Dec 18

Another Goodbye

GS1 flew out of here yesterday. Sometime today he flies to his new duty station in Japan on a military transport. Folks, this was much harder than any time in the past. He’ll be there two+ years, and the odds of Papa and I traveling that far are very limited.

GS1 managed to finish his Eagle Scout project before he left for the Navy, but there wasn’t time for the ceremony. A little more than two years after he entered the Navy, the troop honored him.

Troop 1701, Troy, Michigan has assisted many boys in their path to Eagle Scout. The young men in that troop have learned much, and profited much.

Here he is with some of the scout leaders.

6317 eagle

I’m trying not to be too upset, but it’s hard. We did have a great visit, and it was wonderful to have him around again. Here’s what I would have said, if I had my stuff together before he left:

I wish you a safe journey, and a successful tour of duty. I also hope you have fun, learn a lot, and keep yourself safe. Also, I always used to say, remember who you are. How you behave and conduct yourself and your business is who you are. We’ve always been proud, and I hope we always will be. Love, Grandma.

So, an exciting journey started yesterday. More and more, Papa and I feel like the old folks at home. Scary.

Dec 18

Belle’s Box – 90

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

90f

Addressee:
Belle Fellows
Manton
Mich

The Postmark: Meauwataka, Jan 8, 1912 A.M.

90b

Dear mother
we are well but Laura
has a cold when we got
home Laura had
a new hood and a
pair of mittens
Ross is hauling
wood

Although unsigned, this card was most certainly written by Edna Fellows Fenton. She refers to her oldest child, Laura, and her husband Ross Fenton. Laura had a gift, but we don’t know if the family had visited her mother and Belle had tucked the gift in with Edna’s things, or if the gift was sent by mail. We also can’t be sure who “we” visited.

Dec 17

DBFS

Some songs just sound better when sung a certain way.  Ron Thomason has been running the roads for more than a few years, doing just that.  Ron had the raising to show him how songs and life itself really feel.  He also has a way with words, and a way of thinking that could improve things this country needs improved.

But off the soapbox.  If you want to read his highly political, energy charged, well thought out positions on certain subjects,  check out the DBFS site and click “Former Installments” in the left column.

If you just what to hear a song sung the way it aught to be sung, and don’t care about the quality of the video that goes along, watch this:

OK, I know it’s a old-time version, not ‘grass.  I like this type of thing, it is a real as rain.

Dec 17

Belle’s Box – 89

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Postmarked Muskegon, Mich
May 24, 1945
1 P.M.

Mrs. Belle Tinker
Manton
Mich

Route 2

89f

89b

May 23. Mceracken 2226
Dear ones This leave me
about the same but so cold
all the time the house is
warm all the time I
am to Ferries. Len and Hul
Holda has sold their house
on du??? & bht them a smaller
one the folks hasnt moved
yet. Len Health is not good
Levi’s wife’s health is quite
poorly she is up and down
the man that is work the
farm is making quite a
change on it I am going down
the 30th if not before Laila
school will be out then
how is all u there I don’t
know as I will able to
send this best wishes to all
E Carter Muskegon Mich

Emily Lamunion Carter died in Muskegon, Michigan on July 25, 1945. Her writing is pretty clear on this card, but I wonder what the “so cold” statement means. It appears that she couldn’t stay alone, since she was at her son’s house, and talking about going home when her daughter Laila was finished with the school year. I don’t know if she returned to her home in Ashland Township, Newaygo County before her death.

Dec 16

Back To Normal, Whatever That Is

Papa and I took a quick trip up to Pigeon Forge, for the Larkin Family’s annual show, “Christmas in the Smokies” last weekend.  Things went great for a while, we saw and enjoyed Thursday night’s show.  We headed out for the flea market Saturday morning, and got some stuff.  About an hour into the Friday evening show, Papa got sick, pretty sick.  He asked me to take him to the room, which I did.  He never saw another performer during the weekend.

I bought some soda for him Friday night after the show, and he pretty much lived on that until late Saturday.  He felt a little better then, so I grabbed  a chicken, wrung it’s neck, and made soup.  O.K., not really, I went to the store and bought a couple of packages of microwaveable soup.  Not the best stuff, but what he needed. Sunday he was better, but I drove until we were into Kentucky, then he took over.

So, I guess I should have had my camera along, but I didn’t. I can’t even lift his up, never mind operate it.  He did get a few photos Thursday, and they are here.

As for the show, here goes.  It’s not a all star lineup, but a family friendly show in an area with many attractions.  Thursday had the Larkins, Goldwing Express, J. Max McKee, The Lewis Family and Raymond Fairchild taking the stage.  Goldwing is a fan favorite, that’s all I have to say about that.  They also handled the sound.

