It's 2018 now. What a ride it has been. I often wonder about the significance of the events that have shaped my life. How did this son of a beautiful farm girl and her handsome over achieving husband from Idaho end up here trying to understand the 'interweb' and life in the 21st century? That's a tall order, and when i figure it out, you'll be the first to know.... Meanwhile, let’s start with that handsome couple:
In the 1890’s, my grandfather Garrett Raleigh Smith, carried this boot gun – a Remington 25caliber Over/Under Derringer – serial #343. One state over and down, Patrick Floyd Jarvis ‘Pat’ Garrett carried his own in New Mexico.
In 1937, John Patrick ‘JP’ Hayes auctioned off all his belongings and headed west to Idaho with his young family, including his daughter Barbara Ann Hayes.
I’m not sure what street work refers to yet, but the words ‘poll tax’ rang a little bell. That $2.00 in 1897 would be about $50.00 today. So, if you wanted to vote in the election that year, it would cost you $50.00!
Apparently, both my grandfathers were ‘horse traders’. My dad’s father had moved to Idaho before my father was born. I don’t know a lot about Garrett Raleigh ‘Corky’ Smith, but when you think about it, automobiles weren’t pervasive at that time and horses were a much bigger part of our lives than they are now.
A couple of my favorites are ‘Some Barbed Wire’ and ‘Some Alfalfa’, That and ‘About 8 Tons Cane Hay’. BTW – you can pick up a 1927 Ford Roadster on eBay for under $50K.
They met in high school in Nampa, Idaho and after graduation and a stint in the Navy they moved to the mini town of Roseburg, Oregon to pursue a career in logging. Before long, being a good catholic family in the 1950’s – they had a family!
My parents with both grandparents and siblings
Mom, Dad, Jamie, Mark, Stephanie, Barbara and of course Zeke and me.
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