S: Grandparents Memories
FC: Grandparents Memories
1: Preserving Family Histories for Generations to Come, Recording Memories that will Become a Treasured part of our Family's History for Generations to come.
2: My CHILDHOOD | Were you named after someone, and why did they give you that name? Named after a boy killed in sledding accident; Mom just liked the name, Virgil. How old was your mom when you were born and were you the youngest of her children? She was 34 years old and yes, I was the youngest. Who did they say you looked like? Looked like my dad's father and some of my mother. Did you ever have a nickname? No, not until a cousin who called me Bertie because she couldn't say Virgil. Where were you born? Date: April 12, 1937 Place: at home City/State: Corning IA | Did you have any brothers or sisters, and what are their names and birth dates: Genieve – Feb 4, 1923 Leona – June 10, 1924 William – July 23, 1926 Laurena – March 7, 1935 The things we used to do together: Laurena ran around the house and slid down a horizontal slide to disturb lady living there. I would then do it the other direction. We did it back and forth until she saw me. Laurena saw it and told me. We ran into each other and she broke her nose on my forehead. The nose never was set. The things we do together now: We talk on phone to each other as adults, still learning things about each other. How often do I see my family: As often as we can considering Laurena’s in Las Vegas, Leona in Iowa and Geni lives in town but I don't see her.
3: My mother's full maiden name: Elphie Merle Enid Farris Her birth date and place of birth: 7 March 1903, Adams County, IA at home on the farm. My mother's best story about growing up They'd get the farm wagon to the top of hill, no steering control and ride it down the hill. One of my most best/favorite memories of my mother: Back in the 50s, the kids would flop on bed and so Mother had to try it. When she lived with us and we would tuck her in for the night, it was cute. She was small , she would just curl up and listen to the radio and go to sleep. Meaning of my name Origin of Virgil: Latin Meaning of Virgil: "staff bearer" Origin of Dean: Old English Meaning of Dean: "valley; church official" | My Parents | My father's full name: Guy Edward Anderson His birth date and place of birth: 18 September 1899, Roseville, IL My father's best story of growing up: Never heard any. One of my most best/favorite memories of my father: When he would tie his tie, it would be tied too short.
4: My Childhood | Tell us about when you and Laurena sang on the radio as kids: KFNF had a Sunday afternoon show that my mom had Laurena and I sing on. We would sing a hymns which we hadn't practiced. We just showed up to sing once during the half-hour show and a Free Methodist minister preached. We did this six months or a year, I don't remember. | Did you ever fight with your brothers and sisters? Who treated you the nicest, and who the worst? One time I was up to Leona’s farm and Bill sent me in for the water dipper. I was told to get water, to put the dipper under water pump. Shirley went in to tell her mother that I had put it in the bucket. The way Leona questioned me, I thought she was worried about the dipper. So I bought her a new dipper when we went in to town that evening. When I gave it to her, she said she wasn't worried about the dipper. She was worried about my stomach. We still talk about it to this day. Leona treated me the nicest. She had to change my diapers as a baby and did it with pleasure. while Geni didn't want to have to change them. One time I strung string from the neighbor's house over to Laurena’s walk-in closet with a pop bottle attached to it. After everyone went to bed, the neighbor would pull the string and make a knocking noise in the closet which sent Laurena out for her mother. They couldn't find anything so Laurena went back to bed. The neighbor knocks again and again Laurena goes out for Mother. They finally see the bottle swinging in the air. | Virgil and Laurena
5: Did you have to share your room, and your things? I shared a small room and bed when Bill came home from navy. I offered the bed to Bill and I slept on floor. When I asked him the next morning how the bed slept, Bill said he didn't know about the bed but he slept well. What was the best birthday you ever day? Why? We didn't have parties. How much did the tooth fairy leave you for a tooth? I don't know that he did. How old were you when you got an allowance and how much was it? I don't remember getting any. I mowed lawns and had a paper route. | I had a room with a full bed at another house and built an airport runway with lights on one of the window sills. It had orange crate shelves which were always full and a table to make model airplanes with rubber band motors. Then I would open the storm windows and hang out the window as far as I could and fly them. I had it made as a kid. I also loved to draw floor plans. I found out years later that my father used to draw floor plans as well. How did your parents punish you? Did they spank you? Who was more strict? My mother said that when I was in trouble, I would hold my breath. She would draw a wet wash cloth across my face. She would spank me when I wouldn't take a bath. I would cry for bacon until I got some. I had to go to bed once without supper. I went to sleep, then got up when I awoke thinking it was morning. Mom was ironing and my sister was playing jacks with a girlfriend. I went downstairs and said I was ready for breakfast and they said they had just finished supper so I got some supper. | Growing Up
6: Did you get to stay up as late as you wanted to, and watch TV or listen to the radio or records? Just about, didn't have someone coming by to check on me but had to get up early for different things. Did you ever argue about your bedtime? No, other than the time I was sent to bed without his supper (see previous story). | Did you ever go sledding, skiing or skating? What sports did you like? We used to sled down our hill, which was great because I could just step outside the house and go down the hill. My friend had to go up the hill first to sled but he had it great when he had to go home because he could sled down the hill and then walk into house. We roller skated but not very often. There was basketball on Friday nights but not sure when that was. What was the naughtiest thing you ever did? Which time? See the story about hanging the pop bottle in Laurena’s closet. I didn't get in trouble for this but Mom said I would crawl around picking up trash on the floor and throwing it away. What were your favorite games and toys? The game, Sorry. What games or sports did your mom and dad play with you? I don't think they ever did. I was playing baseball with my brother-in-law, Marvin, in the dirt street. The ball went into a gutter where I found an orange that looked white. I pitched it to Marvin who hit it and it exploded vertically and not a drop hit him. | Virgil and Laurena
7: Did you ever to the hospital? Did you have stitches or break any bones? I went to the hospital for surgery for a growth on my knee prior to fourth grade. I never broke a bone. Were you scared of doctors or shots? Doctors – no, never liked shots. Dentist never gave shots when he worked on teeth. He was very careful about where he drilled and didn't need to give shots. What kind of transportation did you have? Did you ever ride in a plane, bus, train or boat? What else? Begged for rides in cars whenever possible, plane ride in doctor's private plane and did stalls, rolls, barrel rolls, loops, name it – he'd try it. | Did you ever run away from home or just hide from your mom and dad? Why? No, but probably did hide from mom – had a big enough house to do it in. Where was your favorite place to go when you were angry? Didn't have one. What chores did you have to do? Garden, yard, side walk shoveling, raking leaves, picking pears. If he's had a cow, he would have had to milk it. What was your favorite hobby? Model railroads, strung out on kitchen cabinets. I had to climb on the kitchen counter to run them. | I made this out of copper in 7th or 8th grade. | standing: Laurena Anderson, Elizabeth "Ed", Marion "Goof" sitting: Geni, Mom, Sylvia Bickford, Perry Farris, Carl Bickford,Florence Farris, Jimmy Bickford sitting on floor: Virgil Anderson, Ron Stoaks
8: When you were given money, what did you spend it on toys, candy, etc? What could you buy for a quarter? Earned money and remember buying my mom a pickle dish. For Laurena’s birthday I bought a paper doll. Spent a lot of time at the dime store. When I was carrying papers and I went by music story on west side of square, they had the record, Ebb Tide. They'd let me play it or play it for me. I never did buy the record. How much did an ice cream cone cost when you were young? Five cents and took three weeks to pay for it. Any memories of your mother's mother (Martha-d. 1956)? She lived with us in Clarinda. I remember her sitting on back porch shelling and snapping peas, and de-veining dandelion greens. | Did you ever meet your father's mother (Alice-d. 1946)? No What kind of car did your family drive? 1947 model Dodge, fluid drive. Did you ever have a pet, and what was it's name? There was a cat but it didn't stay long because it dirtied on the linoleum. What did you like most about your best friend? Did you have fights and secrets? Fred Cline lived at bottom of hill in Clarinda. Did boys ever tease you? Was there a bully who picked on you? I remember fighting on the embankment in the neighbor's yard. They picked on me because they knew they would win. | Leona, Virgil, Laurena, Genieve, Mom, Bill | Merle, Shirley, Laurena, Leonard, Bob, Barbara, Geni (behind), Lenoa on floor: Virgil, Ron
9: The most wonderful thing about my mother's kitchen: The dining room table where I spent time cutting Nabisco boxes to build a village. There were no cupboards in the kitchen. We had to have them built. The flour bin—you cranked it at the bottom to get flour out. We bought flour in 50 lb bags. How many people lived at your house? Laurena, Mom, lady in front rooms (apt), jack and Woody (Mormon boys), Floyd (old bachelor who needed a room) with dog named Sparkplug, one time had a young couple from Arkansas. | How did you keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer? No a/c, had a coal fired furnace, eventually had stoker, then a blower. What was your favorite thing in the whole house? My workshop. | My home When I Was Small | Mom, Virgil and Grandma Farris
10: Celebrations | Did you make cards to give on Valentine's Day? Yes, once and awhile we bought them. Did the Easter Bunny ever leave you a basket? Did you have an egg hunt? Didn't believe in Easter bunnies, don't remember anything. | What did you used to do on Thanksgiving? Did go up to Leona’s at one time. Was your mom a good cook? What did she make best? Definitely, green beans. Did you live where they had snow? Did you make snowmen? Yes, seldom. Did you have a Christmas tree? How did you decorate it? Oh yeah – with lights and garland, a few ornaments, doesn't remember those, one time made a popcorn garland. What was your best Christmas? The year I got my jig saw, the same my customers gave me enough money to put a motor on it. Somewhere during that time, I didn't get any presents but later, mom remembered and went to the closet and pulled out a sled which was a big surprise.
