Some of My Old Bill Family Photos

The aftermath of a Bill family dinner!

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This is one of my favorites of the old pictures from my family album. I laugh every time I see it. An uninformed bystander would never know that this was not a disaster scene. It is just the aftermath of a Bill family dinner. My maternal grandmother was a Bill. They were a ranching family from way back. Their grandfather was a founding member of a very large ranch outside of Stockton, CA. His name was Sedley Bill (1822-1907) and his wife was Miriam Fawcett (1828-?). Burtis Bill (1870-1938), their son and my great-grandfather, and my great-grandmother Odie Williams (1883-1956) moved around CA a bit and finally landed in Susanville, CA. Three of their four sons, Charles, Howard, and Stanley bought a ranch from their sister, my grandmother, a recently abandoned wife, teacher, and mother of two. These were hard-working guys who were up before dawn, taking care of the livestock. They worked hard, ate well, and went to sleep. My great-grandmother, a widow, lived there and helped take care of her sons and the ranch.

Edna Mae Bill Buffham

Edna Bill  1930's
Edna Bill 1930's | Source
Edna Buffham, her daughter in front of her and her son is the tall boy in the back by the door..  mid 1940's
Edna Buffham, her daughter in front of her and her son is the tall boy in the back by the door.. mid 1940's | Source
Edna Buffham, my mother Katharine and unknown baby, possibly Orrin Jr., mid 1940's
Edna Buffham, my mother Katharine and unknown baby, possibly Orrin Jr., mid 1940's | Source
Edna Buffham and her son Jim. mid 1950's
Edna Buffham and her son Jim. mid 1950's | Source
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Edna Buffham  mid 1960's
Edna Buffham mid 1960's | Source

Edna Buffham

Edna Mae Bill Buffham (1906-1980), was the eldest child of Burtis and Odie Bill. She was a teacher when teachers were expected to be pure and well-behaved. She loved children and loved to teach. The same lady who told me about my uncle Charlie and the horses, told me that her husband had my grandmother for a teacher. She was the granddaughter of my grandmothers best friend.

She said her husband told her that discipline was strict but fair. The boy(usually) would be told to bend over in his chair with his head under the desk while my grandmother whacked them with the pointer. The misbehaving boy would jerk up and bang his head on the bottom of the desk also. They did not repeat bad behavior. I also went to school with a boy who had her for a first grade teacher. He did not like her because she was mean. The way he behaved, you know he got whacked often.

The best friend married one of my grandmothers brothers, which was not good. My grandmother never forgave him for the mess he made of that. One of the most cherished memories I have is my grandmother inviting her friends over for tea and coffee when I was there. She would allow me to get her good china out and be the hostess. She gave me that set of china when I got my first apartment. I cherish it and we use it on the holidays.

The picture of her with the kids at the school bus has both of her children in it. She would take them with her on the bus so they would not be home alone. Her husband went for a pack of cigarettes when my mom was 3 and showed back up 20 years later, leaving her to raise the children alone. Her mother, brothers and sister helped. Only two brothers had any children so they were all like grandparents.

My mom used to tell about when she was bad and my grandmother was after her. She would run to her oldest uncle, Charlie, and jump in his lap. Charlie would look at my grandmother with a twinkle in his eye and ask her, "You're not going to spank this baby, are you?" It is amazing that she turned out well.

A Good Explanation of Ranching

Charles (Charlie) Bill and his horses!

