Sisters visiting Denver

Here are a few miscellaneous pictures from my mom’s slide collection.  The woman wearing the black coat is my mother’s sister.  She came out to Denver.  In the photos you can see Red Rocks Amphitheatre as is was in the late 1960s.  In some of the pictures she is standing up on Lookout Mountain with Golden, Colorado in the background along with North and South Table Mountain.  Priscilla stayed with my mom and dad in Denver and then went to work for the telephone company.  The guy in the picture, don’t know his name, was a guy she dated until she became a born again Christian.

The younger girl in the pictures, holding Jimmy, is Jamie.  Another one of my mom’s sisters.  They are standing outside 1229 Quivas St.  This is where they lived in Denver, Colorado at that point in time.

Jimmy’s First Birthday

The pictures below show my brother’s first birthday.  The pictures show his cake, the gifts he got and what his house was like when he turned one.  The older woman in green sitting in the rocking chair is Dad’s biological mother, Eunice.  Dad thought of Hattie Tennessee, who died when he was a teenager, as his real mother.  But he did have Eunice around some when they lived in Denver.

The rocking chair that Eunice is sitting in was the chair that Clark and Ann bought for Mom when Jimmy was born.  If I remember correctly she kept that for several years and even rocked me in it.

The coffee table that Jimmy’s cake is sitting on was made by my father.  Dad was always so practical and handy.  In the very first picture you can see Jimmy holding the MEN AT WORK sign and Mom’s wedding rings in the background.  Mom remembered that Jimmy really loved his little 4-wheeled bike.  Not too surprising given how well Jimmy took to bicycles and motorcycles.

When Jimmy turned one Mom got a job out in Cherry Creek.  They found themselves a babysitter and checked her out as well as they could back then but after two days of Jimmy being there he came home with bruises on his butt and the back of his legs.  Mom confronted the sitter and asked what happened and she said he might have fallen down the stairs.  Needless to say she got fired.  Years after the fact, Jimmy mentioned to me that Dad told Jimmy a couple times that he paid the sitter and her husband a visit and “rearranged” their furniture for them.  Knowing my dad’s temper that probably wasn’t too fun for them.

The next sitter they found was a good one, her name was Loraine.  She had four or five kids of her own and Jimmy really enjoyed staying with her during the day.  In addition to her own kids she watched a couple others besides just Jimmy.

You can see Jimmy playing in the cake.  Close to 40 years later I remember Jimmy letting his kids play in their one year old cakes.  Jimmy thought the messier his kids got with their first birthday cake the better.  :-)

Until next time,


Jimmy as a toddler

Below is my brother Jimmy standing on the coffee table in the house they lived in around the time he was one.  In the background is their expensive, nice, first color TV.  Mom says they had it for years.

The painting of the ship hung up on the wall above the television was a paint by number craft that my mom and dad painted one winter when the lived in Fort Worth.

I wanted to post these two pictures of Jimmy separately in their own post because the next set of pictures I have are of him, his toys and his first birthday.

This is all for now, until next time, keep on keeping on.

A story I wrote down for my nephews (Christmas 2011)

I wrote the below story about my late brother back in 2011.  I try to share stories about him with his two remaining boys.  Below in italics is the story.  I just happened to see it this evening when I was going through old Facebook messages to my sister-in-law.

My brother Jimmy loved to ride bicycles all during his childhood. When he was about 13 or 14 years old he started to become very good at doing wheelies. Our family lived on a street that had a huge hill that stretched more that 1/10th of a mile.

When Jimmy started practicing his wheelies he found that it was easier to ride one up the street rather than down. He practiced and practiced and before too long he could ride a wheelie so far up the street that you could barely see him when he got to the top. All the neighbor kids would stand outside their houses and watch in amazement as Jimmy rode by on one wheel.

There was also a place near our house that everybody called the Dirt Hills. Kids from all over the neighborhood would ride there bikes there and try there best tricks. They would try jumping as high and as far as they could. Jimmy was known by all the kids in the neighborhood to be one of the fastest and best jumpers. There wasn’t a hill at the Dirt Hills that he wasn’t willing to try. I remember one time some kids laid their bikes down and Jimmy jumped over two of them with plenty of room to spare.

When it came to anything with wheels, Jimmy was exceptional. He was great at riding motorcycles, bicycles and cars. He was also one of the only kids I have ever seen that could ride a unicycle. A unicycle is a bike that has no handle bars, only one wheel and no brakes. Can you imagine riding something like that? Your dad Jimmy could ride a unicycle up into driveways, off of side walks and curbs, and even through grass. Merry Christmas guys and have a special, wonderful day!

Keep on keeping on my friends,


My Top Ten of 2015

Here are my top ten memories of the last year.  Not in any specific order.

