S: The Crompton Family
BC: Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts. ~ Wayne H. | Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. -- George Burns | In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. -- Alex Haley, author "Roots" | Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements. -- Queen Elizabeth II | The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. -- Erma Bombeck | My Peeps © Samara you may see me as normal, but you would never guess, that my family is weird maybe even strange, and though we seem happy, and chipper even, we are not the same, my brother yes is cute, but revolting too, my sister is pretty, but really should be in a zoo, my parents are lovable, and kind of old, but when it comes to jokes, they shouldn't be so bold, so I ask you please don't ridicule, when they come outside, cause living with them all my life, I walk with them with pride! | Before most people start boasting about their family tree, they usually do a good pruning job. ~ O A Battista | Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life. ~ Charles M. Schulz | More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you've been bad and good. ~ Linda Sunshine
FC: The Crompton Family | John - Jean - Barbara - Susan - Cecilia
1: "Family means putting your arms around each other and being there." ~ Barbara Bush Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. ~ Plato
2: Dedicated to Mom and Dad Two people who influenced, inspired, irked, identified, illuminated, impassioned, imagined, imbosomed, implemented, inaugurated, individualized, incorporated, imprinted, indulged, informed, ingratiated, instilled, ingrained, innovated, intellectualized, interceded, interweaved, invented, invested, investigated, interpreted, interrupted, involved, and italicized me.
3: The Life of Wilma Jean Bridges Crompton Kinsey
4: Wilma Jean Brides, born June 19, 1936 to the parents of David Wilson and Julie Weibel Bridges. They had built a beautiful, art deco house in Palos Park, IL. Once Julia found out she was pregnant with her first child, they celebrated with a Christmas Card having a stocking at the fire place. David was an avid photographer, and his baby girl was his favorite subject. | Jean’s Parents: David and Julia – by 1940, David was earning $2600 a year, and their house was worth $8000.
5: Jean grew up with two younger brothers, Walter and Edward. As a child she saw the movie Dumbo, and the lovable elephant became a favorite her whole life.
6: As a young teenager, Jean’s father David was transferred to Westwood, NJ, where she lived out her early, adult life. In 1951, she graduated Hillsdale Elementary School.While attending Westwood High School, Jean learned to play both violin and French horn; there she graduated in 1954.
7: Jean took up teaching like her mother Julia did. She earned her at the College of New Jersey State (Trenton State Teacher's College) where she graduated in 1954. From 1958 – 1961 she taught 7th – 9th grade Geography, History, and English at Harding Jr/Sr High School in Bergenfield, NJ. By 1960, she and John hooked up, and, well, the rest is history.
8: Through her 30’s and 40’s, Jean and the family lived in Virginia; both in Chantilly and Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley. One of her favorite hobbies – reading and libraries- led her to a job in Centerville at the Community Library. From 1968 – 1982, many things gave her joy in her life. She took her art of Origami and would perform and elementary schools and on a tv show. Her love of camping and the outdoors got her involved in Girl Scouts; she was one of the finest leaders in the district taking us girls on many an adventure like white water rafting and caving. She was given the “Thanks” award, GS’s highest honor in 1980. The family would go up to the Skyline Drive over the years instilling a love of the mountains in us three girls. We hiked much of the Appalachian Trail. In the early 70’s was a scary phase that Mom got into “natural foods” like wild violet jelly. The family moved to the Shenandoah Valley; there she worked as a greeting card clerk for American Greetings and at the Roth Theatre with Dad, thus inspiring all us girls to work there. In 1978, she even went back to Blue Ridge Community College in which she graduated Sum Cum Laude in 1980 with Julia attending, and worked at Pleasant View Home in Broadway, Va with older-mentally challenged adults. Her Virginia Life was full and happy.
10: John Washington Crompton | The Life of
11: John Washington Crompton born Feb. 20, 1933 Binghamton, New York | John's parents Bertha Hunt Crompton 1882 - 1960 Guy R. Crompton 1894 - 1939 | John's father was born Nov. 29, 1894. He worked on a Dairy farm and was Bertha’s second husband. He passed away in 1939 at the age of 45.