Charlie always rode a buckskin. He never mentioned a name for them. My mom asked her grandmother once why he called that beautiful horse that horrible name. It was 'You old son of a b1tch'.
Charlie always rode a buckskin. He never mentioned a name for them. My mom asked her grandmother once why he called that beautiful horse that horrible name. It was 'You old son of a b1tch'. | Source
Harnessing the team to the hay wagon. These horses don't look so big until you figure that the man doing the harnessing is 6'5".
Harnessing the team to the hay wagon. These horses don't look so big until you figure that the man doing the harnessing is 6'5". | Source

Charles (Charlie) Bill, 1909-1984, was the oldest of the brothers. He was a gruff man, with a very mischievous sense of humor. His blue eyes would twinkle with mischief. We knew he was always going to be doing something to pick at us. He used to scare me when I was little but as I grew up, I came to cherish him.He was a very accomplished rider and could use a whip with the best of them. This was needed with the stallions and bulls that they had on their ranch. I would watch him use the whip to turn the cows when he was herding them. He would just flick it out there in their direction and never touch them with it.

He also drove teams of horses hooked to the wagons. His picture was on the cover of the California Farmer magazine back in the 1960's driving a hay wagon with 8 horses abreast. A step-cousin emailed me not too long ago, telling me about her memories of them. She lived in the area and I only got to visit. She said when they were working the horses, cars would line up on the side of the road, watching them.

Howard and Stanley Bill

Howard Bill  1940's
Howard Bill 1940's | Source
Howard Bill (left) and Stanley Bill (right) 1940's
Howard Bill (left) and Stanley Bill (right) 1940's | Source

Howard and Stanley Bill

The two babies of the family were George Howard (1921-2005), and Stanley (1925-). You have heard about Howard in my "Honoring Our Veterans" hub. He is pictured in both pictures above. He was quiet and good humored. He never married. The story was that while he was in Germany, his girlfriend married someone else. He always sat there with a smile on his face.

When my grandmother fell down in her later years and could not get up, she drug herself to the phone, knocked the receiver off with her cane and when the operator came on; asked her to dial the ranch. Howard answered and she told him she needed some help getting up. He was there in minutes and picked this 6 foot woman up and put her in her chair. Then he was off to the kitchen to get her a drink and check her over. He was a dear person.

Stanley is the only one still alive of the whole bunch. I don't get to see him as I live on the other side of the country now but I miss them all. Stanley had one daughter, Patty. You can see in this picture of him that he is just a teenager. Something that I have forgotten to mention is that they were all quite tall. The men were 6'5"-6'6". The women were 6'-6'3". Now you all know where I get my height.

Miriam Bill Boese and Odie May Williams

Lydia Miriam Bill Boese (1908-1977)  1930's
Lydia Miriam Bill Boese (1908-1977) 1930's | Source
Odie Williams Bill w/ Howard hiding on the other side.  1930's
Odie Williams Bill w/ Howard hiding on the other side. 1930's | Source
Odie Williams Bill (1883-1956)  1950's
Odie Williams Bill (1883-1956) 1950's | Source

My great-aunt Miriam had a profound effect on our lives. She was a surgical nurse. They called her 'Bill', her family called her 'Sis'. She was a gentle, loving woman and loved children. She had female problems and had a hysterectomy. She could never have children. She adopted her brothers and sisters children. She also adopted their grandchildren. She sent us money for birthdays. At Christmas, she would buy us clothes and something for our beds. Blankets, sheets, bedspreads, and pillows. When I turned 19 and moved into my own apartment, I had enough to make a dozen beds with blizzard temps.

When I was 18, my grandmother had a heart attack. She stayed with my great-aunt when she got out of the hospital. My grandmother really wanted to go home. When I graduated early from high school, I went out to my grandmother's house and stayed for several months to be with her until the Dr. said it was all right for her to be home alone. It was a fun time as I really enjoyed her company. She had macular degeneration and had lost her center vision. I read to her because she was blind by then. My great-aunt would come out every couple of days and check on her, bring any groceries we wanted, and visit. She brought a bottle of wine with her. They hid it in the back of the pan cupboard. They would get it out, tittering like a couple of schoolgirls doing something wrong. They would pour a small glass and drink it. It was so cute and endearing. I will never forget it. These women in their 70's, feeling risque for having a small glass of wine.