  1. Hanging out with my wife and kids in various places like the Field Museum, Omaha (with my sister and her daughter), staying in the hotel in downtown Chicago.  Not to mention fondue yesterday and Christmas day.
  2. Playing Xbox with the wife and kids, staying up late a couple of times with my two oldest boys.  Fires in the fireplace.
  3. Thankful for steady work and health for myself and all my family members.
  4.  Getting the first stage of our basement finished.
  5. Interesting lectures and readings to go through.
  6. I am thankful that I got to live one day at a time for another calendar year.
  7. Thankful that I got the wallpaper removal project finished.
  8. Cutting down the tree in the backyard with my family.
  9. Getting to go fishing with my wife and Caitlyn.  My wife was able to catch a largemouth this summer.
  10. Giving my wife and nice Mother’s Day for 2015.  Took her fishing and bought her a bike.

That is all for now.



Two Old Cemeteries in Illinois worth Visiting

I spoke on the phone recently with Eunie G in Loveland, Colorado.  We hadn’t spoken for a few years.  She is going to send me some more information on our family ancestry.  I will post whatever she sends to my blog here.

While we were on the phone, she mentioned that there are two older cemeteries here in Illinois worth looking into.  The Old Kelly Cemetery and the New Kelly Cemetery.  It sounded like Eunie had been to both.  They are in Coles County near Lake Charleston, Illinois.  I would like to visit both of these.  On the phone Eunie said that the old cemetery was all grown over with trees and not much to look at.  I’d still like to see it.

After I got off the phone with her I did look into these two old lots and found some info.  I will copy and paste it below justified and in italics.

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Section 30, T12N, R10E
South of Charleston on IL Rte 130 past the entrance to Lake Charleston to the first road on the left (Cardinal Lane). Drive two-tenths of a mile just past the top of the first rise in the road. Park near the orange colored “Buried Pipe Line” sign and a utility pole. Walk SSE up a gentle incline directly to cemetery (less than 200 feet).

Believed to be the oldest burial location in Coles County, dating back to 1825 (which was actually 5 years before Coles Co was formed). Kelly Cem is the first known burial ground of people of European descent in what is now known as Coles Co., but at that time still included parts of Douglas and Clark Counties.

Only 11 or 12 persons are believed to be buried there.

The property was donated by James Kelly.

A portion of James Kelly’s marker was THE ONLY ONE observed with any inscription out of the nine stones/markers that were located during two searches on July 20 and 30, 2011.

Several blank or illegible tablets or piles of flat stones were located, and the only other tablet (Cemetery) that was located is pictured. It was down and covered by soil, and only discovered by probing.

Here is the link to the original.

There were also a couple of pictures posted of the New Kelly Cemetery here.  The picture showing the headstones is from 1972.

That is all for tonight.  Keep on keeping on folks and Merry Christmas.


Back in Colorado (Early to Mid 1968)

These pictures were taken in Colorado and around in Denver.  The guy with the blond hair in the picture next to the old mining structure is Fred P.  He was married to my Aunt Denise for a time.  The other guy was probably a Bruder guy (family friend) from North Dakota.

The two people standing with the view behind them are Denise and Fred P.  They are standing at Anne Evans Overlook near Central City.

The young boy in the highchair and in the tub is my older brother Jimmy.  The pictures of him were taken in the house they rented on Quivas in Denver.  The landlord for them wasn’t so great at paying his bills and Mom said that collectors would show up every now and then and take their appliances.  One time mom went in to check on what Jimmy was doing in the bathroom and he had flipped over head first into the tub and his head was underwater while his feet were sticking straight up.  Lucky for him his momma was keeping an eye on him.  Jimmy loved to take baths when he was this age.  In the highchair Jimmy is eating spinach.  I guess he really liked it when he was young.  I liked it too when I was younger.  I don’t think too many moms give their kids spinach and the kids like it but we did.

The woman in white is Denise and her husband is the guy in blue.  They lived in Denver with Mom and Dad at this time so they visited often.

The picture of Mom sitting on the couch is one I like quite a bit.  She bought the couch for $60 at the Goodwill store.  She was able to get the lamps to match the couch so that made her pretty happy.  She kept plastic on the lamps for a long time to keep them looking nice.

Until next time.  Keep on keeping on folks.


Cold Weather and Sleigh

This Sunday evening I am posting additional pictures from Mom and Dad’s slide collection.  This has been a slow going project but I am making progress here and there.  These were taken on their trip to Mohall, North Dakota in 1967.  It was a cold trip.  The temperature didn’t get above 0 F the entire time they were there.  This was the trip where dad went out to take some pictures and the temperature was around -15 F and all his exposed skin starting tingling in a fashion he wasn’t accustomed to being from Texas.  My mom and her siblings told him that wasn’t too bright because it gets cold enough in North Dakota to be dangerous.

In these pictures you get to see Grandpa Clark’s sleigh.  I was told by my parents that it wasn’t unusual for Clark to take all the kids out on the large sleigh around the farm.  My dad talked to me about this several times.  He thought the sleigh, horses, Clark and the weather were all interesting.

There are various pictures included of outside the farm.  Clark’s cows, kids on a toboggan and a snowmobile.  You can also see the snow was plowed away in some sections.  Mom said Clark did this with the tractor.  Dad said the big horses had no problem pulling 20 people on a sleigh through large buildups of snow.

One of the pictures in this set showed a photo of one of the horses going number two.  You can thank me for not including it.  I can only assume that my dad was pretty proud of himself for the great timing he had on that photograph.

Thanks for reading my post.  Until next time…