12: John as a toddler; he was doted on by his mother Bertha. | 1950 John got bike for newspaper route. He worked hard to support himself and Bertha. Behind him up steps is apartment in Honesdale, PA. It was located along the river and nearly flooded once. | Childhood Pictures of John | 1951 - High School Trip to Washington DC. John's favorite memory was riding the street trolley; it was so crowded, he stood behind the motor man who let him operate the signals. He also liked the fountain in front of the Library of Congress
13: 1950 – Boy Scouts; John was his pack’s representative at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in Valley Forge, PA. | He got to see President Truman drive by in a convertible and wave. The President spoke at Jamboree that year.
14: John went to Honesdale High School in PA. He joined the Projector’s Club headed by Mr. Joyce Avery . When teachers needed to show a film in class, John would set up the equipment if he was in study hall. He would get the key, unlock store room, and get out the projector and screen on a cart and set it up for teachers. He loved working with projectors so much; in the summer of 1950 he got an apprentice license to work at local movie theatres. He also got lead in the Senior Play. John graduated from Honesdale High School in 1951. | John’s Education | Honesdale High School
15: High School Memories | Items from John's Senior Yearbook
16: John's College Years | Thaddeus Stevens Trade School | After high school graduation, John attended Stevens Trade School from 1951 – 1954 where he took up drafting.
17: John graduated near the top of his class and gave a speech at Commencement. For his last two years, he had learned Calligraphy, and penned the student’s names on all the diplomas. He even lettered his own diploma.
18: John enlisted into the army for a 3 year “Hitch” from Oct. 1954 – Oct 1957. He tested in basic training and was offered OTC -“Officer Training Candidate”. He could have worked up to Colonel. Tho he decided not to, he did wonder where he’d be if he did. His life turned out very well, none the less. His MOS was draftsman and he was stationed at Camp Cordon, GA, and then Fort Huachuca, AZ. He stated the Mexican Border was on the other side of the mountain. Here, he corresponded with Jean whom he met in 1955. He left the Army as Specialist 3rd class, E5. After leaving the Army, John got a job at the Hendrik Company as a draftsman. Then, in 1959, the Air Force began recruiting prior enlisted men. They offered no basic training, and John could pick his school of choice. He chose Ground Communications when he enlisted in December, 1959. He did two 4 – year “Hitches” with the Air Force until 1967. He started in school at Keesler AFB in MI and then transferred to Tyndall AFB , Panama City, FL, until 1960. He was then stationed in Sagalak Bay, Labrador, Canada. It was an “early warning radar base” on a coastal island. Below the MPR tower, he use to sit on edge of cliffs, feet dangling, 1200 ft above the ocean with field binoculars watching seals play. He spoke of an accident where a vehicle went over cliff with two passengers due to “white out” fog like he’d never seen before. | John’s Years of Service in the US Military
19: However in 1960, Bertha took ill with cancer from a tumor on the side of her neck. John packed up all his belongings and had to wait three days to catch a Military Air Transport plane off the island. Bertha had a Military Dependent ID card, and the Red Cross had contacted him when she was placed in a nursing home. Her case worker was Mrs. Usa, and John was told “she wasn’t leaving, likely”. So John closed their apartment, sold the furniture to the neighbors, and gave all of Bertha’s pictures to her brother, his Uncle Marvin Hunt. After six months, she quietly passed away. During these months, John was stationed at Stewart AFB in NY. He was given two consecutive 3-Day Passes the week of her funeral. Bertha was buried beside Guy at Riverview Cemetery, Honesdale, NY. John and Jean were married at the chapel on Stewart AFB. While stationed there, Barbara and Susan were born at West Point. In Jan. 1964, John and the family were transferred to Goodfellow AFB in Texas where he continued in school. Cecee was born that year. He went into the security service of Classified Communications. He was sent to Pakistan serving in the beginnings of the Indo/Pakistani War for six months in Peshawar, the capital of West Pakistan. He was stationed six miles from the India border. He remembers the “lights out” conditions and broken windows from the anti-aircraft shot by the Pakistanis. One time while operating the Projection Booth at the Base theatre, and earthquake struck, and he rushed out onto the roof to “jump into a bush”. He came home and brought with him many beautiful Pakistani souvenirs such as elaborate hand cut brass ware and carved items from local wood. He still has them to this day. In 1965 the family moved to Biloxi, MI, to the Keesler AFB where he built a house on Shore Drive. He left the Air Force in 1967 after 8 years as Staff Sgt E6.
