Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kodachrome in Korea, late 1952.


Last month, while cleaning out the study of my deceased father, Frederick Henry Pape (1929-2017), I found a paper bag containing a number of Kodachrome slides from the early and mid-1950s, taken during his time in Korea and also in Chicago and Evanston, Illinois.  Kodachrome is extremely stable, and the color on these slides is near pristine.  I'll be sharing some of the images over the year.

Unfortunately the mounts on the slides do not have any processing dates, but I know this one was taken sometime between October 9, 1952, and March 7, 1953, because that is the period when he was in Korea with the Air Force.  Here, he is standing next to the sign for the 37th Bomb Squadron (L[ight]) Headquarters, the "Home of the Royal Bengals," at K-1, the Pusan West Air Base in South Korea.

I've cropped out much of the background in this picture to emphasize Dad, but the background is the same as in the black-and-white photos in an earlier post on this headquarters, so that further narrows the photograph to the last quarter of 1952.  According to a history of the 17th Bomb Group/Wing (of which the 37th Bomb Squadron was a part),

During the October to December [1952] time frame, the 17th moved from K-9 [Pusan East] to K-1 (Pusan West) to allow for the resurfacing of the K-9 runway from PSP to asphalt. The Wing returned to K-9 on 20 December having flown uninterrupted through both moves.


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mom "at School"


In the process of helping my parents move, I found some photos from my mother Geraldine's high school days at Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Texas.  Here is one of them, undated, but labeled on the back with her friend's name and the words "at school":

The girl on the left is Anna Marie Hainline von Marbod, who was born about 1929 and died in 1981.  My mom is on the right.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Mom "at Seawall"


In the process of helping my parents move, I found some photos from my mother Geraldine's high school days at Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Texas.  Here is one of them, undated, but labeled on the back with all the girls' maiden names and the words "at [Galveston] Seawall":

Standing from left:  Frances Kopenski, Rosalie Marian Triola Zenner (born 1926), Dorothy Jean Gorman Kerkman Bickers (1928-2011), Mildred Bell Fisher, Martha Anne Cabler Clark Skinner Venable Anderson (1928-2003), and Miriam Catherine Jamail Perkins (1927-2004).

Kneeling:  Kathryn (or Katherine or Catherine) Stringer and Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

"Mary Joe Danna - Approaching Marriage - Empire Room, Rice Hotel, 9-7-46"



In the process of helping my parents move, I found some photos from my mother Geraldine's high school days at Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Texas.  Here is one of them, labeled on the back with (almost) everyone's names and the words "Mary Joe Danna - Approaching Marriage - Empire Room, Rice Hotel, 9-7-46":

From the left:  Mary Joe Danna White (1928-2009), her sister Ignatia Marie Danna Albert (1915-2005) and her son Mervin Joseph Albert Jr. (born 1940), Mrs. Joe (Mary Ann Artale) Danna (1893-1962), Shirley Patricia Hogan O'Brien (born 1928), Dorothy Jean Gorman Kerkman Bickers (1928-2011), Ruby Jane Kuhn Porche (1928-2017), Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape, and Barbara Alice Parker Bruder (1929-1999).

Mary Joe married Harry White at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Houston, Texas, about seven months later, on April 10, 1947.


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Monday, January 8, 2018

"IWA 1944"



In the process of helping my parents move, I found some photos from my mother Geraldine's high school days at Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Texas.  Here is one of them, labeled on the back with all the girls' maiden names and the words "IWA 1944":

Top row, left to right:  Dorothy Jean Gorman Kerkman Bickers (1928-2011), Marjorie Ann Hays Olson (1928-2011), Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape, Dorothy Rose Rush Johns (born 1928), and Rosalie Marian Triola Zenner (born 1926).

Bottom row, left to right:  Vera Hope Barbosa Stowell, Shirley Patricia Hogan O'Brien (born 1928), Catherine Emma Holderman Williamson Dobecka (1927-2010), Miriam Catherine Jamail Perkins (1927-2004), and Katherine (or Catherine or Kathryn) Stringer.

Interestingly, Mom's classmate Vera Barbosa Stowell has a daughter named Cindy who was my classmate at St. Agnes Academy in Houston.


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Friday, January 5, 2018

Mom "in backyard at 916 W. Gardner"



In the process of helping my parents move, I found some photos from my mother Geraldine's high school days at Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Texas.  Here is one that really has nothing to do with school, other than having a girl who might be one of Mom's classmates in it.  The photo is labeled on the back with names and the words "in back yard at 916 W. Gardner."

From the left are my aunt and Mom's sister, Jo Ann Guokas, Barbara Alice Parker Bruder (1929-1999), and my mother Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape.  Also in the photograph are "Duchess and her [six] pups."

I wasn't familiar with the 916 W. Gardner address in Houston, Texas, as being associated with my family - but sure enough, I found listings in the 1948 Houston city directory for my maternal grandfather Charles Guokas at that address (he was manager of Park-Ur-Car).  My mother also had her own listing - "student U of T."  The two-bedroom house, built in 1926 in the Greater Heights area, has been well-maintained (and updated) over the years.  In the photo above, you can see the house next door (at 912 W. Gardner) in the background, and the door to the detached garage for 916 is on the far right.


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Remembering Dad


Above:  Dad cleans my car windows, 12 March 2006, Fredericksburg, Texas


I haven't been posting much for the last two months, even though I have plenty to write about, as my father, Fred Pape, passed away rather unexpectedly eight weeks ago, on November 6, 2017.  I am going to try to post a little more in the new year 2018, particularly photographs (especially since I found some I've never seen before in my parents' home).  This is one I've had for some time, but it says a lot about the kind of man Dad was.  Every time I would drive to visit my parents in Fredericksburg, Dad would clean my car windows before I left.


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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Christmas Eve, 1967

Merry Christmas, everyone!




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Friday, December 1, 2017

Family Recipe Friday: Happy 8th Blogiversary to ME!




December 1, 2017, marks eight years of family history blogging for me.  The picture above is a close-up of the birthday cake from a picture I posted a few months back of my brother's 8th birthday.  The cake is homemade.

Growing up, my mother never got store-bought cakes for family birthdays.  She always made our cakes, albeit from a cake mix (usually Betty Crocker).  NEVER frosting from a can or a mix, though!  Here is the recipe she used, as best as I can remember (and adapted from Betty Crocker):

Birthday Cake Buttercream Frosting

  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) of softened margarine (or butter, salted or unsalted.  We always had margarine growing up)
  • 2-3 teaspoons of vanilla or other flavoring
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk


In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in 2 teaspoons of the vanilla or other flavoring, and 1 tablespoon of the milk.

Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar. You can also add more vanilla or other flavoring to taste. 

Frosts 13x9-inch cake generously, or fills and frosts an 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake.

You can also add food coloring (with the milk), or for chocolate frosting, 3 oounces of unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled (with the vanilla).


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

My Dad: Frederick Henry Pape, February 4, 1929 - November 6, 2017

Here is why I haven't blogged in a while.



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