2016 A year in Review

Posted December 21, 2016 by limberjack
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Oops, I did it again.   I didn’t make a Christmas card with a clever rhyme about our activities for the year like I did for 20+ years until our 50th wedding anniversary when I used that anniversary in Hawaii as an excuse to quit.  I also didn’t write a newsletter to catch everybody up with our activities.  And I haven’t written anything to Chronospots in five or six months.   So, this is my effort to cover all those failures in one fell swoop.  (BTW, having used this expression, ‘fell swoop’, I decided to google it and found that Shakespeare invented it in 1605 in Macbeth.  This kind of edification is a side benefit of reading this.)

So, to get on with it, as usual Patty has been flitting hither and yon on her many adventures.  In February we spent about three weeks in Hawaii, a week at the Hale Koa in Waikiki and then two weeks in a beach cabin at Bellows AFS.  We intend to do the same this February.  In March my sole remaining sibling, my sister Theresa, died and we attended her memorial service in Salem on the 19thhttps://chronospots.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/theresa/   Then in April, Patty attended a ceremony honoring some revolutionary ancestors in Tennessee where an Eagle Scout took on a project to restore an old cemetery.  She reconnected with some of her cousins there and they shared some of their moonshine with her.  In May she flew to Seattle to meet up with Susan and then they flew to Scotland to embark on a 100 mile pub-crawl known as the West Highland Way.  Actually, they hiked more than a hundred miles because some of the pubs were a way off the trail.  On the way home they stopped off in Iceland to enjoy the Blue Lagoo again (they’d been there before).   Then in August Patty returned to Eagle Cap for the fourth time for another working vacation building and repairing trail as 72 year old women are wont to do.

While Patty was off enjoying herself I was home taking care of business as usual.  This year we repainted the house but this time I had professional help.  My grandson, Samuel.  home from OSU for the summer, helped as did ‘Two Stiffs Needing Work’.  The last paint job lasted about 13 years so this will probably be the last time I must worry about this chore.

In September we spent a week at Kala Point during the Wooden Boat Festival with Karen and Rob.  Karen took Patty on a sailing adventure on The Schooner Adventuress where Karen had crewed as a teenager.   Then, in October, Patty joined some friends on a working vacation in Utah at the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument removing Russian Olive.   She spent about a week digging out Russian Olive which is a wicked brush with inch-long thorns which is an invasive weed there.  In November we left on a whim and caught a hop on a USAF cargo plane for about three days on Waikiki.

We’ll be home for the holidays and aren’t planning on doing anything special except enjoying the time with Traci and her family.  Speaking of which, Samuel is now in his second year in Mechanical Engineering at OSU and I firmly believe he will become a world-famous inventor or something.  Gabriel is a Junior at Ashland High School and a member of the Ashland School Band (Tenor Sax) and on track to become an Eagle Scout in the very near future.  Traci is an Educational Assistant in the Ashland School District and volunteers at the school libraries and Ashland Library by doing their displays and artwork.  She also has a presence on the web:  traciscraftcorner on ETSY.  Rene is a professor at Southern Oregon University teaching some esoteric folderol and travels to Denmark and Guanajuato, Mexico frequently because his expertise is apparently in high demand there.  He also helps McGraw-Hill in their video presentations.  Rene’s niece, Eunice, is also a neighbor.  She’s been with us to get her MBA and now is gainfully employed at a local firm.  Patty got her Master’s at SOU too, about 25 years ago.

Susan is still working at Microsoft doing something as mysterious (to me) as Rene and apparently very good at it since she recently got another promotion.  She lets me come up to prune her grapes once a year.  I prune Traci’s grapes too.  It’s good to be useful for something.   Kai is currently on hiatus from his tech job but is still active in several bands and has a possible opportunity to accompany a famous musician on a tour.  Sue and Kai are planning to participate in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st.  We accompanied them to the Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive with John Stewart and Stephen Colbert in 2010 and it was a blast!  I hope this trip goes as well.

So, that’s done.


My Grandkids Ancestors

Posted July 27, 2016 by limberjack
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Sam & Gabe 2013 - 3Samuel and Gabriel Ordonez are American products of generations of overachievers, and that’s just on Patty’s side.   This look at their ancestors doesn’t attempt to look beyond my Grandpa Snazzy on my side or the Ordonez ancestry, which I believe is pretty impressive in its own right. 

 Patty has traced her ancestry through a ‘who’s who’ of American history that includes eleven U.S. presidents; Mayflower immigrants including the first Governor of Massachusetts, William Bradford;  Buffalo Bill Cody; Eli Whitney, and a regiment of Revolutionary War Patriots (20+ and counting).