20: Trip to Starlight, PA 1978 John took the family to PA to visit his childhood home. He showed the girls where his parents were buried; it was before the headstone was set, but was a quiet, pretty place. | Riverside Cemetery, Honesdale, PA | On a quiet hillside in 1939, Guy was buried here after passing from his injuries. In 1960, Bertha was laid beside him. In later years, a fine headstone graced their resting place.
21: Location of the house and small farmette where Guy and Bertha lived. | John standing in front of Starlight Lake; he spoke of crossing a bridge where someone could place a board to effect the depth of the lake. | The Starlight Railroad Station The paved road use to be the bed for the track | Starlight, PA John's Childhood Home
22: Very Special People in John’s Life | Cecil and Hazel Faling | Since John’s father Guy died when he was young, his Uncle Cecil became his father figure and mentor. Cecil and his wife Hazel were very special people in his life. In fact, it was how Cecilia got her name. It was said Cecil was “tickled to death” having someone named after him.
23: John and Jean meet and fall in love.. It was November 4th, 1955. John was at the Mammoth Air Force Base; he heard a rumor a bus was “shipping fresh young woman” from Trenton State Teacher’s College for a dance. It turned out Wilma Jean Bridges was on that bus. She was wearing a black velvet scoop neck jumper with a red boatneck shirt. She and her three companions came up with a game who’d get asked in what order to dance. While there, John approached Jean, asking her for a dance, making her second to be requested. They traded names and after one dance, he bought her a soft drink, and they spent the rest of the evening talking.
24: John and Jean Married July 22, 1961 | July 22, 1961 John and Jean get married at the Stewart Air Force Base, New York | John and Jean’s Marriage License
25: In Texas, Jean with her older daughters Barbara Jean and Susan Margaret. In this picture she’s expectant with Cecee. | The Bridal Party – Best Man: Drew, Matron of Honor: Jean Gallagher, Usher, Jean’s brother Walter | While living in Texas, John was sent overseas to Pakistan to serve during the Indo-Pakistani Wars. He brought home brass vases and carved artifacts that graced every house he lived in
26: Having Babies | Barbara Jean b. Feb. 20th, 1962 Susan Margaret b. April 13th, 1963 Cecilia Kay b. June 11th, 1964 | 1963 Pregnant with Cecee | 1964, Texas | 1965
27: After getting married at Stewarts AFB and having two babies at Westpoint, NY, John and Jean moved to Texas to Goodfellow AFB in Jan. 1964. There they had their third child. They lived there until John was transferred to Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MI; he left the Military in 1967. | Generations in a wagon: Jean 1940, Barb, Cecee, Susan 1964
28: Once arriving in Missippi, John and Jean rented a small white house in Ocean Springs on Hickory Drive. It was near a railroad track where the girls loved watching trains go by. Later, on Shove Drive in Biloxi, John finally had his life long dream of building and owning his own house. He built an amazing back yard for the girls to enjoy.
29: Life in Mississippi | Some memories: The picture with John and the three matching dresses, Cecee remembers being taken to show the neighbors and hated having to wear the tights. Hurricane Camille had come through and washed out a bridge around the corner; Jean dressed up as Santa one Christmas, and Barb and Susan use to put Cecee in the toy box and sit on the lid.
