out house which they came around in wagons through the alleys with a scoop to clean it out and we had a tin tub and had to heat our water to bathe.
I have to go back once again when I lived on the farm when I was small to tell of a few events I can remember and after think of.† Well my Uncle (Sam Vaughn) came to live with us. One day my dad got the shot gun - a long tom 12 ga. - to go kill a rabbit for breakfast.† So my uncle went along and when daddy shot the rabbit, my uncle wanted to shoot another. My dad said it was a swamp rabbit and would be enough.†† My uncle said he could eat that easy.† My dad won out and at breakfast mama fixed 2 platters of fried rabbit. And set one in front of my uncle and said he could have more if he eat all that.† He could not eat it all and from then on we called him ďswampĒ....
He liked the woods even tho he had to help daddy cut wood and work on the farm.† He seemed to like going into the woods, as I would go some times. And One day we were in the woods and my uncle begged my dad to look in a hallow up in a tree.† So he climbed the tree and said there was a big owl.† Daddy said to get his glove and daddy throwed him the glove and he reached in and pulled the owl out but the owl put his claws in my uncleís arm and did he holler and let go. And I saw the owl fly away.† My uncle listened a little better to my dad after lot of mistakes, but it was too confining for him and he went to stay with more of his folks & did not have to take orders.
About this time and place, I can remember my older sister and I had a place to play with bought toys.† We had a trench dug in the ground and several snuff bottles, the square kind as my dad dips every since I can remember and said he dipped all his life.† Well we put them in the trench and made a train with bridges, underpasses, and etc.† Little brother would get in on the act.† Me and my sister would have to handle him in some way by giving him something else to play with, or carrying him off some where else so that he would not break our bottles, or start crying and get Mama on us.† We would have beaten him up but mama would get us if he even sniffled.† One time mama got on the war path and got after all of us - that is my older sister, me, and little Brother- as I had little baby sister too. And little bro. was not so pet any more.† Any way we thought we were going to get skinned alive so we made a run for it. And thought we better carry little bro.† We carried him down through the front 4 acres and as Mama was going, we dropped him and got through the fence into the pasture and woods.
Ha...we got away but then begin to get more scared than ever, as we knew we had to go home and that daddy would come in and she would tell him. Long about then is when we first began to pray for sure.† I really was calling on the Lord for help. Some how we scramble out of it that time, but later my little brother made a run form Daddy around the house and around the house two or three times and into the cornfield.† He was caught. I did not see him but heard him when he got caught. I was holding my breath.† The roar beat all records and my sister was awful quiet too.† Daddy did not whip us very often but I do know what the roots of a cotton stalk looks like.† Itís really hard to make up my mind which was the worse - a cotton stalk or rolled up belt.† Ha, they did not have imitation belts in those days.
About that time or a little later my sister and I got the unfair whipping with the rolled up belt.† Anyway my dad had a new car pump. And came in and found it had been painted and ask all three of us, which one did it.† No one admitted it and so out with the belt from one to the other again and again.† The last time around he really slowed down but gave up.† Little brother tells it, after we were grown.
Seems like only the disasters come to mind but in that period we lived on the farm as a tenant farmer. We had an underground cistern and in the summer we would run out of water and daddy would have to haul it.† Our pond would go dry sometimes, but I can remember it was time to haul water. Daddy put a 50 gal wood barrel in cut down model T and we went to the pond.† It was low so daddy backed down hill to the water level and put a log under the wheel and started dipping from the back of the car to fill the barrel.† The log went into the mud and the car rolled backwards into the pond and almost trapped my Dad under it.† He would have drowned if the car would have pinned him under but he escaped.† I thought it was funny not knowing the danger.† But remember well he went to a neighbor and borrowed ropes and pulleys. And had to figure how to set them up so the little span of 4 mules; Katie and Dina, Red & Black color respective had an easy job pulling him out.
In these same years, we had some little turkey and they were across a creek that got swift when it rose. It came a bad rain and Daddy went to look after them. As he feared they would be drowned as they hold their heads up when it rains and just drowned.† I followed and could not find him so I was sure he crossed the creek on the foot log on tree that was across the stream.† So I started across and was proceeding but when I got out in the middle, I got to watching the water which was almost to the log and it seem to make me want to fall off - but managed to make it.† And I went on to my dad.† He was surprised to see me and I did not know why he was so surprised and so shocked too as he know the risk I had taken.† I never know until later in life why he was so careful to get me back across that log and I didnít think I needed his help.