11: Did your family have a picnic on the fourth of July? Once and awhile we would go to Leona’s. Did you have firecrackers or sparklers? Sparklers, once and awhile could con a few firecrackers. Did you dress up on Halloween? Did you ever make your own costume? Wheaties had a mask on the back of the box and I had them all; found a few people gullible enough to wear them. What school did you go to? Grade School: Lincoln elementary, Clarinda High School: Clarinda High Villisca High (graduated from) College: Clarinda Junior College Did you get good grades? No. What subjects did you like? Math, geometry. | Did you have a party or play tricks on anyone? No parties and but didn't wait until Halloween to play tricks. What traditions did your family have? None. Did you ever have a big family reunion? Had one in Corning at the park with Fred and Opal and Marilou and mom and us. | School Years
12: Did you ever play hooky? Never. Did you get lots of homework from your teachers? Not too much. | My most memorable teacher and why: Mr. Bullace, principal at junior high. My sister’s class rewrote Feuding, Fussing and Fightin’ about Mr. Bullace. Did you walk to school, or ride a bus? Walked six blocks. Did you ever tease your teachers, or play jokes on them? 4th or 5th grade – holding hands with girl in class. Or the teacher's explaining perpendicular on the board, asked me what it was. I look and says it's a T-formation. | Villisca High School
13: Growing up, my favorite songs and musicians were: Shrimp Boats Are a-Comin’ (Shrimp Boats written by Paul Mason Howard & Paul Weston, 1951) What was your favorite trip? We went to Wyoming before 4th grade, went out to recuperate from surgery. Took the train, got kicked off train but our tickets only took them as far as Pine Bluff, waiting for Uncle Perry to get there. Cousin Betty Lou was most fun; Mary Lou’s nickname was Goofus. It was one mile from their house to Carpenter, WY, and in the field between Uncle Perry’s and town, you could see the wagon trail to Oregon. Mary Lou would sunbathe on top of windmill tower and crop duster's plane would circle getting a good view. Did you ever take a trip by yourself? When I went into the army. | Now I listen to: Helmut Zacharias My favorite hymn: In the Garden Did your family go on vacations? When the four of us went to WY by train to see Uncle Perry. Leonard, Laurena, mom and I went to Arizona before they were married. He paid for the trip and drove his pretty little 2-door Plymouth. Did you go fishing or swimming? Went swimming a couple of times, fishing one time and drowned a bunch of worms with Fred Cline. What was the longest distance you went on a trip? Arizona. | Music | Places I've Visited
14: First times | My first plane trip; I was with Dr. Martin, our neighbor, who would do stalls, barrel rolls. I was 5 yrs old and holding a bag of 13 light bulbs going from the old house to the apartment we were moving to after my parents’ divorce. I was crossing the street and got hit by a car with a family from Buffalo, NY. He was fine and there were no broken light bulbs. They stayed in town a few days to make sure I was okay. They also gave me a toy battleship. | The first time I drove a car: The 1941 Ford, Mr. Schmidt’s car without his knowing it, to either pick strawberries or who knows what. Would go out to his house to watch TV in his big house. The first time I voted in an election: Don't remember voting until I got back from the service and in KS. My first real job: Any job is an obligation – other than newspaper, helped deliver milk – one time I slipped getting off the truck with milk in hand, went down but bottles didn't break, got up and delivered the milk.
15: How old were you when you learned to drive? Fourteen when I drove Mr. Smith's ‘41 Ford unauthorized. Did you have your own car? No, mother had it until I bought the ‘31 Chevy couple with my brother. Did your parents ever ground you? What for? Don't remember ever being grounded. What did you and your friends do on weekends? Went to church. Did you get to talk on the phone as long as you wanted to? No. What time did you have to be home at night? Think it was understand to be 10pm. | How old were you when you started dating? Do you remember your first date? In high school I had a date with Sharon York to a school play. Mom drove. We came out of play and Sharon's boyfriend had let the air out of two tires. Didn't know it was revenge until later. Did your parents have to approve your dates? Don't remember. Who is the girl you remember the most? Sharon York – father owned the hardware store, played the piano. What was your biggest cooking disaster? Burned liver. | My Teenage Years | Can you find Virgil in the picture?
16: When Grandma and I were Dating | Did you have a honeymoon? Where did you go? Arkansas. Where did you and Grandma first live? Where was your first job? Across the street from the 5628 Outlook, moved to 5638 Outlook later. Mission Bank. Was she a good cook and homemaker when you first got married? Did you help around the house? She did some good cooking. Absolutely not. What is your favorite funny story about the first year you were married? Our first argument was after we'd been married for a short time and someone asked if we'd had any arguments, so I started one. | Where did you first meet Grandma? How old were you both? On the steps at the Baptist church in Mission, KS. Were you serious from the start, or did you still date other boys? Still not serious. She was serious because she borrowed her father's car on the first date. What was her favorite place to go on a date? Can't remember, went to Winstead’s style of place. Did your parents like her right away? Oh yeah Did you ever have a big fight with her while you were dating? No fights, definitely no fist fights. It was yes, ma'am or no, ma'am or just leave. When did you ask Grandma to marry you? Where were you? Christmas break of 1959, her living room. What was her first answer to your proposal? Never got a negative.
