Monday, December 29, 2008

My Year End Tribute to Mom and Dad from Marty's Blog 2008

Stanley Lee Brittingham
My grandfather, Stanley Brittingham, passed away today at the age of 84. His death came less than one month after my grandmother’s.
Papa, as I called him, was a larger-than-life figure. He loved boxing and lifting weights. He served part of the Second World War in the Navy and witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. In the early 1960s he was chief of police in Nevada, Missouri, a job he loved.
I’m certain that my appetite is a direct inheritance from him. The amount he could eat was legendary — whole plates of pork tenderloins, giant bowls of Chef-Boyardee pasta with meat sauce, mounds of ice cream and candy bars. He loved everything sweet. Visiting my grandparents there were never any rules on when or what or even where you could eat. He liked to set up shop in the living room with a toaster oven to make sandwiches and watch Johnny Carson.
If he thought something was inadequate he would call it “Mickey Mouse” and if he thought something was of high quality it was “tremendous.” He always had rolls of quarters and crisp one dollar or five dollar bills for my cousin and me. Money held a magical quality for him and he transferred that to his grandkids by sending us letters with dollars inside or Eisenhower dollar coins taped to our birthday cards. At Easter the plastic eggs hidden in the yard rattled with change and sent us into a competition to get the most coins for our pockets. He loved to draw pictures for his kids and grandkids too. His favorite figures were a duck smoking a pipe and a butterfly.
He worked hard for his family and, though he never had a lot, did everything possible to make his children happy and never want for a thing. He was one of a kind and I’ll miss him dearly.
April 8th, 2008
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Bertha Louise Brittingham
My maternal grandmother, Bertha Brittingham, passed away today at the age of 86. She was a mother of six children who lived a modest life.
My favorite memories of her include waking up early as a child and coming downstairs to find her folding a pile of warm laundry, something she did every morning out of habit. “Wheel of Fortune” would be on the television with the sound turned low. I would take the washcloths and fold them in quarters for her. Grandma could guess the word puzzles with only a few letters filled in.
She was born 1921 in Butler, Missouri, a small mining and farming community in the southwestern part of the state. Growing up before the age of mass communications, Grandma’s way of speaking was filled with local flavor. Butter she called oleo. Things didn’t go bad, they were “no count.” She would say “stout” instead of “strong.”
View Bertha’s Life Slideshow at Smilebox.
March 11th, 2008

Happy New Year!

Brittingham Family Tree 1700 - Present- Try and Decipher This!

Brittingham & Hixon Lumber Company Still in Business!

The Brittingham & Hixon Lumber Co. was founded in 1897 by Mr. T.E. Brittingham and Mr. Joseph M. Hixon. The general offices of the corporation were located in Madison and retail lumber yards were located in 35 towns and
villages.About the same time, these same two individuals, along with Mr. W.S. Heddles formed a second company known as Heddles Lumber Co. which had locations in Edgerton, Jackson, Lake Beulah, Mukwonago, Muscoda, Oconomowoc, and Stoughton.Due to the death of T.E Brittingham in 1923, the Brittingham & Hixon chain, and the Heddles lumber chain became more closely affiliated with the Alexander Lumber Co, an Illinois corporation. The ownership of the Wisconsin companies were jointly held by the Alexander, Brittingham and Hixon families, In 1930, the sole ownership of the corporation was acquired by the Alexander family, and this continues to the present time.

Upon his death in 1923, Mr T.E. Brittingham made sustantial bequests to the city of Madison and the University of Wisconsin. A park and university building still bear his name.

Company Profile

122 E EDGEWATER ST PORTAGE, WI53901-2213Phone
: 608-742-2909Fax: 608-742-1835
Industry Classification
lumber and other building materialslumber productscabinets, except custom made: kitchencabinet work, customlumber and other building materials, nec
Line of Business
brittingham & hixon lumber co is a LUMBER RETAIL and BUILDING MATERIALS RETAIL specialist located in portage,WI. They also provide goods/services for KITCHEN CABINETS & ACCESSORIES.