Also just before we moved to town, the depression so bad the government had the farmers to plow up the crops, a portion of it and kill some of the live stock to increase the prices of proceeds.† They bought up some to give away and we got some of the groceries.† I can remember how good the ham was cured out and also remember my Grandpa was visiting us when daddy plowed up a patch of good cotton. He thought it was a shame and waste.† My grandpa was an insurance salesman and would come in and tell of the ones he wrote up or visited that day and would make fun of a strange name.† I can well remember he met us coming from school and it was close to the train track and cutting through a bank. We were up on a hill about level with the people on the train.† He must have saw the train coming cause he hustled up to the spot and said follow him in saying ďWho Ray, Who Ray, Who Ray, CorbetĒ the name of the little town close by.† When he gave the word, we said it loud and clear and the people looked and waved at us.† We got a big kick out of it and thought our Grandpa was something else.
We had some turkeys as I already said and one day mama told me to stay with the Hen until I found her nest and not to disturb it.† So I waited and waited before she would take off for it and finally she made a run for it and I went through bushes, trees, weeds, etc.† She disappeared and I searched and searched until I almost stepped on the Hen, but made out like I never found her and looked the other way and kept searching as to fool her.† I marked the spot well as to show my mother.† It was a well accomplishment for me because I had really done something.† I also had to find a guinea nest too and all the racket they make and others try to drown you off the real chase.† My dad let me ride the muleís home for lunch, we called it dinner, and he watered them at a pond or tank we called it. It was close to the barn and not the tank we hauled water from.† Any way I was holding on to the harness and when the mules bent over to drink, the harness slipped down over their necks and I went over into the tank. I came out yelling.
At this place, I just have to tell one more thing that happened and it is outstanding as all of us talked about it for a long time.† I had just carried my dad a jug of water and on my way back I crossed a ditch, a wash in the field, and saw a big black spider about the size of a coffee saucer.† His legs were big as fingers and hairy and two green eyes that I could see move.† So I threw a clod at him and he reared up on hind legs. I backed up, so I ran, and come again, and he reared up again so I decided to go as I could feel the danger.† I looked back at a distance and saw him jump from wire to wire on a fence and from the top wire he jumped into a tree that had a limb bent over the road.† When I got to the house which was about 1,000 yards, I told my mother and sister.† I was all excited but they seemed to be pretty calm and they never saw what I did.† But a little later in the day my sister and I were swinging on a caisson swing in a tree close to the road between the gate and the house.† We could see him in the center of the gate coming in from the road.† We got pretty close and he reared up on hind legs and my sister and I ran to tell Mama.† She came and saw him and our big dog as I will describe later came up and as he came up the big spider reared up and the dog backed up.† Mama tried to sick him on the spider but he would not attack.† Bruno, the dog, would kill cats, dogs, snakes or anything that made him mad or that we would tell him to get.† So Mama ran to get a hoe as she said my baby sister was on a pallet near the front porch to which the spider was going.† Mama went for the spider and he jumped as she hit and as he jumped on the porch, she hit him and then really beat him up but saved part of him to show Daddy and we had lots of excitement that day.† To set the record straight, he was over all large as a saucer, not a plate.† The legs big as little finger & hairy and you could see his eyes as they shine & look at you as you moved around.† By the way our dog Bruno got poisoned and we were sad, but it was not long until we moved to town.
