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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sepia Saturday #68, Post #2 of 2: Happy Birthday Dad!

These photos are family treasures and are copyrighted on my blog, along with all written text.  I'd sure hate to see them show up elsewhere.  All rights reserved!
Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Tomorrow is my Dad's birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dad, I love you lots!

Here is his baby book, that my Grandma Johnson worked so hard on.  I love it, and I hope that you will enjoy it too.  I transcribed it just as Grandma wrote it:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
To Ralph Lee,
From Aunt Neata

With Lots of Love

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Thursday, April 1, 19--  2:45 O.clock. PM
9 lbs
At Home
Dr. James Rabison
Nurse Grandma Johnson, Grandma Summers 

and Mrs. Mat Smith

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Ralph Lee Johnson

Mr. Delmer Johnson
Mrs. Agnes Johnson

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

My foot, 23 days old, April 24

I blew a whistle for the first time the day I was 10 months and 2 weeks old.

When I was 10 months old I would pat a cake and then hol up my hands to give Mama and Dad a bite.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
My hand, April 11, 10 days old.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I received letters from Aunt Ora Dunivan, Aunt Juanita Summers, Maxine Barnett, Uncle Ben and Aunt Bessie Summers, and almost all the neighbors in the neighborhood came to see me.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
Me at 2 months old, and with my
Mama, Agnes, at 6 months old.

My hair when I was three weeks old.
This is my hair when I was one year old.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I went to Grandmother Johnson's on April 30.
I went to Grandmother Summers on May 5th.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
First week: 9 1/2 pounds
Second week: 10 1/2 pounds
Third week: 10 1/2 pounds

Weight at birth: 9 pounds
1 month: 12 pounds
2 months: 14 pounds
3 months: 14 pounds
4 months: 16 pounds
6 months: 18 pounds
1 year: 21 3/4 pounds
2 years: 28 1/2 pounds

1 month: 24 1/2 inches
3 months: 26 3/4 inches
6 months: 27 1/2 inches

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I had my first tooth five days before I was five months old. When I was seven and a half months old I had six teeth. When I was 10 months old I had 8 teeth.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

When I was five months old I scooted half way across the floor. When I was 7 months old I could scoot on my stomach. But I never did crawl.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

My first word was Bye-bye, Dad-Dad and Mom-Mom. I spoke these words when I was 9 months old.

My first sentence was "I won't bite, I won't dink."

My first prayer was "Now I lay me down to sleep."

When I was 2 years and one month old I said grace at the table, "Our padder we tink de food. Amen."

I spoke my first speech at a Christmas tree when I was 4 months old.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Five days before Christmas my Daddie brought in a little Christmas tree, and my Mother put it in the corner of the room and decorated it. Two days before Christmas my parents took me to a Christmas tree, where I saw Santa. He gave me a piece of candy.

Yellow Doggie from Mother and Daddie
Rifes Dollie from Aunt Mable
Rubber Humpie Dumpie from Aunt Lillian
Little Red Car from Grannie and Granddad
Tinker Toy from Aunt Laura
Pair of supporters from Granny J.

I was 8 months, 23 days old.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

My first Birthday I went with my mother to Weddington. There I played with Genise and Ida Joe, Billie June and Lara May Oxford and Jaice Deen Cuppor.

My Mother and Daddie got me a wagon for my birthday present.

For my second birthday I got a toothbrush from Granddadie Summers and a gun and a little homes from Ruth Lee and Marry Belle. And for my third birthday I got a little hat and now I look like a little man.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I made my first step when I was 10 months and 11 days old. But I took sick in a few days with consalidas and then the measles and I did not walk until I was 14 months old. I had the measles when I was 11 months old and it made me slow down about walking.

I laughed at Aunt Mabel when I was three weeks old. I rolled over when I was three months old. The day I was 4 1/2 months old I set up for three minutes. When I was 6 months old I could set up pretty good.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I went out after the cows with my mother and father when I was seven weeks old. I went on my first picnic when I was 14 months old. I went to Teamster playground three miles out from Gentry Art.

When I was seven months old I went to Tulsa with my parents.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

April 7, 1937
Pair of moccasins from Edna Thurman.

April 11, 1937
A wool sweater from Treadwells

April 21, 1937
A Baby Record Book from Aunt Juanita

A layette of clothes from Aunt Chloe Boggs

Grandma Summers gave me a pair of mittens when I was 7 1/2 months old. A new pink dress from Aunt Juanita in November.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

April 23. A rattle from Grand Father Summers. Wayne gave me a rubber hippopotamus. Mary Belle and Ruth Lee gave me a rattle, nursery chair, spoon and Tinker Toy. A teething ring from Charley Brantley. A rattle from my Mother.

The slide show above was taken from scans of a book that my dad's great-aunt made for him.  Remember, this was made during WWII, and the sentiments about the war were what many Americans were feeling back then.  I debated on whether or not to put the words on here, but this is some fascinating history, so I am going ahead and posting it.  I'm definitely not trying to offend anybody.  I transcribed the book just as Aunt Maude wrote it:
"Ralph, when you read this, remember your Father's nick name was DAD. When he was a little boy, he got a new pair of overalls that said made like DAD. They nick named him DAD. He wouldn't answer until they called him DAD. 

