ROAD TRIPS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  October 24, 2011

Road Trips were a big part of my childhood memories.

We would often pile in the car and go “driving around” on a Saturday or Sunday when I was a kid.  There were three kids in the back and Mom and Dad in the front.  There was usually a stop or two along the way for some drinks and snacks.  Sometimes the drive would be for an hour or so and sometimes we would drive for most of the day.  Usually these drives didn’t even have a specific destination.  We would just drive out of town and get on a country road and find out where it lead!  Sometimes we would drive to area lakes and look at the water for a while.  Sometimes we would drive to places my parents had been when they were children.  There would be fights for the he’s touching me or whatever, there would be singing along with the radio, and there would be long in-depth discussions about what was going on in our lives.   These were times when there was nothing else to do but talk to each other!  There weren’t any electronics to take in the car then!  We just had each other!  I think kids today are missing something by not spending that kind of time with their families (but then again who could afford to go driving around today with gas being over $3 a gallon!).

Another road trip that occurred fairly regularly for us was the drive from Green Forest to Springdale/Rogers.  When I was in fourth grade, we moved to Green Forest.   We would make regular trips from Green Forest back to NWA to visit my grandparents.  Both my mom and dad’s parents living in NWA.  The trip would take about an hour to an hour and 1/2 and was pretty much like our “driving around” trips except that we could usually get our parents to stop at “Jim’s Drive-in” on the edge of town for lunch before we left town!  Love their burrito supremes and hamburgers!  They had wonderful food!

 Week #36 – Road Trips

Week 36: Road Trips. Describe a family road trip from your childhood. Where did you go and why? Who was in the car? How did you pass the time?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 3, 2011 through Friday, September 9, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & Historyby Amy Coffinis a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  November 10, 2011.

I have always loved learning.  I like learning new things!  I don’t really know that any one was my favorite subject.  My two favorites were probably math classes and English classes.

I like to read!  This is something that my parents started when I was a little kid.  They gave me books when I was a really little kid.  I could read before I started Kindergarten!  When I was a kid, I would read books about animals mostly.  Later, I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.  After that phase, I started reading mysteries especially Agatha Christie novels.  Now, I read romance novels especially Nora Roberts and Lynnsay Sands.

The other favorite subject was math.  I have always loved numbers.  I like that they always function the same way.  1 plus 1 always equals two and it always will!  This is somehow comforting to me.  I like that math is something that you can COUNT on!

I was always good in school.  I never had problems with my grades and I have always been one of those people who just got the answers in school.  Maybe math and reading are my two favorites because I seem to be equally good at the two sides of my brain.  When I took the SAT, I scored equally well on both the verbal and the math sections.   Apparently this isn’t usual but it stayed the same for me even when I re-took the test!

Week #42 – Favorite School Subject

Week 42. Favorite School Subject. What was your favorite subject in school and why? Was it also your best subject?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 15, 2011 through Friday, October 21, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  December 16, 2011

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I went to four different elementary schools as a child.

I went to Jones Elementary for kindergarten.  I don’t remember a lot about that year except for the reading circles that I loved.

Then, I went to Tyson Elementary for 1st grade.  I mostly remember sitting on the hill at recess and watching the other kids play.  I was extremely shy and just wanted to disappear into the background when I was a little kid.

For second and third grades, I went to Washington Elementary school.  When I went to this school, I was in a split class for third grade (third and fourth grades were in the same room).   I was still really, really shy and didn’t make friends easily but my sister and I made friends with some girls down the street and we would go to their house and play or they would come to ours and play.  We also would walk home from school with them most days.

In the summer between third and fourth grades, we moved to Green Forest.  So I went to Green Forest Elementary school from 4th through 6th grades.  I had a few more friends there and our cousins lived down the street.

 

Week #44 – Elementary School

Week 44. Elementary School. Describe your grammar/elementary school (or schools). Were they big or small? Are any of these schools still in existence today? If so, how have they changed since you went there?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 29, 2011 through Friday, Novemebr 4, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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HIGH SCHOOL – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

 

Originally Published:  December 16, 2011

I went to high school from 7th through the first part of 10th grade at Green Forest High School.  While I was in 10th Grade, we moved back to Springdale.  I graduated from Springdale High School.