As I am writing the event I can remember most, I will have to go to 3 or 4 stages.† First stage was a child until school age and then through the country school until town and into high school, then adult life.† After we moved to town & I got to see all the ways people done.† It seemed all were about the same.† That is a routine for me - school, a little work at home, my lessons, and on weekends, a show or hunt or some event on Saturday and to church on Sunday. It always seems daddy was busy in his work and finally got his way of making mattresses paid for and managed to get $20.00 in advance.† So he kissed it and vowed he would never be broke again, as it was such a feeling to be without any money at all through that Depression.† As of today I think 35 to 40 years after kissing the 20 it was a bad thing as I believe it made him think of the 20ís above all other things.† Donít want to get into this period, but will bring out my thoughts and things I can remember most and also things in life as I see it.† We were in town and Daddy moved several times trying to do better.† As we moved, we learned new friends, saw more things and learned more things.† One thing I can say, we learned how to get along pretty well in our community and not any of us got in jail or paid a fine, drink very little, and little smoking.† I remember my smoking one day at noon and on my way back to school.† I inhaled a few puffs and was so sick when I got to school; I had to be excused to go home.† Not letting anyone know what really happened.† In this same time, give or take a few years, I went to hotel with friend and heard the elevator man would sell us wine so we found him and got it.† And on the way home from town we had to go close to a cemetery so we did not want to go in dizzy so we walked into the cemetery and finished it off.† We got so dizzy and sleepy we sleep there and had to tell our folks we stayed with each other.† And another time I got some whiskey from some one. A half-pt. of rotgut, it was called.† We lived by the park in a shotgun house.† I got home and my mother let me in the back door and I got in and on the bed.† I told her I was sick and she was nice and hoping she would not tell daddy, but when I started throwing up, she was not so nice and I never was so sick and dreaded the next morning.† Daddy did not get after me then, but morning finally came and daddy did not say anything but give me a look I will not forget.
My little brother and I were playing football in school.† I did not make out very good until I went to Jr. High.† But I can remember my brother got a gold football pin for being the best blocker.† He could really scamper with that ball.† I played all through Jr. High and it gave me pride and got to go to different places.† But I can remember well which I went to High School. I was on the 4th string and so many guys - I quit after 1 week.† My brother quit playing as we were absent in school a lot, as Mama was sick a lots and we must have put a big burden on her.† To when things werenít right as clean cloths, lunch money or something to do at home, we would drop out.† In fact, at one time my teacher introduced me to the class as a visitor.† She did not know our circumstances.† She was a good teacher and I can remember lots of things she taught me.
time my dad had a mattress factory, down the street from where we lived and my
Grandpa stayed there some as he was separated at that time from Grandma and
still sold insurance. I can say I never was ashamed of my Grandpa even if he
did sleep in daddyís shop and sometimes in the basement of the courthouse. One
thing I can remember about him, he could carry on talk with any one.† And he could spell almost anything, and he
did not have a school education.† As a
matter of fact, he said there were beginning to be too many educated fools. I
remember the story he used to tell about how one of hands had some scars on it;
wild hog got him.† He was raised in
One time at the mattress factory where my Grandpa stayed two or three of his sons gathered there and one had some words with him and threatened him. One said if he hit him he would get him and they almost went to gather.† But I can remember the whole scene and said right then to my self, I would not ever hurt my Mother or Dad.† While my Grandpa was there, I would carry his supper lots of† times as he had very little support. We would talk and he never gave me a sad or bad time.† Mama would give him hell once in a while, but I know she cared for him as she would keep fixing the suppers and I was at the side of his bed later on when he took his last breath.† Him and Grandma were living together when he passed.† I will tell about her and what she meant to me later. Also that I donít forget my Grandpa sold insurance as I did and will tell about later in period of my life.
get back on the right period, I finally quit school just before I finished and
we moved close to Magnolia pump station and old 31 Hwy to
this period the Mormon minister got to my dad and visited him and he would take
anyone in and they converted the whole family.†
I thought about being a preacher and go on missions, but a Church of
Christ neighbor put up a strong debate with two of the Elders about Joseph
Smith and the start of the Church.† I
started investigation of all the churches and found out the Catholics were
oldest Christian church. But dared not talk to priest as I had been told he was
taking orders from
things were happening fast during this period.†
My Dad got a new partner to help him and they bought a new bldg. and the
war was fixing to start and I was making a date now and then.† I decided to go to Merchant Marines so the army
wouldnít get me. Save my money a couple of years.† Well I made up my mind to go to the priest in
got to get along as now I was married and the war was going on and I got a
deferment for farming. But finally I joined and Christine went to D.C. with my
sister and aunt to stay while I was gone.†
So I went to D.C., as they did not get me right a way and then Christina
was pregnant.† I was drafted and sent to
was 4 and driving big tractor to pull corn.†
Christina learned to drive pickup.†
We were all fine. At Dawson Jr. learned to drive big tractor and
Christina learned to drive pick up in open field Ė 1948/49.† We were doing pretty good, but I was young
and too dumb to know it.† So we quit and
we all know as Home-----
In Marlin from 1958 to 1981 has been our home in small house.† I donít know how we did it but was pleased that kids did good in Marlin public schools. And boys did get to be alter boys; all three of them which was a pleasure to me. †I was commander of VFW and Grand Knight for two terms and was a Falls county delegate and went to San Antonio to convention and had my picture made with Senator John Tower and came out in Thorndale paper.
