Saturday, November 12, 2016

Pop and Granddaughter - Same birthday

Today is the 116th anniversary of Pop's birth in Clifton Forge, Virginia. He left us too soon - back in 1962 at age 61.

Pop was Frank Roosevelt Philpott. I mean, Frank R. Philpott. He'd never tell anyone what the "R" for, because people would say, "For Franklin?" No, of course not. FDR was only 18 years old when Pop was born. The "R" was for Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919), the 26th President of the United States (1901-1909).

One of Teddy Roosevelt's quotes on Wikipedia.com is "In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."

Clifton Forge is an old railroad town in the mountains of western Virginia. It's west of Lexington, Va. and north of Roanoke.

How many of you have been to the town (or city) of your parents' birth? Have you tried to imagine what it was like for them in their childhood?

In 1992 I visited Clifton Forge and went to the railroad museum to look at photographs of Clifton Force c. 1900.

One of my favorite memories is Pop's story about working as a part-time night dispatcher for the railroad. Apparently, a troop train came through and he was told to send it down a siding and tell them to stay there until they were told to go back on the main line. He did. And then he went home. I guess he didn't tell the next dispatcher about it. As I recall his story, Pop said a soldier hoofed it up the tracks to the station about three days later and asked when they could continue their trip!!!

Today is another birthday in our family line.

My granddaughter, Abbie Grace Bowman (Stephanie's daughter) is 18 today. Happy Birthday, Abbie.

She is a high school senior at the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, in Hartsville, South Carolina. She is in the midst of choosing between Johns Hopkins University and Washington University.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Remembering Flynn Park

Something that brother Jim wrote me about Flynn Park today reminded me of the Flynn Park Elementary School reunion that the Class of '51 had in 1999. That year also happened to be the 75th anniversary of Flynn Park.

I was living in Woodstock, Ill., about 330 miles north of University City, and I had decided to ride my motorcycle to U. City for the event. Luckily, the weather early that October was good. I arrived at the school at about 3:00PM and before school let out for the day.

I knew it was important to go straight to the Principal's Office, and so I did. It was in the same room as in 1951 (I remember it well), and I walked into the small, crowded secretary's office. Two women were there, and I'm not sure just what they thought when they looked up and saw me. I was wearing jeans, my motorcycle jacket, motorcycle boots and I was carrying my helmet.

I didn't say anything, and eventually one of the women asked, "Can we help you with something?"

I stuttered and stumbled over my words. "Umm, uhhh, well, I was t-t-told to go to the Principal's Office. I was afraid, and so I ran away. That was in 1951. Mrs. Rossi's not still here waiting for me, is she?"

They laughed and said, "No, you're safe. She's not here."

I think Mrs. Rossi was Principal at Flynn Park for 25-35 years. By 1999 she had taken her ruler and headed north to the Great Elementary School in the Sky, where I'm sure she was keeping things in order.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sister, Clel - looking great

Take a look at our sister, Clel, now 85 and proud of it. These photos are from Valentine's Day week-end, February 14, 2016.

Bravo, Clellie, We are all so proud of you for looking absolutely great and being so active.

Sure glad you are enjoying your home at the Oaks. You must have the best room in terms of health and postive energy.

I'm looking forward to seeing you again soon. Next time, tell the rain to hold off. I'm so glad I was driving on my July trip and not trying to float through on my motorcycle.

Lots of love headed your way from Columbia, S.C. in Valentine's month, 2016.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

New book - Philpott Stories

I was searching around on Amazon.com today and came across Philpott Stories, written by Nancy Bell for the Dan River Basin Association.

I've ordered a copy, and I encourage you to check it out on Amazon and consider picking up a copy for your own library.

You can read all about it here.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

64 Years! Believe it or not.

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2015 marks the 64th year that my sister, Clel Shore, and I have exchanged the same greeting card!

On Christmas 1951 she first gave it to me in University City, Mo. I tucked it away and gave it back to her the next year. And then she saved it and gave it to me in 1953. Somewhere along the way I removed the $1.00 Silver Certificate and removed it with a $2 bill. And then, one year, a Silver Certificate returned.

It has traveled safely across many miles between her residences in Missouri, New Jersey and Florida. And for me, through even more states: Missouri, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, Virginia, Illinois, and now South Carolina.

 Many thanks to the USPS for its safe travels!

Friday, December 25, 2015

A "little" snow in Colorado (again)

This is Betsy and Pat's place in Paonia, Colorado on Christmas Day 2015. Looks like they had just a "little" snow.

Seeing this photo caused me to re-think my 2016 plans to hit the roads on a motorcycle-sidecar outfit for a year. What would I do, if I were headed for Christmas at Betsy's?

Stay in Arizona, I guess...

For a few weeks I was all hot to ditch the Kia Soul and buy a used BMW with sidecar; then I came partially back to my senses. Is 76 too old to want to travel for a year with a motorcycle, sidecar, tent, sleeping bag and a dog?

(From Columbia, S.C., where it's 74ยบ F. and overcast)



Monday, February 3, 2014

A "little" snow in Colorado

Betsy sent an email to Clellie, Jim and Gus (me) with a photo of the
most recent snowfall at their home in Carbondale, Colo. Whew! Now that's snow!

They had gotten 26" of snow in 24 hours, and then the next day another 12" fell.

Betsy and Pat will be moving to Paonia, Colo. to be close to their daughter, Ellie, and her husband, Mark, and their children, Sam (9) and Emma Kate (7).

I visited them in September, when I was driving a friend's car from Woodstock, Ill. to Woodbine, Calif. I hope to get back west this summer on my motorcycle.