17: Our children, their names and birth dates: Stephanie Elaine – May 6, 1963 Kimberly Ann – May 18, 1965 Where were your children born? Both born at Providence Hospital, Kansas City, KS. The thing I loved most about being a father: Loved making things for the girls to play with: chifferobe, sofa-shaped toy box, refrigerator, stove and sink, bunk beds for dolls, sandbox, ring-around teeter totter, nesting boxes to crawl through, deck for swimming pool, balance beam, and tepee. Loved putting the girls to bed – laid between twin beds and whistle, made up songs. | An important lesson I hope all my children and grandchildren learn: A glass – Don't take a full glass. If you need more, you can have it. If you take a full glass, you have to finish it. What was my mom like as a baby? Cute? Cranky? Cute, remember her in playpen crying because she didn't like it, so I got down next to pen and cried too so she would stop. Remembers laying on floor and flipping the kids. Did my mom get into any mischief and get spanked? Yes and yes. | My Life As A Father
18: Did my mom ever do something special or surprise you to make you happy or proud? First time she talked, your grandma was driving, and I was holding Stephie. We pulled into Grandma Moyer’s driveway and the car started to roll back so I said to put it in reverse. Grandma said, "Reverse!" And Stephie just cackled. | Did my mom behave in school? During a trip to the fire station in kindergarten, they asked if any of their parents smoked in bed. Stephie said that her father did which wasn't true. Grandpa Moyer was there because he was a volunteer fireman with the Mission Fire Dept. He told us what she said. What things did my mom like to do best? Dolls. What will you always remember most about my mom? Just that she was a cute little girl when she first felt grass at the house on Nall. She looked up with wide eyes.
19: Can you remember any funny stories about family members? Kim was in bathroom and I was taking a mattress to the attic. I put the mattress in front of door and waited. Kim turned off the light, opened door and walked right into the mattress. She backed up and said, "Oh, Daddy!" Now she leaves the light on before exiting. I made a doll house for Stacy as requested from a kit and when I was finished, I took it over to Glen and Pat's house. I made sure Stacy was upstairs. I took the box in and took it into the living room with everyone following me. I “tripped” over edge of carpet and fell on the box, really ripping up the box. Glen asked first if I was okay. Then someone asked about the doll house. I said I’d go out and get the doll house. Color: Blue Holiday: Thanksgiving Flower: Blossom of the mothers-in-law tongue – it was a surprise | Season: Spring Hobby: Trains Vacation: Trip to the West in 1978 Ice Cream: Pralines and cream | Favorite Tales | My Favorites
20: A Time Goes By | Who are the people who influenced you most? Floyd Erickson-farmer who was also an USDA inspector with a dog named Sparkplug. He never reprimanded me for anything that I can remember. He'd hold ladder while I picked pears. Mr. Smith-one of the boarders, always let me listen to his radio. He influenced me on the political side of life. Jack Martin-an optometrist who had an airplane. Smitty-room and boarder, didn't hesitate to call at 2am to go to KU Hospital, came over for ice cream and told stories of his time in Merchant Marines. Randolph Jackson-just a guy who loved to have company. | Career: Raymond W Campbell - Feb1959-1959 Mission Bank 1959-1963 Monarch Egg Corp - 1963-65 Niles and Mosier - 1965-1969 McPike 1969-1974 Prestige – 1974 Admiral Plumbing - Nov1974-2010 What did you want to be when you grew up? An architect. Is there anything you've always wanted to do, but haven't? A comedian.
21: How did you feel when you first learned you were a Grandpa? I didn't want to be a grandfather, didn't want to get old then. What did you think when you first saw me? Eric: E.T. Aimee, I don't remember. | Is there a family trait? One that I don't like to discuss. My dad liked the women and cheated on my mom. After their divorce and he married his second wife, he didn't do that anymore. But I determined that I would not do that to my wife and I have not done it. My brother did the same thing to his first wife so it had become a cycle. By determining to not do as my father, I broke that cycle in my family. | Virgil made the Texas Star quilt . . . | . . . as well as these.
22: When I Was In The Army | What was your MOS? 81110 - Drafting. What kind of unit were you attached to? 8th , infantry, Bivouac in mountains in October. How long was your enlistment? 3 days short of 3 years. Where were you stationed? For how long? Went to Germany, Karlsruhe, German, Jan1956-Jul1958. | Why did you enlist? Because Korean war was over and I anticipated another war would happen like Vietnam. So I decided to go into service during peace time. And why spend money on college to get blown up and waste it. Also I wanted drafting education and I could get that in the army at no cost. Where was your basic training? Entered in 1955, when to Omaha, to Fort Chaffe, Ark. to Fort Carson, CO by train the whole way. First 8 weeks were at Ft. Carson, CO; second 8 weeks at Ft. Belvore, VA.
23: Did you visit places in the area? Get to know any of the locals? Not much, basically around town. Did you stay in touch with any of the guys in your unit after you left the army? No. Tell me about all the Christmas decorations you made over the years. My ideas of the town came from a Currier and Ives picture, the oversize ornaments from a magazine picture. Tell about your bikes. Bozo the clown at the circus came out on bike like the lop lolly so I decided I could do that, and other ideas started coming, Gary came over and said, I wish there was something besides banana seats, high rise and sissy bars. So I said, Why not turn the whole frame upside. The idea came out of nowhere and it all snowballed from there. | What year did you make the Texas star quilt? The tie quilt? The pillows? I don't remember anything. Mom came down for a two-week visit and stayed four months. She just happened to have star quilt pieces and she connived me to do it. Any pets while our mom was growing up? What about later? Yes, we had a dog, Lady Guinevere, couple of rabbits – 3 litters while we had them, gave them to a guy in Harrison, MO. And there was a rabbit Sylvia named Humperdinck after the pop singer. | Miscellaneous
24: Christmas at the Andersons
25: My Barbie Christmas Village
26: Other Projects
27: My Trains
28: Dressing Up
29: Favorite Songs - 30s and 40s | Sentimental Journey (Harry James) It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (Duke Ellington) April In Paris 42nd Street Autumn In New York You And he Night And The Music I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter God Bless America (Kate Smith) Thanks For The Memory (Bob Hope & Shirley Ross) You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby Whistle While You Work Falling In Love With Love (Frances Langford) September Song (Walter Huston) One O’Clock Jump (Count Bassie & His Orchestra) Deep Purple Over The Rainbow Stairway To The Stars | Ebb Tide Harbor Lights All The Things You Are (Tommy Dorsey) Blueberry Hill (Glenn Miller) Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread (Glenn Miller) In The Mood (Glenn Miller) White Christmas (Bing Crosby) Moonlight Cocktail (Glenn Miller) A String Of Pearls (Glenn Miller) Blues In The Night (Woody Herman) Don't Fence Me In (Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters) On The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (Johnny Mercer) My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time (Les Brown) I Love You For Sentimental Reasons (Nat “King” Cole) Anniversary Song (Dinah Shore)
30: Belly Bike Uppity Bump High Rise Chopper Together Must Quad Wheelie Stub Nose Golden Dual Twist-A-Flex Steering Wheel Bike Uni Silly Cycle | Hook and Ladder Lop Lolly Arkansas-er Backwards Bike Side By Side Tri-Wheeler Baby Giraffe Upside down Bicycle for Two (tandem) Dogwalk Jogger | My Crazy Bikes | Theses are just the names of bikes that we can think of:
31: Together Must | Hook and Ladder | Golden Dual | Belly Bike | Steering Wheel | Quad Wheelie
32: With the Grandkids | Giving Eric his first haircut | Napping with Eric | Eric with the spider and web Virgil made
34: Grandpa's Stories | Happy birthday Dave Hoy The table was laid out in horseshoe shape with the head table at the front at the First Baptist Church in Mission, KS. Orneriness came to mind and I asked the pastor if we could sing happy birthday to Dave Hoy. He said yes, so I got the guys to get around Dave and we sang Happy Birthday. When we were done, Dave says, It's not my birthday. Visit to Ob-Gyn Grandma asked me to drive her to her ob-gyn appointment, it would only take 30 min, she would get right in and right back out so I said okay. I was still waiting 45-60 minutes later and the receptionist said, You're still here. I said, Yeah. Then I go up to her and said I'd like to make an appointment for Sept. She said, You know this is an ob-gyn office. I said, Yes, I know, but even a husband in waiting should have a due date. | My Brother Bill On a trip to KC, Bill and Margaret showed up at the front door a day early and rang the doorbell. I opened door and said, “You're a day early. Come back tomorrow,” and shut the front door. Of course I let him in after that. The story traveled through the family. Bill showed up one time to visit and bought some scandal magazines to read while smoking a cigar on front porch. When Bill went to bed, I changed out the pages from one magazine to another. I asked bill to leave the magazines he had read when he left. Bill didn't leave any magazines and when I asked him to send them to me when done, Bill said I wouldn't want them, they all had the same stories,” not realizing I had changed out the pages.
