December 22, 2014

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Christmas Tree Ornaments

1971 Dec - Dave, Eric and Kathy2

 

Christmas 1971 – Dennis Street

I was in Germany when this picture of my brother Dave, son Eric and his wife Kathy was taken.  In fact, I was just days away from giving birth to Greg, depending on the day the camera clicked.  The back of the photo just says December 1971, and Greg was born December 27, 1971.

This picture was taken at my parents house in Tumwater on Dennis Street, and behind everyone in the picture was one of our little backyard harvested trees.  I’m not sure which one of us, my brother or I, got the angel that sits atop this tree. My parents have both passed away and as in many families the keepsakes were divided.

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Holiday Foods

 

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Food

Yates and Wilkerson families Nov 1973p

I realize that this isn’t exactly a Christmas photo, but it does show the house and room I remember best when it comes to Christmas.  Too bad no one thought to close the blinds so the flash didn’t look like the mother ship was landing in Grandma and Grandpa’s back yard!

That’s our son Greg sitting on his great grandpa Will Yates’ lap, with his cousin Eric Yates standing beside them.  You will probably deduce correctly that two different people took the pictures.  Dad took the one on the left, and Dave took the one on the right.

We were probably through with supper, and Grandma (with her apron still on) was finally sitting down to rest for a few minutes.  My brother Dave and I were having pumpkin pie, and if you look closely in the picture to the right you will see me being rude silly. The pictures would look pretty American Gothic-ish if it wasn’t for me and the mouth wide open and full of whipped cream. :D

I’m participating in the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 sponsored by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame.  Won’t you join us as we blog about our memories through the month of December?

You might also like to read:

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010: The Tree

COG 100th Edition – There Is One In Every Family

Centennial with info




 

Sexagenary Celebration

It was In November of 1949 that these men were celebrating 60 years of statehood for Washington State.  Washington had become a state on November 11, 1889 and these three revelers were having a good time whooping it up, or so it looks.

In the photo to the far left is my dad, who was twenty-nine years old at the time.  I have no idea where these guys got the top hat and tails they all shared, but I doubt if any of them went to the governor’s ball.  The middle photo is of my paternal grandfather Will Knox Yates (sans morning coat) and his grandson and my brother, Dave Yates who was likely three years of age.  The far right photo takes a little more explanation…

The scruffy looking man in that photo is a man known only to me as Theo. My parents were renting from Theo’s ‘friend’ Minnie Dinsmore who had advertised for renters at some point. I hate to be vague about the details, but I wasn’t even born yet. I suspect that my parents were living there while my dad did seasonal carpentry work as an apprentice for the local union #1148.

Dad had gotten out of the Navy after serving in World War II when housing shortages were at their worst, and I think my dad probably helped Minnie with upkeep on her raspberry farm while Mom helped inside keeping house.  Mom had worked in Forks (yes, THAT Forks) at the hotel as a housekeeper. Looking at the WA state death records, Minnie was born in 1903, so she would have been only in her forties, but if she was co-habitating with Theo who might have been a drinker she likely was in dire need of their help as much as they were in need of hers.

I think these three pictures are hilarious and show the comical side of my Yates family in a special way.  Dad and Grandpa did their share of drinking and even though I doubt they were loaded in these photos, I couldn’t say that for sure.

This article was written in celebration of the 100th edition of Carnival of Genealogy hosted by Jasia at CreativeGene.  She is hoping to have 100 articles submitted before the deadline, so if you would like to help her reach her goal the total stood at 74 around 3:30 PM today.

Sentimental Sunday: Joan Moline Yates 1923- 2001

Sentimental Sunday

Today, (and every day) I’m thinking of my mom who was born on this day at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington to parents Elvin B. and Hulda (Helen) Nordgren Moline.  Mom was the youngest child born to them, with Jeane born first in 1920, and Joyce born in 1921.

I miss you Mom! ?

 

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