S: Growing Up Parker: 40s, 50s, 60s with Linda, Anne, Nancy & Jane Parker
BC: "When you finally go back to your old home town, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood." | 2013
FC: The Way We Were | The Parker Girls | Fabulous 40s, 50s, 60s: Linda, Anne, Nancy & Jane Parker
1: by Linda Parker Woodward 2013 | Linda | Anne | Nancy | Jane | "Sisters are.. clothes borrowers, sassy, pretty and sweet tea parties with treats, dress up, mess up, fess up, get punished, fights over nothing, sharer of dreams , a headache, a pain, she gets spoiled again, a princess, a brat, she ruined my hat, i love her, i miss her, i tease her, i kiss her, she is my family and that means more to me & what would i do without her?" --Author Unknown
2: 40s Facts *A new house cost $3,920.00 and by 1949 was $7,450.00 *Average income per year was $1,725.00; by 1949 was $2,950.00 *Gallon of gas was 11 cents *New car average cost-$850.00 *1949 NATO established; 1st nonstop flight around the world *WWII 12-8-1941 (US) to 8-14-45 *Men's Suits from $24.50, Ford Super Deluxe Sedan Coupe $1395 , Sealey Mattress $38.00 *Movie Stars: Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Abbott & Costello, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Gary Cooper, Betty Grable *Music-big band & jazz-Bing Crosby, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney *1946 Dr. Spock baby book *1948 Vinyl 33 RPM record *1949 USA 45 RPM record | War Years I was a troop train baby--mom & I followed dad around to his US Army assignments--~15 homes by the time I was 5 from Seattle, DC & TX to CA, IN, MO and IL. I remember Temple, TX; we lived next to a cemetery where I found rattlesnakes. I went with dad on rounds a few times (to just inside the gates) at McCloskey General Hospital & remember shaved heads of German POWs in navy jumpsuits. We finally settled at ~419 N. Adams in Hinsdale, IL just south of Ogden Ave.--a brown-shingled gardener's 2-br cottage on the Regnery Estate, now gone. Alf Regnery, a JD, now heads Regnery Publishing; mom watched him on conservative political talk shows. His folks are gone now & sister Susan lives in Germany. Our PB&J picnic pho is included in my baby phos. A home there in 2013 was valued at $1.5M. Dad was a Resident at Northwestern in DT Chicago Memorial Hospital & worked long hours. Anne was born in 1946, a beautiful baby, & adored by all our relatives--Butlers & Wilkins. I was allowed to push her back & forth in her baby buggy; her crib was in my parents' room. I remember seeing rats running under my bed & in the kitchen--the Regnery barn & fields were nearby. Cousin Margie remembers them too. | The Way We Were: 40s | About This Book I remember our home town's hot, summer nights as the sun went down over the Sangamon River. Fire flies glowed as stars began to twinkle, constellation by constellation. Our compass was always the North Star, like our family. And, like stars, memory shines down across the years on this enchanted garden that was our childhood. This book of memories is about the flowers we grew & all the stars that shone above us as we dreamed. It is about that compass & all the directions our family gave us. It is about the greatest gift they gave us of all: each other, sisters forever. We were a family of farmers & sailors, teachers & engineers, and even pioneers. Legend has it that the Parkers followed Daniel Boone on the Appalachian Trail from North Carolina to Tennessee where we first settled before moving on to Indiana. Legend has it we were descended from the great Earl of Ormonde lines in Ireland to 1160 A.D. with our own Butler castle in Kilkenny, Ireland where the Butler clan rallies every 3 years or so. Wherever we came from, we sisters were not burdened with middle names like those of our ancestors---names like Lina Myrtle, Grover Cleveland, Andrew Jackson, Birthena, Tressman, or Flossie, Maybelle or Wisteria. We were plainly, simply and always Linda, Anne, Nancy & Jane.
3: Grandpa Butler spent hours with me exploring the prairie that was Hinsdale & Clarendon Hills in those days--teaching me where to find wild asparagus, tiny strawberries & playing his pearl-inlaid mandolin (pho of similar one, right). He was always whistling. Occasionally he let Tom & me ride on his Chevy running board, just in the drive. In the fall, he & Glen Wilkins would pour gasoline in a ring ~1/4-acre wide on the prairies beside their houses & light it to kill weeds & snakes. We were allowed to watch the blazing circle. There was a hole in Grandpa Butler's back fence that cousin Tom Wilkins found; we'd crawl through it to the Hinsdale CC golf course & come home with pockets of balls, treasures. Eleanor Wilkins kept GG Jabez Butler's ship captain's watch in a glass dome in her living room, where our grandpa would tell the story of "The Wreck of the Mary" over and over. He had lost part of one thumb in an industrial accident at International Harvester, but that did not stop him from playing his beloved mandolin. Grandma Butler rarely spoke, but worked at her sewing machine for endless hours. She introduced me to tea the English way--tea with cream in my own flowered china cup. We shared tea in Eleanor's kitchen. | Ferry Story Grandpa Butler used to tell the story of how we all almost were never born. In the early 1900s, he had tickets in Topsail to sail to Boston for himself & grandma A friend, however, had a family ER in Boston but no tickets. Grandpa gave or sold him his tickets to help him out. The ferry crashed on the rocks & all passengers perished I believe. Motorcycle & Wicker Side Car: 1914 I don't know what happened to the picture but I saw one of our grandpa & grandma in Cambridge, MA on his motorcycle; she sat prim & proper in a wicker side car. An Excelsior motorbike was made in Chicago in 1905, bought by Schwinn in 1911. In 1917, Henderson sold out to Schwinn & Harley didn't start until 1919--too late as they were in Oak Park by then. There were also Reys & Bradburys. The phos to the right are the closest I could find to what that one looked like in the old photo. Margie Wilkins Awana in Honolulu confirmed she also saw the motorcycle picture; and that her 1-yo mom Eleanor & Grandma Butler were in the wicker sidecar, so it was a 1914 pho. She said she sold the mandolin to pay to see her mom in her last days, but confirmed it had the flower pearl inlay I had remembered. "Nearer My God to Thee" was his favorite song, the Titanic song. | I had few toys--a teddy bear, a doll, a 3-wheeler scooter. Grandpa Butler built a big glider swing and a swing set. Grandma made me my 2-3 dresses. Grandpa taught me hymns and my ABCs; I didn't really "meet" dad until I was 2 and am told I rejected him as I thought Grandpa Butler was my dad. Mom had a portable washing machine; we had a double-door refrigerator which the ice man filled. Move to Columbia, MO: 1947 Dad had to complete his orthopedic residency at the U. of Missouri Hospital, so we moved to Columbia, MO in 1947 for 6 mos. (info from '76 notes of mom's memory of homes). Anne turned 1 there. We lived in a 2-story white frame apartment building--an old house that had been converted. We had the entire first floor in a 2/1. Our first floor apt. had a big front porch. I remember pushing Anne down the sidewalk in her stroller; she was 1-yo. Mom would wash sheets in the bathtub and use their electric apt. washer (pho rt.) for diapers and clothes. The family upstairs taught me to make rafia coasters. They would cut out cardboard "do-nut" shapes & then weave the rafia around and around to complete them.
4: Linda Parker December 23, 1942 West Suburban Hospital, Oak Park IL
5: Capricorn - The Goat December 22 “ January 19 Birthstone Tanzanite-Contentment, understanding Zircon-Wisdom, honor, wealth Turquoise-New possibilities, happiness Flower: Holly-Narcissus-sweetness, self-esteem | Picnic with Regnery Kids
6: Mom took lots of phos to send to dad in Adak.. She pulled me on a sled to the Clarendon Hills P.O. every winter day to get censored letters from dad.. Clarendon Hills IL, Columbia MO, Coatesville IN, Temple TX | 6
7: "My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It's the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond 'Z' and start poking around!”-Dr. Seuss | 7
8: Top left : 1509 N. Main; Temple, TX 1945. Right: Same house, 2013, next to Hillcrest Cemetery [founded 1881]. Bottom left: 1994-Stacey at Harold Butler house, 252 Middaugh Rd; Clarendon Hills IL. Right: fireplace there where Marge & Sterling Parker married 11-22-1939. | our Homesteads 1942-1951
9: Top left: Original Glen Wilkins House, 255 Middaugh Rd; Clarendon Hills, IL. Right: 2364 E. Decatur, Decatur, IL in 2013. Bottom left: : 468 S. Crea, Decatur, IL in 2013 . Right: aerial view shows back porch & garage are still intact. [Green roof, 5th house north of W. Forest]. The garage shows in Nancy's 1st BD cake pix & porch in Anne's 4th BD party on back porch steps. | "The family is one of nature's masterpieces.."--Santayana | 9
10: Anne was born in Oak Park in 1946, but we moved to Columbia, MO shortly after in 1947. I remember a very hectic moving time; since dad was home from the Army, mom didn't need to take as many phos of Anne as dad could see her in person. Left: Anne & mom; above, Anne & Grandma Butler in Hinsdale, IL. | Anne Parker August 1, 1946 West Suburban Hospital Oak Park IL
12: Anne ~1948 in patent shoes; stroller in Columbia, MO 1947; tree seat at 637 S. Crea with furry moccasins Right: Nancy & Anne at Dollie Parker farm in IN ~1954
13: sometimes being a sister is even better than being a princess
14: What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, And all that's nice; That's what little girls are made of... | Anne & Linda Parker in Hinsdale, IL 1946
16: Leo - The Lion July 23 - August 22 Birthstone: Peridot--Fame, dignity, protection, success Sardonyx--Relaxation, security Flower: Poppy/Gladiolus----Moral Integrity | Anne & Linda ~1946-47 Hinsdale, IL; columbia, mo 1947 and ~1951 Decatur, IL
17: "Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.." | Right: 1947 Smith Studio, 1010 Broadway; Columbia, MO
18: Nancy Parker July 27, 1949 St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur IL | A - You're adorable
20: she shall make music wherever she goes
21: Rt: Dollie Parker holding Nancy in front of house #482 in 1949. Same house in 2013 (below) is 482 S. Crea, two doors down from our home at 468 S. Crea. Porch steps & window match as does dormer on house next door.
