A favorite activity in the Springtime -- usually in the month of May --
after school, getting to the blackberries -- We'd take along each a
little bucket -- and enjoyed picking juicy blackberries. Some friend
told me to escape the briers by getting my feet muddy (It worked) as we
were barefooted. Then coming home to wash out the blackberries by the
outside cistern faucet. Then in the kitchen to sprinkle sugar over the
berries. So what if our teeth and lips were colored purple for that
evening! What a treat! If there was a snake in the brier patch we would
beat the bush with a stick and the snake would slither off and away --
Memere, papa's mother, always made the Sign of the Cross with the knife
on the back of the loaf before cutting into a new loaf of bread.
topic 1986, June 30
June 30, 1986 --
Our Golden Wedding Anniversary -- We were so happy to have all our
We attended a mass at St. Frances Cabrini on October 19, 1986 -- for all
the 50th anniversaries. We were 150 couples. The whole mass was
televised. We have a copy of the videotape, also a picture taken with
Archbishop Hannon -- which we had framed and which is hanging on the wall
in the den.
topic 1940's & 50's
||Rosemary - sister
||Woodrow & Rita
2322 Jasmine Street
We lived at 2322 Jasmine St. right off Clematis. The neighborhood was
known previously as "Edgewood." It was a double house -- a Hi-Lo. We
were there for 21 years. We were able to move when we bought our house
on Arts Street at 5112 on August 24, 1961 --
We had moved on Jasmine Street just a few months before Richard was born
-- Later on, Jimmie, then Charles and Caroolyn, and then Rosemary were
born while we lived there. We kept busy with the children and for many
years had other members of the family living with us. First of all, Stan
and Wilfred -- Then my sister Rosemary, later on Janice and Iris for a
short time. But we had many visitors! Especially during WWII -- all
relatives going to or from the war stopped by for a day or couple of days
and nights. I wish I had recorded all the visitors we had. F.D. was a
frequent visitor especially after the war and while he was recuperating
from injuries incurred in Saipan. He has some war record. My brother
Earl, also Woodrow -- Rita first came to meet us before they were
married. The Kiels stayed with us for 3 weeks -- and developed a lasting
friendship. Millie and Bill Steed of Belaire, Ohio stayed a few weeks.
We lost touch after Bill died.
There is much to recall -- It makes me so sad -- But I was young and
didn't mind the extra work. I was glad to have people around us --
Day by day, we managed the best way we could -- Hoping we were helping
in a compassionate way -- We prayed a lot. We never, never missed Mass.
I always attended 7 o'clock Mass. I can still remember that fast walk to
church and hurrying back home so Gaston could get to the next Mass.
I remember that during the War it was just about impossible to get toys
-- no metal of any kind. One Christmas we had toys made of thick
cardboard with names of battleships and airplanes.
I remember taking Warren and Ronnie to Canal Street shopping. We bought
a Christmas crib set --Warren said he and Ronnie would bring it home.
When I got home he was building a crib set (manger) for the holy family.
Many school events we attended. The parents' meeting was the only time
I got to socialize with other parents from school. I remember so well
meeting the Moores -- and became friends forever.
We tried to get the children the best education we could afford. And at
times it was tough to meet the bills but it was going to be paid. Gaston
always said, "Trust in the Lord" -- and we always did manage.
The Graduations, First Communions, Confirmations, Baptisms, Marriages --
All great moments of Joy in our Family -- All our thoughts were for our