 Patty wrote a book on the subject but she’s still busily researching and it needs a revision since, when she wrote it, it only included five U.S. presidents and fourteen Revolutionary War Patriots. 

 Her lineage also includes European Nobility like the Vernon‘s that owned Haddon Hall (Mr. Darcy’s Manor in Pride & Prejudice) and whose origins include the Norman Invasion of William the Conqueror.  Winston Churchill is also in the mix as is Joseph Smith and Joseph Earl of the Mormon Religion. 

 So far, the American Presidents include John Adams, the 2nd President; John Q. Adams (the smartest president ever), the 6th President; Millard Fillmore, the 13th President; Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President; Wm. Howard Taft, the 27th President; Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President; Franklin Roosevelt, the 32nd President; Richard Nixon, the 37th President; Gerald Ford, the 38th President; George Bush, the  41st President and, last but not least, George W. Bush the 43rd President.  Teddy Roosevelt and Gerald Ford are not blood relatives but related by marriage.  How’s that for some ‘name-dropping’ material?

 So, Sam and Gabe, you can be President, it’s a family tradition.


There’s been a change in Grandma, we’ve noticed her of late, She’s always reading history or jotting down some date. She’s tracking back the family, we’ll all have pedigrees. Oh, Grandma’s got a hobby, she’s climbing Family Trees.

Poor Grandpa does the cooking now, or so he states, That worst of all, he has to wash the cups and dinner plates. Grandma can’t be bothered, she’s busy as a bee Compiling genealogy – for the Family Tree.

She has no time to baby-sit, the curtains are a fright, No buttons left on Grandad’s shirt, the flower bed’s a sight. She’s given up her club work, the serials on TV, The only thing she does nowadays is climb the Family Tree.

We know more about our forebears than we ever knew before. The books are old and dusty, they make poor Grandma sneeze, A minor irritation when you’re climbing Family Trees.

Last week she got the proof she needs to join the DAR. A worthwhile avocation, to that we all agree, A monumental project, to climb the Family Tree.

Now some folks came from Scotland and some from Galway Bay, Some were French as pastry, some German, all the way. Some went on west to stake their claim, some stayed near by the sea, Grandma hopes to find them all as she climbs the Family Tree.

She wanders through the graveyard in search of date or name, The rich, the poor, the in-between, all sleeping there the same. She pauses now and then to rest, fanned by a gentle breeze That blows above the Fathers of all our Family Trees.

There were pioneers and patriots mixed in our kith and kin Who blazed the paths of wilderness and fought through thick and thin. But none more staunch than Grandma, whose eyes light up with glee Each time she finds a missing branch for the Family Tree.

Their skills were wide and varied, from carpenter to cook And one (Alas!) the record shows was hopelessly a crook. Blacksmith, weaver, farmer, judge, some tutored for a fee, Long lost in time, now all recorded on the Family Tree.

To some it’s just a hobby, to Grandma it’s much more, She knows the joys and heartaches of those who went before. They loved, they lost, they laughed, they wept, and now for you and me They live again in spirit, around the Family Tree.

At last she’s nearly finished and we are each exposed. Life will be the same again, this we all supposed! Grandma will cook and sew, serve cookies with our tea. We’ll all be fat, just as before that wretched Family Tree.

Sad to relate, the Preacher called and visited for a spell, We talked about the Gospel, and other things as well, The heathen folk, the poor and then – ’twas fate, it had to be, Somehow the conversation turned to Grandma and the Family Tree.

We tried to change the subject, we talked of everything But then in Grandma’s voice we heard that old familiar ring. She told him all about the past and soon as plain to see The Preacher, too, was nearly snared by Grandma and the Family Tree.

He never knew his Grandpa, his mother’s name was … Clark? He and Grandma talked and talked, outside it grew quite dark. We’d hoped our fears were groundless, but just like some disease, Grandma’s become an addict – she’s hooked on Family Trees!

Our souls were filled with sorrow, our hearts sank with dismay, Our ears could scarce believe the words we heard our Grandma say, “It sure is a lucky thing that you have come to me, I know exactly how it’s done, I’ll climb your Family Tree!”

Author Unknown


Letter from Dolly

Posted July 19, 2016 by limberjack
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Letter from Dolly  May 3, 1999

Dear Jackie,       I loved getting your letter, it enhanced my guilt for not writing to anyone for several mo’s.  I used to love writing to people & now it’s something I have to work on to do.  I am sorry about it but it’s like that.  In the same mail I had a letter from Joyce.