Thomas E. Brittingham Madison's Richest Citizen 1905

Barbara and I were discussing the Brittingham's of Madison Wisconsin on Thanksgiving day. Barbara asked me "how they made their money?' to which I Googled and found the following info. I would like to visit Madison today as one of the poor Brittingham's of Missouri.

Thomas Evans Brittingham was born to Dr. Irvin Baird and Mary J. League Brittingham on May 18, 1860 in Hannibal, Missouri. Though photographs of his birthplace seem to imply the proverbial humble beginnings, both his father and grandfather were doctors. Thomas attended private school before matriculating at Hannibal College, which is no longer in existence.
After brief stays in Colorado and California, Thomas relocated to Wisconsin in 1885, where he eventually founded the Brittingham and Hixon Lumber Company with Joseph Morris Hixon. Joseph was the son of Gideon C. Hixon of La Crosse, who controlled a sizeable commercial empire. Thomas served as the company's president, guiding its expansion into a chain of twenty-four lumber yards in several states.

Brittingham Fund linked to WARF
Milwaukee Sentinel, Mar 6, 1995
In the early 1930s, Karl Paul Link, a young University of Wisconsin Madison biochemist whose anticoagulant patents would eventually become some of WARF's biggest earners, was considering a job offer in California.
Link didn't take it because the Brittingham Fund anted up enough money for a special five-year professorship for him.
For 72 years, the Brittingham Fund has offered annual support that often pays big dividends.
"Our philosophy is to try to be very helpful to the university and fill in gaps where they can't get money through federally or state-funded projects," said Baird C. Brittingham, a trustee of the fund and president of Brittingham Inc. in Wilmington, Del., which manages the fund's investment portfolio.
Brittingham's grandfather, lumber baron Thomas E. Brittingham Sr., established the fund with a $240,000 bequest in 1923. His father, Thomas E. Brittingham Jr., was one of the nine original founders of WARF.
Tom Brittingham Jr. made his mark in the investment community by investing in high risk, growth stocks during a time when most money managers bought blue chips and bonds. According to newspaper articles from 1957, he astonished the financial world with the news that WARF which he was president of had made $29 million in the stock market during a 30-year period.
Baird Brittingham declined to discuss the size of the Brittingham Fund's assets or its investment returns.
But proceeds to UW Madison have amounted to between $150,000 and $160,000 during the past 10 years, and have gotten as high as $250,000, said Arthur O. Hove, special assistant to the provost at UW Madison and a Brittingham Fund trustee. He believes the fund's impact far exceeds the dollar amount it gives each year.
"To the best of my knowledge, it's the only privately managed trust the university accepts the proceeds from," Hove said.
The fund mostly supports programs that can't get funded through other sources, Hove said. "There's been so much in so many different areas over the years," Brittingham said.
Money from the Brittingham Fund contributed to an artists- in-residence program during the 1930s and a scholarship for Scandinavian students called the Vikings Program during the 1950s. The fund also helped pay for construction of the Elvehjem Museum of Art and development of the Eagle Heights married student housing complex.
And it provided $100,000 for UW Madison's nationally- recognized Securities Analysis Program. Students in the 25- year-old program have gained hands-on investment training while growing the original seed money to $500,000, Brittingham said.
"When you look at what people have been able to do in a very quiet way, it's just amazing," Hove said.
Copyright 1995Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved.