22: Decatur, Soy Bean Capitol of the World Our first house was a rental at 2364 E. Decatur (Anne & I), just north of the Nelson Park golf course & Lake Decatur. I learned to swim (dog paddle) in Lake Decatur with 12 cents admission. I went alone, walking through the golf course to Nelson Park beach house. Dad opened his orthopedic practice in the Citizen's Building in 1948. Dad made house calls with his black MD bag. In 3 months, we moved to 468 S. Crea for Nancy's birth in 1949. In 2013, the average house on that block cost $55K. Neighbors included Bruce Gray, the Carmodys, Sharon Lee Hopkins, Barney Oldfield, the Ryans with 6 boys, and the Frys. We had a charge at Myers Market, behind us on Seigel St.; I took Meadow Gold glass milk bottles back to get the deposit refund. Dad had to stoke the furnace with coal & carry out the coal bucket of old cinders. I always had my radio on--Baby Snooks, Jack Benny, Flash Gordon, Lone Ranger & more. Mom said they never had a mortgage & paid cash for the 468 house from an inheritance from Grandpa Parker. | The Way We Were: '50s Decatur, IL | Our childhood was a time to believe in the Tooth Fairy and Santa and a time to discover it was our mom & dad’s secret all along. It was a time to learn taffy apples & braces didn’t mix, nor did riding bikes in crinoline petticoats & circle skirts. It was a time to find Easter eggs, shooting stars, and safety from lightning storms under your pillow. It was a time to cut yourself a bigger piece of cherry pie than your sister’s & try to get an extra chicken wing without someone tattling on you. It was a time to give thanks for all you had. It was a time to listen to your folks who had survived & even thrived in the Depression—dad getting by with a blind plow horse and mom with home-made dresses; dad with icy walks to a 1-room school and mom sleeping on an unheated back porch on an Army cot. Our story is about our own family legends & what must seem mythical to new generations who can’t believe we had no TV or cell phones, but survived & thrived anyway. We had only a simple box Brownie camera to record moments in the Great War and the birth of babies. Now 60 years later, we remember how much our folks gave us and what joy they took in the giving. | 50s Facts *New house cost $8,450.00 and by 1959 was $12,400.00 *Average income per year was $3,210.00; by 1959 was $5,010.00 *Gallon of gas was 18 cents and by 1959 was 25 cents *Average cost of new car was $1,510.00 and by 1959 was $2,200.00-Ford car: $1339-$2262 *Gas: .20 cents *Postage stamp: .03 cents *Sirloin steak: $.77 lb *Polio vaccine created & DNA discovered *Walt Disney's Cinderella, Dennis the Menace cartoons, Silly Putty, Smokey the Bear, and the stuff of grilled cheese sandwiches arrived, KRAFT® Deluxe process cheese slices are introduced. *Korean War starts (1950-1955) *First color TV 1951 *McDonald's founded; Disneyland opens *Hula hoops & LEGO-Os introduced *Princess Elizabeth becomes Queen *Sound of Music opens on Broadway
23: I had a screen porch off my bedroom (wallpapered in big pink roses) where we played school. Anne was good, but Nancy mostly ate Arrowroot cookies & scribbled her alphabet. I went to the Y's Camp Kiwanis in '49 and '50 & learned to swim for real & canoe in Lake Decatur. We watched the sun go down over the lake in evening vespers at Scovill Gardens, singing "Tell Me Why" & other camp songs. At 468 S. Crea, I remember Nancy had chicken pox & bathing her in oatmeal in the old porcelain clawfoot tub. She was the quintessential Gerber baby whom I was allowed to feed in her high chair. I also remember surprising mom by baking a cake at age 6--but didn't know the meaning of T. vs. c. and added 1 c. of salt. It was inedible. We took in a stray Beagle-mix but lost him to distemper. Dad's 1st color slides were taken in '49 at Nancy's birth. We loved heavy rains when street storm drains plugged up, creating our own little swimming pools. Mom had a wooden tray we used to sled down on a driveway across the street after the boys had poured buckets of water to ice it up. | Popular summer treats were homemade root beer floats, orange sherbert pushups & Dreamsicles. We loved to go to the Dairy Queen & Root Beer Stand. We smothered homemade sundaes in Smucker's Chocolate, Caramel & Marshmallow Creme topping & "borrowed" maraschino cherries from parent cocktail supplies. My age friends idolized Doris Day, Greer Garson, Janet Leigh, and Debbie Reynolds. We wrote them fan letters & got signed photos back. We mounted them in albums on black paper & carefully wrote their names in white ink with calligraphy pens. Gene Autry & Champ performed in Decatur; I petted him backstage at the Empress; Anne & I had our pho taken with Smiley Burnette, Gene's singing sidekick. I belonged to the Hopalong Cassidy & Kit Carson Club at the Varsity where we had talent shows before Saturday movies. We sisters shared almost all our toys except for the prized plastic horses. We had shadow boxes in our bedrooms where we displayed them. We had a white, metal teeter totter with 4 seats & could spin around without falling over (pho rt. is similar to ours). | Mom bought us a metal dollhouse we all played with. She would play her 78s for us--Judy Garland & the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Anne fell & cut her forehead badly & I fell on my bike trying to carry 4 qt. glass milk bottles to Myers--we both required stitches. I remember the 50s as the years of polio epidemics--we were forbidden to swim for at least one summer. Dad was on the IL Governor's Crippled Children's Commission & saw many polio patients in Iron Lungs. Anne got her polio shot at Woodrow Wilson Jr. Hi. The Salk Vaccine came in 1955; I got 3 rounds at Dr. Wilkinson's office. We Parkers were all bookworms & loved to paste fancy Name Plates in all our books. We read Anne of Green Gables, Black Stallion, Big Red, Call of the Wild, Uncle Wiggily, Wizard of Oz, & Little Women. I was a fixture at the Decatur Public Library, in wonder at the vast Dewey Decimal system & card catalog. I remember the bronze hands of Lincoln as one climbed the curving oak staircase to reach the Magic Carpet Room where they read stories. Our 2nd grade class read all of Carl Sandburg's Rutabaga Tales as well as Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's Upsidedown House.
25: O, that gerber baby smile! | Nancy's 1st Birthday 1950
26: Pretty as a Picture 1950
27: one in a million & 1! Leo - The Lion July 23 - August 22 Birthstone: Peridot--Fame, dignity, protection, success Sardonyx--Relaxation, security Flower: Poppy/Gladiolus--Moral Integrity | Our little sweetie pie PEEK-A-BOO
28: Mom always said Nancy was the easiest baby--always laughing and a great eater. Grandma Butler made her a few smocked dresses that mom starched & hung in her blue bedroom at 637; Anne had pink, plaid wallpaper, My room was moss green. | heart of my heart
29: Clockwise left: Nancy ~ 6 mos 1949; mom & Nancy; dad & Nancy, Nancy & Anne. Top right: Anne's 6th BD--dad & Nancy; dad & Nancy 1950; Anne 1950 at Stiles dinner; Anne on vacation climbing wall ~1950 | .
30: good morning sunshine | Anne, Linda & Nancy, 1949, 468 S. Crea
31: Linda & Anne decorating tree at 468 S. Crea-1950, 3 sisters-1950; Anne's 4th birthday at 468 S. Crea; Mom & girls at St. Louis Zoo; Baby Nancy 1949 | good evening star
32: Bottom left: Nancy at Grandma Parker farm, 1949. Right: Teaching Nancy her number beads on her metal stroller. Anne is wearing the cutest blue, zipper, furry house slippers so it must have been cold, 1950.
33: THe Sunshine of your smile: 1949 | Dad's first 35 mm camera in 1949. captured our magic moments. Sometimes we weren't that happy to be photographed at 468 S. Crea & Grandma Parker's farmhouse. | "“Our roots say we’re sisters; our hearts say we’re friends.” | smiles to treasure
34: Anne 1953; Anne, Nancy & Vicki Johnson ~1954
35: Anne's Dimples light up any room | Love your smile! | Dad, Nancy & Anne Fall 1950 Fairview Park Decatur, IL
36: Dolls, games & books were our favorite Christmas toys. We loved Story Book dolls, paint-by-number sets, & plastic horses in any color. Above: Anne & Linda at 468 S. Crea, 1949 | O, you beautiful doll 1949
37: all the things you are--Anne is 6! | Guests at 1952 Weiner Roast in Fairview Park: Esther & Austin Stiles, Linda Parker & Linda Cooper in orange quilted shorts; Mary Lou Fisher; David Madden; Nancy Parker; Larry Ulrich.