35: Martha Manning and the Newspapers I got the car keys from her husband because she always locked the car. I stuffed it full of newspapers but when I shut the door, I had left the keys in the car with lights on. I had to go down to the church and talk her into giving me her set of keys. She thought I was just joking about the newspapers but she gave me the keys. When she got home, she found out I was telling the truth. A week later I tied a bunch of cans to the car axle where she wouldn't crawl under to get them out. As soon as she started driving she knew who had done it. She had to drive the car with all the noise at 10:00 at night. Her husband removed cans. Church Directory Pictures were being taken at the church for the directory. Glenda Bonsignour was wearing a cute pair of sandals. I told her that if she paid more than $13 for them, she had been took. Later she told me that she had paid more than $13. | The 50 Trim I needed a trim which cost 50 cents when haircuts cost two dollars. I was playing with the 50 cent piece while waiting and the barber had seen me with it. He did the trim but when it was time to pay, I couldn't find the 50 cent piece. The barber said, I know you had the money when you came in so you go home and get the money. Mom wasn't very happy because money was tight but I went back with the money. Later when I was getting ready for bed, I found the missing money. I had slipped it in my shoe and it was hiding in the arch of my foot. Rompers Janet Tannihill’s mother said the only trouble with Virgil was that they “took him out of his rompers too soon”. She made this comment after meeting me the one and only time we met.
36: Grandpa's Stories cont. | Gene and the Snowballs I had hung a couple of bags with snowballs in them up in the pine tree. One days Gene Huntley throws some snowballs at the storm door at our house but no reaction so he finally went home taking the bags of snow balls with him. I went over to retrieve the bags and was talking to his wife, Kay. As I left, I threw a snowball at the door which hit the door jamb and scared the little poodle, Tux, who went running and hiding under the bed. A week or so later I climbed up the pine tree and started throwing a snowball at the dining room window, then one at the front door, driving the dog nuts. Gene came out the front door and didn't see anyone so he went back inside. I threw another snowball and he quickly came out to see who it is but there's no one. Again a snowball hit the door and Gene opened the door, no one. Eventually he figured out who it was. | The Manring’s Tomato Mrs. Manring had a tomato on her plant when she went down to visit her nephew. Gene Huntley next door to Mrs. Manring knew about the tomato so he replaced it with an apple. She blamed me when she found the apple. Later she blamed me for the bird's nest she found in her flower basket. I explained to her that I didn't do it; birds don't follow a nest if a man moves it. She agreed so she didn't blame me anymore. Then she asked if I’d had something to do with the apple. I said no so I got off the hook with both things.
37: Bob Gourd and the tire chains One of my customers had put a box with tire chains out for the trash. I asked if I could have them and she said, Have at it. Eventually I got them to Bob Gourd who tried them on Leonoa’s tires in the middle of summer. A neighbor drove by and called out, You don’t need those this time of the year! Later that year in the fall Bob, Leona and I drove out to Colorado to see my and Leona’s father. When we got back, there was four inches of snow and ice in Iowa. Bob put the chains on Leona’s tires and she drove on those for 45 days until all the snow and ice melted. The neighbors appreciated it because the back roads aren’t plowed and the snow chains helped tear up the ice and snow. | Gene and the tennis balls I had a bucket full of tennis balls and one day Gene was out back cleaning his driveway. I went over to Millie Jankowski’s drive way and started lobbing the tennis balls over so they would hit the driveway near Gene and bounce. He couldn't see who was throwing them and gave up looking. I got tired of throwing them and went home. To retrieve the balls, I had to go talk to Gene. He never figured it out until I confessed. | Frisco
38: Grandpa's Stories cont. | Who's Harold? When I was working at Hen House, there was a demonstration of a new product for the deli. I was late for the meeting and had to write my name on a name tag and sit in the front row in front of demonstrator. He said something about it and said to me, “Harold, what do you think of that” and everyone goes, “Harold! Who's Harold?” The Bag Lady Lana Self had a red dress that ballooned out and under and I called her the “bag lady” which she thought was funny. One day a black guy was trying to get her attention by honking at her as she walked up the front steps at church and he kept honking to get her attention. She finally heard and turned and waved. I was coming up behind her and said, “And they call us white honkies.” | Bob and the Mail Man Bob Gourd was working on the driveway bridge in his front yard. He was mixing more concrete and the mail man came by and asked how he's mixing it. Bob says, “2 to 4.” The mail man said he did it 4 to 8. I said, ”Then what's this 2 to 4 business?” The Yellow Corvette The guy next door had a beautiful yellow corvette. I took a piece of cardboard and sprayed it to make it look smoked from the house to appear as fallout from a house fire onto the car. I had arranged for a fire dept. vehicle to sit out front and I was going to wear a fireman's attire that belonged to Grandma Moyer. I planned to do this on April 1 for April Fool's Day. It never happened. The guy moved out on March 31.
39: How Much things cost in 1937 Average cost of new house - $4,100 Average wages per year - $1,780 Cost of a gallon of gas - 10 cents Average cost for house rent - $26 per month A loaf of bread - 9 cents A lb. of hamburger meat - 12 cents Average price for new car - $760 Toothpaste - 35 cents Major World Political Leaders Germany Chancellor Adolf Hitler Italy Prime Minister Benito Mussolini General Secretary of the Central Committee Joseph Stalin United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt United Kingdom Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin Till 28 May United Kingdom Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain From 28 May Born This Year Warren Beatty - March 30th Bill Cosby - July 12th Jane Fonda - December 21st Morgan Freeman - June 1st Dustin Hoffman - August 8th Jack Nicholson - April 22nd Colin Powell - April 5th Vanessa Redgrave - January 30th | Events in 1937 The engineering feat of the Golden Gate bridge opening gave Americans great pride. A new air record was set by completing the flight from Los Angeles to New York in 7 hours 28 seconds. Amelia Mary Earhart mysteriously disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during a circumnavigation flight. The German airship Hindenburg bursts into flames while attempting to moor in New Jersey. Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt to a second term. One percent of wages deducted from US employers and employees to provide Old Age Insurance Benefits (Social Security). National Basketball League (NBL) was created by three corporations: General Electric, Firestone and Goodyear. A huge dust storm sweeps from Oklahoma westward. Glenn Miller compiled several musical arrangements and formed his first band in 1937. The First Blood Bank Opens in Chicago. The BBC use their outside broadcast unit for the first time, to televise the coronation of King George VI. | Life in 1937
42: Were you named after someone, and why did they give you that name? My mother loved her mother's name, so named me “Sylvia”. How old was your mom when you were born and were you the youngest of her children? She was 27, I was the oldest, two brothers born after me. Why did they say you looked like? More like my father; later I looked like both parents , a little like paternal grandmother. | Did you ever have a nickname? In 8th grade, I was called “Saliva”, “Silvers”. What important news event happened the day you were born? Check the web! World War II brewing in Europe. Where were you born? Date: 2-2-1939 Place: Providence Hospital Time: 7:14 PM City/State: Kansas City, KS Weight: 9 lb. 14 oz. Eyes: BrownHair: Brown Temperament: docile, ideal child, compliant | My Childhood
43: Who's Harold? When I was working at Hen House, there was a demonstration of a new product for the deli. I was late for the meeting and had to write my name on a name tag and sit in the front row in front of demonstrator. He said something about it and said to me, “Harold, what do you think of that” and everyone goes, “Harold! Who's Harold?” The Bag Lady Lana Self had a red dress that ballooned out and under and I called her the “bag lady” which she thought was funny. One day a black guy was trying to get her attention by honking at her as she walked up the front steps at church and he kept honking to get her attention. She finally heard and turned and waved. I was coming up behind her and said, “And they call us white honkies.” | The things we used to do together Play in the sand pile, climb big trees, play house by putting our Appalachian wooden lawn furniture together face down, play cops and robbers by hiding in the neighbor's dog houses and other appropriate hiding places plus always enjoy good old hide-and-seek. The things we do together now I always enjoy meeting the older of my two brothers Brian at Panera’s for coffee and catch-up. We also talk on the phone every few Sundays. I will enjoy Glen again in Heaven. How often do I see my family? Daddy and Mother are with Jesus plus Glen, my younger brother. I usually see our older daughter Stephanie at church once or twice a week along with all her family. Our granddaughter Aimee enriches our lives by joining us for lunch once a week. | Did you have any brothers or sisters, and what are their names and birth dates: Brian Lawrence Moyer, 12-30-1941 Glen Howard Moyer, 8-5-1944 Did you ever fight with your brothers and sisters? Who treated you the nicest, and who the worst? My brother Brian and I were always good friends; we picked on Glen some, were asked to help occupy him when he was a baby; as teens, Glen and I fought.