The Lake Monona shoreline that now makes up Brittingham Park was once so neglected that a speaker at the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association (MPPDA) annual meeting in 1904 called it a “disease breeding hole.” It was weedy, littered with kitchen garbage and dead fish, and a breeding ground for mosquitoes. He pointed out that ninety percent of the travelers to Madison saw this bay as they either entered or left the city by rail. He proposed the development of a park on Monona Bay.1
The city had begun acquiring a small area of Monona Bay in 1903, but was not ready to develop a large park there. In 1905, Thomas E. Brittingham, reputedly Madison’s richest citizen, stepped in with an $8000 donation to the MPPDA for the acquisition of a 27-acre park. Brittingham had made a fortune in the lumber industry. Besides Brittingham Park, his donations helped create other Madison landmarks, including Neighborhood House on South Mills Street, Madison General Hospital (now Meriter), and the statue of Abraham Lincoln on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Bascom Hill. He was a Regent of the University of Wisconsin, and after his death, his house (now known as Brittingham House) was donated to the University. It is the official home of the University of Wisconsin System President. Brittingham’s contributions for the Brittingham Park area continued through 1908 and totaled $24,500.2
The major work involved in creating Brittingham Park was dredging sand from Lake Monona to fill in marshland. The sand base was covered with topsoil and trees and grass were planted. For example, in 1908, the MPPDA planted 17,463 trees and shrubs in Brittingham Park.3
Part of Brittingham’s contribution was $7500 for a bath house. However, to get this money, the city would have to provide $5000 for a boathouse. The bath house was extremely popular, with a total attendance of 50,000 during the 1910 season. The bath house provided bathing suits, and it was said that the over 300 suits available did not have time to dry off at all during the season. There was a line waiting to take the wet suits as soon as the wearers came out of the water.4 The bath house was eventually torn down. The boathouse, attributed to the architects Ferry & Clas, is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Annual Report of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association, 1904.
David V. Mollenhoff, Madison: A History of the Formative Years. Dubuque, Iowa : Kendall/Hunt, 1982, pp. 327-331.
Annual Report of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association, 1909.
Annual Report of the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association, 1911.


With its rocky shoreline hugging the banks of the Lake Monona Bay, Brittingham Park offers beautiful scenery to the central Madison area. Its shoreline bicycle path presents park goers with the opportunity for a leisurely ride though the lengthy park, while the waterfront benches and picnic tables beckon for them to rest. Additionally, shoreline fishing has become a popular attraction amongst park patrons, luring people of all ages to enjoy the beauty found within the park. Furthermore, Brittingham Park comes complete with grills, play equipment, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a reservable shelter, a historic boathouse, and bathroom facilities. Even with of all of these amenities, this park still offers more than enough lush green grass for a game of football or frisbee, yet plenty of shade for the casual bookworm.
23 acres, scenic shoreline on Monona Bay
Alcohol is not allowed in this park
Shoreline fishing
One full basketball court
Bicycle Path through Park - links to Isthmus Bike Path
Fenced in dog park exercise area
Parking lot
Large reservable shelter
Play equipment
Fireplace/Grills - 2
Tennis courts - 4
Volleyball courts, 2006 under construction
Historic Boathouse
Beach - no lifeguard on duty
Madison Metro Routes 5, 6, 8
Recycling: Madison Parks Department encourages recycling away from home. In the parks, please take home the recyclable material you bring to the park.
LAND MANAGEMENTDue to recommendations from the DNR, the Parks Division is not mowing the turf up to the Monona Bay shoreline. This will encourage deep-rooted plants to establish growth in this area, thus protecting the shoreline. The tall grass also discourages the ducks and geese from remaining in this park. These waterfowl tend to walk into the water.
BRITTINGHAM PARK HISTORYThe Lake Monona shoreline that now makes up Brittingham Park was once so neglected that a speaker at the Madison Park and Pleasure Drive Association (MPPDA) annual meeting in 1904 called it a "disease breeding hole." CLICK HERE FOR MORE BRITTINGHAM PARK HISTORY

Note: longer grass, no geese.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mom and Dad's Last Christmas Card to Me

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Mr. Phelps was Dad's friend and they respected each other. Mr Phelps was always very good to Dad and Mom. After Mr. & Mrs. Phelps moved to Texas they always sent Mom and Dad a hugh box of Texas grapefruits for Christmas. Mr. Phelps always made such that Dad got the cleaning jobs of his buildings leased by State Offices. This included the Employment Office and The Social Security Office.