38: Only a block away, we then moved to Dr. George & Irene Rivard's house in 1951 at 637 S. Crea--next to the Borchers ' historic home & ravine, Lincoln Park, & Sangamon River. Neighbors were the Toneys & their 6 boys, Dean & Marilyn Madden, Gates, Crawfords, Prices, Ulrichs, Samuels and others. .At 637 S. Crea, all our appliances were Sears as Ed Ulrich managed our local store. Eleanor & Ed Ulrich & Larry lived next door. Eleanor brought chocolate cookies to us while we were playing. Keith became a priest in Japan; Jim went to New Orleans in college & stole the Bourbon St. sign, planting it in their front yard. He became a Sears executive. Mona became an RN & married at St. James. Larry became a priest but left the church & married. Grandpa Butler made us stilts at 468 & we hobbled down our driveways at both houses. Tim Toney lived next door; we strung up a tin can phone line between our houses. It never worked so we just shouted. They put in a plastic-lined pool that was always slimey, but fun if you didn't mind swimming in algae. Mark Toney still lived there in 2013. We burned trash in the alley behind 637. Alleys were wonderful shortcuts to school, parks, and friends' houses. | Mom taught us to make nurse's square corners on sheets when making beds. She would take turns allowing one of us to use her brass candle snuffer to put out dinner candles. She always said we had to do chores before we could play---in the pool at the Country Club. An MD family had such privileges due to a very good income, but we also made constant sacrifices to the community. The phone range 24/7 basically until dad got an answering service. Even then, dad often had to go out on an ER--usually a head-on highway collision. We sisters almost always ate alone; mom & dad ate a few hours later when dad would arrive, his shoes splotched with plaster & blood from making casts & treating patients. Despite his frequent absences for surgery, rounds & patients' office visits, we still had a "Father Knows Best" household, enforced by mom. It was classic patriarchal. We belonged to the Book of the Month Club for a few years. Dad always kept an Ellery Queen paperback handy on his bedside table--he loved Perry Mason. We played croquet in the back yard & softball at Lincoln Park. where we also climbed all its trails. We made endless crafts-- boondoogle bracelets & lanyards; we floated rafts of popsicle sticks woven together in the tub. | Teenie & Jim Brown (who married the Bunn coffeemaker heiress) lived on W. Decatur; their mom Sara (an RN widow until she married Dr. Jack Brown) came over often for hot chocolate after kids' sledding in Lincoln Park. I babysat for the Rabers on Seigel, Neeces on Monroe, and Maddens & Gates on Crea. I remember when Helen died so young of CA, leaving Joe heartbroken. Dad took a few walks with him, consoling him as he had 3 young girls & a son to raise. Joe met Claudia on vacation in FL, married her, adopted her daughter Shelley, & soon the family was mending. As of 2013, Jeff & Janine lived in Phoenix, AZ. We went to the St. Louis zoo at least once & also to movies at the Varsity, Lincoln, Avon, and Empress. We never went to drive-ins or movies as a family. For that matter, we never went to church as a family either. I took my sisters to First Methodist Sunday School a few times where I played piano. Mom grew up a Methodist & dad an old-time Baptist with prayer tents & river immersion baptisms. He never learned to swim after that. At 637 in her blue bedroom, Nancy once had a fever of over 104 & we were all worried we would lose her. Mom & dad were frantic. Finally her fever broke & she recovered, a close call. | The Way We Were: '50s on Crea Street
39: The tooth fairy always came on time & I often set my sisters' hair with pink Dippity Doo & bobby pins. Mom sometimes ordered from the White Castle DT & let me get the bag inside of the best burgers ever--flat & greasy. I'd stand on a stool in her pink & gray 50s kitchen to make fried chicken wings & legs and french fries--Anne & I coveted wings (& still do). We had one of the 1st B&W TVs in Decatur & saw Milton Berle, Howdy Doody, Lassie, Roy Rogers & Dale Evans & other great shows. We played outside most of the time with other kids--Blind Man's Bluff, Prisoner's Base, and Kick the Can. Sledding in Lincoln Park until we were purple & frozen was spectacular. We had to be inside at a strict 8:30PM. We had a double-door refrig & garbage disposal that always clogged. Doris Neece actually ground up a big diamond she accidentally dropped in hers & had to replace it at Floras. Mom sometimes made lemon refrigerator pie with graham crust & Eagles Condensed Milk & wore aprons with pockets. We sisters had tea parties with china tea sets & Vanilla Wafers. Nancy first & then Anne got glasses early on; I got mine in h.s. We passed our clothes down to the next sister, but always had new Easter & party dresses & white gloves. | A weekly highlight was the Meadow Gold milkman's deliveries--we could hear the draft horse clopping down our cobbled, brick streets & would run out to pet him & feed him sugar cubes & carrots. The milk man placed our milk in a stainless steel milk box on the side of our 637 house under the porte carchere. Little Miss Sunbeam bread was a staple as were S&H Green Stamps. Mom let me redeem many books for her. Dr. Austin Stiles was dad's 1st patient when he opened his office in the Citizen's Building; he & Esther became surrogate grandparents & took dozens of photos of us including the dreaded standard Christmas ones. Esther also let me use her sewing machine & did Anne's hair a few times. They spent holiday dinners with us; Esther loved her copper Jello molds & Austin passed on his love for roses to dad. especially Tropicana. Mom & dad went to medical meetings--at one, they took the California Zephyr from San Francisco to LA. Mom brought back clothes from I. Magnin, Lindt Swiss chocolate bars, and Chinese kimonos for all of us. Mom started watching "As the World Turns" every noon at 637. She also got us embroidery kits & hoops to make little hand towels or pillow cases. She let us play "dressup" in her heels & makeup too. | Mom dressed us in Polly Flinders dresses with smocking & almost always Buster Brown shoes. She loved seersucker. Early on we went to the Masonic Temple for the Spring Fashion Show--the Macon County Hospital Auxiliary or Jr. Welfare hosted it. Dodie Neece & Esther Stiles modeled, among others. Downtown Decatur was always interesting--a blind beggar selling pencils in a cup or the Amish walking down the street with their beards, bonnets & black dresses. At Thanksgiving, there would always be a Santa parade with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus. Then we would stand in line at Santa's little house in Central Park where our letters would be broadcast on WSOY radio. Webber Borchers (pho rt.) would require an encyclopedia--a JD, he had served in the Battle of the Bulge & wore those WWII Army clothes in the 50s. We ate there on WWII Army silverware. Liz & I cleaned his Illini Motel; their house was a museum with a Viking helmet, Civil War drums, stuffed hawks, French tapestries, and glass cases upstairs with Nazi uniforms and the lst shovel used to dig Lake Decatur. He had Hitler's silver bread basket in the dr & other treasures in a vault at the bank. He became a State Rep, but lost office He was the 2nd Chief Illiniwek in 1930 for U of Illinois & the first in full Indian costume.
40: Top rt -Nancy's BD 1954 (5th) Left: Nancy's outdoor picnic party ~1953 with David Madden, Larry Ulrich & friend; party hats of paper napkins.
41: make a wish upon a star | We drove to Pana & picked out Bambi, our beloved Irish Setter. She won 4th prize in a dog show I entered her in. There were 4 dogs in her category. She always slept upsidedown.
42: Clockwise:Nancy & Anne in "trick" pho; Anne at Nancy's hat BD party with David Madden, Ricky Toney & Larry Ulrich; Linda with Santa; 3 sisters; Nancy & Debbie Madden in makeup from hat BD party; Anne & Bambi; Porch: Duke the Beagle; Anne on ukelele & Linda in pincurls; Smiley Burnett--Gene Autry sidekick, at Lincoln Theater in 1951 with Linda & Anne | 50s Slang dictionaries listed words like "bug"--to annoy; "dig"--to understand; "cool"--superlative; "blow your top"--get mad;"goof"--to fail; "kill"--to delight; "out to lunch"--lame; "split"--leave; "square"--unknowing; "too much"--so good it's hard to take; "wild"--amazing; "bad news"--depressing person; "blast"--a great time; "cool it"--relax; "Cooties"--imaginary infestations; "don't have a cow"--don't get excited; "flip"--get excited; "frosted'--angry; "made in the shade"--success guaranteed; "no sweat"--no problem; "party pooper"--no fun; "raunchy"--messy; "nowhere"--boring.
43: always in my heart
44: "Friendship isn't a big thing... | Linda's Party: Jill Herdman, sisters, Anne Hobbs, Nancy Gray.
45: Birthday Parties, Christmas; mom 1955. Guests at Anne's party included sisters & friends. | It's a million little things."
46: easter bonnet parade | Easter was always a photo op after our gorgeous baskets were opened & my sisters had found all the eggs I hid. I tried not to hide them in places that were too hard to find as I knew they would stink in a week or so. The Country Club had wonderful Easter Egg Hunts; sometimes we attended them & then enjoyed a delicious ham lunch. We loved new bonnets, patent shoes, purses, and white gloves.
47: Getting one of the 1st TVs in Decatur & then finally a color TV continued to open doors to its wonders--Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca, Liberace, Victor Borge, Loretta Young, I Love Lucy, Ozzie & Harriet, Leave It to Beaver, Rowan & Martin, Groucho Marx, Jackie Gleason & Art Carney, Lawrence Welk, Lassie, endless cartoons, and always the evening news with Walter Cronkite & later Huntley-Brinkley. They ran TV test patterns after midnight in those days--even those were amazing in color. | “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.”