       Everything is fine here except I don’t see too much of Brenda.  She worked for a nursing home for about 2 mo’s but gave it up as she got an infection.  The doctor thought it was scabbies but it wasn’t; even with biopsies they never found out what it was.  She went back to driving a truck but that is far from steady work.  She worked it for 6 consecutive days & made $949.50 less tax, so if she could get that steady it would be great. 

       I was happy to hear about Ginnie.  I miss all of you so very much.  If Brenda could get steady work she would be on the internet, so it’s the waiting game.

       I wanted to send some photo’s but even though they are new color “thing’s” in the printer, they aren’t Macintosh like Brenda’s so they don’t work right.  When she gets the right one we will be sending you some pictures.

       Jackie, Traci & Rene sent me such a lovely Christmas letter and I haven’t even answered them.  I truly loved hearing about all they are doing and the new baby.  Oh, to be young and mobile again.  And then there’s Susy and Dutch, they are busy too, it really makes you proud.  You asked about Sammy, he never came over but he works as a roofer.  Sara lives in New Jersey.

       March the 1st day of fall.  It has really cooled down from mid-30’s to 40’s to 14-29.  The meteorologist says  March through May will be cooler than usual.  Looks like we’re in for the same winter the rest of the world is coming out of.     

       Well little brother as nothing much happens here I’ll close for now.                                   Lots of Love, Dort                                             I came across this letter from Dolly today and, though she wrote it about eight years before she died and I’ve  already done a posting about Dolly in Chronospots,  for some reason I never included it.  It’s a poignant letter and I want to share it.


Hillarys e-mails

Posted June 16, 2016 by limberjack
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Shocking revelations about Hillary’s e-mails exposed by Wikileaks data dump.

After combing through over 60,000 emails attributed to the former Secretary of State it was learned that she tried to delete over 40,000 of them that were embarrassing or distasteful. More than half of that number had to do with penis enhancement or offers from Russian women for services or other nefarious purposes.  Also, there were several e-mails from Nigerian princes with references to MILLIONS of dollars in overseas bank accounts.

Julian Assange, when asked how he obtained the incriminating information when the Republican investigations have had so much trouble finding anything in the 55,000 emails that they and the FBI have reviewed, replied that he couldn’t be held responsible for the incompetence of those entities.

The FBI, when asked about the status of their investigation which has thousands of agents and millions of dollars devoted to it, responded that they were months away from any answers. “It will be at least November before we have any comments to the exceptionally grave and incriminating charges”, said SAIC I. P. Freely.

Meanwhile, Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, says he will hire former Baylor Chancellor, Ken Starr, to oversee an extensive investigation into this “very, very, very serious matter”. He promised to “Spill the Beans” which will guarantee that Hillary Clinton will “end up in Prison”!!!

And Bernie Sanders, in a reversal of his previous stance on the issue, says “The American people haven’t heard enough about her damn e-mails”! He admits that his path to the nomination for president is steep.

Hillary-Emails emails

Pattys birthday 2016

Posted April 4, 2016 by limberjack
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Tomorrow is Patty’s birthday but she’s not here…again.  She is currently in SLC researching dead people at the Mormon Library.  And later this month she’s flying to Tennessee for the rededication of the Vernon Cemetery, an ancestral cemetery with Revolutionary War implications.  When she gets back from that, she and Susan are going to Scotland for a week-long 100 mile hike that I like to refer to as a 100 mile pub-crawl as they have frequent stops at inns along the way. 

This is actually a pretty good arrangement for me, Patty’s frequent trips to pursue her interests while I stay home and water the plants, since I have little interest in genealogy and don’t particularly like to go on hikes unless there’s a brew pub at the end of it.  But when I’m left to my own devices I frequently fall into bad habits.  For instance, last night I watched a particularly bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie on Netflix and I’m reading a misogynistic Wilbur Smith historical novel.  And, of course, I’m prone to making Chronospots postings, which I find I usually do when Patty’s off on a trip somewhere. 

As usual, I still haven’t gotten Patty the diamond necklace that she so richly deserves, or the Mercedes convertible that she’s always wanted.  As a matter of fact, I didn’t get her anything, which will be a little less uncomfortable since she’s in Salt Lake City and her absence eases my guilt a little bit.   However, the fact that I feel guilty about it is in my favor I think.  It’s not like I completely forgot about it.   I prefer to think that I’m like Rex Harrison in ‘My Fair Lady’, protected in my thoughtlessness by my maleness.  Besides, I can’t afford a diamond necklace because I need to paint the house this year. 

So, in the interest of brevity and laziness, I’m going to link to a previous posting from four years ago which has an amazing relevance:  It’s Patty’s birthday today!!! 