William C. Phelps (April 5, 1934) is a Republican politician and lawyer from Missouri. Phelps was born and raised in Nevada, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a degree in economics in 1956 and a law degree in 1959. Following graduation he began practicing law with a Kansas City firm.
Phelps was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from the Kansas City area in 1960 and was re-elected five times. In 1972, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri and was re-elected in 1976. Phelps campaigned on a pledge to be Missouri's first "full time" Lieutenant Governor and upon his election to that office, he gave up the practice of law. In 1980 Phelps was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Missouri. He lost the Republican primary election to former Governor Kit Bond.
After a sixteen-year absence from public life, in 1996 Phelps ran for Congress in Missouri's 4th congressional district. Phelps won the primary, but was defeated in November by the incumbent, Ike Skelton. Phelps currently works as the national spokesman for Americans for Fair Tax, a group that advocates replacing the income tax with a national sales tax.[1]

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Ever since I can remember when it snowed Dad would get up at 6:00 a.m. and "Go Shovel Snow" at the buildings. This was not part of Dad's job as the Janitor, but he took it upon himself to do for Free, he enjoyed how the employee's enjoyed the nice clean sidewalks! He would go do the Employment office, the Public Service office and Citizen State Bank. He did the same with mowing, it was not part of his job. Now employee's make sure they do not do anything that is "Not There Job Description!" Dad looked at both these tasks as exercise and "truely" enjoyed every minute of it to help other people.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Marilyn's Daughter, Shelley "the apple of Dad's eye!"

Marilyn Became a Pharmacy Technician

Marilyn with Mom.

Christy, Barbara's Daughter High School Graduation Picture

Barbara today with Steven, her Son and Flora her Great Niece

Barbara's Engagement Picture 1963

Those Wisconsin Brittingham's may of had the money but the Brittingham's of Nevada, Mo. had "the looks"!

Whatever Became of the Brittingham Children?

Barbara Lee Brittingham, our "Big Sister" married Robert William Cubbage, Febuary 1964. Pictured above Left to Right: Dad, Mom (isn't Mom just Vogue in that suit, gloves, hat and heels!) Barbara and Robert, Mrs and Mr. Cubbage
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Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Brittingham, Gladd & Carwile

Meet the family attorney- Because I said Galen resembles Dad's father's brother, Clarence Brittingham, I thought I would post a current picture of Galen and give out all his info to whoever! Also, one of Dad's PROUDEST accomplishments in his life was to see Galen receive his law degree and to watch him practice law. For Dad, "The sun rose and set on Galen" We are all VERY PROUD of him! And we all have called upon his services, of course Free of Charge!

Galen L. Brittingham, Partner

Galen Brittingham graduated with honors from Washburn University School of Law in 1987, where he served on the Washburn Law Review. He received his M.S. degree from Central Missouri State University in 1983 and his B.S. degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1976. Mr. Brittingham practices in the areas of insurance defense, appellate advocacy and research, insurance contract law, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, products liability, and negligence.
Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice
Insurance Bad Faith
Bar Admissions & Professional Licenses:
Oklahoma, 1987
U. S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma
U. S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma
U. S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma
U. S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court
U. S. Supreme Court
Washburn University of TopekaJ. D., with honors, 1987
Central Missouri State UniversityM.S., 1983
Southwest Missouri State UniversityB. S., 1976
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Tulsa County Bar Association
Oklahoma Bar Association

Kansas Brittingham's 1900/1905? Dad's Father Age-Mid to Late Teens

FRONT ROW: Tom Brittingham, his wife Dolla with Ivan and Ival, Mary Brittingham, (our Great Grandmother, her husband was Soloman Brittingham) A neighbor, Nora Carpenter.

BACK ROW: (Dad's Uncles) Leonard Brittingham, Sherman Arthur Brittingham (Dad's Father) Ed Brittingham (I think Thurman resembles him with his facial features and height) Clarence Brittingham (I think Galen resembles him) and a neighbor Will Carpenter. All the Brittingham's in the picture are buried at the cemetery along with our Great Grandparents Soloman and Mary Brittingham.