30: After leaving the military in 1967, John had up to five job offers, one that even could have taken the family to Boston, MA. He settled on a job with Control Data in Arlington, VA where he taught computer electronics. It was then the family moved to Falls Church, VA and rented a small, white Cape Cod house on Meadow Lane. | It was a great house. The back yard had two beautiful apple trees great for climbing, and John put a white swing set under one. Susan got caught in the tree on the seesaw swing. John put a above ground pool on the back cracked, cement patio. The family would spend many hours swimming, and John would squeeze water out of one hand. | Falls Church, VA ~ 1968
31: The family lived here until Aug. 1970 while their house in Greenbriar was being built. | The next door neighbors, the Westfalls, had a huge Willow tree many hours were spent playing under. Their son Eric was a contant playmate. His older sister Wendy and her friend Diane would babysit. John's girls befriended the Brown Girls of Lucy and Bill, Kathy, Lori, and Tracy, who all lived across the street. Little Jeanie lived next door, and a nice elderly couple with a rose garden lived two doors down.
32: 13310 Penny Packer Lane | In August 1970, the Cromptons moved to a subdivision called Greenbriar where their house was built. near Chantilly, Virginia
33: The Cromptons lived here from Aug. 1970 - Aug. 1973. John worked at Control Data teaching binary computer language and part time running the projector room at the Roth Theaters in Annandale, Va. He was very proud of this house and decorated it beautifully. Many memories of smock dresses, tights, granny dresses, and mini pantsuits were what the early 70's were all about for the girls.
34: It was around this time when Jean became involved in Girl Scouts. Left is the Ladies at the Juliet Low (founder of GS) Birthplace in Savannah, GA the family visited on a return trip from Florida. | Life in Northern Virginia | Soon the Jean had the girls into Brownies and Juniors, and plenty of camping and hiking to suit!
35: Most of the favorite memories was when the family went to the Skyline Drive for all day trips. They would go "to the mountains" often, and stop in the town of Shenandoah, VA to get ice cream at a local Tastee Freeze. This introduced the family to the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. | Jean was an avid Backpacker, Hiker, and took the girls on a multitude of camping trips teaching them to enjoy the outdoors. They were very active in Girl Scouts. John's love of historic Railroads and Canal also added to the great appreciation of local history.
36: August 1973 Harrisonburg, VA Within the five years of living the high pace of Northern Virginia, the owners of Roth Theaters offered John a matching salary to open the Roth 1-2-3 in Harrisonburg. After getting a mortgage approved to build a new house, the family moved to rented townhouse at 588 Long Ave. It was a happy move into the Shenandoah Valley they've come to love by visiting the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Mountains
37: February 1975 Keezletown, VA On a stretch of Keezletown Road, the Cromptons bought a beautiful acre and John designed and had built a yellow (of course!) Dutch Colonial 4 Bedroom House. It was just a shell when the family moved into it, but within over a year, John had it fully decorated, wood trim, wall paper, carpet, you name it, he proudly did it. It was a beautiful place to live.
38: From 1975 - 1982 the Cromptons lived in Keezletown; the girls went to Keezletown Elementary, Montevideo Intermediate and Spotswood Senior High School. John continued to work at Roth Theaters | All three girls went through their adolescent years here in Keezletown. They moved here as young girls and left here as young women. We're still not sure how John survived it.
39: At one time during the early 80's, the entire family worked for Roth Theaters. John eventually became the district manager for the Shenandoah Valley area.