Ralph Lee. He was just a tiny tot when his parents moved to the Henry Wright place on Norwood Prairie from the Craig place near Wedington where he was born. They then moved from the Wright place to the Edgar Moss place on highway 16. While living on the moss place, Kenneth Dewayne came to be Ralph Lee's little brother. But they didn't stay but a year till they took high fever to go west. And there they went landing at Long View, Washington. While there another visit from the stork bringing Ralph Lee this time a little sister. They call her Loveta Carrol. 

While there December 1941 Pearl Harbor was attack by the Japs. Then the U.S. join in the game. In the town Ralph Lee and his father, mother, brother, sister live in was so close to the enemy (the Japs) they practiced the Black Out System in case the enemy came over the lights would be out and the town could not be so easily found and blowed up. As there were several Arkansasians there they all began to think of home so strong, back to Arkansas they landed. It wasn't long till: Ralph Lee landed in Arkansas with brother sister paw & maw. Dad working in Washington about a year; He quit the lumber mill with trembling fear. Of the Japanese who made a rade - that caused the Arkansawins to be afraid. For the Arkies could not get about in a town with lights all out.
So the Arkies quickly loaded their cars, filled the tanks and pumped the tars. Back to old Arkansas we heard them comin. "Home Sweet Home" they were hummin. They stayed with home folks a little while. One day Dad said with a smile; "I am going back for there is not a Jap, that I can't whip", said Ralph Lee's pap. So out west they were found to go, loading their cars till the springs went low. They did not stop till they got to St. Helen; Gee, I'll bet they are "biggens" Dad is tellin. I can see Ralph Lee looking up at his Paw saying: "Daddy when are we going back to Arkansas?" You must be contented said Ralph Lee's paw. We are never going back to Arkansas. Away the child turns he is a very sweet boy, he is to his Mother & Dad a bushel of joy. He has a brother and a little sister too. They don't tear up their faces crying boo, hoo. But most of the the day laughing having a good time. Say folks, don't you think they are just fine?" 

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Lynn said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad! And how sweet is that baby book? Oh my gosh. Makes me feel bad that I didn't keep up on all my own children's baby books. Ooopsy. And I just love the photo of you and your dad. How sweet.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Happy birthday to your daddy! I'm impressed with how detailed the baby book is. I did okay for a while with my three, but then let it slide off. Shame on me...

You have some wonderful memories here!

Christine H. said...

Wow, what a fantastic and fun record...a real treasure.

LV said...

What a wonderful post and history of you and family. Precious memories. May your dad have a very happy and blessed birthday.

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

How wonderful, Kathy! Happy Birthday to your Dad! You are so blessed to have this book of his. It is something you will treasure you whole life and it can be passed down to your family. I wish I had something like this of my Dad's! You are one lucky lady. What wonderful photos you have also.

Donnie said...

Happy birthday to your sweet dad and that book is such a precious treasure.

juliejulie said...

Happy Birthday Dad! So sweet to see how much you were loved by your family the minute you were born.

liberal sprinkles said...

Happy birthday to your dad. This is a gorgeous post, I love the photo on top and those pages are wonderful! What a treasure!

Kristin said...

What a great baby book! My grandmother kept one for my Uncle Howard that has the same sort of illustrations.

Alan Burnett said...

What a fabulous birthday tribute. And what a storehouse of memories there are in that book. Thanks for sharing it with us all.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to your Dad. This is a wonderful tribute to him.

barbara and nancy said...

What a treasure that baby book is. I can't believe what good shape it's in after all these years. Thanks for sharing it and the wonderful letter with all that history.
Ladies of the grove

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thanks, everybody!

Lynn, I know what you mean about keeping up on those baby books. The first kid always gets the best one.

Lisa, what I liked so much about Dad's is how proud that Grandma was to be his mom. It shines through.

Christine, I was so happy when he gave it to me last year before they moved. It is very special. I made copies of all of this for my siblings.

LV, thank you so much!

Gloria, thank you, you are so sweet to say so. I am lucky, you are right.

Donnie, thank you!

juliejulie is one of my siblings!

Grace, thank you!

Kristin, talk about vintage! I love the hand drawn hand with the fingernails ... it looks big to me, but I wasn't there, lol.

Alan, thank you. Alan is the one who sponsors Sepia Saturday for us to link up to and enjoy.

Dee, thank you! I appreciate your visit too.

Nancy, thank you so much. I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

Happy Sepia Saturday, everybody!

Anonymous said...

Great post, Kathy. I love the pictures in it and of you and your dad. The illustrations in your dad's baby book are just awesome. My mother's birthday is next Saturday and I'm planning to share her baby book on VTT.

Carolyn S. Hawley said...

Kathy, the picture at the beginning of your dad and you is adorable. How cute you are.

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