Green Forest High School is a fairly small high school with a total enrollment of about 1000 students (from kindergarten through high school) while my graduating class in Springdale High School had 495 seniors!  This was a major cultural change for me.  Surprisingly at least to me, I felt more comfortable in Springdale High School because I wasn’t known to every student so I could kind of blend into the background!  I had more friends in high school and even joined a couple of clubs.  I was still extremely shy and didn’t like to talk in class but I was able to open up a little bit more to a few people.

Week #45 – High School

Week 45. High School. Describe your middle and/or high school. Was it a large or small student body? Is the school still in existence today? How has it changed since you went there?

This challenge runs from Saturday, November 5, 2011 through Friday, November 11, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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Songs – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Originally Published July 2, 2011

Music has always been a big part of my life!  I love to listen to music and often listen to music today while I work on other things!  I always have the radio on when I am in the car.  The other drivers are always thankful when I have the windows rolled up because I can’t resist singing along with the radio (and I don’t have a good singing voice!)

I was reading other bloggers post and came across Liblady’s Genealogy Blog post with her time capsule post and I decided to do the same thing.  The time capsule website was http://dmarie.com/timecap/.   I am using my birth year, the year I started college, and the year I started graduate school

My Birthday

I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye

Top Songs

  • Everyday People by Sly & the Family Stone
  • the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans
  • Honky Tonk Women by Rolling Stones
  • Wedding Bell Blues by Fifth Dimension
  • Get Back by Beatles (with Billy Preston)
  • Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In by Fifth Dimension
  • I Can’t Get Next to You by Temptations
  • Sugar, Sugar by Archies Dizzy by Tommy Roe
  • Crimson & Clover by Tommy James & the Shondells

US President

Richard M. Nixon

US Vice President

Spiro T. Agnew

Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: Midnight Cowboy Directed By John Schlesinger
  • Best Actor: John Wayne in True Grit
  • Best Actress: Maggie Smith in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

On TV

  • Mission: Impossible
  • Dragnet
  • Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
  • Hawaii Five-0
  • Star Trek
  • Adam-12
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Get Smart
  • The Avengers

Hot New Toys

  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • Silly String
  • Zeroids
  • Toss Across
  • Nerf Ball
  • Upsy Downsy Babies
  • Easy-Bake Premier Oven
  • Wizzer Weebles

Prices

  • Bread:$0.23/loaf
  • Milk:$1.26/gal
  • Eggs:$1.14/doz
  • Car:$3,400
  • Gas:$0.35/gal
  • House:$27,900
  • Stamp:$0.06/ea
  • Avg Income:$10,577/yr
  • Min Wage:$1.60/hr

Starting College

At This Moment – Billy Vera and the Beaters

Top Songs

  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston
  • La Bamba by Los Lobos
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  • Alone by Heart Faith by George Michael
  • Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  • Didn’t We Almost Have It All by Whitney Houston
  • With or Without You by U2
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
  • I Knew You Were Waiting by Aretha Franklin & George Michael

US President

Ronald Reagan

US Vice President

George Bush

Academy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: The Last Emperor Produced By Columbia Pictures
  • Best Actor: Michael Douglas in Wall Street
  • Best Actress: Cher in Moonstruck

 

On TV

  • The Cosby Show
  • Miami Vice
  • The Golden Girls
  • Married… With Children
  • Cheers
  • Moonlighting
  • L.A. Law
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Family Ties
  • Night Court

Hot New Toys

  • Pez with Plastic Feet
  • Glitter & Gold Jem/Jerrica, (with articulated limbs)
  • Jenga
  • Pictionary
  • Koosh Ball
  • Starcom: The U.S. Space Force
  • Boggle Bowl
  • Talking Pee-Wee Herman
  • Pogo Ball