44: My mother's full maiden name: Doris Catherine Bishop Her birth date and place of birth: May 4, 1912, Topeka, KS at home. My mother's best story about growing up The story I remember her telling most is when she used to take little dead mice out of the traps she found them in and dress them up in her little doll clothes – till one day her mother found her, and that was the end of that! | One of my most best/favorite memories of my mother: I loved it when Mother sat us kids down and taught us Bible doctrine using Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse’s book that taught basic Bible doctrine by using stick figures and other simple illustrations to teach us Bible truths and God's ways. This way we as children learned early concepts that many adults still don't understand. The most glorious memory I have of Mother was when shortly before the Lord took her home I walked into her room at Johnson County Nursing Center where she lay in a comatose condition. The Lord began to give me the words to speak about how she was going to be with Jesus and He would reward her for all those children and adults she'd taught in Sunday School and all those lives she'd touched in so many ways. Her face, with eyes still closed, broke into the most glorious and beautiful smile that made her look like the radiant young woman she once was. In a few minutes, it was over, and she never appeared to be conscious again. | About My Mother
45: My father’s full name: Lawrence Willard Moyer His birth date and place of birth: Nov. 17, 1906, Kansas City, KS My father’s best story of growing up: Sadly, my father never talked about his growing up years. I understood the reasons why later. And he was forced at the age of sixteen to take on adult responsibilities when his mother made him quit high school (tragic, as he was extremely intelligent) and go to work to support her. | One of my most best/favorite memories of my father: Daddy used to take me onto his lap and tell me his original stories about a purple alligator. Also, he loved to stand next to a doorway and allow a mysterious hand (his own) to suddenly cross his throat and pull him out of sight. Sometimes he produced a bloody, ghastly, ghost-like thumb protruding out of cotton resting in a cigar box (his own thumb). | About My Father
46: What was the best birthday you ever day? Why? In college, my dorm mates had “surprise” parties for me; I always had nice birthdays growing up – Mom made me a cake, I don't remember a particular one. Can you remember your favorite birthday present? No – but my high school graduation gift was a portable (Smith-Corona) typewriter , and college grad gift was white gold wristwatch. How much did the tooth fairy leave you for a tooth? Probably a dime! How old were you when you got an allowance and how much was it? I don't remember ever receiving an allowance (maybe I did); I made 35 an hour baby sitting at age 13 – for four children. How did your parents punish you? Did they spank you? Who was more strict? I was spanked with a hairbrush some; my mother always had to do the disciplining – Daddy always supported her. | What was the naughtiest thing you ever did? Carved my brother's initials in my mother's lovely wood vanity, then blamed Brian for doing it. Problem? He wasn't old enough to write (print) his own name! Did you get into any mischief and get spanked? I didn't get many spankings, but couldn't go to the show one time because I lied about not writing Brian’s name in finger nail polish on Mother's dresser (or did I scratch it in) – Brian couldn't write. What were your favorite games and toys? I loved a cutout paper doll where the face was a cardboard lid that opened up and let me put different scraps of material to change her outfit. Also Rita my doll. I LOVED my street skates and Grandma Bishop's old typewriter. What games or sports did your mom and dad enjoy? Croquet. | Growing Up
47: Were you scared of doctors or shots? No. What kind of transportation did you have? Did you ever ride in a plane, bus, train or boat? What else? No plane till college years, but took the bus downtown frequently, train trips to cities like Topeka; boat trips (Speed & pleasure) on Lake of the Ozarks. Did you ever run away from home or just hide from your mom and dad? Why? No – had no desire, no need to do so. Where was your favorite place to go when you were angry? Never angry or felt need to sulk at home. | How much did an ice cream cone cost when you were young: I don't remember how much a cone cost, maybe a nickel or dime. I do remember that in 1953 a malt cost a quarter at Velvet Freeze, which had the best ice cream. What kind of car did your family drive? My parents brought me home in the maroon 1939 Pontiac (think today's PT Cruisers) seen in the family movies. Daddy finally bought a new car in 1951, a new black Ford that had vapor lock in the middle of the high suspension bridge over the Royal Gorge in Colorado! In 1956 we got a new Chevy, then there were new cars every few years. Did you get to stay up as late as you wanted to, and watch TV or listen to the radio or records? No TV until I was 16. Sun PMs we listened to all the radio dramas such as “The Shadow”, “Jack Benny”, “Cuddles and Tuckie” (Christmastime). Did you ever argue about your bedtime? No – never thought of doing anything different than what I was told – complacent kid! Did you ever to the hospital? Did you have stitches or break any bones? Never til almost 14 (almost 15) – Pat Akes (Judy Doty’s sister) and I almost hit a tennis court pole with heads, only my arm broken, friend (later a dr.) Don Philgreen held arm in roll of newspapers, took to KUMC, saved my arm. | ... and growing...
48: ... still growing ... | Why was it special to you? Mom & Dad didn't really know how to train a pet, so he was a little wild and hard to love. What did you like most about your best friend? Did you have fights and secrets? One good friend, Pat Ake (Judy Doty’s sis) was my friend from 3rd grade til we went off to college. Best friend in 7th grade couldn't be my friend after mom didn't like my witnessing to her. Did boys ever tease you? Was there a bully who picked on you? Boys started teasing me in 8th grade. Young woman at MBI made life hard for me til I got a little mean with her – she decided to be nice (college!). | What chores did you have to do? Wash dishes and dust; when I was 15 or 16, Mother finally decided to let me learn to cook – via phone while she babysat family of 5 kids after mom laid up with accident – loved it. Also ironed, one day I ironed 8 hrs straight for Marjorie Heter. When you were given money, what did you spend it on toys, candy, etc? What could you buy for a quarter? Velvet Freeze malt for 25 - Mother brought along shaker of nutmeg to sprinkle on top – loved it. Also bought was bottle shaped willed with sweet liquids. Did you ever have a pet, and what was it's name? “Tarbaby” had to give it to Wayside Waifs when next door boy tormented it with sand down its throat. | Birthday Party
49: My Home When I Was Small | How many rooms did it have? Did it have an attic or a creepy room that scared you? After Daddy built a second floor living area in our attic, we had 4 bedrooms, 1 baths, living and dining rooms, kitchen and breakfast nook, full basement. How big was your room, and what did it look like? 10’x10’ (or 12’x12’). First had beautiful white wallpaper with pink flowers green leaves, then always painted. How did you keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer? Gas heat, open windows with fans in the summer. What was your favorite thing in the whole house? Our old upright piano – yes, I still have it. | What did your house look like? English brick and stucco, it began as a 2-bedroom 1-floor house; then Daddy in 1948-49 remodeled upstairs to a bathroom plus 2 bedrooms. Daddy and mama had it built. Did you have to share your room, and your things? With Brian when we were little, then had my own room. How big was your yard? Normal suburban for Kansas City area, fenced in back. What kind of appliances did you have to cook with, wash clothes and light the house? Electric power and washing machine!