48: Anne & Nancy with Cisco Kid trailer & new saddle shoes. Spring break in Daytona Beach FL
49: "Families are tied together with heart strings." | seashore hideaway | Daytona Beach, FL '50s
50: always on my mind
51: , | Florida ~'57; Grandpa Butler-Christmas ~'53; Stiles dinner; Nancy bike ~'54; Grandma Parker farm ~'52
52: Magazines we took over the years: Newsweek, Esquire, American Girl, Town & Country, Highlights, Farm Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Reader's Digest, Sports Illustrated, Consumer Reports, Life and later Seventeen. We also owned the complete set of red leather World Books. Christmas gift books were from a Jr. Classic series, always embossed with gold lettering and covered in heavy plastic covers, lavishly illustrated. I used to scrape the metal off gum wrappers to make balls--they would harden & one could create huge paperweights. I only learned this year school children made these during WWII to save metal for the war effort. We all got braces at an orthodontist on W. William, Dr. Williams, & had to give up caramel corn, corn on the cob & Turkish Taffy. Dr. Wilkinson was our pediatrician. Dad opened his new office building on W. William Sept. 18, 1972. Sam Loeb tailored all his suits. He carried Pendleton, one of mom's favorites--she bought many skirts, jackets & cashmere sweaters from him. Jim Sober, Norman's Laundry owner, always personally picked up our clothes for cleaning. We wore huge noisy, net petticoats under our circle skirts, but laundered them ourselves. | Mom made cherry & grape Kool-Aid ice cubes in metal ice trays and also homemade lemonade. Regular menus included mac & cheese, Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast, Tuna Casserole with mushroom soup, salmon croquettes, and baked beans with Boston Brown bread. Everything was made from scratch. More favorite foods: fish sticks, mom's spaghetti & garlic bread, stewed rhubarb, rhubarb-strawberry pie, grilled & broiled cheese toasties, waffles, dad's homemade tomato soup with stewed tomatoes & milk & lots of Saltines. And, of course, mom's cherry pie & bowls of popcorn drowning in butter. Our parents gave cocktail parties which featured fresh shrimp & filet mignon, rare. Guests includes the Wallers, Rabers, Martins, Neeces, Irwins, Friedmans, and others. I think hired caterers sometimes helped serve everyone. Martini hour with cheese & crackers was a fixture every night when dad came home. TV dinners & TV trays were an American family room fixture in the early 50s--we loved fried chicken & pot pie TV dinners. We devoured packages of Oscar Meyer boiled ham plain, Sara Lee cinnamon raisin bread and cherry cheesecakes, Triscuits, and rarely Spam. | The Way We Were: '50s Summer Days | We played cards for hours & hours--Slap Jack, Crazy Eights, Solitaire, 7-Up, Rummy, Go Fish, and Canasta. Dad loved Cribbage & was great at bridge but stopped playing; mom was in a Bridge Club with Mary Waller, Lois Raber & others. Dad tried golf but had a slipped disc, wore a brace for a long time & elected no surgery. He listened to ball games on the radio, sleeping on the couch. Board games we also played for hours were Monopoly, Clue, Sorry, and others. We colored on dad's huge yellow XRay paper & could make books with it if we inserted the sheets inside each other. I think we were all in Brownies & Girl Scouts until at least 5th or 6th grade. We played ping pong on a table in the basement of 637. Liz Borchers & I set up a Tarzan Club in one of the small storage rooms there & also made a Clubhouse in the shed attached to the garage. I remember climbing onto it in jr. high to track comets & study constellations. We had a ~6x6 square canvas pool with seats in each corner for summer water play & also lawn sprinklers to dodge as we ran through the mud we made. The forged iron dachshund mud scraper was iconic at all our houses, starting with 637.
53: I slept on our 637 back porch on a cot in the summer & could hear the locusts. All the kids on the block collected locust shells, clinging to the bark of our elms. I read most of my parents books til the wee hours. Dutch Elm Disease struck our beautiful trees in the early 50s and we watched them fall to sounds of chain saws. Miki Borchers & sometimes our maid Claudell babysat us. We went to roller rink birthdays DT with the magic glass ball and all the colored lights whirling. Our schools gave us tours of Cranes Potato Chip factory nearby. Dad set up a tropical fish tank & we all got to pick out neon tetras, guppies, Angelfish, and more. We set it up in the 637 family room. Mom used a hammered aluminum casserole dish with matching tray for special occasions & used either a dark green or red tablecloth with big white roses for holidays. French School had great Fun Fairs where we walked the Cake Walk & went to the Fish Pond in the 3rd grade classroom. Teachers were very creative on limited budgets in those days. Decatur had no pediatric dentists, so we saw Dr. Monroe in the Citizen's Building-. He started fluoride treatments- in the early 50s--very controversial in Decatur as to whether to add it to the water or give it to dental patients. | Summer nights a group of us rocked on Borchers' front porch, watching for Martians. We were positive there was life in outer space & that space ships would be descending on Decatur any day. We wanted to be ready to greet them. We saw a few shooting stars but no Little Green Men. America feared nuclear war in the early 50s--so widely that the first TV cartoon movies about its devastation captured most of the US. We all watched it & were terrified to see the earth & its cities burnt up, with few survivors. A 1950 Civil Defense film for elementary schools featured Bert the Turtle & a Duck teaching you to roll into a ball if you saw a flash of light in the sky (as if we'd have time!). We joined the Decatur Club and Country Club of Decatur ~1953; mom played tennis & golf sometimes while we swam & devoured cheeseburgers, fries & root beer floats at the grill. I was on swim team coached by Lincoln & Jean Hurring, both New Zealand Olympic medalists. Their son Gary headed NZ's Olympic team in London in 2012. Mom played the piano & loved musicals like "South Pacific." She would sometimes sing "Some Enchanted Evening," reminiscent of her days in a capella choir at Lawrence U. | Mom soaked her diamond rings in ammonia on the kitchen window at 637 & let us scrub them with a toothbrush. I remember cleaning the crystal chandelier--it took a few hours but sparkled so after. She kept Creme De Menthe on the cherry dr hutch in an antique decanter her parents had owned. Iconic flowers were always red geraniums planted around the elms and in the porch window boxes. A giant maroon Gloxinia fit in the wrought iron holder in our pink porch dr set. We had the screens taken down in the winter. Dad surprised me with an office typewriter in 4th grade & I wrote my first story about a mermaid in an undersea kingdom--all hunt & peck. I then wrote a radio play about a tiger lily that had escaped & was terrorizing the town. It won 1st prize & was produced at WSOY radio station. I got to read the lead on air & help make noises with sound devices. Woolworths downtown was great for grillled cheese sandwiches. You could spend a $1 & get lots: lace handkerchiefs in beautiful gift boxes for Mother's Day for 25 cents, bobby pins, playing cards & get funny photos taken in the photo booth with a friend for the same price.
54: Nancy Parker Brownies & Birthday Tent, BD Fish Tank, Toney Boys with Anne & Nancy
55: 637 S. Crea, Decatur, IL Nancy Parker & Friends | 637 S. Crea in 2013 | these are a few of my favorite things
56: winter wonderland | "A sister is someone who knows everything about you and loves you anyway."
57: Hauling the Lionel train down from the attic was an annual ritual. We had a caboose, coal car, box car and smoke pellets for the engine's tiny puffs of white smoke. One year dad cut a Christmas tree in the woods at Grandma Parker's house where we celebrated that year.
58: holiday medley
60: New puppy Bambi with Linda, Grandpa Butler & Anne; Nancy & Anne with Bambi. Below: Nancy & Debby Madden. | Harold Butler & Mae Baer Wedding with Parkers, Shaws, & Wilkins; Clarendon Hills, IL Oct. 7, 1955. Margie wed in '59. | Nancy in groundbreaking ceremony for new St. Mary's Hospital. Right, Dad's office building at 462 W. William
61: Christmas in family room at 637 S. Crea, 1951 | Too cute to be forgotten | Iconic pho in Madden's basement where Dean, an engineer, showed movies we could watch from swings he hung from the ceiling. Linda in "store" with Larry Ulrich, Nancy Parker, friend, and David Madden as "customers." Marilyn & Dean (2010 pho left.) gave backyard potlucks for neighbors; they had a pond where we caught tadpoles. Anne got hers from a neighbor across the street's pond. Dean, Chair of Cash Valve, created Norwegian furniture on his scroll saw for their WI cabin. They had a 3-legged red Persian cat named Putter & a blind black cocker. In April 2010, Dean received the St. Olaf's Medal from the King of Norway for 35 yrs. of work for the Norwegian Museum in Decorah, IA. He died Sept. 2010. In 2013, David, who taught at Outward Bound & never lost his love for cowboys, lived in Brisbee, AZ & Debbie in LA, an RN who also got her JD in midlife. Marilyn still lived in Decatur.
62: . | Parker Girls Toys & Games: 50s | Tollys & Myers Market had wonderful penny candy--big red wax lips-perfect for Halloween. We all made shoe boxes decorated with doilies and hearts to exchange Valentine cards at school. We spent hours cutting out paper dolls & making beds for Story Book dolls in shoe boxes. We made fluffy Kleenex mattresses & pillows for them too. Jacks & jump rope included Double Dutch. We copied comics with Silly Putty and tried Around the World with yo-yos. By 6th grade, Invisible Ink with vinegar was the rage to hide secret notes from teachers & BOYS. We also proudly spoke PIG LATIN--Oday ouyay ememberray? Birthday parties were mostly home-made--an overnight with a BFF, cake & ice cream or a picnic. We loved it when dad took us to the Dairy Queen. We loved songs like "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith," "Do Your Ears Hang Low," and songs such as "Found a Peanut" and "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall." Our tastes were eclectic. | "When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. ."--Mark Twain
63: We told silly Knock-Knock jokes such as: "Knock-knock. Who's there? Esther. Esther who? The Esther Bunny!! " Elsie the Cow and the Oscar Meyer Weiner-Mobile came to DT Decatur one year, a very big event! Sometimes we ate in the little breakfast room that had a window & a wood counter to pass food through to the huge screened porch for our folks' dinner parties there or birthday parties. | We ate on black TV trays with painted pink roses at 637. Sometimes mom ordered from The Flying Plate--mostly if dad was out-of-town at a medical meeting. We had a beagle named Duke for awhile--he chased cars & chewed the rungs off mom's mahogany coffee table. He chewed all our slippers too & howled constantly. I think they gave him to someone with a farm. Mom kept "mom food" no one else liked--cans of sardines, cream of asparagus soup and Cheese Whiz. We would eat her pot roast but try to feed the carrots to Bambi the dog. The iconic Parker menus were fried chicken, pork chops or cube steak, milk gravy on Little Miss Sunbeam or Wonder white bread, and wilted lettuce with green onion, bacon/vinegar/sugar dressing. We ate lots of fried, leftover mac & cheese with fried hot dogs, split. Dad loved his bleu cheese crumbled or with crackers; he also loved Saltine crackers & milk for quick lunches at home or office. Our consumption of corn on the cob was practically legendary! | We enjoyed myriad toys, food, candy & games in the 50s. We always loved to go to Fairview Park & feed the ducks at the pond; we also ice skated there, rode the train , watched the bears, & explored Lincoln's cabin.
64: Clockwise: Hat Party, L to rt: Debbie Madden, friends, Nancy Parker, friend, Susan Munsie, and friend. Nancy on Bike. Rt: Nancy & Esther Stiles 1951; | Hats Off for Nancy's Birthday!