40: By 1982, most of the Crompton Family moved to Orlando, FL. Florida was the “second home state” for the family because of two very special ladies – Julia “Grandma” Bridges, Jean’s mother, and her older sister she was so close with – Lovina. Lovina Pearl was Julia’s Maid of Honor in her wedding, and when Uncle Art finally proposed to Lovina after many years together, they married at Palos Park with 5 yr old Jean being the flower girl. John’s dear mother, Bertha, passed before John and Jean married, so the girls sadly never got to know her. John described her as a simple, hardworking lady with a great sense of humor, like the actress Ruth Gordon. Jean’s father, David, passed when the girls were babies, so the only grandparent known to them was Julia. Julia was a fine, educated lady; big on manners and making a good impression, but a great inspiration and traveler; she even travelled around the world in 1971, thus achieving a childhood dream. Aunt Bina (Lovina) and Uncle Art were more or less the other grandparents for the Crompton girls, and they were very much loved. They were very casual, making a nice balance of ol’ folks to go visit. They had retired to Mt. Dora, FL in the 1960’s; after Julia became widowed; she sold the house in West Wood, NJ, and moved just around the corner from Aunt Bina. The happiest childhood memories for the girls were driving to Florida to see Grandma and Aunt Bina. The tradition was to wake up the first morning and go over to Aunt Bina’s house, walking across the lawn Uncle Art loved to mow, and eating blueberry waffles for breakfast, and oh, the fresh orange juice! Julia’s house was at the end of a road into an orange orchard, and the smell of the blossoms in spring was something to behold along with the scent of the huge lake in front of Lovina’s house. Each house had a “Florida Room”, and Uncle Art would play his huge organ while Aunt Bina played hymns on the piano, her favorite being “How Great Thou Art.” Cecee use to love having all the soda she could drink, and would sit by Uncle Art, as he pulled the tab off his beer and dropped it into the beer can, Cecee followed suit with her Root Beer. Aunt Bina had two red satin skirts the young girls loved to play with. Uncle Art passed away April 23, 1973. Aunt Bina lived alone in the house, and quietly passed away April 3, 1978. She was very deeply loved by all the family. Her house sold, and Julia lived in Mt. Dora up until the early 80’s. By this time, John and Jean moved to Orlando, and Julia sold her house, and moved into a nice high rise retirement home on Lucerne Circle. She lived a happy life until her passing in December, 1991. Her ashes were buried right alongside Lovina and Art at the cemetery in Mt. Dora; two sisters so very close and so very missed. Their memories will forever be cherished. | Grandma and Aunt Bina Mt. Dora, Florida
41: Lovina was born Aug. 3, 1902, and Julia was born Oct. 16, 1905. Together they grew up very close to each other; two very special ladies | The Story of Two Sisters
42: Julia bought her house just around the corner from Lovina after David passed in 1967. Since then, the Crompton Family visited Mt. Dora every few years. Julia and Lovina were creative at sewing and embroidery. Lovina made all the girls quilts in 1973, and they were cherished for years to come.
43: Uncle Art and Aunt Bina were very loved; the happiest childhood memories for the girls was coming down to visit and seeing Uncle Art play his organ while Lovina played the piano; whenever the family went to leave, pictures were always taken, even with Jean in her curlers. | In 1975, while driving to Grandma’s, the family stopped by and visited John’s very special Aunt Hazel, who was married to his Uncle Cecil. She had a nice apartment down by Daytona Beach. She was also very dear to the Cromptons.
44: Uncle Art passed away from a heart attack April 12, 1973. It was heartbreaking, especially for Aunt Bina. The family came down for his funeral to say good bye to someone so dear. Jean said she could see him and David, her Dad, on a hillside in Heaven having a beer. Lovina live five more years as Art’s widow. She was always sending the girls money for icecream. Cecee loved her cursive typewriter.
