Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013

So today is Father's Day.  A day that always brings forth both happy and sad feelings.  Sad for the loss of loved ones and happiness for all your dad has done to shape who you are today.  For those of us who grew up in the 40's and 50's our fathers were very much like the famous fathers of the television sitcoms.  The bread winners who came home to dinner with the whole family at the dinner table.  Dad's who had survived the depression of the 30's and WWII in the 40's.  Dad's who had a job that had a future and the hope of something better for their kids.  My father provided all of this plus a strict hand in his discipline for misbehavior.  A guy that worked hard and sacrificed to provide the best that the time could offer. 

The house that Dad built and the pine tree planted at the beginning of construction are seen in this photo taken at Christmas with Joe Kerr, Dorothy Kerr and sons Jerry and Terry with their new red wagons.  This was always a favorite gift from my Dad.  He loved giving wagons to kids for presents and cast iron skillets to newly weds.  Oh how that neighborhood changed over the years.

For me, I really appreciated the major sacrifices he would make to provide vacations that we have never forgotten.   From Jeep runs over a weekend, or holiday trips to the Salton Sea, or the 52 day cross country trip, we always had interesting and educational experiences..  Not sure how much of a "vacation" they were for him,  Often, he would work extra jobs prior to the trip to earn enough money so we could go.  If that failed, he would borrow from the bank just for the trip and then work extra to pay off the loan.  This was his way of making sure that we had the opportunity to see all we could about our great country.

One of my favorite Dad moments was this one in 1969 when Dad brought his 14 month old grandson Jason his little red wagon. Jason's bib overalls and Dad's playful look always brings a smile to my face. 

Dad, I hope these photos and our memories of these times brings a smile to your face too.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Let's go to Iowa

Interweb searches for my maternal relatives around the time of the Civil War seem to focus on Iowa.  In particular, Marshall County Iowa.

My great grandmother Lura Weatherly Nye was born there in 1874.  Her grand father is John Calvin Weatherly.  Pictured here around 1895.

John is listed as a resident of Liscomb Township in a book titled "The History of Marshall County Iowa.  His brothers George and Timothy are also listed.  All three are listed as farmers, but Timothy seems to have a more prominent status in the community.  He has a biography listing rather than a single line.  Maybe he married into a more political family?

In 1851 John married Mary Magdalene Fulk in Owen County Indiana.  By 1855 they were established in Marshall County Iowa. 

I have yet to find documentation that John served in the Civil War.  His brother Timothy's biography shows him as serving in an Iowa militia. 

It is always nice to find little bits of information that support your personal ideals.  Like your 3rd great grandfather was a Republican, a successful farmer (considered to be rich by his peers), and a member of the Liscomb Christian church.  Today he would be branded a Christian Conservative Rich Republican enemy of the progressive government.    Way to go Grandpa John C.

He and Mary had a total of 9 children.  5 boys and 4 girls.  There oldest son is my 2nd great grandfather James W Weatherly.  John died in 1906 at the age of 75.