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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Commercials – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

I remember only a couple of commercials from my childhood:  The Oscar Mayer commercials, The Coca Cola commercials with the teach the world to sing song and the Where’s the Beef commercials!  As I grew older my favorite commercials were the Beer company commercials with the talking lizards and frogs!  I also used to love the Coke commercials with the cute little polar bears.  My favorites now are the Cox Cable company commercials with the little blue and white digital guys! 

However, in the last few years there have been some pretty stupid commercials!  A few of them within the last few years I am not even sure what the commercials were for!  I don’t understand if they were for a service, a product, for me to do something or not to do something?  I just don’t know!!

Then there are the current crop of commercials that just seem to think the American public is composed of people too stupid to come in out of the rain!  For instance, the commercial for the dishwasher pacs that displays a disclaimer that the commercial is a dramatization when it shows a construction crew in the dishwasher cleaning the dishes!  Really!! A dramatization!!  Who would think that!!

Week #21 – Commercials

Week 21. Commercials. Do you remember any commercial jingles from your childhood? Share them here.

Originally published June 4, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

TEACHERS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I don’t remember my early teachers very well.  But I do remember that my Kindergarten teacher had this little reading circle where we would all gather on this carpet and she would read us stories.  I remember liking that!  I have always loved to read and I could read before I went to Kindergarten but I liked to be read to as well.

In  junior high, I had a teacher for English who made us all give speeches to the class.  I hated it at the time and I really resented that part of my grade was based on this speech.  However, when I graduated from College I wrote her a thank you note.  That speech was the beginning of me overcoming my paralyzing shyness!  That speech was the beginning of the changes to my life that allowed me several years later to stand in front of a classroom and be a graduate assistant teaching a lab (without passing out from anxiety)!!

I had many professors in college who I respected and who made impacts on my life.  One of them I still see occasionally and is a man I respect to this day for many reasons!  The other was a man who made a great impact on my life by offering me a graduate assistant position and who helped me learn to reach for what I want.  He taught several of my college classes and I remember every one of them as being incredibly difficult!  However, I learned a lot from him!  Unfortunately, he died several years ago, but his memory lives on in every student he challenged as well as in the hearts of his family.

Week #41 – Teachers

Week 41. Teachers. Did you have a favorite teacher when you were growing up? What class(es) did this person teach and why did he/she make an impact on your life?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 8, 2011 through Friday, October 14, 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.

Originally Published October 25, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Bedroom – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

When I was a kid and until I went to college actually, I shared a room with my sister.  We had twin beds, chests and toys when we were little.  We had a little corner of our room devoted to our Barbie home!  We spent many many hours in our bedroom playing with those Barbie dolls!

For one memorable weekend, there were also stripes of black tape across the room when we were fighting!  Then we finally realized that one of us was able to get to our clothes  but the other was the only one who could get to the door!  We made up and then the room went back to normal!

I don’t really remember any special decorations.  We had the usual teenage posters of the teen actors and singers but I don’t really remember which ones.  Our beds did usually have matching bedspreads.

Our room was usually messy!  In fact one of my most memorable moments is one day when I was about 9 or 10 and my sister was about 7 or 8  and were sent to our room to clean it.  We had been in there for a while “cleaning” our room and my sister went to get Dad to check her side because she was finished.

Dad came in and took one look and told her she needed to finish cleaning her side that she wasn’t done.  She looked up at him with her puppy-dog brown eyes and said “What’s wrong with it, Daddy?” I could see the smoke coming out of his ears!  He just turned around and left the room!

Mom came in a few minutes later and explained that my sister should really remove the giant pile of clothes from the floor of the closet and hang them up if they were clean or take them to the dirty clothes!  Then, she should clean all the toys she had shoved under her bed and piled beside it and put them in the toy bins!

My sister got her payback last year though when her soon with the same puppy-dog eyes looked up at her with his room completely covered in toy and looked up at her and asked what was wrong with it when she told him to clean his room!  She just didn’t seem to see why Mom and Dad found that so funny!!

Week 19. Bedroom. Describe your childhood bedroom. What furniture did it contain? Were there curtains, wallpaper or paint? Was it messy or clean? Did you share a room with your siblings?

Originally Published June 4, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Fame – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

My family has not been one for famous people.  I was in the newspaper a couple of times for a scholarship I received in high school.  My uncle was in the newspaper when he went into military service.

However, my grandparents and others were frequently mentioned in the Madison County Record newspaper for everything from visiting someone for dinner to taking a trip!

Other than these things, none of my family has really been in the paper much!  We are a pretty ordinary family with no really famous people but given the problems of fame today I am not sure that is such a bad thing!!

Week #20 – Fame

Week 20. Fame. Tell us about any local brushes with fame. Were you ever in the newspaper? Why? You may also describe any press mentions of your family members.

Originally Published June 4, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Kingston in Madison County, Arkansas

Kingston, Arkansas and the surrounding communities in and around Madison County Arkansas are places that many of my father’s family lived since the early 1800s.  My Great Grandparents (Vern and Venna (Stansell) Thompson and My 2nd Great Grandparents (Jonothan Benjamin and Sarah Lydia (Gabbard) Stout ) lived the majority of their lives in this area and they are buried in the Kingston Cemetery.  Various other relatives are also buried in the Kingston Cemetery.

Kingston is an unincorporated community in Madison County, Arkansas located at the intersection of AR 21 and AR 74.

The University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections [http://libinfo.uark.edu/specialcollections/findingaids/kingston.html] describes the founding of the Kingston Community as follows:

Kingston, Madison County, Arkansas, situated in the heart of the Ozarks in North Arkansas, was known nationally in the 1920s as a country life project.  Rev. Elmer J. Bouher, under the direction of the Brick  Presbyterian Church of Rochester, New York, was the leading force behind the Kingston community development, “The Kingsplan.”  The development included projects such as the construction of the Kingston Community Church; a community building, “The Institute,” which housed the Kingston grammar and high school; and the Health Center.  Rev. Bouher retired in 1929.  He was succeeded, for a short while, by Otto E. Rayburn, who was then the school superintendent.  Due to the financial difficulties, “The Kingsplan” experienced a sharp decline in 1930s.  By the 1940s, the Kingston Community Church and The Institute buildings were torn down.

Originally published as Those Places Thursday:  Kingston, Madison, Arkansas on March 31, 2011