She nursed her mother through cancer in the 50's, administering large doses of morphine to help the pain. She took care of my grandmother when she got cancer three different times. She nursed her husband through cancer and came home one day to find he had hemorrhaged all over the bathroom. She was in the hospital for some tests, the thermometer broke while they were taking her temp. They rushed her from little Susanville hospital to big Reno hospital. Tests there showed that she had cancer. She was dead within 24 hours. My whole family truly believe that she heard the word cancer and was so horrified that she willed herself to die.

Orrin Bill and Eugene Bill

Orrin Bill (1911-1991) is the black sheep of the family. I do not have a picture of him. If I find one, I will put it up but I did not want to miss him. He was not as close as the others. He lived further away and he was what they considered a wild one. He loved to dance and he drank. He went to the bars and was at all the dances. He was the head hostler for the Mapes Ranch. He did not buy in with the other brothers. He lived very simply in a shed with an outhouse. Nothing fancy for him. He used a washtub to clean up for the dances.

There was another brother but he died in 1938, a few months before their father. I am still trying to track down the cause of death on him. His name was Eugene and was born in 1919, if anyone knows something that I don't, please tell me.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Hi Becky,

What wonderful family photo's and to know all the history, names, and places is truly a treasure. Thank you for sharing them with us. The horses are huge since you said that the man was 6'5...You know in many old photo's many are not smiling but your family seem to have a smile on many so I know you they have passed down the joy to you.

Thank you again,

Sunnie


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Becky - these are just a great group of pictures. Most of the men skinny as rails from hard work. Your family is so honored to be remembered in such a grand way. Thanks for sharing these.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Sunnie, I am happy that you think the history, names and places added to it. I wasn't sure how much to put in here. Those were really big horses. The hay wagons had so much weight on them. It required many big, muscular workhorses to pull them. My family were smilers. Some of them were even grinners. You found this really quick, you must have been looking for something to read. Glad you came by to look-see.

Mike, I am happy that you like these. Do you think they qualify for the contest. They are original and never published but not my original. They weren't really skinny. Just muscular. They were slender. No fat on a working rancher. I am so happy you came by for a look-see.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I am not sure Becky. Most of the photos submitted have been new. Can't hurt to take the chance.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Becky, these photos are the type of thing I just love. I agree with Sunnie, the details and history add to the Hub. This is the kind of thing many of us wish we had and knew about our families. I love the calico dresses, the overalls, the smiles and just everything about this.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Mike, I will look around a little more. See what I can find out. Thanks.

Hyphenbirdie, So glad to see you here. The little bits of history I have on them make them so interesting. My mom and grandmother talked about them but some things I just did not feel belonged in here. The calico dresses were so cute. The one my grandmother is wearing though, just was not a flattering cut for her. She had a waist but that made her look heavy around the middle. She was so sweet and I look at my grandchildren and think 'she would have adored them'. Thank you for coming by and having a look-see.


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holdmycoffee 5 years ago

Love the photos of your family. This type of photos says so much more about a family than your usual positioned photos by professionals. Really enjoyed your hub.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

holdmycoffee, I love old photographs, and yes, I think snapshots are much more interesting than posed pictures also. I have another hub with old photos you might be interested in also. I am so glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for coming by for a look-see.


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fornalina 5 years ago from Poznan, Poland

I love your photos, Becky. Those old, black-and-white photos carry so much history and I like them more than colorful ones. I wish I could trace down my family as you did but as we are scattered throughout Poland it may be a difficult task.


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

You have some lovely family photos Becky, the one that caught my eye was Lydia, she is beautiful. It is interesting to see old. Charlie look as though he was just wandering into a Clint Eastwood movie... :-) It does bring it all to life. The history you have given was really interesting to read.

