Wednesday, February 10, 2016

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: More From (Almost) Ten Years Ago

Yet another follow-up to my posts about ten days ago, another entry in my LiveJournal blog from ten years ago tomorrow, as Breathless and I fell in love all over again (over 23 years after the first time!):

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: TAMU RPTS Stories - 1976 TRAPS Conference

The main professional organization for recreation and parks in the state of Texas was/is the Texas Recreation and Park Society, also known as TRAPS.  In October of 1976, their annual conference was being held in Waco, an easy day trip from College Station for students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Recreation and Parks at Texas A&M University.  Here are the pages that cover this event, from the scrapbook I kept in 1976-77 as the Reporter-Historian of the Recreation and Parks Club.

 Above:  RPTS faculty Dr. Richard Bury (far left) and department head Dr. Les Reid (second from right), along with Texas A&M Extension Recreation Specialist Tony Mazzaccaro (MS '74, PhD '80), are on a panel discussing "Off-the-Road Vehicles - Pros and Cons."

Below: Dr. Dennis Howard, RP Club adviser, part of a panel for a session called "Can Citizen Input Be Effective?"

More panelists for the session, "Can Citizen Input Be Effective?" - Pat Taylor (above) and Extension Specialist Carson E. Watt (PhD '79, below)

Above:  Dr. Frank Suggitt on the "Lake and River Usage" panel.
Below, students (from left) Debbie Whiteman '77, John Murphy '77, Lynn Timken '79, Russ Tillman (in background) and Sheryl Tomlinson '79 at a session.

Above:  Robin Pfannstiel ('77, left) and Peggy Cook ('80, right) are congratulated by department head Dr. Les Reid as winners of the TRAPS Vaughan Euteneuer scholarships at the conference.

Below:  Joe Bihon '77 (second from right) with our new friends from the Texas Tech University Recreation and Parks Club (that's the post coming up in this blog on Friday).

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sibling Saturday: Mark and Brian, ABT 1965

My brothers Mark (age 4) and Brian (age 2), early in 1965 (in or before March, the month stamped on the slide this image is from), at our maternal grandmother (Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald)'s home, 1118 Bay Oaks in Houston, Texas.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday's Faces From the Past: TAMU RPTS Stories - Career Day 1976

Another page from the scrapbook I kept in 1976-77 as the Reporter-Historian of the Recreation and Parks Club at Texas A&M University.  This one is from Career Day on September 18, 1976.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

(Almost-) Wordless Wednesday Happy Birthday to My Dad (tomorrow)!

My Dad, Frederick Henry Pape, about 1934, around age 5.  Not sure who the other people in the photo are.  That might be his uncle Charles Bleidt in the background, and his first cousin Jack Bleidt (who is just nine days younger) to the right.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Motivation Monday: Happy #GenealogySelfie Day

OK, I took this yesterday, but it's going to have to work for today's ‪#‎GenealogySelfie‬ Day, as I don't usually do selfies. That's me on the left. My better half and I were celebrating the 10th anniversary of our "first" date the second time around (see the story here).

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: Francis Edward Gresham, 1911-1990

Today would have been my father-in-law Francis Edward Gresham's 105th birthday.  He was born January 21, 1911, in Krum, Texas, the oldest and only surviving son of Marvin/Mark Ellis Gresham (1886-1941) and Betty Dickson (1888-1976).  He graduated from nearby Denton High School on May 29, 1930 (Denton Record-Chronicle, 30 May 1930, page 1 and 4).  According to some notes his daughter Ann has, Francis attended North Texas State Teachers College, also in Denton, from about 1931 to 1933, but is not pictured in any of the yearbooks.

Somewhere between 1935 and 1940, Francis left the family farm in Krum for Corpus Christi, Texas.  The April 1, 1940 Census shows him living at 1337 Tyler and working as a lithographer at a newspaper. I also found Francis on page 212 of the 1940 Corpus Christi City Directory. He's listed as living at 623 Blucher and working as a lithographer at Beacon Printing Company.  However, given that the information in city directories is often collected a year or more before they are published, perhaps this was his address prior to April 1940.

Ann's notes show that he was a pressman for Beacon (located at 1113 Leopard Street, Martin Jarrett, Manager, according to a May 11, 1939 business card) from January 1937 through February 1940, and a pressman and shop manager for the Edwin Flato Company from February through November 1940.

Most likely, Francis met his future wife, Jewel Moore (1914-1994) at work, as she is also listed as working as a stenographer for a printing company on the 1940 Census.  They married on October 26, 1940, at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Corpus Christi.

Shortly after the marriage, Francis' father became quite ill, and he left his job with Flato to move back to Krum.  His father passed away in February and by March 1941, Francis and Jewel were living  at 405 San Pedro Street in San Antonio, and Francis was working as a multilith operator for the Ben J. Struder Photographic Studios (headquartered at 402 San Pedro).  Their first child, son Mark Edward, was born that August in San Antonio, at Santa Rosa Hospital.

On October 23, 1941, the family moved back to Corpus Christi, to 3038 Mintan Street, then to 2024 Peabody on November 6, 2814 Nueces Street on January 4, 1942, and 3765 Brandywine on March 23.  Ann's notes say Francis was a print shop manager for the H.E. Butt Grocery Company (then headquartered in Corpus Christi) from October 1941 to January 1942, and that he was a junior supervisor with the U.S. Naval Air Station print shop in Corpus Christi from January 1942 to April 13, 1944.