But the mattress law came out with fire law and I had to quit making mattress.† I made lots of mattresses in Marlin and towns around 20 miles away, also the big hospital Tolbert Hutchings & Smith and the rest homes in this area and motels.† We also did upholstery and Christina learns to sew almost any kind of couches and chairs. But we did not save any money but finally got everything paid for.† It hurt that I could not buy lots of things the kids wanted and most other kids had. But I am proud that they had plenty to eat and a dry place to sleep.† The very essentials are what I saw to as I gave up on doing the big things.† Then the hard part;† Jr. and Tom wanted to go to get the big job and big money.† Mr. Ritter's son had a job at docks so we went down to find a place and they went to go and try to get on.† So we found an apartment - low place, low price, & they found out where to go next morning; so I was to head back to Marlin.† This hurt more than anything I had so for all the way home, wondering and worrying about their safety. And the fact that I could not do more for them - well they made it but did not get the good job and had to struggle with almost nothing and I could not do nothing ...what they did was on their own.
little of each child.† Jr. did finish
H.S. and went to Temple Jr. College, but before he could land a good job he had
to join the air force and they sent him to
into seminary.† I took him down, hated to
leave him there but knew he would be in good hands. But to think he would be
away from us long periods was on my mind.†
I hated I had no money to give him, and he had to make it on less than
anyone there; the 4 years he was there.†
If I had it to do over again, I would have hustled some money some way -
he would not tell me how bad it was and I did not know how serious it was. As I
thought they took care of him financially too.†
Well I went to graduation ceremony and John Connelly made a speech and was
proud it was my son.† Glad he made it and
had a good education in religion.†† Then
the army got him and he went to
Annie was always a little special as the only girl.† I and Mrs. Barnebee were the nurses at her
birth.† I saw the Dr. spank her tail and
she let out a yell.† And when she fell in
the well at
Even tho we had no money or help when she came home from college, she came and seemed to be glad to see us which I noticed.† I was a little against her going to Houston to make a little more money, but I left it up to her and her judgment.† I have always had confidence in Annie.† That is where she met and married that man Bruce Weaver, which looks like they were meant for each other.† I can say that as that is the way Christine and I met.† When we got together we stayed together and wanted to be together. And since they could not have children of their own, they were fortunate enough to get the most wonderful boy, Trace. Anyone would like him and it thrills us to have him around and to know that he know we like him and have him call us.†† We donít know much about the little girl Katy, but know she is in good hands.† Have to say a little here about Bruce as he is a little quiet around me so I really donít know exactly how he feels towards us, except it must be good as he has always been nice and showed respect for us.† I think they are a real family and dam proud of them.
Then there is David, the caboose, which made him the baby for a long time and a little special and he learned from all the rest. Also he kept them off him and held his ground.†† When he made alter boy, it made me real proud and showed real interest in school.† I did not help him in school purposely. He liked foot ball and I just went to a game or two which I hated afterwards.† When he got ill, we were worried, but seemed he would make it and he had determination went on to graduate.† Then to a special school to show what he could do.† He tried two or three things, but could not do what he wanted to do. So kept trying to find something he liked and could do. I noticed whatever he did; he wanted to carry it to perfection.†† It hurt me not to help but just like all the rest I had no money or way to get him into something. A friend of his had a sale and he bought and from that day until this. He found what I think he wanted, something he likes, the challenge, the excitement, and the judgment and all interest.† The only thing he stayed at home longer than the rest and now he is gone a lot and we miss him just like all the rest.† But just like all the rest, great to hear they are coming home.