Thank you for sharing

P.S I left a link in Emerald Wells cafe that might help with your questions before I read this so wont paste it here again.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

fornalina, I love the black and white photos also. My family was not easy to trace. Some came from all over Europe. I joined Ancestry.com for a while to help find some of them. I just started entering in what I knew and they match up with names and birth dates and places. It has taken several years of joining for a month or two, searching like crazy, entering things in and matching them up. I got some information from my mom and some from my grandmother before she died. I enjoyed finding information on it and am still getting information. I appreciate you coming by and taking a look.

Rosemary, I had to think who Lydia was. We always called her Miriam or Auntie. My grandmother called her Sis. I have had people tell me that I look just like her but I do not see it. Uncle Charlie was a character. He is what Clint Eastwood imitated. He was the original. I am glad that you enjoyed and came for a look-see. I will go look for what you posted at Mcks.


Ghost32 5 years ago

Definitely awesome, Becky--plus (Pam and I both noticed this, independently) the 1930s Edna Bill photo looks like she and my 5'8" mother, aka Lucy Howe Baker, could have been sisters.

Mom was also one from those generations of "pure as the driven snow" teachers with a Masters Degree in English from Peabody University in Tennessee (though she was a native of Oregon). So far as family history tells, she maintained that purity until she married my father...who was nine years her junior...and her former high school English student.

It would be hilarious to see a photo of your uncle Charlie, say, and my Dad side by side. Elvin M went as high as 215 pounds but topped out in his prime at 5' 6", not 6' 5"...:)

Voted Up and Across.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Fred, It would have been hilarious, think Mutt and Jeff. Uncle Charley probably hit 215 but at a foot taller, his was all muscle and bone. I thought of your Tam tales when I was looking at the picture of the team being harnessed. For such large horses, they were very well formed. I am not sure which of my uncles was doing the harnessing but he was at least 6'5". Any of them would have been completely at home on the Flywheel.

Interesting that your mom and my grandmother looked so similar. Lydia was her sister but they didn't look anything at all alike. Different eyes and nose.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Becky, I love looking at old black and white family photos, and reading their history.

It's great you have the names and dates, this was such an enjoyable and interesting read.

Thank you for sharing and voting up, best wishes MM


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

MM, when my grandmother died and we were clearing out her house, we found several boxes of these photos. We had my great-uncles look at them and we wrote who they were and the closest date we could on the backs. It helps to have them identified by someone who knew the people. I am so happy that you enjoyed these pictures.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Becky, I really enjoyed seeing your old family pictures. You are so lucky to have them. I see a resemblance between you and Lydia. Can you imagine everyone eating and laying in the grass after eating now? Some old nosey neighbor would call the cops HaHa..Thank's for sharing. Cheers


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

always, When my mom died, my husband grabbed the pictures and started scanning. He wanted them to save. My sister said we could have them because we were so interested in them. Everyone who wanted a copy got a CD of the old pictures.

They were known there and people would drive up and start talking to anyone who happened to be awake. I just love that picture. I have had friends of hers tell me I look like her but I just do not see it. I am happy that you enjoyed and came by for a look-see.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Some of the styles remind me of my grandmother and some aunts. I grew up in a big city but grandparents on both sides lived "up north" in the country.My mothers folks were farmers but my fathers family lived on a small part of land. I recall chickens and such.It cold be they were retired. I think they farmed at one time.

Most of our old pictures got misplaced when we moved.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Oh, how sweet to have these beautiful old photos. I keep a family album, one for each year. I have told my kids if the house ever catches fire, grab the albums, cause they can never be replaced. I love the old black and white photos, the dresses, the overalls, everything. Beautiful.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

dahoglund, I am so sorry that your pictures got misplaced. That is why I have a couple of copies. I may lose the original pictures but I always will have it on cd or flash drive. I know what several generations on both sides did for a living. I am fascinated by that type of thing. I am so happy that you came by to take a look.

mary615, I have a ton of pictures. If we wasted that much time getting out, we would all die. I have scanned all of my pictures and have them on cd or and flash drives. My son has a flash drive full, at his house. I have a flash drive in a safe deposit box, and I have a flash drive in my purse. They all get updated so that I do not lose them. I can always make more prints from the flash drives. I am so happy that you came by to look.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Fascinating photos, Becky, and outstanding vignettes of family members. What a wonderful idea to scan all those old and olden family photos and put them on flash drives. I plan to do that, too. Thanks for the reminder.