66: sentimental journey east 1958: 2,134 Miles | We traveled to the East Coast & saw DC , Annapolis Naval Academy, Mt. Vernon, & Gettysburg battlefield in PA. We then visited dad's WWII orthopedist friend, Dr. Harold Altman & family, in Scarsdale, NY. Dad always said it was Harold who convinced him to switch from Ob-Gyn to Orthopedics in the Aleutians. | Annapolis Naval Academy, West Point Military Academy & Niagara Falls below. Dad confirmed we saw West Point by boat on the Hudson River & probably took the 1-hr. tour of the White House. I remember waiting with guards at its side door, viewing the Senate chambers from an upstairs balcony in the Capitol, & walking the grounds of Annapolis. Pho below, dad in Gettysburg tower, 1958.
67: Brian Altman took me on a terrifying roller coaster ride at the Palisades. At Niagara Falls, we climbed down narrow, steep steps to a boat, the Maid of the Mist. [Trip reconstructed in Google. Images, Google, National Park Service.] We likely stopped in IN at Grandma Parker's for lunch on the way home, starting with DC.
68: All I want for christmas is my two front teeth | All awake by 6AM; Santa had eaten his cookies. Always new nylon quilted robes with moccasocks. Christmas breakfast on red rose tablecloth--scrambled eggs, meat & fresh-squeezed orange juice.
69: Mom's Milk Toast Milk Toast (2 servings) 4 slices of toast 4 pats of butter 1 tsp cinnamon and sugar 1/2 cup milk Heat milk on low. Butter toast as you usually would and sprinkle each piece with cinnamon and sugar. Place slices in two cereal bowls. Pour warm milk over toast. | Clockwise: Nancy & mom; Nancy & Anne in red; Nancy; 3 Parker Girls 1950s; Nancy & Anne 1958
70: The Crea Street Gang 1954 | We played jacks, jump rope & hopscotch. We gave a neighborhood circus for 10 cents admission & wove crepe paper through our bike spokes; we also attached playing cards to them with clothespins and wrapped the handlebars in crepe paper. Featured tricks included riding with someone on the handlebars, riding blind folded. and more.
71: Easter, Vacations, Halloween 1954
72: wearing o' the Green
73: Bumper Car Riding | Top: Anne & Esther; Mom 1957; Nancy ~1959
74: We had charge accounts all over town & I used to take my sisters on the bus DT alone to Linn & Scruggs, Block & Kuhl, Carols, and to get Buster Brown shoes for them. B&K had a complete collection of Nancy Drew & I bought them all. We all wore Ship & Shore & later Villager. We also shopped at the Little Red House & got our haircuts at a salon next to it. Marshall Fields was a household name; we took trips to see their tree & stayed at the Palmer House for dad's medical meetings in Chicago & ate in the Empire Room. We sometimes took the Bluebird & sat in the Dome Car. We also went to St. Louis for a medical meeting, zoo & dinner ice-skating show. TV continued to hypnotize us with Ed Sullivan (& Elvis), Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, and even Johnny Carson if we stayed up late. We played paper games--"made up" impromptu Treasure Hunts, writing out clues on scraps of school paper & hiding our toys or whatever. It was safe to play outside then with no fear of "stranger danger." Another favorite game: one person started a silly "story" & then folded up 1/2-in, accordion-style; the next person added to the story, and so on. After 10 people had added to it, it was very funny to unfold the paper accordion and read it. We made Cootie Catchers with a passion also & got lots of Cooties off each other! | She had a stove with a pot in the center for noodles & a pantry off the kitchen where we'd wash dishes. She had a large putty-colored crock & let me take it outside & slop the hogs. She taught me how to call "sooie, sooie" and throw it over the fence to eager pigs. She also let me gather eggs in the hen house & explore the hayloft in the barn. A blue parakeet named Pretty Boy chirped in her kitchen. She let me milk her Jersey cow named Bessie & made ice cream in her ice cube trays from real cream--the best ever! For mom, the 50s also meant mock chicken legs, baked fish, large pork & rib roasts, scalloped potatoes, pies, and fried chicken & milk gravy. Mom had learned to cook from "The Joy of Cooking" and Grandma Parker who always sent us $5 tucked in our birthday cards. Grandpa was Dado and/or Clevie--crippled with arthritis & blind in bed, listening to his floor dial radio; dad said he could turn the dial with his cane; he died in 1946. Grandma never learned to drive. She taught me how to sew on her treadle & I made jack bags for my sisters. She warned me never to open the cover of the old well off the patio steps. Tressman & Gaylord still farmed her land; on harvest days, Parkers from around the county came to help & stopped in for a magnificent fried chicken lunch. Grandma always stood in the dr behind us & never sat. | The Way We Were: '50s Family & Colorado | Anne & I took piano lessons with Miss Wilna Moffett & appeared in her recitals at Millkin U; I also took tap & ballet with Miss Annette Van Dyke. Unfortunately, my ballerina career was cut short--someone had dared me to chew 3 wads of Double Bubble gum while practicing our Spring Fairy dance. Of course I dropped it on her shiny ballroom floor and about 6 spring fairies glided through it. She called mom to pick me up & that was that. Furious would be an understatement for both women. Grandma Parker would catch the Greyhound bus at the combo gas/grocery store at the end of RR2 at US 40 in Coatesville, IN & visit. We also took many "are we there yet?" trips to her house for incredible feasts--hot mashed potato salad, fried chicken, corn, beans, homemade noodles, gooseberry pie and more. She kept bee hives behind the brick meat house & gathered honey. She taught me how to make green thistle baskets with handles--I would gather the Crown Thistle's green heads from the field and stick them together. Then we'd put dandelions in the basket for her table. Her back porch always welcomed us with pies she'd been baking for a few days; she had a flour grinder in her kitchen too & a meat grinder in her pantry. She fried chicken with lard; mom used Crisco.
75: I went to the Baptist church with Mary Janet; anyone could stand up & ask a for a hymn to be sung. When I stayed at their house one summer; Gaylord let me steer the tractor & ride on Tara, their St. Bernard; she had her own oil painting. Grandma had a potato cellar next to the brick meat house that they used for tornadoes. She stored hickory nuts in her basement--we always collected them & brought them back to Decatur. You had to wind up her phone to use it--her number was 2 longs & 1 short. Dad loved the Colorado mountains, so we would drive in the Cadillac for 2.5 days to get there. Once we had a flat tire in Kansas on a hill & baked while he changed it. Another time we had an accident just as we pulled out of Decatur & smashed the Cadillac's front fender. We went anyway a few hours later after he had a garage check it out. I went to Camp Cheley in Estes Park in 1955 & climbed Long's Peak @14,255 ft. Everyone drove out to pick me up & we stayed at a Dude Ranch. We were all horse crazy. We stopped at Mesa Verde NP. In a later trip to CO we rented a cabin near Greeley where we saw a rodeo & took a speed boat ride on Lake Granby & toured the old town of Central City. We saw its opera house & a nearby ghost town & gold mine. | On vacations, we loved new comic books to read in the back seat, but one trip dad said, "Will you PLEASE stop reading comic books & look at the MOUNTAINS?" He hadn't come all that way for us to choose Mighty Mouse over Pikes Peak. We read all the Burma Shave signs--it passed the time. In '59 I was taking my sisters on a CO hike & passed dad's 35 mm to them on a stick over a fast-moving stream. The stick broke & the camera fell into the water. I got it out & took it to Pfiles for repair when we got home, but the lens had rusted shut. It was 6 mos. before I told dad. We had no ac until dad bought a br unit. We all slept on floor mattresses there. He was working on a TV table on his first & only journal article in orthopedics. An orthopedic prosthetics friend of his (Mr. Frisby) gave me his darkroom equipment & soon I was charging at Pfiles & developing pictures of my sisters in many poses--pretty corny mostly. In h.s., Austin Stiles let me use his color darkroom. I also got a chemistry set for Christmas & did endless experiments on the Roper stove in the basement of 637; the Walgreens Rx would allow me to charge various chemicals including mercury which was great to rub on dimes. I grew chemical crystal "mountains" in beautiful formations in my br where I snuck Bambi in every night to sleep with me, fleas & all. | Dad always came home on Valentine's Day with 4 big boxes of Walgreens candy. Little did we imagine that armload would turn to 5 in 1958 with Jane's birth right in the midst of a house renovation. What a joy that would be! We all had our special friends in the 50s, but we mostly played together as I recall. It was just much easier to stay home & play games in PJs over popcorn & soft drinks like Dr. Pepper, Grapette, Orangeade and Dad's Root Beer. Grandma Butler died in '52 & a heartbroken husband Harold came to stay with us for over a week. Cousin Tom fixed him up later with a widow named Mae & they broke the ice at dinner when she got a big run in her nylons but thought it was a spider & grandpa crawled under the table to rescue her. Her granddaughter Karen Shaw had been a Mouseketeer. We tied cans to their car when they married. She moved into his trailer & then they moved to Dunedin, FL for awhile. She died in CO near her daughter Una & husband Bill's cabin there. I was with Grandpa Butler the night he died in Hinsdale Sanitarium in '64. Grandma Parker would live to be 91--the oldest survivor in the family at the time. We had come a long way from England, Ireland, & Newfoundland & had yet to start clan branches in Iowa, Texas, Oregon & beyond.
76: Easter, Camp, Farm & Cadillac 1956, Vacation ~1954 Top right: Farm 1956 Far right: Nancy & Anne with radish seeds for farm garden 1956
77: just the way you are
78: Memories are made of this | "We don’t remember days, we remember moments."
79: Clockwise: 3 sisters at Parker farm 1956; Anne in blue 1960; Linda in gray & playing tennis. Miki Borchers was our most popular babysitter (right, 50th wedding anniversary). Nancy as geisha ~1955 and in school dress, as cowgirl, and at hat BD party.
80: Glacier Riding | Glacier Riding | she'll be comin' round the mountain
81: Camp Cheley & Estes Park 1955
82: "You & I are sisters. Always remember that if you fall, I will pick you up."
