Category: Memories

Dad’s Healing Skills

As I was driving into town the other day I went by Otto Geike’s place which reminded me of my father and his veterinary skills. Several years ago Otto had a small band of sheep and virtually no shepherding skills.  Dad became his mentor. This night Otto had a ewe in labor but unable to Read More …

Tin Cup Memories

I don’t know why but for some reason I started remembering drinking from dippers and tin cups when I was young. Typically there was a tin cup, frequently a tin can, hung on a hook by a hand pump.  Obviously, this was in a farming community and there was a well on every farmstead. Everyone Read More …

Military Memories

Just watched the movie ’13 Days’.  It covers the 13 days in October, 1962 when Kennedy confronted Khhrushchev over the installation of missles in Cuba. I was in the Army, stationed in France at the time.  I wonder what people felt and thought during that time.  Were they really as frightened and concerned as portrayed Read More …

Military Memories

Just watched the movie ’13 Days’.  It is supposed to represent the Cuban missal crisis in October, 1962. I don’t know how valid the representation of Jack and Bobby Kennedy, but it certainly was a stressful period. I was stationed in Fountainbleu, France at the time will never forget the events of October 24, 1962. Read More …

Family Search

Indexers and arbitrators worked hard for 24 hours on July 2, 2012 to try and set a new record for the number of names indexed and arbitrated in 24 hours.  The goal was 5 million names! We more than doubled that goal! I personally did something in excess of 1,000, but I’m not sure of Read More …

Iowa 1940 Census is available on FamilySearch

While not 100% complete, I was delighted to find that I could find the Deweese and Showman families on the available images. It was fascinating to finally see my name on a census report! It was also interesting to see Grandma Showman and Ronald in one entry and Robert, Edith, Lyle, Gerald and Jack on Read More …

Junction Accidents

Living on the junction of Hwy 21 and Hwy 92 was pretty calm and uneventful for many years.  During those year Hwy 21 was actually a gravel road running from Hwy 92 into What Cheer.  As a gravel road there was a small incline at the junction and that seemed to encourage people stopping before Read More …

Surprise Ice Cream Social!

When young we lived on the junction of Hwy 21 and Hwy 92 in Iowa and actually had a filling station.  I think this memory is after 1945 but before 1952.  I wish I could remember dates! It was in the summer and hot when an ice cream truck tuned off of Hwy 21 onto Read More …

Hunting With My Dad

Warren wasn’t a very dedicated hunter but he did enjoy pheasant, quail and raccoon hunting. I just found a picture of our Cocker Spaniel, Flicka, and along with Mary’s mention of Clinton (Bud) Hicklin my memory has been jarred. Dad and Uncle Ronald were the bird hunters.  When Jim Swick joined the family we had Read More …