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Story Page 5 years ago from England, the UK

Becky you have an interesting family album, looking at the photos is like stepping back in time, which is nice. Well put together and interesting.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Story Page, It is so nice to see you here. I love these old photos. It is like stepping back in time when I look at them. Almost all of this generation of family is gone now and I really cherish a look back at them. They were living like this until the end and the one that is left still lives like this. He doesn't like to use the tractor for pulling the hay wagon still. He will use the horses. Hires people to do the work but he drives the hay wagon. He is in his 80's now.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

drbj, It is always nice to see you in here. I appreciate the kudos on the vignettes. They were all dearly loved and are definitely missed. We all need to get our treasured photos on flash drives and send some around for other family members to hold for us. If there were a fire or flood, they would be gone forever and no way to replace them. hat would be so devastating. I appreciate you coming by for a look.


alastar packer 5 years ago

Aw, Becky just love these pics from the Cal ranch and your family history. So you had one that went out for cigs too,eh. Bill was such a fine lady-hate to read that what happened. Hope you can have a visit with Stanley, Patty again. Thanks so much here Becky.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Edna Buffham and her son Jim. mid 1950's, I think this is my favorite. Just came by to say hello.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Alastar, It is so nice to see you here. Yes, that was the old excuse. Auntie was such a great lady. She nursed them all, she knew what it as like and while they were looking for damage from the mercury, they found a tumor. She was doing good up until they told her. They were sure she was going to be fine. Less than 12 hours later, her organs just started to shut down. I am still hoping to get back out there and see them and my dad's side. They are going with startling rapidity lately. I am glad you came by for a look.

Mike, I love that one and the one of her with my mom. I forgot how beautiful she was. The picture shows her beauty to come. I will be by the cafe soon. Been busy today because I will be gone most of the day tomorrow.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Becky your Mom looks a lot like my sister at about the same age. Maybe a 15 year separating them.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Mom was born in '36. She always thought she was plain. My dad and I thought she was beautiful.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

She is beautiful. She has to be she looks like my sister. '48 but you didn't hear it from me.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

My husband was born in Mar. of '48. Hear what?


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Becky,

I want to confess with embarrassing candor that I left the Cafe this AM without paying for my cheese danish and black coffee. Yes, sometimes (well, every day I check in to see what my wonderful friends are up to-- sometimes I leave a wild and amazingly brilliant comments like the Walton's family tree, most days not so much...) So, I am a closet Cafe freeloader of sorts and I trust you will not let on to Mike.

I am sorry that you are having a crappy day. I was as well until I saw your family pictures. I say that very lovingly because they showed me a part of you that was so very endearing. You are a breath of fresh air and beauty, to know that you are juggling so much makes you even more amazing. I pray you always keep your sense of humor and those of us who care about you close by for support. Things will always be a little off but at least we have each other.

Sometimes I laugh like a hyena at the cardstore with nostalgic picture cards and really outrageous sayings inside... I am thinking you have a side business, respectfully speaking. Voted UP & across the board. Hugs, Maria


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Dear Maria, I do the same thing. I drop by at the cafe to see if my friends are up to anything. They cheer me up sometimes without even knowing I am around. You, dear friend, have come by to try and cheer me up and I so appreciate it. My sense of humor is gone for a day or two, so I will not be commenting until I can regain it some.

If I wrote about how much trouble I have had in my life, no one would want to read it as it would be so depressing. I try to keep my depression out of sight and most of the time it works. God and I deal with it together. I really appreciate you coming by today.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Becky,

Will you do me a big favor...? Do not respond to this, at least not right now. I (many of us) will read whatever you have to say (whenever you have to say it)... for now, I cannot think of a better person to discuss your specific issues with than God. With few exceptions in my life (Mom being another), God always has the answers we need. You are close in my thoughts for a peace filled day with the belief that tomorrow will come, mar.