83: Home on the Range Rocky Mountains | Parker Girls in 1955 & 1959
84: back in the saddle again
85: Estes Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Central City Opera House (web pho) '55, '59
86: Nancy, Anne & Mom 1955
87: how the west was won | Nancy, Anne & Mom
88: Dude Ranch, Estes Park 1955 Greeley, CO 1959 | Colorado dreams
89: “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.” --Mark Twain
90: Mom kept Faberge's Woodhue perfume on an oval dresser mirror & always wore Revlon's "Fire & Ice" lipstick; she kept Jean Nate in the bath. We all started on Chantilly. She wore clip earrings & loved her black lambs wool cocktail jacket & hat collections. Doris Neece tried to sell her a mink but dad nixed it. She kept her hat collection in a trunk in the attic at #11. Dad smoked pipes for years (Revelation). Patients sometimes gave dad Meerschaums at Christmas to thank him. "Not another fruit cake" prevailed. He used a boar's head bristle shaving brush for years & never used a single one of all the gift electric razors. We had maids--Claudell at 637 & Gordie at 11 Montgomery Place. Gordie always sang hymns while she ironed in the basement. Mom's silver was Wallace's Rose Point. Her china was Pickard's Garland pattern 2043. We had a 5-digit phone number for years. (21381 I think). Decatur had a few Frank Lloyd Wright houses at Millikin Place where the Barn Colony gave summer art classes. I remember buying the opera Aida in 6th grade at the Fairview Park sale & listening to it with Austin Stiles. I spent several Sundays at his house with librettos listening to operas & always loved the Texaco Hour on Sat. We saw "Hansel & Gretel" at Millikin once. | The Way We Were: Family Customs & '57 Move | Crafts we loved also included rug hooking, oil paint-by-number kits (horses) & potholder kits as well as knitting spools; we stored yarn in oatmeal cannisters we decorated in wallpaper. French School ran craft programs in summer; once we made Japanese lanterns out of 5-gal ice cream cartons. We cut out shapes all around them & pasted colored tissue paper inside the holes. Then we had a lantern parade at Fairview's Dreamland--floating them with candles inside. All the colorful lanterns floating in the water with their candles lit were very beautiful. On trips to Florida, we collected butterfly shells & conches. One time we collected measles & all came home sick. We used the tennis backboards at Lincoln Park to learn tennis, mom's favorite sport. We played tether ball at French & made papier mache animules there also. Slam Books were popular in jr. high--one passed them around with questions to answer such as favorite song, color, BFF. The DT Merle Norman gave free makeovers, even to preteens, & used a green mask and then heavy pancake makeup & big red lips. Mom thought it was a Halloween look. Sometimes we strung popcorn or pasted paper red & green chains for Christmas trees. Mom often dressed us in matching outfits from The Little Red House. She also had a pair of brown alligator heels that she really loved. | Move to #11 Montgomery Place: 1957 We moved in late fall of 1957. I had started at Stephen Decatur H.S., but transferred to Douglas MacArthur my Sophomore year. Dad hired an architect to remodel the house & add a kitchen/family room of Indiana limestone he had trucked over. We were torn up until spring I think, but all was ready when Jane was born July 25, 1958. In the 60s, Anne would redecorate it all, finding houndstooth-checked wool couches for the family room, plus cocktail and end tables of slate and exposed river stone. A local firm redid our mint green living room & turned it daffodil yellow--even the carpet. Dad planted a handsome Colorado Blue Spruce in the front yard as well as a maple in the back. He installed rose beds around the new patio, especially fond of his Tropicana. . Anne, Nancy & I got to go to Quigles & pick out furniture and choose our wallpaper & carpet as well. Anne & I picked pecan French Provincial; Nancy picked white and Jane got hand-me--downs basically in her tiny yellow room, formerly a sewing room. Anne & I shared a room while Nancy had her own. The laundry chute on the 2nd floor was very handy for a large family. We could just throw our clothes down it to set tubs near the washer.
91: Dad & the Lehman family on our farm would sometimes split a black Angus; our freezer would be overloaded with the best steaks, roasts and burgers in town. Mom made double-baked potatoes as a side dish for them. Yet, patients and other doctors would still send Christmas Omaha Steak gifts that would arrive on dry ice. And, always, the eternal fruit cakes from everyone and wonderful thank you cards to dad from patients. They all thought he walked on water. Dad also had short-lived partnerships with Dr. Wayne Zimmerman and Dr. Joe Ankenbrandt; he formed an orthopedic corporation with Judge Gus Greanias. This was handy as malpractice lawsuits had become a dime a dozen by then. I remember one story he told of a court case where the patient claimed dad had destroyed his LEFT leg. Dad asked him to walk around the court room and show everyone. The patient did but limped on the RIGHT leg. Case closed. No damages awarded--the devil is always in the details. Dad also had XRays showing surgery on the left leg had been successful--there was a reason he set up his own large XRay unit at his new office with technician Dick Lewis, and Betty Owen, head nurse/office manager. Becky Cutler became his long-time secretary. He & mom found time for a trip to Africa then, including a trip down the Nile, to African villages, & to Morocco. | Having only 2 bathrooms for 5 women was a bit tight; mostly they smelled of Dr. Burstein's various acne lotions, concocted of a makeup base with sulfur & salicylic acid.. Dad loved to watch for Sputnik overhead so we would stand & wait & wait until it streaked across the sky. Our backyard neighbor, Beryl Engelmann, was Editor of the Decatur Herald & Review. One year he published a blurb about "what Decatur doctor hooks his dog up to a fishing pole in the snow & ice & reels it out on a fishing line to use the bathroom & then reels it back in." Thelma was always bringing us her latest baking wonders. Billie & Art Simon were great neighbors too & Dodie Neece was a regular after church every week. Sometimes we ate at the Blue Mill near where mom shopped at Eisner's. We hung out at Sommer's Sundries too, AKA Shoemakers, & learned the latest dance moves from American Bandstand. When we drove we cruised to the Steak & Shake on E. Eldorado for chili mac, Perrys, the Curve-inn, and Elam's Root Beer Stand. We also bowled at the Eldorado Bowl next to it & think we had or went to a few BD parties there too. About that time, Mom started reading stacks of library books and watching C-Span. She loved her "Town & Country" magazines, too. | By the late 50s, we were all busy with after school activities, homework, and the discovery of BOYS. I took Social Dancing at the Decatur Club but the boys were so much shorter. That would change by h.s. We still had regular relative visits from the Parkers, Wilkins, and Butlers. Eleanor Wilkins always sent us Christmas gifts such as socks or gloves; working nights in a Brach candy factory as an RN also accounted for Brach candy she always sent. We sisters were confirmed lefties & righties--Anne & I the former & Jane & Nancy the latter. So, we had to sit at the table accordingly. Thanksgiving was more like major surgery than anything as we lined up to slap a fork & knife in dad's palm & hold platters & plates. Trains were ubiquitous in Decatur--we always had to stop to wait for a freight train to pass this soy bean & corn crossroads of the Midwest to Staley's and ADM. I miss their lonesome whistles, signaling far-off destinations to explore. DT Decatur still sold poppies on the corner on Memorial Day & the fallen were still honored, just as we had commemorated naval hero Stephen Decatur on June 1, 1821 in our city's founding, for his battles in the War of 1812. The 60s lay ahead of us with its JFK space program, Civil Rights Act, Cuban Missile Crisis, Beatles, and BOYS.
92: Mom went into labor early at age 43; she was wearing her favorite red & white gingham, checked maternity top. We all celebrated Jane's birth! Since she was a premie, she had to stay at the hospital her 1st week. Dad hired a nurse named Josephine to help out. Jane wore a Size 0 when she came home & finally weighed 5 pounds. | all things bright & beautiful
93: Jane Parker July 25, 1958 Decatur & Macon County Hospital Decatur, IL | Jane & Nurse Josephine | Leo - The Lion July 23 - August 22 Birthstone: Peridot--Fame, dignity, protection, success Sardonyx--Relaxation, security Flower: Poppy/Gladiolus----Moral Integrity
94: sunshine of your smile
95: Our Little Darlin' baby jane | By February of 1959 (above), Jane was a joy to all her sisters--funny faces, burps, curiosity, coos, first words, and especially the Santa hat. Mom gave her her own swimming pool--a dish tub on the patio! She had so many cute outfits, especially little sun hats & bonnets.
96: Christmas 1959
97: santa claus is coming to town
98: Panama Limited Night Train: Mattoon to New Orleans 1960 | On May 1, 1971, the first day saw 184 Amtrak trains running on a 23,000-mile network that served 314 communities--half the number that ran on April 30, 1971. | The fabled, luxury sleeper train, Panama Ltd., still runs between Chicago & New Orleans; Mattoon is Stop #5 & where we boarded in 1960. We had berths in the sleeping car & fell asleep rattling past snow & ice but waking to swamps & alligators. We had breakfast in the dining car. I remember seeing the word "Colored" over one bathroom and "White" over the next ( as well as the water fountains) & thought it very strange. [In 1954, Congress passed the lst school desegregation laws in Brown v. Board of Education.] I remember we took a street car to the NO Zoo and saw the horse & carriages at Jackson Square. An 1850 route map for the Illinois Central shows the Mattoon-New Orleans connection. However, half of it was by steamboat on the Mississippi. Abe Lincoln was the IC corporate lawyer from 1853-1860 & helped expand it. It was built in 1912 to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal. Its sister train, the City of New Orleans (famed in song by Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie, and Willie Nelson) was a day train until 11-14-71 when it added overnight cars. Nothing's sweeter than falling asleep to whistle stops & starlight on the rails. | Commodore's Palace Cherries Jubilee Brennans
99: The little clue of me holding an orange menu with the letters "..nnans" clearly visible proves we indeed had Breakfast at Brennans in the courtyard; the 2013 pho above shows the same chairs. Time has stood still for 60+ years.... | Breakfast at Brennans 1960 | We had beignets & had a meal at the Commodore Palace . Mom got Cherries Jubilee there; as I remember they lit it with brandy. At Brennans, I had Eggs Benedict for the 1st time. I think my sisters had puffy French Toast or Pancakes & sausage. Brennans: 417 Royal St., in the heart of the French Quarter. I don't remember where we stayed.