45: Aunt Bina’s Trip to Virginia, 1976 It was great having Aunt Bina come see the family. A tire almost blew out on the way up, and they had to stop and get her dentures. The girls fought over who could sit next to her. At the house, she slept in Cecee’s room, and hated the family cat, Kimmy, who would always go in there. | Lake Brandywine, WV A Favorite Crompton Hang Out | The Bicentennial Grandma took Jean and spoiled the girls with an amazing trip to Disney World. Tho they got eaten up by mosquitos, it made no difference. It made for a most memorable trip. Talk about the best fireworks to behold! | That same year, Cecee got to meet her 2nd cousin Sally
46: Aunt Bina passed away April 3, 1978. All three girls woke up at 2:45 AM, feeling she was letting them know she was doing just fine. She was one very loved person, and very much missed, decades later. | Our Last Picture with Aunt Bina
47: In Loving Memory o Aunt Bina and Uncle Art
48: Julia was the glue that held the family together. Her three children all grew up to have children of their own. Other happiest of childhood memories for the Crompton girls involved spending time over the years with the their first cousins, Walter's two girls, Sarah and Linda, and Ed's two sons, Tim and Dave. In June, 1980, a family reunion was held with Julia's kids and grandkids. | 1965 | 1965 | 1980
49: Julia as a child (left) | Julia's grandchildren | Another inspiration Julia passed on was Education. As a Grandma, she made sure to be at every graduation. Her returning to college in later years not only encouraged Jean, but Cecee as well. | Julia, 1963 | Jean, 1980 | Cecee, 2007
50: Through the 1980's, the Cromptons went to FL to visit Julia; even after John and Jean moved down by 1983, the family continued to get together creating more memories. Julie sold her house in Mt. Dora and moved to Lucerne Circle in Orlando where she spent the last of her full life.
51: October, 1991 was the last time Cecee got to see Julia who just turned 86 years old. She met her fiance' Mike. Julia's last words to Cecee was saying how Mike was "grand", and that time is remembered with the joy and vibrance Julia always had for life. She was stricken with breast cancer, and passed away quietly by December. | In Loving Memory of Julia and David Bridges
52: Cannonball Country Kimmy Cat Crompton | The World's Greatest Cat | You couldn't find a cat more loved than Kimmy. She came into the Crompton's lives Sept. 10, 1972 after being found by Karen McKimmie (her namesake) on a GS camping trip. She got her name by various means; when she'd jump down from behind the faux fire place at Penny Packer Lane, she sounded like a cannonball. In Keezletown, she loved roaming the country side. In 1980, she was hit by a car, and had her left hip reconstructed. You never met a more wonderful, loving, patient creature. She was adored by the whole family, and a cherished pet for 14 years.
53: From 1984 - 1985, Cecee had Kimmy all to herself while living in VA, but she soon realizedit was better for Kimmy to live in FL with Jean and John. She was very attached to her.. | Sadly, by 1986 and likely the age of 16, Kimmy had developed a brain tumor over her left eye. As she aged, it grew larger causing the fur to turn white and on Dec. 5, 1986, after 14 years gracing our family, we had to make the very hard decision to let her go. When Jean came home, she found John, a gold hearted tough-on-the outside guy, out in the back yard in tears, digging a place for Kimmy. She was buried beneath a beautiful tree with white blossoms. She will always be cherished.
54: The Early 1980's These wee some of the happiest years. John and Jean even let the girls have the car to drive to FL to see Grandma on their own. By 1982, the family had portraits made. | Those girls were always up to something, like father, like daughters...
55: Barbara 1980 | High School Graduations | Susan 1981 | Cecilia 1982
56: Back in 1972, John tried getting on at Disney when the Magic Kingdom first opened. By 1982, with Roth, John had since become District Manager to Theater Engineer. That year Disney opened the EPCOT Center, and he was hired fulfilling a lifelong dream to work for Mickey. He moved to Orlando in 1982 while Jean stayed behind for10 months with Susan and Cecilia while Barbara had moved to Utah to attend BYU. In 1983, Jean joined John in Florida where they built a house at 942 California Woods Circle. By 1985, Barbara and Susan moved to FL as well while Cecilia kept her roots in the Valley of Virginia. | 1983 Orlando, FL
57: By 1984, John was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes; he lost a lot of weight, but it certainly didn't slow his life down. Jean got a job with Disney, and it became a life long career for both. Many very happy memories were made as the years went by, and the girls were always coming "home" for visits. Even with his Disney career, John couldn't stay away from the projection booth and spent much time working at a local theater. His love for model railroad continued as well.
58: Soon after John and Jean settled in Orlando, eventually Barbara and Susan followed suit and began new lives in Orlando as well. Meanwhile Cecee stayed in the Shenandoah Valley where her heart was, but that didn't stop her from spending all her vacations going to Florida. They got mighty spoiled going to Disney World about every year!