50: What did you used to do on Thanksgiving? Had it at our house or Grandma Bishop's. Was your mom a good cook? What did she make best? Awesome cook, best cinnamon rolls and oatmeal bread. Did you live where they had snow? Did you make snowmen? Yes, yes. Did you help make Christmas cookies and candy? What were your favorites? Yes, especially in high school – friends and I made the best brittle and cookies. Do you remember a special gift you made for someone? Made candles in 1st grade – once wax/fire shot up to ceiling, but no fire started. Did Santa come to your house? Yes – till neighbor boy told me the truth and mom had to sit me down and talked me through my hurt/confusion. | Did you ever see or talk to him? No. Did you hang your stockings, and what did Santa leave in them? Used Mom's old green knee-highs, safety pinned them to the bed by my pillow. I’d wake up during the night and feel through the bumpy stocking, trying to guess what was in it. Did you have a tree? How did you decorate it? With the large old-fashioned string bulb lights (one went out, they all did), garland and tinsel. Never had the luxury of bubble lights but always had a fresh real tree. Loved to lie under/around it after supper and look at lights while I listened to early PM regular radio shows. | Celebrations | Grandpa and Grandma Bishop
51: Who's Harold? When I was working at Hen House, there was a demonstration of a new product for the deli. I was late for the meeting and had to write my name on a name tag and sit in the front row in front of demonstrator. He said something about it and said to me, “Harold, what do you think of that” and everyone goes, “Harold! Who's Harold?” The Bag Lady Lana Self had a red dress that ballooned out and under and I called her the “bag lady” which she thought was funny. One day a black guy was trying to get her attention by honking at her as she walked up the front steps at church and he kept honking to get her attention. She finally heard and turned and waved. I was coming up behind her and said, “And they call us white honkies.” | \ Did your family have a picnic on the fourth of July? Yes – with relatives at various parks – Quindaro, Wy. Co. Lake, etc., or good old back yard. Did you have firecrackers or sparklers? Yes, sparklers, snakes, lady fingers. Daddy did the fountains and more dangerous ones. Did you dress up on Halloween? Did you ever make your own costume? Mama often made our costumes. As a teen, I’d dress up as a black or white “Mammy” – they couldn't guess who I was, I often took the prize for first. | What did you usually do on Christmas? Opened our stockings together as soon as Daddy and Mama were awake/up. Opened our gifts around the tree, had a special Christmas dinner with relatives (Grandpa and Grandma Bishop); may have gone to other relatives’ houses in PM to visit and see gifts. Did you make cards to give on Valentines Day? Yes – for Daddy and Mama. Made decorated shoe boxes (contrast for best) to take to school for everyone to put their Valentines in. Did you ever get flowers or candy from a boy? Probably after I started dating around age 16-17. Did the Easter Bunny ever leave you a basket? Did you have an egg hunt? Yes, we always got Easter baskets – usually cello-covered candy ones. Also dyed eggs every year (loved it!) and had an egg hunt the next AM (Sunday) after or before church. | Bishop Picnic c. 1947
52: Did you have a party or play tricks on anyone? Parties at friends’ houses – played few tricks, did go “trick or treating” – Daddy took us. Were you ever scared of ghosts or witches? No. | What traditions did your family have? Did you have any ethnic celebrations? We put up Christmas stockings even after we no longer believed in Santa Claus. And every May 1st we made construction paper flower baskets and put fresh flowers in them, left them on our parents’ doorstep, rang bell and ran. When we were married, we still did this for Mom. Did you ever have a big family reunion? Not as such – but all our relatives (Mama's side) got together as long as people were alive. When we visited El Paso, TX, we got together with Grandma Swihart’s family. | Celebrations, cont. | Meaning of my name Origin of Sylvia: Latin Meaning of Sylvia: "from the forest" Origin of Lynn: Celtic/Gaelic Meaning of Lynn: "from the lake"
53: What school did you go to? Grade School: Roesland Grade School, KS Christian (8th grade) High School: Shawnee Mission (North) College: Moody Bible Institute Other: Charisma Bible School, School of Spirit, Johnson County Jr. College (sign language) Did you get good grades? Yes. What subjects did you like? English and history – and art (loved to make board murals), also spelling. | My most memorable teacher and why: The one year I attended Kansas City Christian School in eighth grade my teacher was Mr. Ed Plumb. He literally fathered and pastored us seventh- and eighth-grade students as he taught us to read and study God's Word expecting His Spirit to speak to our hearts out of it. I learned to study my Bible and present devotional talks; in fact, I remember giving one at our eighth-grade graduation. He never knew how he reached into my life, as shortly after that he was accidentally electrocuted. Which ones did you hate? In high school, hated sciences (general) when had to learn/draw furnaces! | School Years | Class at Kansas City Christian School
54: Did you walk to school, or ride a bus? Chose to walk in 6th and 7th grades; rode mostly from then on. Did you ever tease your teachers, or play jokes on them? One time I hid my 5th grade teacher's purse in gym locker room. I confessed to it maybe 30 years later when I saw her at church! (her name was “Maida Crum”! Did you ever play hooky? No. What sports did you participate in or watch? Only sport I liked was volley ball, swimming and skating (LOVED it) – both roller and ice. | Did you get lots of homework from your teachers? In high school and college – at college nearly had a breakdown, too many hours classes, homework and working in office and music. Were you ever on a school team? YFC Quiz team. | School Years, cont. | YFC Quiz Team (see pages 74 and 75 for more YFC pictures)
55: Now I listen to: Instrumental worship music, some Bill Gaither and some secular such as the songs from Phantom of the Opera. From my late teens I have loved violin and piano played with full orchestra music of all kinds. My favorite hymn: One of my favorites is “I Am His and He Is Mine”; but my favorite song is “You Raise Me Up,” especially the second verse. | Growing up, my favorite songs and musicians were: As a young child I loved to listen to Two Ton Baker sing “Today is Monday” and all the music from Disney's “Mickey and the Beanstalk. As a young teen both being in Youth for Christ and playing the piano for church caused me to enjoy gospel music. When Pat Boone came along, I totally loved his music. Late teens I also developed a taste for both instrumental operetta (think South Pacific and The King and I) and the more popular classical songs. My favorite groups were 101 Strings, Henry Mancini and the like. | Music
56: Places I've Visited | Did you go fishing or swimming? Once I went fishing in the Ozarks, got only a sunburn, no fish – hated it. Loved swimming in pool (taught myself to swim there) and in Lake of the Ozarks. What was the longest distance you went on a trip? 23-day, 2100 mile trip (round) through Colorado. Included Wash, CA,NV, AZ. UT, in July-Aug of 1978, with Steph, Kim, Virgil. Did you ever take a trip by yourself? Did you get lonesome? Spent one week on my Uncle Lewis and Aunt Tillie’s farm when I was a young teen, enjoyed it. Went to LA to a Bible Memory camp on the train alone for a week of awards – got lonely, but made it through. Also, homesick first week away at college. Did you go to the State Fair or amusement park? Fairyland Park (old amusement park in first half of century). Then later Worlds of Fun. | What was your favorite trip? Our yearly trips to Ozarks (boating, pleasure steamer, swimming, playing in rocks) paid for by transportation company (Daddy traffic manager). Also, trip to Window Rock, AZ, just before married – climbed mountain, sneaked pick up to go moonlight riding in desert (got stuck in sand), ate mutton (ugh!). Did your family go on vacations? Yes – usually Ozark trips paid for by sales people wanting P&G’s business, also went to see Grandma Swihart (NOT a vacation for Mom!). Did you go fishing or swimming? Once I went fishing in the Ozarks, got only a sunburn, no fish – hated it. Loved swimming in pool (taught myself to swim there) and in Lake of the Ozarks. | Uncle Louis and Aunt Tillie Weber, my great-aunt and uncle, sister to Grandma Swihart
57: Summer of 1942 | I have happy memories of summers as a young girl at a cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks.