J. Max is an entertainer, through and through.  He grabs the stage, sings the songs, has fun, does an enjoyable show.

Christmas in the Smokies

Polly Lewis needs your prayers, please don’t forget her.  She was on the stage, and she sang the words to most of the songs, but it is a struggle for the entire family.  It was nice to see Earl Phillips, he missed some shows this summer after his sister passed away.

Christmas in the Smokies

Have ya see Raymond Fairchild play the banjo?  You should.  Raymond had Wayne Crowe singing with him, there’s a powerful voice, not often heard or commented on.

Christmas in the Smokies

On Friday, Dailey & Vincent, Goldwing, the Larkins, Ralph Stanley II and Barry Scott took to the stage.  It was nice to see Matt Ledbetter playing with the Larkins, but sad to think that Shauna was too sick to make the show.

As could be predicted, Dailey & Vincent had a loyal following, and delivered in spades.  They are using new wireless mics for singing, an interesting change.  They promised new everything for next year, website, songs, show, CD, you name it.  Everything, that is, except new band members.

Barry Scott and Second Wind presented three shows over Friday and Saturday, featuring songs he has written, and some he sang in a past life with Doyle.   Barry had a cold, which affected his voice to a certain extent.  Barry has a great band, and Jason Leek  sang some of the high parts.    Barry actually pulled out his piano on the last show Saturday.  A few people didn’t like it, but it didn’t hurt me any.  He sang a great song he wrote, Grandpa’s Walking Cane; you may have heard a version by The Chapmans which did pretty well.  See Barry when you can, you won’t be disappointed.  I just noticed that they will be performing at Joe Mullins’  Southern Ohio Indoor Music Festival in November, 2009; glad to see that.

Saturday brought Bobby Osborne and IIIrd Tyme Out, in addition to holdovers Goldwing, Matt & the Larkins, and Barry Scott.  IIIrd Tyme out was good, perhaps great.  They are really together, singing great right now.  Edgar Loudermilk adds much to the band.  I remember commenting to him at Vine Grove, KY earlier this year.  I think it’s pretty amazing that he can sing bass on one song, and tenor on the next so seamlessly.

Russell Moore said it best, “Doesn’t Bobby sound great?”   It’s the truth, Bobby Osborne keeps rolling along, sounding just like Bobby.  It was nice to see Daryl Mosley with the band; he was on guitar.  He did his little version of  “Walt’s Across Texas”, it seems as if Tim Graves hadn’t heard that. Ha.

If you are interested in seeing photos of Thursday, Papa’s pictures are here.

Dec 16

Belle’s Box – 88

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

88f

With Sincere Wishes for
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

88b

Anna Hubbard

At the time of the 1930 US Federal census, the following individuals with the name Anna Hubbard can be found in the Ancestry.com indices:

Anna M. Hubbard, who was born in Germany, was a maid in the home of Phillip A. Wolfe, a Cadillac, Michigan optometrist.

Anna C Hubbard resided with her husband Robert and a family of nine children in Antrim County, Michigan.

Anna Hubbard, 10 year old daughter of Howard Hubbard of Stephenson, Menominee, Michigan.

I have no idea if any of these individuals sent this card, but I doubt it was the child in Menominee County.

Dec 15

Upgrade Blues

Well, this was supposed to be the last upgrade to WordPress I ‘d ever have to do by hand.  I just noticed that a BUNCH of my photos are no longer attached to their posts.  CRAP.

Give me time, I figure it out.  In the meantime, please contact me from the link, or by a comment if you notice someting is missing.

Thank you.

Dec 15

Upgrade Blues

Well, this was supposed to be the last upgrade to WordPress I ‘d ever have to do by hand.  I just noticed that a BUNCH of my photos are no longer attached to their posts.  CRAP.

Give me time, I figure it out.  In the meantime, please contact me from the link, or by a comment if you notice someting is missing.

Thank you.

Dec 15

Belle’s Box – 87

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

87

Wishing you the best of all good things for
Christmas
and happiness in the New Year
Len & Huldah

Huldah Carter was the daughter of Emily Lamunion and her husband Andrew J. Carter; she was Belle’s niece. Huldah married Len C. Terwilliger in 1917 and the couple resided in Grand Rapids.

Dec 14

Belle’s Box – 86

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

If next year brings
all the gladness
That I hope
you may receive
You will have no
time for sadness
Nor remember how
to grieve

86f

Mrs Belle Fellows
Newaygo
C/O Frank Bizard.
RFD

86b

My Dear Mrs Fellows
Just found out you
were gone. And I
miss you very much
Hope it wont be long
before I see you
again.
Mr G.P. xxxxx
xxx Boon
Mich

Well, this is interesting. I didn’t expect to find a love letter in the box. Belle’s husband Henry Fellows died in 1905, and she and Charlie Tinker were married July 13, 1913; making this even more puzzling.

If anyone sees Mr G.P., please ask him about this, OK?

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