They always seem to pay attention to Mama more than me. I am jealous. I always have something going on like Bar-B-Que, eats, place to go, or something.†† I know it is a natural thing but I canít help it either.† I will express myself now. ††I love all kids the same and have no evil, bad or anything against any one of them.† I feel the same way about my in-laws and xís.† They mean a lot to me even tho they are out.† And long as we are living we want you to come home and make it feel like home. Always did.† If anyone you do something to disrupt this coming home feeling, get it together and contact your one in question and make it right.†† Remember you are the only one that can, and if you let it go on you and the rest will suffer and miss the best part of life; unity.
is a year later and I will add a few things.†
First, David came home again and all are in
did not say much about Tomís wife and young man, Chris.† Well, I have learned lots in short time.† Everything looks in order.† They seem to like me and Tom is lucky as I to
have a fine cook as well as someone who no question loves him very much.† Why do I say that - well it is plain as can
be.††† Not only did she give up all the
pleasures of living in
Jr.ís wife went to
holidays are coming up.† Hope all well
and will be happy.† Will have to say one
thing more before I close for this time.††
When I started this time on page 26 - 11/13/82 I had to read a few pages
back to bring every thing up to date.† I
want to let you all know my growl or bark is not all bad and rough as it
sounds.† As I cried 3 or 4 times before I
got started writing.† I wasnít guilty
tears, but just strong love I have for you. Dec 2, had time getting over our
cold and cough.† Mama, me, and David.
David still has little.† Hope he gets
better as he just went to
of things happen in a year or two - my Daddy died in 83, my friend Larry Carter
We were all together
Christmas, my family; what a thrill - even though it was short.† The weather was cold, cold.† Dec. 83, Jan 84. The grandkids are growing,
and getting better looking all the time.†
Also they are getting school age and that means, they have to stay home,
get lessons, and go to school and no time for papa & mama. We have done
very little about getting out of business and going to move.† Jr. got 25 acres near
Tom also got new trailer house but donít like the drive as it is a little far and drive off in.† Hope it works it out = The sad thing to me, but know Annie can work it out, is her & Bruce.† I wonít say anything as she can do her thing with any problem, cause I got confidence in her.† She wonít talk to me much about her problems - probably cause she thinks I might be against the out come of this or that, but I say now to you, I am with you all the way, if you do your best, and I like all the rest it is not the end of the world.† And I not only feel the pain you are going through ever since you saw the parting, everybody does.† Some things you have to leave up to the Lord.† I say again, do your best, your dad.
David just got a short stay maybe a little over a month and he will go back
north.† Donít hut as much as first time
but thinking about it since Christmas.†
He has not got to fish much as weather been awful but just new glasses
and running here and yonder so that he not been here very much this
winter.† Heís got lots of friends ere and
gets lots of calls from up north from friends and when he goes to
am almost 60 in July.† Mama writes liking
me. Lucille and Oren came fro a visit 2 weeks ago.† They are doing ok & plan to go to
is wanting to get moving, traveling for some junk, flea market, garage sales or
anything to be moving.† Ha, have to work
on that for her.† She went to
all together Christmas, my family; what a thrill - even though it was
short.† The weather was cold, cold.† Dec. 83, Jan 84† the grandkids are growing, and getting better
looking all the time.† Also they are
getting school age and that means, they have to stay home, get lessons, and go
to school and no time for Papa & Mama. We have done very little about
getting out of business and going to move.†
Jr. got 25 acres near
David is leaving soon after
way we tried to sell house and move to
Tres Weaver is my special grandson, because he is the son of my only daughter Annie.†† Also so smart in seeing that things are in order like they should be.† I hope he remembers me as old grouch Grandpa that keeps on him if he doesnít do right.
Katy Rose Weaver is special granddaughter because she also is the daughter of my only girl Annie and she is so pretty and sweet.† But hope she remember me as tough on little girls that donít do right. I know she will make it O.K.
This page got left out. Put in now.† Sounds like something I wonít read when I am gone. But what I would like to express anytime. 3/20/85.† David been gone 2 weeks.† High country. No work yet. 4/14/85.