The 1944 city directory shows the family back at 2814 Nueces, although that might have been based on earlier information.  Francis enlisted in the Navy on April 13, 1944, and was sent to work as a negative engraver and cameraman at the Navy's Hydrographic Office in Washington, D.C.  Jewel gave birth to a daughter, Frances Ann, in that city in December 1944.  While in that city, the family lived at 4613 Lewis Avenue SE, Apartment D.

Francis was released from military service in January 1946, and the family moved back to Corpus Christi.  According to 1948 city directories, Frances was a lithographer at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, and his family lived at 3829 Blanco Courts, in the La Armada housing project, built to accommodate Navy enlisted men and civilian military employees as the Naval Air Station expanded.  Ann's notes state that he was supervisor of miscellaneous duplicating services from March 1946 to December 1947, and "Printer INT[ermediate?]" at the Naval Air Station's print shop from December 1947 to January 1949.

In January 1949, Francis and his family moved to the Myrtle Grove area of Pensacola, Florida, where Francis worked at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  His title was "Supervisor Lithographic Printing, USNAS Consolidated Printing Plant, Pensacola."  They first lived on a rural delivery route, then at 1505 N. 50th (November 1949), 904 M 57th Avenue (November 1950), and 1312 N. 52nd Avenue (February 1951 and 1952).  Daughter June Marie was born here in January 1952.

Francis was sent to Guam by the Administrative Department of the Navy in July 1954.  Jewel and the children followed that autumn.  They lived at #15 Estrellita in Tumon Heights during their years in Guam.  Francis was a Quarterman Printer until September 1956, then Acting Supervisor of Publications and Printing until March 1957, then Supervisor until August 1960.  Below is a picture of him in his office in Guam on April 29, 1959.

In August 1960, Francis became Director of the Navy Publications and Printing Service Office of the 13th Naval District in Bremerton, Washington, and the family (except for Mark, who was in college) moved to 4107 Gillette Avenue in Bremerton.  Below is a photograph likely taken about the time Francis retired, most likely at the end of January 1972, on his 61st birthday.

Francis was recognized in late November, 1960, for having over 1,000 hours of unused sick leave:

At his retirement in January 1972, he was recognized for a number of accomplishments, including establishing a branch printing plant in Alaska in 1965 (which required authorization by the Congressional Joint Committee on Printing).

These two Texas natives stayed in Bremerton after retirement.  Francis really liked the hunting and fishing available in the Pacific Northwest, and Jewel really enjoyed how easy it was to garden in the mild and moist climate.

Francis died in Bremerton on December 10, 1990, of congestive cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, and aortic stenosis.  He was cremated and his cremains, along with those of Jewel, are buried in the garden at Ann's home near Husum, Washington, with a view of Mount Hood.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ten Years Ago, Continued

This is a follow-up to my post earlier today, another entry in my LiveJournal blog from ten years ago today.  This is what I was compelled to write after finding out that Breathless was falling in love with me again (over 23 years after the first time!), and how he responded:

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Ten Years Ago....

You know how Facebook reminds you of your memories? Well, this is a memory from ten years ago today. But this one is thanks to LiveJournal.

Some background first:

Ten years and 25 days ago, I'd taken a chance and given up a decent-paying but probably dead-end paraprofessional library job in Washington and moved back to Texas for a half-time assistantship in my last semester in library school, gambling that it would be easier to find a job as a librarian in Texas if I WAS in Texas. 

Ten years and 23 days ago, my good friends in the Seattle area took me out for high tea.

Ten years and 20 days ago, my son helped me load what little I'd decided to keep from my old life into a 6'x7'x8' high container, and I left Washington for Texas, and my wonderful cousin Tom Streff and his wife Karen offered to let me stay at their home in Grapevine for the semester.

And ten years and 10 days ago, I went to the American Library Association (ALA) meeting in San Antonio. Here is what happened on the way back:
On the drive back to Grapevine, I went through Granbury where I called an old friend who has recently moved back to Texas as well. We had dinner and it looks like we will be having lunch again this Sunday.
So one of my Seattle girlfriends, posting anonymously, asked me how my lunch date went. Here is what I (my handle on LiveJournal is riofriotex) replied, and what happened next:

I imagine you can guess who Breathless is.

Ten years later, we're still going strong.

And today or tomorrow, we are going back to that restaurant.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday's Faces From the Past: TAMU RPTS Stories - First Fall 1976 Meeting and Chili Supper

Here are some more pages from the scrapbook I kept in 1976-77 as the Reporter-Historian of the Recreation and Parks Club at Texas A&M University.  These four pages cover the first meeting of the Fall 1976 semester, on September 7, and the first social event two days later, a chili supper.

Above, from the left:  Judy (leaning over) and Jeff Fulk '77 with their baby, Terry Kerr '78, David Anderson '80, Hugh Bradford '81, Karen Fallwell '77, Social Chairman Bob Lisauckis '77 and his wife Rhonda, and President John Kibler '77.

Below, from the left:  Jim Eley '77, Intramurals Committee chair Russ Tillman '77, and Trips Committee chair Ken Bible '77 (crouching).

I can't identify everyone in the photo below, but that's department Head Dr. Les Reid in the hat, Karen Fallwell '77 seated to his left, and my future roommate Denise Landry '79 across the table in the foreground.

Below from left:  John Melton '77, Art Pena '78, Clyde Howard '83, unknown, Hugh Bradford '81, and George Gillespie '80.

In the jalapeno eating contest, Les Chrietzberg '80 (above) ate nine in one minute, but Dr. John Hanna (PhD '74, below) ate eleven.  Trish Jared '78 is in the background of the picture.

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