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Wisconsin Brittingham's 1915

With posting Dad's Father's family The "poor" Brittingham's of Pleasanton Kansas. I thought I would post a similar picture of the prominent and wealthy Brittingham's of Madison Wisconsin. I think the Kansas Brittingham men are more handsome and the Kansas Brittingham ladies are much prettier. So maybe money is not everything?

A family portrait on the porch of the Brittingham's N. Henry home. Thomas, Sr. and Thomas, Jr. are seated on either end of the swing. Harold is the second from right, standing.

The Brittingham Family of Madison Wisconsin

I googled Brittingham this morning and found the Brittingham's of Wisconsin, a very wealthy prominent family. Galen had done this before also. We both decided "what happened" to us? The poor Brittingham's of Nevada? Galen said maybe we could call them and tell them we're are long lost relatives and join the Brittingham's of Wisconsin???

Egypt – Cairo T. E. B. and M. C. B at pyramids

Thomas Evans and Mary Clark Brittingham

Thomas Evans and Mary Clark Brittingham were one of Madison's most recognizable couples in the early 1900s. A combination of wealth, social status, and affiliations enabled them to exert influence on the policies and landscape of their city. The Brittingham name remains scattered throughout Madison as a testament to that influence.
The Brittinghams seem to have taken very seriously the notion that those with privilege had a duty to improve the world around them. In keeping with this tradition, both of the Brittinghams promoted and sponsored civic improvement, particularly as regards public health, children's welfare, and city beautification.
The Brittinghams had three children: Margaret in 1892, Harold Hixon in 1894, and Thomas Evans, Jr. in 1899. As adults, the three Brittingham children steered the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Brittingham Fund, established by the wills of their parents. To this day, the Brittingham Fund provides significant support for UW's community of artists, writers, and researchers.
Fifteen years after the Brittinghams donated their family home to UW-Madison, a collection of lantern slides was found in the attic. This collection consists of family and travel photographs taken during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. All of the images in this online exhibit were taken from that collection. To view more of these pictures, visit the Brittingham Family Lantern Slide Collection.
To read more about the Brittinghams, select one of the topics to the right.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Brenda Hirshman, Emily's Grandmother

This picture of Brenda Hirshman has been in our family album forever. It is pasted on a page as part of our family. Recently a tragic accident in Nevada claimed Brenda's granddaughter Emily's life.

Emily was the grand daughter of our neighbor's daughter, Brenda Hirshman. In the 1950's the Hirshman family lived next door to us on Spring Street. I believe there was 6 children in the Hirshman family. Brenda was Galen's age. Brenda was dad's favorite of the Hirshman kids. Dad said she would walk into our house and ask for a "Soda Pop." When he loaded us up in the car to go to the Dairy Queen, Brenda always went along.

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Inspirations by: "Emily" Brenda Hirshman's Grand Daughter

Family of teen killed in Nov. 26 tragedy creates scholarshipsFriday, December 19, 2008

Nevada Daily Mail
The family of Emily Ann Debrine, a 15-year-old Nevada High School student killed in a traffic crash on U.S. 54 Highway, near Deerfield, on Nov. 26, is instituting two scholarships in her honor.
Emily was passionate about golf and about giving to others, said her mother Melissa LaNear, so it's fitting to remember her with scholarships that will help other students in the future.
(Advertisement) "We ask that you keep her spirit alive by smiling more often and being gracious toward others," a letter given to the Nevada Daily Mail in order to let the community know of the family's desires.
Scholarships are being developed for Lady Tiger Golf and humanitarianism.
"We ask that donations be made to the Emily Ann DeBrine Foundation, a non-profit organization established to ensure that Emily's dreams will be carried on," the letter continued.
Contributions may be made at any US Bank location.
"In addition to the establishment of two scholarships… we will be contributing to programs that Emily was passionate about. All donations received will be utilized to positively impact the youth in Nevada, as Emily would have wanted," the letter said.
Emily earned a varsity letter in golf in 2007, and continued to golf this year. She participated in other activities such as YMCA volleyball, softball, and the student council.
More information about Emily's life and the foundation can be found at
Emily also was a prolific poet, and a collection of her poetry can be found on the Web site as well, along with a photo gallery and other information.

