Thursday, December 25, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
So the house in Van Buren is sold. I can't help but wonder if her silence this month reflects her sadness at leaving all their friends, especially at church. I was a teenager - totally consumed with self - and I never thought about anything except they would be thrilled to be living near us. Also I'm sure she was already packing up.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
I'm guessing they were watching the Christmas "movies" - movie cameras were a really big deal about this time. Grandmother pudding is a dark, dense, bread pudding that Mom found in a recipe book - was one of my Dad's favorite desserts (mine too).
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Doc & Grace Farmer - their back door neighbors that have been mentioned many times.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
My Granddad must have paying the bills - I know she had never written a check until after he died. He must have really been quite ill.
Ada was Grandma Comstock's niec - would have been Aunt Nora's first cousins - Ruth her daughter.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
W. C. Rogers was a building contractor in Springdale - he did some major renovations to the home before they moved in. He had built two homes for Mom & Dad - on Crouch Street and Wayland Drive. He sold Don and I our first home on Shipley Street that he had built as a starter home for his daughter, but she had divorced and left the house empty. The winter of 1962/63 was very cold and we had a lot of sub-zero temps. Donnie and I were living in one of Joe Steele's rent houses that was build up on piers with no insulation in the floors and we had only a big Siegler space heater in the living room for heat. We drug our mattress in front of it and slept with Steve between us to keep warm at night. W. C. offered us his daughter's house if we'd just take up the payments - nothing down. He and Don went to the savings & loan and transferred the mortgage that day on a handshake deal and with the help of one of the young men who worked with Don at L-P Gas & Equipment and their respective pickups, we moved into the little house that night. Central heat. Blessed! We paid about $11,000 for that house - our monthly payments about $75. Of course at that point in time, we thought we'd be rich if Don's salary ever reached $100 per week.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Sounds as thought she went right to work after arriving at Ikey & Becky's in Kansas City. She was very busy the next few days...
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Lee's Creek ran past Tom Comstock's homestead in Crawford County, and divided his place from Oklahoma - he was my great, great grandpa, the first of our family to move to Arkansas. There are lots of stories about Tom - he was evidently quite a character. One story goes like this. In a much earlier time, the spring rains had Lee Creek raging and Tom stood on his levee, shook his fist at the heavens and ordered "God, don't you dare flood my fields". And the flood didn't happen that year.
I wonder if they could really afford that $100 gift... I suspect it was a sacrifice.