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EMPLOYMENT – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

My first job was babysitting!  I was in high school and I would get $10 or $15  for watching some neighbor kids for the evening. 

The next jobs I remember having were fast-food jobs when I was in college.  I worked for Arby’s for one summer and part of the next year.  I was working at the Springdale Arby’s during the time that the store burned!  I wasn’t at work for the couple of days before that because my mother was in the hospital but I remember the stress I felt when I found out it had burned!  I then worked at the Fayetteville store for a few months after that.  I didn’t like working at the Fayetteville store and quit within a couple of months.  

I also worked another summer and part of the school year at Harp’s Grocery store.  I made the donuts during the summer at the Springdale and then I worked in the bakery as a clerk for a few more months at the Harp’s store on Garland street in Fayetteville.

The first “real job” that I had was as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas.  I was a research assistant for a couple of years and for two semesters I was a graduate teaching assistant who taught the labs that accompanied the class the professor taught.

Week #30 – Employment

Week 30: Employment. Describe your first job. What did you do? Were you saving for something in particular, or just trying to make a living? Did that first job provide skills and make an impact on your life today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 23, 2011 through Friday, July 29, 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.

GRANDPARENTS’ HOUSE – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Thompson - Dad holding me and Mom holding Tammy - outside Don 1The 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.  

Thompson - Easter Photos - Kellie Tammy and Tiger - Tammy and I are wearing the Easter Dresses Mom made for usThe 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.

ROAD TRIPS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

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.

LEAST FAVORITE FOODS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

My least favorite foods are green vegetables!  I still don’t like green veggies except for an occasional dish of green beans and lettuce.  I also won’t eat any oriental food! 

The thing I hate the most though is soggy things!  Soggy bread or other squishy soggy foods literally make me gag!! 

My least favorite foods have pretty much stayed the same since I was a child.  I am not an adventurous eater.  I like plain simple country-cooking.

 

Week #39 – Least Favorite Foods

Week 39: Least Favorite Foods. What was your least favorite food from your childhood? Did your parents make you eat it anyway? Do you still dislike the same food today? How have your tastes changed since your youth?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 24, 2011 through Friday, September 30, 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.

TROUBLE – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

If we got into trouble, there was swift and sure punishment.   There were spankings for severe trouble but usually it would just be a talking-to from Mom and Dad! 

My brother and sister and I got into the usual kid trouble but nothing very serious so I don’t have too many memories of being in trouble. 

Week #40 – Trouble

Week 40: Trouble. What happened when you got into trouble as a child? What was punishment like in your home?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 1, 2011 through Friday, October 7, 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.