59: Barbara and Susan shared a beautiful apartment in a carriage house; Susan went to to work for the state of Florida where as Barbara got on at the Disney Park. Susan married and left the area with her Navy Husband Mike eventually ending up back in Virginia, and Barbara spent four years living in Roanoke, VA, and in 1990, moved back to Florida where she met Jerry and got married. The whole time, Cecee remained in the Valley and lived her life by her own means, and well, somehow survived it, thanks to her career at Perdue Famrs. | 1983 | 1984 | 1987
60: John's Hobby Becomes His Career | After EPCOT was finished, John became a maintenance man, and wasn't happy, for he's a man to create. After a neighbor saw his outdoor model railroad layout and the extreme talent John had, John was given a job in the Disney Production Department. He worked on store displays and specialized in animation and fiber optics. He built amazing displays he was very proud of. He would always say to people, "Would you believe they pay me to do this?" How lucky can one be!
61: John was continuously in demand to create model railroad layouts in retail environments. These pictures show the the plexiglass shelving and 1000 feet of LGB track that ran through three rooms of the You and Me Kids Shop in the Disney Village. Bachmann Trains liked his HO floor layout so much, they gave his department $40,000 to build a G guage layout.
62: It began with an outdoor layout using the largest railroad model you could buy. Once completed, John sold his incredible town to build his dream: a train you could ride on. Did he do it? Of course!! | The Ultimate in Model Railroad
63: It took a few years, but soon enough, John had it where the track went around the entire house; he even built a trestle over the drainage ditch! He had an engine, a coal car you could pull the coal for two people to sit, a cattle car (with a mooing mechanism, even) and a caboose. It was an amazing feat. One thing John loved to say was after he'd put the train away, the mooing mechanism would still swing, and every so often you'd hear a quiet "mooo" from the rail house. He went on to sell this train for several thousand dollars. | "Would you believe this??? Wow,he's my Dad!"
64: Barbara Jean Feb. 20, 1962 Susan Margaret April 13, 1963 Cecilia Kay June 11, 1964 | 1965 | 1967 | 1969 | 1971 | 1973 | 1976 | 1982 | 1996 | 2005 | 2005
65: From Babies to Brides | John and Jean 1961 | John and Regina 1996 | Barbara and Jerry 1996 | Susan and Frank 1998 | Cecee and Mike 1992 | j | Jean and Lew 1996
66: By 1994, John and Jean went their separate ways, but remained on good terms. Jean continued her career at Disney until she retired, B 1995, she met a fine man named Lew Kinsey who talked her into a first date on a dune buggy ride. | June 23, 1996 Jean and Lew secretly get married at Disney World | Overjoyed, the girls and Jean's best friend Betty Rosson met up on the Skyline Drive a few weeks later and held a reaffirmation ceremony celebrating Jean and Lew’s Marriage; a nice dinner followed at the Sheraton Inn.
67: Since then, Jean and Lew have many happy years together. Jean and Lew continued to live at the house on California Woods Circle living a happy retirement. | Lew's loving sign when Jean came home from Triple Bypass Surgery May 2004
68: One of Jean’s greatest talents, Origami, was something she continued with her whole life. She volunteered her master work to libraries, schools, bulletin boards, friends’ special occasions; take your pick! She would send the girls Christmas ornaments and such over the years. She even got into making beautiful jewelry. Cecee cherishes every piece Mom made for her and has a proud, extensive collection of Jean’s work. | "Origrammy"
70: Grandma Jean and Papa Lew | Can you ask for two better grandparents? Not really; all grandma and grandpas are special, but Cecee’s two kids, Allison and Grayson were blessed with the proudest and most loving that anyone could have wished for!
71: Grandparents Day, 2009 Johnny Appleseed Restaurant | Two wonderful and fun loving folks, Grandma Jean and Paw Paw Lew bring great memories to all they visit, especially the grandkids they love so much!
72: Jean and Lew traveled extensively the coolest way one could. Lew put a side car for his side kick on his motorcycle, and the two drove many many miles over the years to visit family and friends from Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, to Pennsylvania and Virginia.