58: The first time I drove a car: Don't laugh! When I was seventeen a boy friend let me drive his car. I did fairly well except for nearly running over my girl friend's little brother who suddenly appeared crossing the street on Nall at dusk, a little hard to see. The first time I voted in an election: I don't like this question. In 1960 I married October 15, and the election was around three weeks later. I’d moved from my parents’ address to our apartment so had a different address. I was so determined that a certain man not be elected that I went back to my old precinct and voted. Sometime later I was seriously seeking God, and He reminded me of my deception. So I went up to Roeland Park City Hall and confessed. The man and woman who heard me took it in stride and dismissed me. Election result? That man won the election anyway – despite my illegal effort! | My first real job: I could not find a job the summer I was to go off to Moody because I wouldn't work on Sunday and I always honestly said that I would be leaving for school in September. My first job, therefore, was filing at the famous Morrison Hotel in Chicago where my boss was a miserable woman who liked to take sips from the bottle in her lower left desk drawer. My first plane trip; After I attended a month of summer school following my freshman college year in Chicago, I was driven out into the country to a huge new airport named O’Hare. From there I took a jet (fairly new concept then) to Grand Rapids, MI, from where I traveled to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to visit a good college friend. As the wheels of the plane left the ground in Chicago, I felt so thrilled by the sense of being lifted into the air. | First Times
59: Who's Harold? When I was working at Hen House, there was a demonstration of a new product for the deli. I was late for the meeting and had to write my name on a name tag and sit in the front row in front of demonstrator. He said something about it and said to me, “Harold, what do you think of that” and everyone goes, “Harold! Who's Harold?” The Bag Lady Lana Self had a red dress that ballooned out and under and I called her the “bag lady” which she thought was funny. One day a black guy was trying to get her attention by honking at her as she walked up the front steps at church and he kept honking to get her attention. She finally heard and turned and waved. I was coming up behind her and said, “And they call us white honkies.” | Did you ever have a pajama party? What did you do at them? Many of them, though not at my house – we talked, ate, told scary stories, walked the streets (in our PJs), once the guys came over and stood at the open (summer) windows – we laughed, talked. One time I got sleep by crawling into one of our cars. Did you get to talk on the phone as long as you wanted to? Yes. What time did you have to be home at night? Midnight – exceptions were YFC banquet nights, no curfew, just came in 1-4:00 AM (behaved myself, too). | How old were you when you learned to drive? I was 18 – took Driver's Ed, but Daddy was required to give me any driving lessons. I passed with an A, got my license with no test at 18. Did you have your own car? Never have except as a married woman; went straight to college, no cars allowed; just drove my dad's or husband's. Did your parents ever ground you? What for? No – I never needed it, parents didn't really use that back then, most kids obeyed their parents. What did you and your friends do on weekends? Youth for Christ Sat. PM, Sun church AM and PM; all other activities associated with YFC and church. | My Teen Years | Can you find Sylvia in this picture?
60: How old were you when you started dating? Do you remember your first date? I was 16 – don't remember if I went to YFC or on a hayride. I went with one guy sophomore – junior year, senior year a college guy; broke off with him, met Ken at Moody – broken up by his family. Met Virgil just before college, wrote/made tapes 1 year, dated, engaged senior year, married Oct. after graduation. Did you parents have to approve your dates? Not a problem. Who is the boy you remember the most? Ken from Moody. | When did you learn to cook? In my teens when Mother worked for a friend. What did you first learn to cook? First my mother taught me to cook an apple pie and make excellent crusts. Then I learned to make good gravy. What was your biggest cooking disaster? My best friend in high school and I were asked to make a two-layered salad. We didn't wait long enough for the first layer to set before adding the second layer. We ended up with brown Jello! | Teen Years, cont. | With some cousins | with Grandma Swihart and brothers
61: Where did you first meet Grandpa? How old were you both? I was 18, he was 20. We met at an after-PM church (Sun) service – 8 tried to get him hooked up with another girl; then we met during refreshments – he called the next night, rode his sis’ bike over; we didn't know if we'd ever see each other again, but did 2 weeks (Aug 25, 1957) later. I met him on his (canceled) wedding day! Were you serious from the start, or did you still date other boys? We couldn't be serious – he was in the army (had come to get married), I was going off to 3 yrs. college. Did your parents like him right away? Mother did – Daddy always reserved his opinions. | Where did Grandpa take you on your first date? What was he like? After calling and making me cry (pretended he was police, accused me of double parking –mom took the phone and straightened him out!), he rode over Mon. PM, we took Daddy's car to Osco (then Katz Drug), he bought 45 RPM record of “I’m Just a Poor Country Boy”. He stayed til 11:30 PM, talked on back porch. What was his favorite place to take you on a date? We made small audiotapes on an old reel-to-reel recorder, I’m at Moody and H in Germany. We also wrote letters, he sent packages After school and army, we liked to go driving, walking, out to eat, with friends – I don't remember! | Dating Grandpa
62: Did you ever have a big fight with him while you were dating? Never fought. When did Grandpa ask you to marry him? Where were you? I don't remember – I think we were at home sitting on our living room couch. What was your first answer to his proposal? Probably “Yes”. I’d come home in April 1960 for spring break my senior year at Moody – married Oct. 15, 1960. What was your wedding like? When and where was it? My mother made my beautiful several tiered wedding gown, I borrowed my veil; friends from Moody were my attendants. Rev. Darrell Freliegh (I was saved with his ministry)performed the ceremony at 1 Baptist of Mission, over 200 people were there – colors gold and aqua; I forgot the wedding book for signatures - Daddy went home, brought back the book on “How to Get Married”! | Did you have a honeymoon? Where did you go? We spent our 1st night in a Holiday Inn (rm #13!), then went to Springfield, MO, then to Branson, MO. Left Sat. afternoon, got back Mon PM – as he carried me across the threshold, the deacons mtg. across the street over at Baptist Church let out! Where did you and Grandpa first live? Where was your first job? We rented from Mrs. Weeks (classic case of landlady!) at 5628 Outlook, Mission, KS. When expecting Steph, we moved to rental house on Nall, 5828 Nall (torn down), then back to bigger part of same house on Outlook (I cried because of Mrs. Weeks!); then bought house in 1969 Dec, moved into 5925 El Monte Jan 1970. By then, God had reconciled Mrs. Weeks and me, she respected my Christianity. | Dating Grandpa, cont.
