December 20, 2014

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories 2010 – Christmas Cards

Davis card outside

The Davis Christmas Card

This is a Christmas card my dad received when he was in New Calendonia during World War II with CASU7. The sender was his best friend and brother-in-law’s mother Esther Levy Davis.  Her son James E Davis was in the Marines and as she said, “in the South Sea Islands”.

This card must have meant a great deal to my dad since he kept it, brought it home and Mom and Dad saved it for posterity.  I’m so glad they did.  It’s sad to me that I never got to meet Essie Davis, but when I was of grade school age I do remember going to Coleman and Louise Davis’ house. Louise was Coleman’s second wife, and as I remember, a great gal. Read her note to my husband and you can see what a loving lady she was.

 

Lovingly Yours

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

 

W. G. Yates – CCC Honorable Discharge Alaska

Civilian Conservation Corp Experience, Wm YATES 1940

Recently, when going through some more of our Yates family documents, I found one that I hadn’t remembered seeing before. Or, at least I didn’t remember scanning it and putting it in the Yates documents folder until now.  My dad passed away in June of 1996 and in the four years previous, he had written for us some of his memories of events in his life.

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One of our favorite stories he would tell would be of his trip to Alaska when he was twenty traveling there with  his Bordeaux, Washington friends. (Story above).  When my mom died in 2001 I went through all the valuable family documents and brought them home (with my brother’s blessing) for safe keeping.  And, little by little I’m going through them and writing a story or posting an image to share with family and anyone else who might be interested.

The previously mentioned document I spoke of at the beginning of this article was my dad’s Civilian Conversation Corps honorable discharge.  If you read his Alaska story version of it first, it kind of gives you an idea of just what kind of guy he was at that tender age.  Let’s just say he was practical, OK?

I’m not sure who took this picture of my dad and his friend from Missouri  after they caught these dog salmon near the CCC Camp. Dad had his own Leica camera and had learned to develop his own photos when he was in high school (I assume), but who knows if he actually had the camera with him on this trip or not?

On the back of the picture, in my dad’s handwriting, it says, “myself and a friend of mine and some fish we caught at twin creek camp. the friend is from Missouri. the fish are dog salmon that we caught in the creek just beyond.” Too bad he didn’t identify the guy by name, but maybe some descendant of his, looking for information about Twin Creek CCC Camp at Petersburg, Alaska will find this post and recognize him. :)

Last, but not least, here is the front and back of Dad’s 16 October 1940 honorable discharge document from the Civilian Conservation Corps:


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For more information about the Civilian Conservation Corps, please visit their homepage at Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy.

iPentimento Smile For The Camera – Oh Baby!

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Keyword for the 7th Edition of Smile For the Camera is “Oh Baby!” I have tons of baby pictures for many of my family members. Do you? Some, I find quite amusing, and some just terribly sweet and innocent. It’s hard to pick a favorite, so I will choose some of from the category “people no longer with us” so I can identify them by name. Here goes!

The above is a picture of my dad William Gale Yates when he was just an innocent little baby. He got much less innocent just a few short years later.  Dad was born 16 March 1920 in West Plains, Missouri.

Above: Lydia Yates. Lydia was the daughter of my Great Uncle Lem Yates. She was born 24 December 1918 here in Washington State. Her mother was Della Baughman. The photo was taken by Jeffer’s Studio, Olympia, WA.

And, last but not least, is this baby picture of my Great Aunt Cerilda Yates. She was born 24 December 1900 near Brandsville, Howell County, Missouri to parents Jim and Cerilda Breedlove Yates. My Great Grandmother died a few days later on 02 January 1901 of what they called “*child bed fever”. The younger Cerilda was the 9th child born to Cerilda and Jim Yates. This is one of my favorite baby pictures in the family photo collection because I find it fascinating to see her dress, the chair she is seated in, but most of all, that droopy nipple on her baby bottle.


*Modern Language Association (MLA):

“childbed fever.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 06 Nov. 2008. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/childbed fever>.

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Olympia Motorcycle Club Enduro circa 1938

Olympia Motorcycle Club

Thurston County Motorcycle History

Years ago I put together a shadow box for my parents of Yates memorabilia that included WWI and WWII medals for my grandfather Will Yates and my dad, William Gale Yates respectively. In that shadow box was included a little bit of Olympia Motorcycle Club history.

Olympia Motorcycle Club

My dad isn’t in the above photo because I believe he took the picture, hence the Y shown predominantly in the lower corner of the shot. I am also sorry to say that I can’t precisely date the year it was taken. The accompanying newspaper article was clipped from a page and no date was written on it either.

My dad was born in 1920, so it’s possible this photo could have been taken in 1938, 1939, 1940, or even in 1941. If someone knows motorcycles and can see anything in this photo that would identify a year, please let me know. I’m not sure the photo above even goes with the article. It might just be some of the guys my dad rode with at another time.

Olympia Motorcycle Club Article

The Newspaper Article About the Enduro Contest

DAVE NOURSE  TAKES MOTORCYCLE CONTEST

Dave Nourse, Seattle, American Motorcycle Association, captured the Enduro run Sunday sponsored by the Olympia Motorcycle Club. The 250-mile run was over logging trails, abandoned roads and other difficult routes through Thurston, Lewis and Cowlitz counties, starting and finishing at Littlerock. Fred Travis, Seattle, was a passenger with Nourse. The winner had a score of 872 out of a possible perfect mark of 1000.

Red Farwell, Tacoma Motorcycle Club, took second with a score of 853; Gale Yates, Olympia Motorcycle Club, third with 802 and Gus Peterson, Lewis County Motorcycle Club was the only other motorcycle entry to finish. His score was 607. Kenneth Knutson was a passenger of Peterson’s. Eight started the contest.

Nourse is a former Ohio State Enduro champion in the expert class.  The race here Sunday marked his first since coming west and his 13th in all.  The contest was the first sanctioned endurance event staged in the northwest this year.

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William Gale Yates 1934

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William Gale Yates 1939

(He forged his dad’s signature to buy this Harley)

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