"The family of Emily Ann DeBrine would like to express our deep appreciation for the support and generosity of friends, admirers and the Nevada community. It comforts us to know that Emily positively impacted the lives of so many. A special thank you to Ferry Funeral Home, The Nevada School District, May's Floral, Coach Brian Leonard, Katelyn Triplett, Dawn Boileau, Lisa McBrien, Jesse Ornelas and the many others that have lent their support during this tragedy," LaNear's letter stated.
The foundation also is planning the first of what are planned as annual Emily Ann DeBrine Memorial Golf Tournament events, slated for May 9, 2009, at the Frank E. Peters Golf Course, with all proceeds to benefit the foundation.

Inspirations by: "Emily"

Live the life your given,

love the ones you have,

because before you know it,

your future will become your past.

There’s no day like the present,

every moment is a gift,

open you eyes to the future,

and love the way you live.

People may not accept you,

but if you believe in yourself,

you will make your dreams come true,

without anyone else’s help.

Things won’t always be perfect,

life won’t always be bright,

people will love to watch you fall,

you just have to stand up and fight.

Accept the constant changes,

things won’t always go your way,

move on with your life, and just enjoy the day.

You won’t be remembered for your style,

or the way you do your hair,

people will remember you,

by the face you choose to wear.

So flash that smile, hold your head up high,

make a difference, and change someone’s life.

Mrs. Hergert

When I met Dave in 1967 he told me his mother worked at Edmistons. Well, I thought about that and I could only remember older not so pretty women who worked there. So one day Dave and I was walking past Edmiston's and there was a beautiful dark haired lady doing the window displays. Dave pointed to her and said that's my mother. Wow, Eleanor was so pretty! I pictured a older lady and not this pretty because she also had 6 kids!

Ghosts of Christmas past Thursday, December 18, 2008By Steve Moyer ~ Daily Mail

A 14-foot wreath adorns the front of the Edmiston Clothing store in this picture taken during the Christmas season, some time in the late 1950s. --submitted photo*Square's holiday grandeur is more muted than it was 50 years ago.*
The Nevada Square is still the center of Nevada's Christmas celebration. Businesses still decorate their stores for the holidays; but these days the decorations are a bit more restrained.
A photo from the late 1950s shows a large wreath, 14 feet in diameter, that used to be an annual feature on the front of Edmiston's store on West Cherry. It took more than 400 feet of real balsam fir garlands from Minnesota to wrap the wreath frame, store owner Jack Edmiston said.
"It took 10 men three and a half hours to put the wreath up every year. For more than a decade the wreath was made and put up Thanksgiving morning, and it always attracted spectators -- and advisors. It used to cost $300, and that was expensive back then. We had to stop doing it -- the cost of the greenery became cost prohibitive. I still have the bow and candle in storage," he said.
In addition to the large wreath, Edmiston's, like all the buildings around the Square, had colored lights that outlined the whole front of the building, not just the roof line.
"Each front was paid for by the occupant or owner and the installation was done by the four local electrical contractors. Back then, there was a night watchman who was hired by the merchant's association," Edmiston said. "Each front had a switch and it was turned on and off by the watchman."
Edmiston related a story of how Christmas decorations almost destroyed the building now occupied by Ring TV.
"Back in the early '50s, they tried hanging lights from the Courthouse to the corner buildings, but it almost pulled out the upper wall of the Ring TV building. You could see the wall moving back and forth under the strain," Edmiston said.
(Advertisement) The tradition of decorating the Square goes back even further in time, according to Edmiston.
"Decorating the Square was always a tradition. In the late '30s the lamp posts were wrapped with real evergreens and lights and garland were hung between all the posts," Edmiston said. "Things change. It's just not the same any more.