100: “And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” --Abraham Lincoln
101: Marge Parker 1976 Oral History of Family Moves 1. Wedding Nov. 22, 1939 Clarendon Hills, IL; lived in Chicago (in 1940 Chicago Census) 2. Minneapolis MN: interned at Minneapolis General Hospital 1.5 yrs. 3. Ft. Defiance to Ft. Wingate, New Mexico, 1 yr., US Public Health Service; dad joins Army Aug. 12, 1942 at Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM; Linda born 12/23/1942 4. Hammond, IN: Jan.-Feb. 1943-interim job until Army called dad up 5. Carlyle Barracks, PA: dad (6 wks); mom (Hinsdale) 6. Camp Pittsburgh, CA: Mar.-July, 1942; 3 of us lived in Walnut Creek, CA near San Francisco for 6 wks. 7. Seattle, WA by troop train; dad stayed for 4 weeks & then shipped to Adak in Aleutians (AK) for 13 months; mom & Linda back to Hinsdale 8. Minneapolis--mom & Linda visiting; dad got leave so they flew to Seattle (Aug.-Nov. 1944) to see dad 9. Leave from Red Cross to visit his dad so 3 went to farm; then dad back to Aleutians & mom & Linda to Hinsdale 10. Train from Seattle to DC; we 3 went to Alexandria, VA (Ft. Belvoir) & stayed in a motel Jan.-Mar, 1945; dad went to Surgeon General's office to get out of going to South Pacific & got assigned instead to McCloskey General Hospital in Temple, TX (amputee & center for shell-shock). 11. Dad to Ft. Smith, AK for debriefing. 12. Temple, TX house on N. Main next to Hillcrest Cemetery, 1 yr. 1945, all 3 of us. 13. Residency at Northwestern U. Medical School; back to Butlers until Anne born 8/1/1946 & then to Regnery cottage on N. Adams in Hinsdale for 2 yrs. 14. Columbia, Mo: rental apt., 6 mos.during orthopedics residency at U. of Missouri Hospital. 15. Back to Hinsdale, IL. 16. Move to Decatur, IL 1948; Nancy born 7/27/1949; Jane born 7/25/1958 (4 houses--E. Decatur, 2 on Crea, 1 on Montgomery Pl.) 17. Move to Houston, TX 1984 (house-Whitewing; apt-Parkway Place, dad-room at The Forum) Left: Dad's East Coast 1958 (DC, Gettysburg, Niagara) & New Orleans 1960 Trip Slides
102: Knitting Skirt for Jane 1962; Anne & Nancy 1958 | Clockwise Top Rt. Jane & Esther Stiles; Anne, Jane & Nancy with Apache Lady 1963; Nancy & Jane | you light up our lives
103: " "The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age. "--Lucille Ball
104: cowgirl born to ride
105: "I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones."--Attributed to a 4-year-old named Lauren | down home on the farm
106: . Jane loved Peter Pan & Tinkerbell stories. Dad started telling Jane his own versions--soon 17 alligators were chasing Peter Pan with all those alarm clocks. Dad was having a second childhood & delighting Jane with her first.
107: happy trails | Left: Egg Hunt with Esther Stiles, Gigi 1961, Dad's 45th Birthday in 1962, Rt: Jane & Pony Nancy, Anne, mom, 1960
108: eleven is heaven! | Make a Wish... 1960
109: Above: :Anne formal 1961; Esther Stiles & Anne; Mom 1956; Jane with Mae Butler 1960 Left: Nancy BD 1960; Candy Cane Christmas 1957; other Christmas '58 and '60.
110: 50s & 60s-Colorado, Baby Jane, Halloween, Parker Farm 1957, Cindy Crawford, Madelyn Morey '61 | "Sisters remember things you would rather forget, in graphic detail. With proof."
111: keep on the sunny side
112: Born to Ride Rhue 1968
113: In 1964, Anne got a beautiful American Saddlebred named Rhue. When Jane was older, she acquired a Quarter Horse named Fooler Five. Anne & Nancy in Panama hats, 1959.
114: Parker Farm | Dad loved the land & bought the farm starting with ~ 300 acres in ~1956. He planned & tilled a family garden of ~1/4-acre. Dirt crumbling in our fingers was rich, black & fertile. He dug holes for fence posts for raspberries & invited Grandma Parker to help plant. She taught us how to hill beans & strawberries. We planted all his favorite vegetables from beans to turnips, onions, carrots, Beefsteak tomatoes, & beets. Later, he bought ~12 fruit trees which we all helped plant, but torrential rains wiped out our orchard. Soy Bank managed the farm & the Lehman family was the first tenant. Bill Lehman was the 1st to plow & plant; he said his eyeglasses blew off the lr table just before the tornado. I filed scores of USDA crop reports for dad in black, leather 3-rings kept in our family room. We also took Farm Journal & cooked from its cookbooks.
115: A violent tornado created a 63-mile-long path of destruction across east central Illinois. The tornado first touched down just southeast of Decatur and moved east-northeast to near Danville. The worst damage occurred at Sadorus, in southwestern Champaign County. 13 houses and 7 mobile homes were destroyed, and another 25 houses were damaged beyond repair; total damage was estimated at $2 million. At the time, the tornado was 1/2-mile wide and had multiple vortices within the main tornado funnel. The tornado then destroyed several homes in Philo. Downtown Ogden took a direct hit from the tornado, with $1 million damage reported. [Damage was later estimated at $5 million.] [Small pho leeft, 2nd house, March 1956; kitchen sink had water pump for dishes.] | F4 Tornado March 20, 1976 NWS Report: Wind Speeds 207-260 mph
116: Top left #11 Montgomery Place, Decatur, IL 1958. Top right: 2013 in Google Earth with new walk & front parking pad. Bottom left: Parker Farm 2013. Bottom right: Another farm view; map location between Fitzgerald & Ocean Trail Road off Route 36 east of Decatur past Mt. Zion.
117: Jane's favorite childhood pastime was a visit to her pony; I think its name was Sandy. Whether taking little rides where her sisters Anne & Nancy held her tightly or simply sitting in the pony cart (September 1960) , Jane was all smiles. Dad said he bought her the pony but then gave it or sold it to the Lehmans.
118: pretty as a picture | Clockwise: Linda, Nancy & Anne 1958; 3 sisters Easter 1959; Swings ~1962
119: Clockwise: Jane 1958; Jane 1959;Jane jailed 1969; Anne & Jane 1959
120: Home Sweet Home
121: Decatur 60s | Left: Corn on the cob feast; Pandora-West Highland Terrier; Anne & Jane 1959; Nancy; Esther Stiles & Jane; Jane in red & blue. Rt: Parker girls 1960; dad with Anne & Nancy 1958; Jane's Christmas with frosted tree 1961; mom & Gigi.
122: Jane & Dad 1961 | you are my sunshine
123: Left: Nancy & Jane 1959; Jane in drive ~1964; Anne & Jane Christmas 1962 Right top: Anne, 1962; Nancy & Jane 1963; Jane as bride ~1967; Nancy under tree; Nancy & Cindy Waller; Dad & Jane 1960
124: Clockwise: Anne in pink 1961; Anne in suit 1963;Nancy in red 1962; Gigi 1961 | happiness is a warm puppy
125: Life with Baby Jane & Gigi Clockwise: Anne & Jane 1958; Jane & Gigi 1961; Jane & Anne 1961; Dad 1961; Jane 1960; Jane in blue PJs 1961; Linda BD 1960; Anne & Jane 1958
127: sand castles for a princess | Jane at 2
128: all the world loves your smiles
129: "Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow." | 1962-1965
130: love makes the world go round | Jane: 1962-1965
132: always young at heart | Rt: 1965 at Stiles
133: 5 years of magic moments! | 1963
134: caribbean catch of the day!
135: cute as a button | Jane & Pandora
137: Jane & Patty Stanley 1965 | just like mommy
138: Our Baby Girl | Thank heaven for little girls
139: Birthday 1960, Age 2 | may dreams come true at two!
140: School Days | Jane, Nancy, Anne & Linda Decatur, IL
141: Top left: Mary W. French, Dennis Schools;Woodrow Wilson Jr. High; Douglas MacArthur H. S.Decatur, IL. Top rt. 3 sisters in Little Red House tulip dresses ~1954; Linda at farm & with record player; Nancy 1958; 3 sisters at yellow house 1960; Nancy & Anne 1957; Jane CO ~1969
142: Red pine camp | "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."
143: . | Nancy & Anne at Red Pine, WI 1961; Anne & Jane, rt.
