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mem55
I'm a kindergarten teacher and author with three children and three grandchildren.
Interests: gardening, writing, cats, education
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The aerial photo in my yearbook shows ten other smaller buildings, plus the gym. My first foray into high school was orchestrated by my mother. First of all, she reminded me that we would be moving to Oklahoma before the end of the year. I have no memory of why... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Family Ties
The Caddo Herald October 21, 1932 Miss Emma Lilley was here from Kenefick Saturday. Miss Nettie Grassham was a visitor to Atoka last week. Mr. and Mrs. Elsie Hunter visited Dallas Fair last week. Mrs. Roy Barber and children were... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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My diary has detailed comments about my 8th grade graduation, including a little drawing of my dress. My scrapbook contains my report card, diploma, my dress tag and receipt, a dried flower from my corsage, my award certificates for history and language, the note my teacher wrote informing me that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Family Ties
While this isn’t really a Caddo story, it is noteworthy for several reasons. First of all, it’s a reminder that there were many tribes in the general area and some were far less friendly and civilized than the Choctaws and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Caddo- My Home Town
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I suppose some people find it strange that I spend so much time reading and writing about the past. I read about the history of our country, Native Americans, women, education. I research the history of the area, Caddo in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Here
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There was a big package in my mailbox yesterday and inside it was this lovely quilt from my cousin. I’m so grateful for her skill and creativity! And I feel blessed that she chose to share her talents with me!... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Here
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Don't forget that funeral records are also a good source of birth, parent, and spouse information. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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My last year at Teague, my last year in California, my last year as a child- that’s how I remember 1964. My last semester at Teague was so busy that I didn’t write in my little diary until June. Then I went back and wrote a summary of each month.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Family Ties
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The Durant Daily Democrat September 17, 1937 Will Gravitt Passes Away William Y. Gravitt, aged 53 years, died at his home, 1005 North 5th Avenue, Wednesday morning at 3:30 following a lingering illness. Mr. Gravitt, well-known Bryan County man, succumbed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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Before I continue with my diary and 1964, I feel compelled to note a couple of trips that we made in 1963. My grandparents, John and Della Springer, came to visit us in the summer of 1963 and we all made a trip to Modesto to see Aunt Martha. Apparently... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Family Ties
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The Caddo Herald September 26, 1919 Sunday Night’s Storm The equinoxial storm hit Caddo on about schedule time; arriving at nearly 8 p. m. Sunday. Heavy, black clouds rolled in from the northwest; there was some electrical disturbance, not much... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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Yesterday we attended a special celebration of butterflies at Hagerman Wildlife Refuge near Pottsboro, Texas. I learned more about attracting butterflies and also watched a demonstration of monarch tagging. And of course I enjoyed seeing the guests of honor! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View from Here
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(I wrote most of this as a blog post in 2007. Today I made a few changes and corrected some small errors based on new information. I also corrected yesterday’s post. For some reason I recalled that David was hurt after my own arm break, but it was after my... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Family Ties
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That's me in the second row from the front, second girl. In July of 1962 something happened that I never imagined. I got to attend Yosemite Bible Camp with a group of kids from our local Church of Christ. I can vaguely remember alternating attendance at that church with Mom... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Family Ties
Caddo Herald April 23, 1920 Caddo High School Has Big Class-1920 The Herald this week delivered the invitations for the graduating class of Caddo high School. There were twenty members of this class, but one got married Christmas and that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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I told a friend this morning that cooler weather means I have to control my urge to buy potatoes, biscuits, and pasta. Why are our bodies more in sync with the seasons than with our “healthy intentions”? I know I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View from Here
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Life on Shaw Ave. was very different from our life in the ranch house. One big change for me was that I walked home with Bobby- past our old house, down the street, around the corner, down Shaw, across the highway overpass, and a few blocks down the street to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Family Ties
Funeral Record: Robert W. Weirman- died September 29, 1943 The Caddo Herald Maj. Weirman Killed in Crash of Army Plane Maj. Robert W. Weirman, U. S. army air force and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bass, Caddo, was killed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Caddo- My Home Town
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This is another time period that has some vague gaps and discrepancies. Despite the fact that I have many, many memories of living behind the bar on Shaw Ave. I can’t pin down the date that we moved. Also, there is a Valentine in my scrapbook from my new boyfriend,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Family Ties
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I've been looking at naturalization papers recently. Please visit our Bryan County Genealogy Library website to see a list of some of the other resources that are available. March 24, 1922 Ben Siegel has sold his business of Siegel &... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Caddo- My Home Town
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I’ve been helping with a little project at the genealogy library: sorting through boxes of documents donated by a local resident. While most have some historical or genealogical value, there are a few clippings and notes and random items that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at The View from Here
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I’ve written many times about the house and orchards and famous underground home owned by the Forestiere family. My grandparents lived at the “caves” as Gran nicknamed them and helped manage the property. Granddad and my father did some building and repairs on the few structures. I visited often and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Family Ties
The Caddo Herald May 14, 1920 Locals, continued Prof. E. O. Shaw attended a session of the Oklahoma State Press Association Friday and Saturday of last week. Eight day sale- Saturday, May 15 to Saturday, May 22nd inclusive. Evans &... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Caddo- My Home Town
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I spent about an hour yesterday afternoon sorting through some photos and documents that I thought were all from high school. It turned out that there were several items from much earlier and I had to figure out how they compared to my memories and lists. It was a rewarding... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Family Ties