Prices

  • Bread:$0.55/loaf
  • Milk:$1.98/gal
  • Eggs:$1.03/doz
  • Car:$13,386
  • Gas:$0.96/gal
  • House:$127,200
  • Stamp:$0.22/ea
  • Avg Income:$36,884/yr
  • Min Wage:$3.35/hr

Starting Grad School

All 4 Love – Color Me Bad


Top Songs

    • Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
    • Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot
    • Baby-Baby-Baby by TLC
    • Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Jump by Kris Kross
  • End of the Road by Boyz II Men
  • All 4 Love by Color Me Badd
  • Save the Best for Last by Vanessa Williams
  • My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) by En Vogue
  • Just Another Day by Jon Secada

 

 

 

 

US President

George Bush

US Vice President

J. Danforth QuayleAcademy Award Winners

  • Best Picture: Unforgiven Directed By Clint Eastwood
  • Best Actor: Al Pacino in Scent Of A Woman
  • Best Actress: in Howards End

 

On TV

  • Northern Exposure
  • The Simpsons
  • Home Improvement
  • Mad About You
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Picket Fences
  • Seinfeld
  • Twin Peaks
  • Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • Law & Order

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prices

  • Bread:$0.75/loaf
  • Milk:$2.14/gal
  • Eggs:$1.22/doz
  • Car:$18,141
  • Gas:$1.19/gal
  • House:$144,100
  • Stamp:$0.29/ea
  • Avg Income:$44,221/yr
  • Min Wage:$4.25/hr

 

 

 

 

Week #26 – Songs

Week 26. Songs. What was the #1 song during the week of your birth? Enter your birth date at This Day in Music (http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthdayno1) and find out. If you were born before 1946, you can enter the year of your marriage, the birth dates of your children or some other significant event.

This challenge runs from Saturday, June 25, 2011 through Friday, July 1, 2011.

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Vacations – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Originally Published:  July 3, 2011.

 

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I don’t remember us taking family vacations as many do today by taking a trip to some specific place or area.  We just didn’t do that.  We spent a lot of time together as a family but I don’t remember any vacations.  When mom and dad were off work for their vacations we would often spend them around our home sleeping late and taking little day trips to do fun things in the area.  Sometimes even going to the lake and fishing and swimming.

We did visit relatives several times especially during the summer.   My family moved to Green Forest when I was in 4th grade.  After we moved there, about an hour and a half from the Springdale area where all my grandparents lived, we would come to Springdale for at least a week or two during the summer.  Mom and Dad would bring us to one of the grandparents’ homes and then they would transfer us to the other set’s home where Mom and Dad would pick us up.  We would spend those days talking with the grandparents and often getting took to the store for candy!   What better way to spend a couple of weeks in the summer!

We also frequently took trips to the lake and even spent some time camping.   I remember us going once to a place called Beavertown and camping there for several days with my Dad’s extended family.  My Great-Grandfather Claude Stout and my Great-Aunt Mabel Stout Parsons were there.  Most if not all of my cousins were there.  We spent time playing and fishing and swimming and just generally having a great time.

Now, I am told that we went to that same place many times but I only remember being there one time!  I do remember camping several other times at various lakes around the area but not at Beavertown.

As an adult, I don’t usually take “vacations” either.  I prefer to just take several long weekends and do fun things in the area or just relax and spend time with family.

However, I have taken one fun vacation!  In 2009, I took a week and went to Little Rock for the 2009 FGS Conference.  I had a wonderful time!  I would love to do that again sometime but it isn’t going to happen this year unfortunately!

 Week #27 – Vacation Week 27. Vacations. Where did your family go on vacation? Did you have a favorite place? Is it still there? If not, how has the area changed? This challenge runs from Saturday, July 2, 2011 through Friday, July 8, 2011.

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Treasure Chest Thursday: Letter from GL Jarvis to James Stout – 1909

Originally Published January 27, 2011.

As I am going through my grandmother’s papers, I recently found a letter from 1909.  It is from a GL Jarvis of Oklahoma to my Great-Great-Grandfather James M Stout.