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

This is a great Hub Becky, a real family treasure. There are some really interesting photos here of times gone by. Your forefathers and mothers were strong and dignified looking people. I can see you have same traits and yes your mom, what a beauty. I'm so glad I finally made it to see this. Good work, you should be very proud. Regards, snakeslane


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

snakeslane, I am so happy that you came by to take a look. I love these old photos and keep going to look at them all the time.I have them on my computer and just sneak into the file. They were such strong people and so loving and caring. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Thankyou Becky. I am deep in the family history and photos myself. It is a big job to put that kind of story together. I published one of my dad's poems here on Hub pages under a different profile name it's 'missingyou. if you get a chance have a look. It's doing better then anything I've written. And I was going to use that page for some more of his poems(one or two more) and some family history stuff when I get a chance.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your photos were very interesting, Becky. I loved the first one - it was so funny! Old photos are a wonderful connection to the past. I have old black and white photographs of my grandparents and their families, which I would hate to lose.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

snakeslane, I have traced some of my ancestors back to 950 AD.I am still working on it when I get a chance.

AliciaC, I love that first one also, it is hysterical. I would hate to lose these photos also, that is why I have them on CD, my computer, and several flash drives located around the country. My son has one, I have one, and my sister has one. There is no natural disaster that will get them all.


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

Man, are you lucky, Becks...there are a lot of folks that wish they had as many fine family photos as you do. Have you done any genealogy on any of your families? Seems to me you have much info to do one whizbang of a tree...thanks for sharing this! :)TR


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Thomas, I have a lot more of the pictures but I just picked some of my favorites. Yes, I have done quite a bit of the genealogy. I have some lines traced back to the 800's and I am still working on it. I have a tree at Ancestry.My husband has his traced back further but his was a little easier. More of his is in the history books. Thank you for coming by and visiting.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Becky, you can and may be so proud - your family is of surpassing excellence. The quality of your photo's is also astonishing. How did you get them so clear and vivid?

Voted up and awesome!


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

Yeah, I belong on Ancestry-although I temporarily suspended my membership when I dove into this writing thing. I have one branch that I managed to trace directly back to Germany in 1585...that's the one I wrote about in my hub "A life interrupted". It's a lot of fun...when you don't run into too many dead ends :)TR


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Martie, I am very proud of my family. They were good people. It helps to have good, clear pictures to start. I used a combination scanner, copier, printer and scanned them all. They were like this when I looked at them to make sure they were all there on my CD. I have them on flash drive now so I can protect them a little better. They are a little more stable. My son also has a copy of them at his house. Thank you for coming by to take a look and for the votes.

Thomas, I don't keep my Ancestry account going all the time. I will for a month or two and then I stop it and work on the info. that I have gathered. I have some of mine traced back to Dukes, Duchesses, and Scottish Lairds. It is fun and interesting.


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Becky, thanks so much for sharing your stories and these wonderful family photos with us. I wish I had so much family history to remember - its such a treasure to have a trunk of these stories and to have had so much time with the elders in your family. Happy times. They'll be with you to get you through the tough parts. love and hugs, erin


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Erin, It is so nice to see you here. These pictures are so important to me. I love to have them to look at and remind me of all the great times we had. I wish all people had some pictures like these. Quite a few of these stories I got from family members that remembered them. I have also done quite a bit of genealogy work and gotten some from way far back. I will eventually do some stories for others. Thanks for coming by to look at these.


september girl 5 years ago

Cool photos! I love the old black and white pictures of family or of other peoples families. Thanks for the wonderful share. I saw a story in each one of them. Despite everything you told about them. Aren't the images through time and of our past, marvelous though? ;)


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

september girl, I feel the same way about old pictures. I prefer the natural ones to the posed ones as they show us more of the person. Thanks for coming by and looking.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Becky,

What a treasure that you have created on here.