Comment by Kaye,
Christmas on the square was AWESOME in the late 50's & 60's! Then Walmart come to town in the 70's and destroyed all the local home owned businesses. I remember christmas shopping on the square as a teenager. There seem to always be snow and the square was beautiful!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Our Very Dear Friend, Joyce's Letter for Mom and Dad

Click on letter to Enlarge to read
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Where is Little Brother Now?

When I found Little Brother in Mom's dresser drawer I took him to her at the Care Center. She always kept him in a old eye glass case. She was so happy to see him and again told us the story of driving to Joplin in a snow storm to get him for Thurman. We sent Mom's purse with her, inside her purse I put the glass case with Little Brother inside.

G.I. Joe commercial 1960's ( Hasbro )

Because of the winter storm this morning,I woke up thinking of Thurman's little G.I.Joe doll (Thurman named him "Little Brother") Mom kept to the day she died. There was a story behind it that Mom ALWAYS told everytime she saw the doll. Dad and Mom, me, Thurman and Galen, drove in a snow storm (similar to the one we are experiencing today) to Joplin to go to the Toy Store to get Thurman this little doll. This must have been 1962? Thurman wanted this doll and there was no toy stores in Nevada. The Dime Stores had everyday toys, but only at Christmas time could you buy the more popular toys.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Blogging Posts

If you think I blogged a lot yesterday and today, I have 11 more boxes of pictures in the basement I have not been through to scan?? So keep posted!

Thurman on Cherry Street 1959?

Thurman on Cherry Street 1957?

Mom on Spring Street 1957?

Bring your Son to work Day 1962?

Stair Step People, Dad, Marty and Marilyn

Couple of strange things I have noted in all the old pictures, there are pictures of Dad with Marty and Marilyn, but not Mom? Also there is no pictures of Dad with me, Galen or Thurman? Also there is no pictures of Mom and Dad with us as teenager's?

Urban Cowboy and the Stingray bike

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The other 1st picture of me 1953?

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Cherry Street 1959?

I always said this was my birthday party, Marilyn said it was hers? After looking at the clothes, it probably is Marilyn's birthday Aug. 11th, mine is March 28th and I do not think it was warm enough in March to dress like this. Maybe Barbara can answer this question?
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Green Day - (Time Of Your Life) The Loss of Mom and Dad "Another Turning Point"

Lyrics to Video for Mom and Dad

(Time Of Your Life) - Green Day
Album: nimrod.

Another turning point
A fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist
Directs you where to go
So make the best of this test
And don't ask why
It's not a question
But a lesson learned in time

It's something unpredictable
But in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

So take the photographs
And still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf
Of good health and good time
Tattoos of memories
And dead skin on trial
For what it's worth
It was worth all the while



Times of Your Life, written by Paul Anka for Frank Sinatra describes all our photo memories

Paul Anka - Times Of Your Life lyrics

Lyrics Paul Anka lyrics - Times Of Your Life lyrics

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The simple Sprout is a great way to introduce a first-time user to the convenience and value of digital camera technology.

If I had known Argus was still in the camera biz-I would have insisted on an Argus Digital Camera!

The Family Camera That Captured "Growing Up Brittingham's"

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."

Argus is an American maker of cameras and photographic products, founded in 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Argus originated as a subsidiary of the International Radio Corporation (IRC), founded by Charles Verschoor. Its best-known product was the C3 rangefinder camera, which enjoyed a 27-year production run and became one of the top-selling cameras in history. The company's Model A was the first low-cost 35 mm camera in the United States. Argus was acquired by Sylvania in 1959 and sold off in 1969, by which time it had ceased camera production (some rebadged cameras continued to be sold under the Argus name through the 1970s). More recently, the Argus brand has been reestablished and is used on a variety of inexpensive digital cameras made by Argus Camera Company, LLC. Image File history File linksMetadata Argus_C3. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Argus_C3. ... Large format camera lens. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area Ranked 11th - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²) - Width 239 miles (385 km) - Length 491 miles (790 km) - % water 41. ... The Argus C3 was a low priced rangefinder camera produced from 1939 to 1966 in Michigan. ... Sylvania literally means forest land in Latin. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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