March 2, 1909 Muldrow, Okla
Mr. James Stout, Carter, Ark.
Dear Brother,
As I have ben resting for a month or two I now feel able to resume my work in holding meetings. The last time I saw you, you mentioned several places where you wanted me to hold meetings Please give me the names up there points again and also give me the address of someone at each place so that I may send appointments to them. I have two meetings here to hold and I will then go to Brentwood, Ark and then to there other points which you mentioned before.

Hoping to ear from you soon. I am your Brother in Christ

G.L. Jarvis, Muldrow, Okla

 

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WATER – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  November 10, 2011.

Northwest Arkansas where I live is an area with many lakes, rivers, and streams.  My family spent a lot of time fishing and swimming when I was a kid.

The lake that I probably remember the most is Elmdale Lake in Springdale.  It is a smaller man-made lake but that is where my Dad’s parents spent a lot of time fishing and camping when I was a kid.  We would often go there with them!

We would also go to the Hickory Creek camping area on Beaver lake.  We spent many happy hours fishing and camping there.  When I was in grade school we went camping several times on Table Rock lake, too.

I never learned to really swim but I like to play and paddle around in the swimming areas.  The most fun that I would have though while we were camping was when it would start to get dark and we would sit around the campfire and roast marshmallows and talk for hours.  It was really a great time!

The time that I remember the most was when all of Dad’s extended family went fishing and camping at Beavertown.  Mom and my aunt, and sister and brother and my cousins all walked over this really tall bridge (I am afraid of heights and I hated this part!) and went to this little animal place.  I remember the peacocks with their beautiful feathers and the little gift shop where we all bought toys.  We had a really wonderful time that weekend swimming fishing and playing with all the cousins.

Week #29 – Water

Week 29: Water. Do you have any memories of the sea or another body of water? Did you live there or just visit? What did you do there? You can also describe a body of water by which you live or visit in the present day.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 16, 2011 through Friday, July 22, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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SMELLS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  November 10, 2011

The smells of different foods often take me back to one of Grandmothers’ kitchen as they were cooking a holiday dinner.

But the smell that most triggers memories for me is the smell of a farm.  Still today, I can smell “fertilizer” spread on a field and I am back on the chicken farm of my Mom’s parents.  I am playing in the yard and the wind is blowing from the chicken houses.  To this day it makes me think of Grandma and smile.

Week #34 – Smells

Week 34: Smells. Describe any smells that take you back to childhood. These could be from meals, fragrant gardens, musty basements, or something entirely different.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 20, 2011 through Friday, August 26, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & Historyby Amy Coffinis a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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GRANDPARENTS’ HOUSE – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  October 24, 2011

The house I remember from my Mom’s parents (Grandma and Grandpa Treat) was their house on the Don 1 Tyson Farm in Springdale, Arkansas.  They lived in that house from around the time they moved to the Springdale area from Big Flat, Arkansas until the mid 1980s.  The house was an ordinary house that sat in the corner of a chicken farm.  They had a few chickens in the yard much of the time, dogs, a milk cow, and some pigs.  I loved visiting them.

The house is no longer there.  It was torn down in the early to mid 1980s and they were forced to move to other homes as they continued to work for Tyson’s until my grandfather retired a few years later.  The farm was removed when the Tyson Sports Complex was built in that area.

The house I remember from my Dad’s parents was the house at 205 Old Wire Road.  It later became 316 Old Wire Road (Same house just a different address when Springdale was renumbered due to the installation of the 911 system in the area.  The house was a few houses from the corner of Brogdon street where my Great-Grandpa Stout and his sister, my Great-Aunt, Mabel Stout Parsons lived.  So, when we went to visit my grandparents we could walk up and visit them as well.   In the late 1970s or early 1980s, Grandpa Thompson built a porch on the front of the house and then later closed in part of the carport and added another room to their house.  Grandma lived in the house until her death in 2006.

Week 31: Grandparents’ House. Describe your grandparents’ house. Was it big or small? How long did they live there? If you do not know this information, feel free to describe the house of another family member you remember from your childhood.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 30, 2011 through Friday, August 5, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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