Well, waited long time before I got started again 12/12/85.† We finally heard from David.† He called every week or two this year.† Also came in on the summer for 2 weeks. He has been home quiet a while but gone most of the time as he had to fix his van and pickup and last weekend helped Jr. roof his big barn. ††We are proud of David, and he let us know where he is and goes.† He has everything in order to try another year.† I know he will make it ok. Well got to bring in few of things that took place in 1985.† Major thing that Annie & Bruce are separated.† Bruce got married again, so wonít say anything about him.† It has been hard on Annie to get adjusted, but know she will as she is just determined to make it and raise those two kids to be good and smart.† And they are.† Tres is going to a special school and doing good and Katy Rose is getting all kinds of compliments.† They show that they like both Grandma and Grandpa.† Well maybe Grandmas a little better.† Annie has got her hands full for a while, but it will pass quickly and she will be proud she done what she thought was right.
Mama, my Mother, moved to
Linda about the same, except
Well, leaves us to talk about Tom and family.† Donít know when we visited last. We have talked on phone.† Hope they make it Christmas. Know they got good excuses too.† Two kids in school and foster parents, the K.C.ís, and distance too and job # 1.† Well as the rest we miss them too.
And I am
still in a stand still, canít sell, or sell out and canít afford to give this
up.† Unless something gives, maybe when I
see how much SS I will get next year, I can make a move on something.† I sold the
years went by.† First Annie got married
again to Sylvan Schwartz.† We went to the
wedding.† It was at Mr. and Mrs. Weaverís
home.† All were there except Lucille and
Chris.† Lucille had a small baby, foster
baby and could not come. It was a big wedding and big reception after with lot
of Annieís friends and Weavers guest there.†
I met Mrs. Schwartz, Sylvainís mother and his son & daughter.† They seem nice to me.† His daughter will live in
David is home and got the jitters to go north as he plans to leave in about 1 month.† He signed up for SS Disability. Went to Dr. for examination here in Marlin Tues 24th Feb. 1987.† Will have to wait to see if they award him anything.
the old Ford pick up. David got a 85
And the big thing about Tom is he is teaching school now at Alto, TX. †Called yesterday and said he works around the clock.† Drive about 40 miles to work and goes to school himself on Sat. I know he just got the job as it was take what you can get at the time. But am sure he will move closer to his work soon and make it more pleasant to him and family.† Chris and Chrissy are almost grown, they really grow fast.† We miss them and also miss Lucilleís cooking.
us.† We are in same old rut. Canít go to
in a whirl for next week he will be going up north.†† He will go up to Tomís and
is up in June now.†† We heard from all
kids.† Tom is still got teaching job at
Alto and going to summer school his self for his masters.† Chris and Chrissie and Lucille O.K.† Still go to KC Hall for relaxation and work.† Jr. is working for IBM and they came down and
took Christina to the Budai Reunion at
Now it is
middle of August with about 25 days of 100* weather.† Got to see all the kids this month.† Jr. went to
it or not, Tom and family came over for weekend.† Told about trip to
2/11/88† Snow on the ground.† Snowed couple days ago too, cold but is
suppose to warm up fast.† Well lots
happened this period of time, first Mama is still holding on but seems to be
getting weaker.† We have been doing O.K.
or as usual.† Tom sold out and moved to
town; Chrissy went to
of things happened since I am getting back to catching up with things this in
Oct 19, 1989.† Tom moved from
The earth quake in Calif. Bought pickup in March 89, and had foot operated on in Feb 89.† Well been busy and havenít keep up with all events since.
Well Aubrey died, buried at
Well, let lots of time go
by before notes again.† Same old
condition here.† We are thankful for our
conditions and health as it is in 1992. I went to VA for a week.† Did not find out what my trouble was.† Took 3 rounds of A. B. from a Dr here at
clinic and got better but still have to keep one ear packed (throat & ear
infection my dynastic).† Started walking
30 min - twice a day in morning and evening for about a year.† praying as I walk most of time.† Foot still have trouble, may have to go get
it fixed or get off it or ride cycle.†
Hope for the best. In 2 malls, got lots of good things as Christina
& I have really stayed close and worked refinishing and saving and buying
everything we can.† Mama is and has been
in rest home at
My Aunt Adele died last month.†† I
had a wreck in Nov. 93. Had the pick up in repair the month of Dec.† My worse month.† All the kids come for Christmas. But 93 were
sad for us as we went no where to visit and every one tied up to visit up.
David came for visit. Just left this month.†
He has had eye trouble, but doing fine according to Dr., in
- but try to update.†† First, Annie
married Ron Jacobson. I got down in back. They are doing fine and I got to more
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