73: One thing that never wavered for Jean was her love for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tho a happy resident in Florida, a part of her heart will always remain on the Skyline Drive.
74: By 1994, John met a very special lady, Regina; she was a clerk in a Disney Christmas Shoppe where John was fixing the Toy RailRoad She's also from Pennsylvania. They came to really care for one another, so Love came, and in 1996, they married... | 3 | 96 | 3
75: The Girls have come to love Regina, who is the Worlds Greatest Nana to the grand kids; She has easily become a very cherished member of the Crompton Family
76: I love trains | Enjoying Retirement John and Regina both retired from Disney and moved to a lovely house in the Whispering Pines Retirement Community | Of course, John continued his love for his hobbies, and Regina, the eternally patient, wonderful wife, let John have the den for a few years to pursue his movies and trains.
77: John created yet another incredibly detailed layout, "Autumn in Pennsylvania". They'd invite Jean and Lew for a visit. The ladies chatted while the men male-bonded over the train tracks.
78: John's Outdoor Coal Mining Town Again, John creates another incredible work of art. He proudly put together a cold mining town like Mt. Plymoth, PA. The family looked forward to every visit to see his latest work!
79: Many hours of work went into the immense detail of John's work. He even built a three foot feed mill. And yes, after all this wondrous work, John sold it for a new project!
80: A Very Special Thing John Does John became involved in a very worthy project volunteering his talents to a special organization creating trains for sick kids | Train Layout in the Main Lobby
83: John also took a donated old train from a mall and fixed it up into an amazing ride by also laying the track ; it's the pride of the park.
84: Of course when the girls come down to visit, they don't mind seeing Pop Pop's amazing work! | Proud or our Pop Pop!!
85: Though happily retired,John serves the community and organizations through his work; here he's giving a seminar on Model Railroad Plastic Buildings. He has also given his talent to public model railroad layouts such as the one here displayed at the Holiday Inn, Buena Vista, FL. | "He's my Dad." | We love you Pop Pop John | Love, Cecee, Mike Allison and Grayson
86: The Crompton Family Disney Magical Gathering June 2005 | It was a joyous occasion. The entire family came together with all the grandchildren and had a wonderful time!
87: What made it more special that on Family Day, June 19th, it was both Father's Day and Jean's Birthday. It was one Family Reunion to be remembered. | Tho John and Jean and gone separate ways, each became happily married. Even more special is the friendship created. The finest of folks, really. | Lew and Jean | Regina and John "Pop Pop and Nana"
88: On Sept. 27th, 1996, Barbara married Jerry Brull in Orlando, FL. There they had their first child, a son named Mysyk Wales. | They moved to Manitowoc, WI and had a second child, a girl named Hollie Jean. | Jerry joined the military and served in Afghanistan | Barbara
89: Life proves well for them. Two kids couldn't ask for more devoted parents.
90: Susan ended up moving to California where she met Frank Sherman; they married in 1998, had two sons, Daniel and Scott, and built a house in Herriman, Utah. Later on they adopted Jean, a girl from foster care, and together became a family. | Susan
91: Susan and Frank make amazing parents. They travel over the West Coast introducing the kids to great places like Yellowstone, passing on the appreciation of nature, history, and railroads. Also passing on the proud tradition of Scouting, Susan happily became a den leader for Scott and Daniel. Lucky kids, indeed.
92: Cecee stayed in Harrisonburg; in 1987 she met Mike Hawkins, and on July 4th, 1992 they married. Sept.26, 1996 they had Allison. They bought a house in Broadway in 1997, and in 1999, they had Grayson who completed the family. They've spent many happy years in this home, and plan on spending many more. Cecee couldn't have been blessed with a better husband and father t0 her children she adores. | Cecilia
94: 1966 | 1978 | 1981 | 1980 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 2009 | 2009 | 2011
95: 1964 | 1975 | 1980 | 1985 | 1991 | 1992 | 2008 | I will always love you both...