Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - 1966 Halloween Party Edition




















This party happened "Before My Time".  My brother believes this was a Boy Scout family Halloween party.  He is probably in one or both of the group photos somewhere.


Halloween Party Photos, 1966 - persons unknown.  Los Angeles Co., California. Digital images. Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2009.  All rights reserved.



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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Gladys Jane Montgomery Crew Holland


My grandmother, Gladys Jane Montgomery Crew Holland
Born: 4 October 1914 in Boerne, Kendall County, Texas
Died: 24 January 2002 in Truth or Consequences, Sierra County, New Mexico
Buried: 28 January 2002 - Vista Memory Gardens, Truth or Consequences, Sierra County, New Mexico

She was married to Virgil Cancil Crew on 8 October 1930.  She was 4 days past her 16th birthday.
After grandpa died, she married Jeffie Glen Holland on 1 November 1980.

One of my fondest memories of Grandma is playing checkers with her for hours on end during our family visits to see my Grandparents.  I must have been about eight.  I won a lot but I lost just as many.  I knew that she was not "letting me win", at lest as I got older.

Around the time Grandpa died, I started to ask Grandma about her family.  She was able to tell me many things about her immediate family but she knew little or nothing about her grandparents or beyond.  It was these discussions that started me thinking about searching her side of the family.

Just before she died, she moved to New Mexico with my Aunt.  Upon packing up the house, she was giving away her "treasures".  I was the grateful recipient of her Bible.  


The photos below are of Grandma and her two husbands.  The first, taken in 1930. The second, taken in 1995 at my wedding. 




Photo: Gladys & Virgil, 1930 - Left: Gladys Jane Montgomery. Right: Virgil Cancil Crew. Tulare Co., California. Digital image. Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2009.  All rights reserved.






Photo: Gladys & Glen, 14 January 1995 - Left: Gladys Jane Montgomery Crew Holland. Right: Jeffie Glen Holland.  Gardena, Los Angeles Co., California. Digital image. Privately held by Regina De León, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], California, 2009.  All rights reserved.





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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday - Tipton California 8th grade class of 1930






My grandmother, Gladys Jane Montgomery is pictured in center row second from the right.  Grandma would have been 16 at the time and just a few months from marrying my grandfather.  She evidently really liked her principal/teacher because she kept the head-shot photo of Mr. Baker as well.



The notations on the class photo are my grandmother's.  I decided to see if I could locate the people she named in the 1930 Census and was very successful.  I found three out of  four in Tipton, Tulare Co., California.

"Mr. Baker" is Carl H. Baker.  He is listed as 39 years old, married to Minnie C. with three children, Anna, Minnie L. and Ruth.  Occupation principal of public school.

"Delilah" is Delilah F Dossey.  She is listed as14 years old and is living with parents, Arthur and Lulu along with several brothers and sisters.

Esther (age 16) and Evelyn (Age 11) Modderman are listed with their parents, John and Mary.

I was not able to locate "Eddris".

I would be interested in finding any of the other children pictured.  If you have any leads or suggestions, kindly leave a comment or drop me a line.



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Thursday, October 15, 2009

1 year blogoversary has come and gone

I hate October!  As my mom reminded me, my grandfather died in October and my father died in October.  Last Wednesday, my brother was admitted to ICU.  Seems really strange that I also started this blog in October!  Wonder if I can have a "do over".  Maybe I can change to the end of September or the beginning of November. I think I'll just skip October in the future!

I want to thank all of you for all your well wishes and prayers.  They have really made a big difference!  My brother came though two surgeries with flying colors and although he is still in ICU, we expect him to be moved to a regular room soon.    His recovery will take a very long time but we are truly blessed he will recover!!

As for this blog, I'm still not confident in my ability to use this media for good family history but I'll keep working on it. 



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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Childhood Memory

It's time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!


Here's this weeks assignment from Randy:

We all have childhood memories, but if you're like me, you're concentrating on getting the family history of your parents and earlier generations. Let's think about ourselves here.

Here's your mission if you want to accept it ...

1. What is one of your most vivid childhood memories? Was it family, friends, places, events, or just plain fun?

2) Tell us about it in a comment to this post, a Comment or Note on Facebook, or in a blog post of your own.

  
While not the earliest childhood memory I have, one that stands out involves my cat, Rosie.  We got Rosie after our other cat died because I just had to have a cat.  She was six weeks old when my Mom brought her home.
One day when she was about a year old, Rosie and I were playing.  Rosie became very upset with me and bite me so hard on my hand that she drew blood.  Out of shock and anger, I grabbed her tail, inserted the tip into my mouth and took a bite.  She let out a cry and ran away.  Sometime later that day she came back to me to be petted and I knew all was forgiven.  But after that incident she never bit me again.   I guess she learned her lesson.  




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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday - My Sweet Sixteen Ring


This is the ring my parents gave me for my sixteenth birthday.  It was the first ring I ever wore with a real diamond in it.  It is much too small for me now as it barely fits on my pinkie finger but when I was sixteen it fit nicely on my ring finger.  I wore it proudly for many years.  

It currently lives in my jewelry box and as you can tell from the tarnish, is never worn.  As I can't give it to a daughter (I don't have one!), I hope I can give it to a granddaughter sometime in the distant future.  For now, I'll probably clean it up and put it on my charm holder necklace.  It's place of honor restored!




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