How wonderful to have all those photos and information.

If you are like me it doubles the pleasure to share with others on here.

I vote up up and away here.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi Eddy, yes, I did remember. I am proud of myself. I am so glad you enjoyed these. I do enjoy these so much and love hearing the comments from people on them. I guess I am a little proud of these people, Thanks for coming by and looking.


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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Funny thing about old family photos...you feel like you knew the folks in them or at least I do. I see you had some real cowboys in the family too! Thanks for sharing...very interesting. WB


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Wayne, Yes, I had some real cowboys in the family. There is only one of them remaining but he still lives on the ranch outside Susanville, CA. I always feel a connection with the people in the old pictures also. I am happy that you enjoyed them and Thank you for coming by to look.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Becky - I gotta say I enjoyed this sooooo much!!!

The photos are intriguing and I loved that you had such detailed information about the family members!

I didn't want it to end, lol!


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Femmeflashpoint, They're my close relatives and I like genealogy. I should know something about them. I have tracked that side of the family back to the 1700's here in the New World. I also have quite a bit on them in the Old Countries.

I love old pictures and am fascinated by the history of them.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Hello Becky, you have some true treasures here! Wow, I really loved this hub you wrote, and the amazing pictures you shared. Thank you so much. I love hearing about those times, and seeing the people in the settings. Voted up in every way.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

It is wonderful that you have these photos and can share information about your relatives like this. I am so happy that my mother and I sat down and sorted through old family photos, labeled them and I learned (as much as I remember from her talking about them) from her when she was alive. That is a gift! By having them on the Internet...unless you take it down...it will be a living history forever. Up and interesting votes. Thanks! Enjoyed this.


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Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

oceansnsunsets, I am so happy that you enjoyed these photos. I cherish these photos and really enjoy having them. These people were almost all alive when I was growing up and still lived on the same ranch. Thank you for the votes and for sharing them with me.

Peggy W, These people were all but one alive when I was growing up and I heard most of these things about them from them. When m grandmother died, her brothers went through these photos and told us about the photos. Some of the photos were of people we had no idea who were but many were of family members. I will always have the information about them even if I take them down. Thank you for coming by and sharing them and for the votes.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

These photos are wonderful. I absolutely LOVE this kind of hub. And the stories about your folks show the care you take in preserving their memories for their decendants. Awesome! You are so right about photos being among our most prized and valuable possessions.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Peg, so glad you liked this. It is taking a little more research but I can go back another couple of generations on this branch of the family. I also go into the newer generation. Try "Kids Messing with our Minds". Have fun.


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Truckstop Sally 4 years ago

Your pictures are wonderful. So fortunate you had the where-with-all to identify the folks in them. Just this weekend my daughter said -- Mom you are acting like a Grandma -- trying to feed everyone. I am sure she meant it as a criticism, but I took it as a compliment. Thanks for sharing.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Sally, When my grandmother died, we nabbed her brothers and had them identify the people in them. We didn't know who most of them were and knew they would. I am so happy that we did, we only have one of her brothers left now. He is in his 80's and I know we are going to lose him before too long. I am so happy that you enjoyed these.

I am also laughing about your daughter's comment. A single friend of my son's came by while we were still eating and I just told my son to grab another plate and silver. He didn't have anyone to spend Christmas with so he was by himself. What's one more. Terrible to be alone on Christmas.


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mathira 4 years ago from chennai

Nostalgic memories.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Yes, wonderful memories. Thank you for visiting.


girltalksshop 4 years ago

This is an awesome photo album of your family and its history, Becky Katz! I need to put captions under my photos I suppose. Very cool...thanks for leading me here. : )Voted up and awesome!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

girltalksshop, This is indeed a wonderful way to keep your family history alive. I will not lose the information and my children will have it also. I have it saved on my computer for my children and am putting it on ancestry.com so other members of the family will have it also.

