More pics added at the bottom…………..
Tonight we have the Bible Study at church, and Beth has to work.
Then early in the morning, we are going to a family reunion. It’s about a 1-1/2 hour drive from here. We are going to the “Homeplace Farm” the place where my grandmother (Daddy’s mom) grew up. Her youngest sister still lives there in the house their father built after they moved here from Webber’s Falls, Oklahoma. That was about 1914. They moved here because this area was good for potato farming. My aunt’s name is Annie Mae Looper, and she is the last of 5 children in that family. This won’t be a full-scale family reunion like we have every few years. That’s when all the descendants of my great-grandparents get together, including some cousins from out of state. This time, we are having mostly the descendants of my grandmother, plus a few cousins who live in the area. My dad’s sister, Martha, who lives in North Carolina, is here for a visit and we wanted to get together. I haven’t seen her in almost 3 years.
Annie Mae never married. It’s not because she never had any offers. But many years ago, my grandmother told me that she would have married George, if he had not died in WWII. George was the brother of their sister-in-law, Hazel. Have I confused you yet? In a small town, there was often more than one marriage between 2 families. In another line of my family, 2 brothers married 2 sisters, so their children are “double first cousins”. Yes…in some places, my family tree doesn’t have all that many branches
So tonight’s Bible Study can’t go too late, because I have cooking to do tonight (and grocery shopping when I take Beth to work this afternoon). We are cooking hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, brisket, and sausage. With all the trimmings. And we won’t forget the desserts. I’m making brownies and one sister is making cookies. My mother is probably going to make a “cookie sheet cake”. It is a sinfully rich chocolate cake baked on a cookie sheet, and drizzled with fudge icing. Mmmm……you can gain weight just thinking about it.
The place my great-aunt lives is in Iago, Texas. That’s in Wharton County, for those of you who are in Texas. It is still a working farm, although some of the younger family members are the ones that have to work it. My great-aunt is 83 now, and has rheumatoid arthritis so bad that her hands are all drawn up. Something for me to look forward to, I guess, since I have it, too. So does my mom. I’m adding some pictures of our last family reunion at Annie Mae’s house in July 2003.
OK, I know you’ve been waiting patiently for pictures, so here are a few from our Looper Family Reunion, July 2003 (Ethan, this is the one where we invited you to go with us “country folk” ):
This is the opening page for our family reunion website, which never got finished (yes, the pic is supposed to be blurred, like you are looking through pebbled glass):
Here’s the gang where you can actually see them. This was most of the family – some from out of state could not make it, and of course, many had already died by this time. That’s Steve in the flag shirt and me sitting in front of him. Beth is right in front of me. These are descendants of Walter Theodore Looper and Nevada Louisa Abbott:
I guess the mailbox speaks for itself. Also, we released red, white and blue balloons for July 4. They are floating over the maize fields which surround the house. We use to also raise corn, cotton, alfalfa, soybeans, and a few others:
This my mom and Brandon. He is wearing her glasses. Yes…he’s goofy like that. But at least he doesn’t carry a purse!
Here’s Bethany (she was 17 then) and my aunt Carolyn:
This is Annie Mae (my grandmother’s sister) and Rachael:
This is the swing my dad built outside the back door. Behind it is the pecan orchard:
This is the bell my dad mounted near the back door, to call everybody to dinner. The 2nd is me and my cousin, Lamar, discussing genealogy (what else?):
And…..this is my Aunt Martha (the one that lives in North Carolina now) and part of her family. Her youngest child and his wife and kids were not there that day. Uncle Gerald is the 2nd from left, and Aunt Martha is the 3rd.
Go here to see a picture of Martha and Gerald when they got married in 1958. He was in the Air Force, and right after the wedding, he was transferred from Ellington AFB in Houston, to California.
Ethan, I told you once about my cousin – the one people thought was an adopted Korean baby. That’s her (Caye) in the red shorts. She has more Cherokee Indian than the rest of us (Gerald is quite a bit Cherokee), and looked Asian as a baby (not so much now). Since Uncle Gerald was in the Air Force, people assumed he was stationed in Korea and adopted a child there.