Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Uncle Raymond's House

This is the last picture I took of Uncle Raymond's house on State Street in Ottawa. It was taken in July, 1984. Lots of fun times had there over the years. I especially remember an Easter egg hunt one spring. I had gone with my sister and cousin, Jennifer to the playground at the school and Uncle Raymond came by on his mortor cycle and told us that he had seen a giant rabbit in the backyard - I think we ran all the way back.
I also remember lots of ghost stories late at night upstairs after we had been sent to bed, spying on the adults at the kitchen table through the vent in the floor of the upper level and JR, dressed in full Dracula regalia scaring the life out of us kids fromt he top of the stairs. Good times...

FCHS 1959 - 60 - In Living Color

Here is another project of mine. This is Dad's junior year photo from high school (1959-60). I added color to it one evening last month. Thought it turned out rather well til' Dad informed me that I got the colors of the shirt wrong - ha!

Colorado Pictures

Here are three pictures taken Feb 20, 2006 in golden Colorado. Cameron , Cailey and I had a great time that day exploring Golden and then took a trip up the side of Lookout Mountain to the Buffalo Bill grave and Museum. Along the way we saw deer, elk and bison. That was the best day of my trip!


This was taken last Wednesday night (Feb 22) after a graeat Mexican dinner in Denver. Can you tell that Keegan thinks Harry Potter is #1?


Would you buy a used television from this lad? I'm not sure but I think he later hosted a game show.

New Babies

This picture is about Feb, 1967. The babies are Jennifer and myself. The picture was taken at Grandma and Grandpa's living room at 802 W. Delaware. Not sure which baby is which. I think Grandpa may be holding Jennifer.

Lots of Snow

These pictures were taken in early 1965. Not sure where, but it sure looks cold. Dad and Mom, Grandpa and Grandma Shelton and JR.

Dad & Mark

This is a picture of my dad with a newly born Mark Shelton, probably taken around Aug, 1965. Not sure whose house it is - probably Bill & Janis' place.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Many Thanks

This picture was taken yesterday - Feb 26, 2006 - at my workplace. I guess this is my desk - ha! Bill and Janis, Teresa and Rusty and Alice were all nice enough to come in to see me at work, but a waiter didn't show up and I was WAY too busy to be as social as I would have liked to have been. Anyhow, I never had time to snap a picture of them having their weinerschnitzel. Thanks again, though for coming - it really meant a lot to me. - Dave

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Mom and Uncle Wayne

Happy birthday to (l to r) Mom and Uncle Wayne (Feb 25).

Happy Birthday Aunt Janet

Happy Birthday (Feb 19) to Aunt Janet. Wish I could be down in sunny Florida, but I enjoyed Colorado just the same.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Thanks Ruthie!

Thanks so much to Ruth Ann Kunce for sharing so many pictures with me yesterday! I will post them here over the next few weeks to share them with other readers of this blog.
BTW, the picture to the left was taken 35 years ago (1971).


George Block 1891 - 1966

Here is another picture of George Block, probably taken between 1902 - 1905. George married Faye Conard in 1915. Their children were Edith, Randall, Gerald, Ray, Doris and Wanda Block.
One of George's favorite songs was written about the time this photo was taken - "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree." The song was written by Harry Williams and Egbert Van Alstyne. The words were written by a Chicago native, Egbert Van Alstyne, and the music was composed by Harry Williams from Faribault, Minnesota. Van Alstyne and Williams collaborated on several other songs (including "Won’t You Come Over to My House?" and "I’m Afraid to Come Out In the Dark.") "In The Shade of the Old Apple Tree," however, was their most successful publication . It was introduced on an Edison cylinder record, and shortly later for the Victor Talking Machine Compnay by the famous tenor Henry Burr.
The lyrics are as follows:

In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
In the shade of the old apple tree,
Where the love in your eyes I could see,
When the voice that I heard,
Like the song of the bird,
Seem'd to whisper sweet music to me;
I could hear the dull buzz of the bee,
In the blossoms as you said to me,
With a heart that is true,
I'll be waiting for you,
In the shade of the old apple tree.

My favorite version of this song was recorded on Decca Records in 1938 by Louis Armstrong with The Mills Brothers. A real toe tapper, as they say~!

Randall Block and Charles Conard

Here is Randall Block (left) and Charles Conard about 1920.

Playtime c. 1920

Another picture from Ruth's collection. Leonard Miller is the boy in the white shirt. Ferne Block & Carroll Block, Willie Block's kids. In front is baby Charles Roy Conard.
Leonard Miller is the son of Armon & Stella Kenedy Miller, son of Mary Ann Schlunegger Miller & John Hunt Miller. Mary Ann is the sister of Margaret Schlunegger Block, thus making Leonard the grand-nephew of John & Margaret Block.
Armon is Mildred Miller Block's brother.