I have another hub of even older pictures that you may enjoy, they are not relatives. I do appreciate you coming by to visit.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Becky-What a wonderful way to keep memories of family alive. I love the old black and white photos. Your family history is very interesting and I enjoyed reading this.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Minnetonka Twin, I love these old pictures of my family and every time I get into this hub, I find myself reading the whole thing. It reminds me of how great these people were. I am glad you liked this. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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chrisnstar 4 years ago

wonderful photos and family history. This kind of writing makes history come alive.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

chrisnstar, I thought with your interests that you would enjoy these pictures. My great-uncles ranch was always a wonderful place to visit. These pictures tell so much about these wonderful, loving people. I appreciate you coming by to visit and am very glad that you enjoyed them.


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chrisnstar 4 years ago

One of my favorite Greek uncles grew up on a ranch in Ely, Nv. I never got to see it, but heard great stories.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

I was raised in Sparks, right next to Reno. I had some cousins who lived in Ely and I think I have been there. Ranches are great places to grow up. So many things to do. Hard work also but you don't get bored.


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bewhary 4 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I loved this! I really enjoyed looking at all these!


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

bewhary, I had a lot of fun with this one. I enjoyed the memories, they are so full of. I am glad you enjoyed them and thanks for coming by to visit.


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steve of ian fame 4 years ago from Essex

Old photos help reaffirm our identities.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

For those of us who do not know who we are, yes. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

A wonderful story and I'd give my eye teeth to have such photos, what magnificent and very beautiful eyes Lydia has and the story that's told through the photos alone but your having the history makes for such a big plus


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Hi katyzzz, I love these old photos. I have had friends of hers tell me that I look a lot like her. I consider that a compliment although I do not see the resemblance. I loved these people and spent a lot of summers with them. All but my great-grandmother have died since the late 70's. She died the year before I was born but I have heard so many stories about her and even have some of her quilts that she made. One is like new as it was never quite finished. I also have her Bible.

I do have a fourth cousin that had never seen these pictures, just heard stories of these people and she was delighted to find them and their stories. I have never met her. I am so happy that you enjoyed this. Thank you for coming by to visit.


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breathing 4 years ago from Bangladesh

Reading this hub...I have realized that you have passed very beautiful, glorious and memorable days. Every human being miss these kind of days that he or she passed away. I have read your hub about kids. I think they support you to live in peace. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

breathing, I think you may believe that I am older than I am. The picture of me under my grandchildren is the current me. These are my great-uncles, great-aunt, great-grandmother and grandmother. My mother is a little girl in these pictures. My husband and I are still supporting ourselves. I hope we never get to the point where our children have to take care of us. I am glad that you enjoyed these pictures of my ancestors and thank you for visiting.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

This was great going over your family history and seeing the family album again Becky. How small that school bus is- it doesn't appear to be much bigger than a station wagon! Oh and where is Dickson located in Tenn.?


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Glad you enjoyed some of the family history. Dickson is right on I-40 about an hour west of Nashville. Thanks for coming by to visit.


Jacqulyn Buffham 11 months ago

Hi Becky,

I was just thinking of my grandfather Jim Buffham today and was lucky enough to come across your post. His birthday was yesterday (Dec. 24th) and he would have been 82. I love the picture of my grandpa and My great grandmother Edna. My grandpa was one of my favorite people and I've heard a lot of stories about the ranch. If you have anymore pictures of him I would love to see them


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Becky Katz 11 months ago from Hereford, AZ Author

Jacqulyn, Your grandfather was one of my favorite people also. I had a grandson born on the 23rd and was thinking of Jim all day. I have a bunch of older photos of him, but they are not on digital. One of these days, I will get the time to scan them and I will send them to you when I do. Tell your dad I said Hi. I am so happy you found this and I know your dad would be interested in them too. If he has something to add to this, I would be interested.

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