Lindsley Family History

Posted March 7, 2016 by limberjack
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Patty has traced her family history to ten Revolutionary War Patriots and to the Mayflower and she’s still going.  She also has established five presidents in her family tree as well as Samuel Adams,  Eli Whitney, Buffalo Bill Cody and Winston Churchill.  

The Revolutionary War patriots include Daniel Lindsley, Daniel Adams, Michael Keith Madden, Charles Meseroll, Philip Mead Sr., Timothy Mead Jr., Leuman Gee, Soloman Gee, Richard Lattin and Col. Ephraim Seelye. 

The Presidents are Johm Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Calvin Coolidge, William Howard Taft and Millard Fillmore.   Also, Gov. William Bradford, the first Governor of Massachusetts was an ancestor and her link to the Mayflower Society. 

She is hesitant about my posting her family details on the internet but I have included some of her family history in posts on Chronospots.  Several posts are linked here:

1.       Patty’s Roots  < https://chronospots.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/pattys-roots/>

2.     New England Vampire Panic of 1793 = https://chronospots.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/new-england-vampire-panic-of-1793/

3.    Patty’s Family = https://chronospots.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/pattys-family/

Mayflower Cert


Posted March 7, 2016 by limberjack
Categories: Family, Friends


B:  September 24, 1924Woburn, MA     D: February 25, 2016

 1.  https://www.geni.com/people/Theresa-Johnson/760418

2.  https://chronospots.wordpress.com/2011/05/19/my-story-by-theresa/ 

3.  https://chronospots.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/528/

 My sister,  Theresa, died on February 25th at Tierra Rose Nursing Home in Salem.  She was 91 years old and had been suffering with Alzheimer’s for the last several years.  She has been cremated and there will be a Memorial Service in her honor on March 19th at 1:PM at the Golden Funeral Home at 605 Commercial St SE in Salem.  She is survived by her son, Robin N. Koepl, his wife Karen and their children Lisel, Devin and Brian.   The minister for the service will be Bob Weinberger.  Robin requests that any donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association< http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp>

The links above are to her family tree on Geni (1), her story that she wrote on Chronospots (2) and the story of our family which she also wrote, on Chronospots (3).   Thankfully she took the time to write about her memories, at Robin’s urging, or a big slice of our family history would have been lost.  Many of her friends and family members will be together for the first time in years to honor Theresa.  

Here’s a copy of her obituary:  

Theresa May (Ware) Johnson   (1924 – 2016) Obituary

September 24, 1924 –  February 25, 2016

Theresa Johnson passed away peacefully on February 25, 2016 at Tierra Rose Care Center in Salem. Theresa’s life revolved around family and friends. Beloved by family, she had an easy-going, even-tempered demeanor with the ability to get along with everyone, loved animals and babies and had a quirky sense of humor, delighting in playing pranks. 

Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, her family moved to Springfield in 1932. She attended Brattain Elementary School and Springfield High School, where she played clarinet in the band, graduating in 1943. In high school Theresa began working for the railroad on the first women’s crew, pulling up track between Eugene and Springfield. She earned enough money as a welder in the shipyards on Swan Island to attend U of O for one year studying art. After working as a telephone switchboard operator for five years, she spent the remainder of her life as a homemaker. 

Theresa hunted and fished, canned vegetables from her garden, and baked bread and pastries. Her artistic flair is evident in the cakes she baked and decorated, floral arrangements, crafts (beading & ribbon roses) and Japanese “bunka” embroidery which she both taught and exhibited in fairs, winning many blue ribbons. She enjoyed traveling to visit family members, spending time at her second home in Florence, playing her lap steel guitar, and was active in the Springfield Moose Lodge, serving as senior regent in theWomen of the Moose. Her final years were spent at Dallas Retirement Village and Rosewood Court Residential Care in Salem. 

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Effie Ware; her siblings, Edythe Heintz, Virginia “Ginny” Thompson, Mildred “Millie” Moody, Pete Ware, Dorothy “Dolly” Sweeney and Naomi “Omi” Murphy; and husbands, Aloyisus Koepl, Donald Redfield and George “Jim” Johnson. 

She is survived by her brother, Frank “Jack” (Patty) Ware and son, Robin (Karen) Koepl, three grandchildren, Lisel, Devin and Brian, and many nieces and nephews. 

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. SE, Salem, at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 19. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association .

A selection of pictures pertaining to Theresa and her life are included here.  Anyone wanting to contribute pictures or comments for this posting please submit them to me at fjware@msn.com and I will gladly add them to this post.  Here’s a link to other family pictures on Chronospots:  <https://chronospots.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/family-pictures/>


Theresa's Wedding

Theresa’s Wedding

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