Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Tandy Clayton Moore, early 1900s

I know nothing more about this photo, which I also scanned while visiting my sister-in-law and her husband three weeks ago, than what is written on it.  Tandy Clayton Moore is Breathless' maternal grandfather. I'm guessing this photograph was taken in the early 1900s.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Ivis Moore, circa 1929

This is another photograph of Ivis Moore Mew, my mother-in-law's sister, that I scanned while visiting my sister-in-law and her husband two weeks ago. I'm guessing this was also taken in 1929, about the same time as another elegant portrait of her sisters, but I'm not sure.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Moore Siblings, circa 1906

I just got back from a vacation that included a visit at the home of my sister-in-law, who gave me TONS of family pictures and let me scan some others, including this one.  It's of her maternal uncle and two aunts, taken about 1906.  From left are Velma Moore (1903 - 1908; she died of diphtheria), Ivis Moore Mew  (1905 - 2004), and Thomas Gurth Moore (1902 - 1935; he died of pneumonia).  The photo was probably taken in Tarrant County, Texas.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Matrilineal Monday: Happy Birthday, Sister Jean Marie!

My aunt, Sister Jean Marie (born Jo Ann) Guokas, is 81 today, September 12.  This is one of my favorite pictures of her and her older sister, my mother, Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape, taken sometime in the early 1930s, probably in Houston, Texas.

My aunt has been a nun with the Congregation of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament since 1949. She's had a very interesting life and has traveled more than I have! She just retired at the end of June.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sentimental Sunday: September 11 - Anniversaries That Are Happy Ones

Frederick Henry Pape and Geraldine Margaret Guokas, Dad and Mom, married September 11, 1954, at Annunciation Catholic Church, Houston, Texas.  Photo by Kaye Marvins.

Also married on this date:  Dad's sister, my Aunt Betty, and Uncle Bud, in 1948; and my cousin Jim and his wife Karen, in 1976.

Happy 57th, 63nd, and 35th anniversaries respectively!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History: Road Trips

The prompt for Week 35 of 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History is Road Trips

Describe a family road trip from your childhood. Where did you go and why? Who was in the car? How did you pass the time?

My family went on a LOT of road trips for vacations when I was a child.  With seven of us, it was just too expensive to fly (although one year, 1970, we did take the train to Chicago).  Some trips were fairly short, like to New Braunfels or the Frio River in Texas, or to the New Orleans area.  The longest trip we took was to Rochester, New York, in 1971, camping most nights in an eight-man tent there and back to Houston, Texas.

The photos below are from a trip to New Mexico in the summer of 1966.  I was nine and got my first camera, a Brownie, that year.  I took a LOT of pictures at roadside parks where we'd stop for a picnic lunch Mom had packed, often photographing my siblings holding the colorful paper plates we used.

In the photo above left, you can see our Chevrolet station wagon in the background. My two brothers rode in the back. I know eventually we had a station wagon with a third seat back there, but I'm not sure if this was it. My two sisters and Mom usually sat in the regular back seat. Mary, the youngest, was not quite two in the summer of 1966, and she would have been in the middle of that seat.

I usually sat in the front passenger seat, often serving as the navigator, reading the map and telling Dad where to turn.  I remember playing license plate games, and alphabet/spotting games, but mostly I remember just looking out the window and enjoying the sights.

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