63: What is your favorite funny story about the first year you were married? A lady from our Baptist church asked us after a few weeks if we'd yet had our first argument. I said, “NO.” Grandpa said “Oh yes, we have!” I replied, “No we haven't – WHEN?!” He answered, “We just did!” | Were you a good cook and homemaker when you first got married? Did Grandpa help around the house? Yes, I loved to cook, did a good job. Grandpa didn't help me, but always took care of the “Man's” part of taking care of a house. MY FIRST JOB – filing age 18 at Morrison Hotel in Chicago – temp, 2 mos; then secretary and office work Peanut Specialty Co. Chicago 2 yrs; then American Nat’l Insurance in Roeland Park; quit to have kids; then worked at church, now at Delmar Gardens of Lenexa as administrative assistant. | Getting Married
64: Life As a Mother | The most difficult thing a mother has to do: To be a good mother but not know how; to do everything you know to do but somehow sense it's not right or adequate; to seek for help and not get it; to fight spiritual battles with the enemy of your children's souls. Despite all my failures I am still comforted by Pastor Rowden’s words to me when he said that God would reward me in my children – and He has. When and where were your children born? We lost our first baby, Stephen Lawrence, at Providence Hospital (premature, 17 weeks). Stephanie Elaine was born 5-6-63 after 36 hours labor, at Providence Hospital, KCK. Kimberly Anne was born 5-18-65 at Providence, KCK. What was my mom like as a baby? Cute? Cranky? Steph cried a lot, was a high need baby, had to take her on long rides to help her stop crying. Kim was a quiet, contented child who smiled at 2 weeks, kept everything inside, didn't talk til age 2, had perfect diction. | Our children, their names and birth dates: Stephanie Elaine – May 6, 1963 Kimberly Ann – May 18, 1965 Where were your children born? Both born at Providence Hospital, Kansas City, KS The thing I loved most about being a mother: Having children to love and enjoy. An important lesson I hope all my children and grandchildren learn: The most precious thing in all of life is one's daily relationship with the Lord. Learning to trust Him, wait on Him and learn to know His still voice, then obey Him is life itself. | Kim, Petrice, Stephanie, Sherry
65: Did my mom keep a clean room? Steph and Kim had no choice – and really, they did a pretty good job. Did my mom ever do something special or surprise you to make you happy or proud? Many, many time – in school, church, at home. What will you always remember most about my mom? Where do I begin? She nearly “kicked the slats” out of my tummy before she was born, then was very “active” after birth. She was more “high need” – now is worth it all – such a blessing! | What chores did my mom have to do? Did you give her an allowance? We gave each girl $10.00 per week, not dependent on chores. They had to do chores independent of allowance. They learned to make their “elephant lists” and be responsible girls. Did my mom behave in school? Yes – they said they knew if they got in trouble at school, they'd be in trouble at home. What things did my mom like to do best? Ask them – they (Steph and Kim) played a lot with the wonderful kitchen set (stove, sink, fridge, etc.) their Daddy made them; played dolls and loved the sand pile and outdoor things Daddy made (tepee, big wooden “climbing” blocks). They liked to play school, too.
66: Color: pink, now purple Season: fall Book: Bible Holiday: Christmas Movie: Fiddler on Roof, Man of la Mancha Flower: Pansy Candy: Butter fudge Sport: Skating Cookie: Butter choc. Chip Hobby: Reading Vacation: Trips to outdoors, evenings at restaurants, also reading in quiet | Can you remember any funny stories about family members? 1. Steph: “Mama – the jungle man is fwushing our twash down his twuck!” 2. Kim: “Mama, next time an angel comes to tell you you're going to have a baby, would you tell him to teach me how to fly?!” Is there a family trait? Faithfulness, Perseverance, Hunger for God, Organized, Hard workers. | My Favorites
67: Who's Harold? When I was working at Hen House, there was a demonstration of a new product for the deli. I was late for the meeting and had to write my name on a name tag and sit in the front row in front of demonstrator. He said something about it and said to me, “Harold, what do you think of that” and everyone goes, “Harold! Who's Harold?” The Bag Lady Lana Self had a red dress that ballooned out and under and I called her the “bag lady” which she thought was funny. One day a black guy was trying to get her attention by honking at her as she walked up the front steps at church and he kept honking to get her attention. She finally heard and turned and waved. I was coming up behind her and said, “And they call us white honkies.” | A Time Goes By | How did you feel when you first learned you were a Grandma? Excited to hold a grandbaby in my arms, all it means to be a grandma. What did you think when you first saw me? Eric – looked like a Peterson, was thankful to hold him just after birth. Aimee – held her all day after seeing her first time 6 weeks old, so precious. What advice do you have for me? Seek God; be in His presence every day; study and obey His word – let His purpose for your life be your one goal; seek Him with all your heart. Keep your heart humble before God; treat ALL around you with humility and KINDNESS; put them above yourself. Stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit's gifts. | What fads do you remember best? Playing jacks in grade school and wearing crinoline skirts in high school. I never had a poodle skirt or saddle oxford shoes, not even “Mary Jane” dress shoes – we were too poor. What did you want to be when you grew up? A mother and wife, a teacher, and hostess. Is there anything you've always wanted to do, but haven't? Travel to England (lake and park district), British Isles, teach women and children; spend time reading, learning Spanish and refreshing my sign language; fill all God's desired purposes for me. also learn autoharp. Who are the people who influenced you most? My mother – she taught me by word and example to love and fear God. Adult years – Sis. Margaret Rowden – I learned by her looking at one with God's eyes, her words and her life – that God loved me unconditionally.
68: Began playing for church services in junior high in the Baptist church, later ECC 1962 – 1996. Active in Youth for Christ in high school Bible club, also playing the piano, counseling for Saturday PM youth rallies; and Bible quizzing, going to national quiz-off two years. Voted “Done Most” in Youth for Christ yearbook 1957 Graduated summa cum laude from Moody Bible Institute. Taught Bible club for neighborhood girls – in the seventies. Taught the 8-11 year olds at Camp Standlee – number of years. Women's Aglow as pianist and speaker – several years Taught Women's Aglow home Bible study. | Christian Ed director at church - first as volunteer, later as staff member 1972 – 2002. Instituted and directed a Bible Memory Program at church for several years. Sign language, interpreting for the deaf in church services for a few years. Graduated from School of the Spirit and licensed as a minister. Volunteer chaplain at Overland Park Regional Medical Center 2002 – present . Delmar Gardens – employed as administrative assistant – 2002 to present. | My Career | Teaching 8-11 yr olds at Camp Standlee
69: With My Grandchildren
70: With My Grandchildren
72: Life in 1939 | Popular Films Gone with the Wind The Wizard of Oz Stagecoach Of Mice and Men Wuthering Heights The Hunchback of Notre Dame Popular Music Glen Miller has a series of hits including "Moonlight Serenade." "Moon Love", "Over the Rainbow" with Judy Garland "Stairway to the Stars", "Address Unknown" by the Ink Spots | How Much things cost in 1939 Average Cost of new house - $3,800.00 Average wages per year - $1,730.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas - 10 cents Average Cost for house rent - $28.00 per month A loaf of Bread - 8 cents A lb of Hamburger Meat - 14 cents Average Price for new car - $700.00 Toaster - $16.00 .
73: News In 1939 Germany and the Soviet Union attacked Poland and Britain, France, India, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany on September 3. The United States decided to remain neutral but did begin rearming for war , which helped end the Great Depression. The United States also hosted the World Fair in New York early in the year. After speaking to the physicist Albert Einstein president Roosevelt initiated the Americas A-Bomb program. The Worlds Fair Opens in New York. LaGuardia Airport Opens in New York. Regular television broadcasts began in the United States. Continuing drought conditions in the North Eastern US causing mass crop failure and hardship. | Born This Year Tina Turner -, November 26th Marvin Gaye - April 2nd James Fox - London, England George Hamilton - Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. Paul Hogan - Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia Ayatollah Khamenei - Mashhad, Iran Ralph Lauren - The Bronx, New York, United States Lee Majors - Wyandotte, Michigan, U.S. Lee Harvey Oswald - New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Neil Sedaka - Brooklyn, New York, United States Technology The outbreak of World War II brings television broadcasting at the BBC to an end and it restarts in 1946. The first air conditioned car the Packard goes on show. Hewlitt Packard is formed .
74: Youth For Christ Memories | 1954-1955
75: Who's Harold? When I was working at Hen House, there was a demonstration of a new product for the deli. I was late for the meeting and had to write my name on a name tag and sit in the front row in front of demonstrator. He said something about it and said to me, “Harold, what do you think of that” and everyone goes, “Harold! Who's Harold?” The Bag Lady Lana Self had a red dress that ballooned out and under and I called her the “bag lady” which she thought was funny. One day a black guy was trying to get her attention by honking at her as she walked up the front steps at church and he kept honking to get her attention. She finally heard and turned and waved. I was coming up behind her and said, “And they call us white honkies.” | 1955-1956 | 1956-1957
76: Letter from Virgil to Sylvia | Page 1
77: Page2 | While in German | Page 3
78: Written while in Germany | Page 4 | Page 5
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