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Thanksgiving 2012

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I hope you all are as stuffed as we are around here.  We had a great time yesterday on Thanksgiving.

Knucklehead and I started the day off by posting a video with good wishes on Facebook.  Of course, he had to add his own flare to the end of it.

Then I got busy and set the two tables for our feast.

Dining Room Table

This is the smaller table I have set up in the kitchen:

Small TableThe night before Knucklehead and I made a banner that we hung on the mantle.  We downloaded a printable, cut it out attached the string and then we hung it.  Took about 20 minutes.

Our Mantle

Then I have to say, I forgot to take a picture of the Food before we started eating.  I probably couldn’t have even if I had thought of it.  As soon as it was ready, man everyone was on it like vultures.  We were hungry!  Also, Shrek had to photobomb the food shot.  I cracked up when I saw this picture.

Food photobombed by ShrekThis is my Mom and Dad.  I love them.

Mom and DadThis is Eddie Baker, Addie’s father and Bette Jarreau, Addie’s Aunt.

Eddie Baker and Bette Jarreau Dad and Knucklehead.

Dad and Michael

Knucklehead, I swear some parents have to worry about their kids not liking to have their picture taken.  Not so with Knucklehead.  He was saying, “Take a picture of me, take a picture of me.”  So I did, here it is.

KnuckleheadThen I set the camera up on the stand and took some group pictures.

This is my brother John, Addie his wife, Eddie and Bette.

John Addie Eddie BetteMe and Knucklehead.

Me and KnuckleheadMe, Addie and John.

Addie Susie and JohnThen I got a shot of everyone.

The GangThen as everyone was leaving, and I was walking them out and not paying attention to the living room area, I guess a certain someone decided to do a self-portrait.  When I started working on the pictures for this post, lo and behold I found this picture on the camera.

Knucklehead self portraitThat Knucklehead!  Never a dull moment I tell you.

If you didn’t notice, The Hubs is missing from my photos.  He had to take a job in Indianapolis and while I am very thankful for that, he will be there for at least six months and I miss him terribly.  The good news is, my wonderful cousin Robert Cowan lives there and they had The Hubs over for Thanksgiving.  He sent me these pictures.  Sorry for the fuzzy-ness of them.

The Hubs.

The Hubs Robert Cowan.

Robert Cowan

Holly Cowan, Robert and Chris’ daughter, and Chris Cowan, Robert’s wife.

Holly and ChrisSo all in all, it was a great holiday.  I missed The Hubs, Justin and William.  Justin is in Alabama with his father, and William is in Colorado going to school and loving it.

I guess most people are out today doing all that crazy holiday shopping.  I just can’t bring myself to do that so it’s tradition in my family to put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving so that’s what I will be doing today.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope your holiday was a good as mine.  I feel very blessed.


Veteran’s Day

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Field of Heroes at Cleburne Co. Courthouse in Heber Springs Arkansas

This picture is from the Field of Heroes at the Cleburne County Court House in Heber Springs, Arkansas.  What a nice way to honor our veterans.  Each flag has a tag on it with the name of the person who served with information about them on the tag.  They are taking the flags down today in a ceremony and the family will get to keep the flag.  I wish I had known about this in time to get a flag or two.  Of course if I honored every one in my family that served I would have gone broke.

I am very proud to say that there have been many of my family members that have served our country.

My husband, John Reynolds.

My father-in-law Al Reynolds, a cousin Erby Harris, and a cousin Harry Short, all of whom served in Vietnam.

My grandfather William John Parks, my great-uncle “Son” Sam Ball, my great-uncle Sonny Cowan, a cousin Hubert Aaron (gave his life), and a cousin Walter Harris who all served during World War II.

Four of my 2nd great grandfather’s served during the war between the states;  Rufus F. Higginbotham, Francis H. Williams (head wound), John D. Parks, and Kennedy Wade Ball (leg wound).

I even have an ancestor that served in the Indian Creek War, Sanford Higginbotham and one who served in the American Revolution, Thomas Bullard.

Others that have served are my cousin Gary Higginbotham, my cousin Lauren McKeehan, a nephew (still serving) Matthew Nold, a niece Jennifer Nold Bohannon, and many, many friends.

I’m sure I have accidentally left someone off the list.  If I did, please forgive me, they deserve recognition as well and please leave their name in the comment section below so I can keep our family list updated.

Some of the people I listed are long gone, and some are still here protecting our freedom.  I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their service.

I would also like to thank every service man and woman.  You are all heroes.  May God bless you.

As Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

The Cost of Voting

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This is my great-grandfather, Rufus Francis Higginbotham, Jr.  I’m not sure when this photo was taken, it was not dated.  Rufus was born in 1876 and died in 1923.

Rufus F Higginbotham Jr.

On my last trip to Texarkana, my Uncle Charlie Starks gave me a leather pouch that had a ton of personal papers in it that belonged to Rufus and his wife Dona.

This is Dona.  Also known as Eudonia A. Williams, wife of Rufus and daughter of my ever elusive Rev. Francis Hereford Williams.  I hope to finish my posts on him one day soon.  Anyway, here she is.  Not sure of the date on this photo either.  Dona was born in 1881 and died in 1927.

Dona Higginbotham

I pretty much figured out while researching that my Higginbotham family has always been involved in politics.  I’m not going to go into all of that, it makes my head spin, but what I wanted to show you today was the cost of voting for them.

In the leather pouch my Uncle Charlie Starks gave me, I found Poll Tax receipts.  Every time Rufus and Dona voted it cost them a $1.

Poll Tax 1897 Rufus Higginbotham

This is the earliest receipt that I found for Rufus.  His vote in 1897 cost him $1.00 and today it would have cost him $27.78.  I found poll receipts for him for the years of 1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, and even 1923 the year he died.  That means over the course of those years in today’s money, he would have spent $524.41.  Just to vote!  Wow!

Poll Tax 1916 Dona Higginbotham

The earliest receipt I found for Dona was 1916.  In 1916, it cost her $1.00 and in today’s money it would have cost her $20.83.  I found poll tax receipts for her for the years of 1916, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, and 1926.  Over the course of those years, that means it would have cost her $93.34 in today’s money.  Wow again!

If you are wondering how I figured that up, there is a nifty little tool HERE that will calculate the value of the dollar back then verses now.  I use this all the time, it is a great tool.

In 1964 they did away with the poll tax.  Before that my Dad (also named Rufus) can remember his parents Earl and Edna Higginbotham (Earl is the son of the above mentioned Rufus and Dona) loading up people who couldn’t pay the poll tax and taking them to the polls to vote and paying the tax for them.  That’s how important it was to them for people to vote.   There is no telling how much money they spent getting people to vote.

So, in honor of them, and because it’s important to me too, I will be casting my  vote next week.  I hope you will do the same.

I mean, why not?

It’s free now.


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