144: Paradise Island -Nassau, Bahamas 1961; Nevis 1962; Nancy in white cap 1963
145: seashells by the sea shore
146: Paradise Beach-Nassau, Bahamas 1961; Nevis 1962; Mom & 3 girls at FL pool 1960; VW Bug Jamaica ~1963
147: islands in the sun
148: Vacations-Paradise Beach-Nassau, Bahamas 1961; Jane on balcony ~1968
149: beachcomber's paradise
150: Vacation 1962; Nancy & mom on ferry 1963 | tropical treasures
151: Clockwise: Mom & 3 daughters Bryce NP 1964; VW Bug & tropical garden group in Jamaica ~1963
152: Parker Girls 1962 & 1963; America's Oldest Merry-Go-Round 1879 at Harold Warp Pioneer Village; Minden NE; cabin at Jackson Hole, WY; Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA "ghost town"
153: Our Baby Girl | devil's gap lodge, CA
154: *Unemployment 3,852,000 *Average Salary $4,743 *Teacher's Salary $5,174 *Minimum Wage $1.00 *Life Expectancy: Males 66.6 years, Females 73.1 years *First Man on the moon *First heart transplant *First WalMart opens *JFK, RFK, MLK assassinated *VietNam War 1961-1975 *Musicals: Camelot, Hello Dolly, Oliver, & Funny Girl. *Chubby Checker introduced the Twist. The Mashed Potato, the Swim, the Watusi, the Monkey and the Jerk followed. *Go-Go girls & Laugh-In, Flintstones, Alvin & the Chipmunks, Andy Griffith Show, Beverly Hillbillies, Addams Family, Star Trek, & I Dream of Jeannie. | The 60s gave us pink frosted lipstick, Jackie Kennedy Bubble, bee hive & Farrah Fawcett hairdos, madras, Flower Children, Hippies, & VW Bugs. This decade heralded life changes from h.s. graduations, college & weddings to baby birth. By the end of the 60s, all Jane's sisters had left home & she became virtually an only child.. Yet, she could also smile that she had four mothers as we all still coddled her. That helped mitigate mom's chronic, serious illnesses. Mom & dad took my 3 sisters on vacations in the Caribbean and out West to see Bryce Canyon and other NPs. The AMA appointed dad as a liaison to South American orthopedists; mom & dad traveled there, visiting Machu Picchu and the palace of the President of Peru, with honor guards lined up. I graduated from MacArthur, Class of '60 & headed off to Europe, touring 14 countries. I took a wrong turn in 1962, but graduated from Northwestern U in 1965 & married Charley Silverman, a fellow English major, in '65; daughter Stacey arrived in 1967. Neither this knot nor the one I tied with Richard Woodward in 1995 would endure. I would, however, always be wed to writing, meet my mentor Donald Hall in '69, win U of Michigan's 1st prize for writing in grad school, the Hopwood, & meet playwright Arthur Miller, a fellow Hopwooder. This would bring book inclusion in "Poets of the Midwest" and "Michigan Poets" & a writing career for 40+ years. | Dad went to London in the early 60s to learn the hip implant technique at the Royal College of Surgeons. St. Mary's Hospital built him his own wing & gave him his own surgical team. He told me he designed the laminar air flow system, so critical to orthopedics in preventing gangrene. By the time he would retire in 1984 and move to Houston, he had performed ~500 hip & knee implants and had a career total of ~80,000 patients (& countless gift fruit cakes). When President of the IL Medical Society, he also arranged for jets from Brooks AFB in TX to transport gangrenous IL patients to the USAF's hyperbaric chambers there until IL finally got its own units.. Anne was President of her high school sorority, graduating in 1964. She would be elected to the same role in her Purdue sorority; she was always very organized, drove a Bug, and rode her horse Rue avidly. She met David Rose--uber-talented engineer & future lawyer--& also President of his fraternity--at Purdue in 1966, marry in 1967 at a chic all-black wedding, help him through law school at Indiana U (class of '70 cum laude) & move to Houston 12/1970 where they would raise a family of two boys, Adam & Collin. Anne would go on to become President of the Texas Gulf Coast ASID chapter, chair Jr. Forum charity galas, start her own business, and nurture David who eventually would found his own intellectual property firm in Houston, the largest in Texas. | The Way We Were: '60s
155: Nancy painted in oil and watercolor & had an artist's eye for beauty; she also drove a Bug. She had gone to France in high school & taken French since 4th grade at Dennis School so it was natural for her to major in International Relations at U of WI. Bob Friedman had been her high school BFF where she graduated in 1967. Bob graduated from Northwestern U. That would lead to marriage in 1970, Penn medical school in PA (class of '74), births, creations on a weaving loom, founding of a $1M federal KY clinic & then Waterloo, IA to rear her family of two boys and a girl--Bryan, Hannah & Marc. Bob would go on to direct Waterloo's NE Iowa Family Practice Center, Medical Education Program, while Nancy would help launch a children's museum (Imaginarium) and plant an Arboretum. Her wedding would be an intimate, candle-lit ceremony at #11, with her sisters in the wedding party as they had been in mine & Anne's. Her Victorian hairstyle would be plaited with ringlets, ribbons & roses. Jane began refusing hamburgers ~age 4--the start of her long, healthy vegetarian life. Early on she knew she wanted to be a vet; dad encouraged it 100%. We all did. I remember her crawling in Pandora's dog bed to comfort her. Dad got her a colorful fish tank & parakeet too. Jane always loved all creatures great & small. | Dad still wore his green WWII Army jacket to weed dandelions in the lawn at #11. Neiman-Marcus became a household name after mom had toured it in Dallas at a medical meeting. Dad found his calling as a chef grilling masterpiece steaks frequently. He would phone from the hospital & ask someone to look up an exact page of a surgical text to review a procedure--his memory photographic. Despite trips to Africa & South America & all the grand cuisine, he still loved his green beans cooked all day & mom still relished her shrimp, plain or fried. Mom kept all dad's WWII love letters in a dress box on top of a steel dress locker in the basement of #11, but I think dad discarded them when cleaning for the move to Houston. Mom & dad took Jane to Sanibel Island, FL; she & dad made a seashell shadow box afterwards which they hung in the kitchen. In this decade, dad truly became chief cook & bottle-washer as well as surgeon. You could find him sitting on his Cosco stool by the coffee pot ~4:30AM, planning his surgery or the week's menus. He & Jane became quite the pie makers--especially a version of "Mile-High Apple." They also started holiday candy-making with batches of delectable fudge, peanut brittle & peppermint popcorn balls. | Jane loved Russells Pizza so we went there as often as possible. An Aunt to Stacey at age 8, Jane was loving her pony cart rides too.. She would take the highest science prize honor at her MHS graduation in 1976 and marry Chris Naylor in 1980; daughter Lauren would arrive after Jane graduated from U of IL School of Veterinary Medicine in '83 and Chris from U of I as English Major & then as JD from U of Houston. In '83 they would move there. That tie would give way, but she would found AAHA Wilcrest Animal Hospital and meet John Milan, a Texas A&M Wildlife expert & aspiring pilot. She would marry him in 1993 and bear Matt & Megan. They would blend the families successfully & she would always own horses, inherit Rusty, dad's Welsh Corgi, and always love German Shepherds, especially Bianca, a white Shepherd that would once tear a double-bed mattress to shreds. Jane's hospital would become popular with clients such as celebrity Houston astronauts. And mom would stage a remarkable recovery in the 80s, to the joy of her family. Dad would buy a new Cadillac to celebrate, take her on a European cruise & Far East tour & shop with her at Neiman's until she was 92. We would say goodbye to her April 28, 2007.
156: Parker Memories Joy in the Everyday World | Top: Silver dish-SGP engraved; plates from Sara Brown mom kept on her cherry hutch at 637 S. Crea; etched vase from Grandma Butler; green telephone stand refinished cherry | Top: Dolls from global travels; mosaic birdhouse & frame mom made at 90yo; Swiss cow bell, web image of old cannisters we had. Parker Family Bible Grandma Parker gave this to me when I was young (~9). Mom had it restored. She also gave me a kerosene lamp.
157: Forged aluminum casserole & tray-wedding gifts | Pickard China Made in USA Garland 1043 | Rose Point Silver by Wallace Neiman-Marcus Knives | After Dinner Liquer Goblets Creme de Menthe | Cross-Stitch Luncheon set-wedding gift | Vases: crystal bud vase for dad's roses | WWII crochet place mats & lamp doilies | Mom's embroidered party apron | Spoon Rest
158: The Way We Were: Roots by Land & Sea | The old Butler Farmhouse grandpa had talked about so often was re-discovered in 2013 at 12 Uplands Road, Conception Bay South, Newfoundland. Topsail & Chamberlains now fall under this new postal mantle. All houses around it have lobster traps out front & Jabez's farmland is now a subdivision. Marge Butler's birth certificate lists 29 Burnside Ave.' Somerville, MA, pictured above in 2013. Her baby phos clearly show the same porch where she & Eleanor posed on wicker rockers. Left below: Jabez & Julia Butler pho found after Butler Mixbook done. | butler farm-Newfoundland | The Butler story of Bell Island & the lost copper fortune is told in this August 2012 book by Gail Weir, "The Miners of Wabana." Above: brothers: Jabez John & Esau Butler
159: grover & Verne parker farms-indiana | Grover C. Parker Farm 2824 S. County Road 1000 East; Coatesville, IN 46121 Grover Parker's farmhouse, barn & chicken coop are now gone & replaced by a modern farmhouse, top right. Mary Janet Kankamp has confirmed the old pine trees in front are still there in 2013. The old address was RR #2, Coatesville, IN. . In 2013, it lies across the road from Prairie View Dairy, a barn office; the big house is occupied by Michael Brandt McCammack; they owned the Phillips 66 station at the corner at US 40, now gone (shown right); one married a Parker almost a century ago. The dairy address, built in 1922, is 2785 S. County Rd. 1000 E., Coatesville 46121 (south of US 40). The Parker Covered Bridge at Mill Creek, shown right, is included in "Landmark American Bridges." Dollie Parker's 1933 cookbook is shown right. | Cousins Richard G. & Vickie E. Parker live near Virginia Parker Herring's old childhood home; it was torn down in 2012. They are partners in a farm trust with Dr. MalcolmHerring. Their new home above is located at 11693 W. County Rd. 1050 N; Stilesville, IN 46180, the original farm of Grover's brother, Verne. I stayed overnight with Rick & his sister Carol (children of Verne's son George & wife Freda whose mother was a McCammack) in the 40s & will never forget the liver & onions. In 2013, Vickie wrote that that's the first recipe her mother-in-law taught her when she married Rick. She was honored in 2013 when they named Parker Auditorium at Greencastle H.S. after her for her 23 years of service as a Drama Teacher, specializing in musicals. In 2013, Rick's aunt, Virginia Herring, turned 97 while her cousin Sterling turned 96.
160: The Way We Were: 1970s to 2000s | "A family gives you roots.. A family also gives you wings..."
161: Sources: Sterling G. Parker's slides 1949-~1970, sisters' phos; Dr. Austin Stiles' phos; Mom's 1940s Brownie camera phos; 90th BD video transcript for dates, on-line research., Decatur Facebook groups, Photoediting in Epson V600 Scanner, HP 6500 scanner, & Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. At 50-65yo, some phos were badly flawed even after "restoration" but are included "for the record." Many were undated, so photo order is "best guess" & by location or scene. | Sisters Forever