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Throw Back Thursday – Susie Higginbotham Reynolds, ca 1978

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Yep, that’s me, about 1978 shortly before my grandfather Daddy-O, Bill Parks, passed away.  I’ll never forget laying on that green plaid stool and crying for hours when I found out. I talked about it here on 52 Ancestors – #6 William John Parks.

Susanne ca 1978

Susanne ca 1978

Throw Back Thursday – Harris Siblings

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I love this photo of my grandmother, Edna, with her siblings.

Left to Right: JD Harris, Edna (Harris) Higginbotham, Maudie (Harris) Chapman, Magdalene (Harris) Griffin, James Harris, Oscar Harris and Mittie Lou (Harris) Brock.

Harris Siblings

Harris Siblings

Throw Back Thursday – Mom, a Junior in High School

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This is my Mom, Mary Helen (Parks) Higginbotham, on the right when she was a Junior in High School. She was in a Sorority and they went to New Orleans. Looks like she was having a good time.

Just wondering though, what was the legal drinking age then? :)

Mom in New Orleans

Mom in New Orleans

Find Me Friday – Luther Higginbotham

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Find Me Friday is a blog prompt I use to post a picture of someone who is unidentified in the hopes that someone else will have the picture and know who it is.  I have solved several mysteries this way.

Sometimes I post a picture of someone who is identified in the hopes that someone out there might be looking for their photo and be lucky enough to find it here.

Sometimes I post information about someone in the hopes that I can find out more about them or what became of them.  This is the case today with Luther Higginbotham.

Luther is the first cousin of my grandfather Earl.  Luther was born to Rena (Peavy) Higginbotham and Charles S. Higginbotham in abt. 1899

This is a picture that was labeled Luther Higginbotham, and was among the photos that I got from my Aunt Jane. This uniform appears to be WWI to me, but I’m certainly no expert.

Luther Higginbotham

In this photo, Luther is the little boy in the middle and his mother, Rena (Peavy) Higginbotham, is on the left sitting down. Charles Higginbotham, his father is on the right sitting down. Standing behind them, I believe (but not positive) is Alice (Higginbotham) Crank and Florence (Higginbotham) Davis.

charlie rena luther higginbotham

This photo with Luther Higginbotham in the middle, was labeled by my grandfather, Earl Higginbotham.

luther higg

This photo of Luther as a boy was posted on Ancestry.com by a family member of Rena’s second husband. I believe Charles died sometime before 1910, as Rena was listed on the 1910 census as a widow, and then remarried in 1911.

Luther Higginbotham (3)

I’d love to know what happened to Luther, Charles and Rena.  If you are a descendant of theirs, I would love to hear from you.

Military Monday – Mom Remembers WWII

As I have mentioned here before, my Mother is fighting Alzheimer’s. I try not to say too much on here about it because I want to respect her privacy. But, this is so hard. Everything you have heard about Alzheimer’s is all that and more. I wish there was a way I could make this easier for my Mom, and my Dad but there is no magical pill or a cure and boy does that scare me. Will I be next?  Will it skip me, but hit my children? Grandchildren? We need a cure people!!  I don’t want a single other person to have to go through this.  My family, currently has three people fighting Alzheimer’s.  Can you believe that?  Please pray for all of them!

I usually cook supper every night for them as she can no longer cook. My brother helps by cooking sometimes, but we all eat together every night at my house and while I get frustrated and tired of doing the dishes, I also know that time is slipping away and so are my mother’s memories, so when she is having a good day and she starts telling stories, like what I am about to share with you, I know the dishes won’t matter in a few years. In fact, when I think about it, they don’t even matter now.  I’m very glad to have this time with my Momma and thankful for a steadfast husband that supports me in taking care of them. I wouldn’t trade this time in my life for anything.  Well, except a cure.

One night after dinner Mom, when Mom was having one of her good days, she started talking about the war and I asked her to stop and let me get my recorder and record her, and this is what I got. I put a few photos with it, and some music and I hope you will enjoy listening to her talk about her memories of life during WWII.

After I put the video together, I decided I would make another Project Life page for my Family History scrapbook. This seemed like the perfect thing to do a page about. I was also thinking about this wonderful video, and how could I possibly incorporate it into my scrapbook.  I didn’t want this wonderful video lost in the depths of my computer!

Then it hit me! A QR Code! If you don’t know about QR Codes, you might consider hitting up Google and learning a little bit.  They are on everything these days.   I have a FREE app on my phone called QRReader, and you can go to this website, Unitag and generate a code for FREE!  It cost me nothing to add this to my scrapbook page, and now anytime someone looks through the book, they can scan the QR code, and watch the video on their phone or tablet.  In fact, if you have a QR reader on your phone already you can actually put it up to the computer screen, scan the bar code in the photo below and it will take you right to the video.

So, here is my page.

Mom Remembers WWII

Mom Remembers WWII Project Life Page

I won’t completely depend on the QR Code to work forever though.  I will always include a flash drive in every album with the photos and videos on it, so if anyone wants a copy of anything in it, no digging around in the depths of my computer, all I have to do is get the flash drive from the album and copy them on whatever they want.

I may at some point make a transcript of the conversation to put in the scrapbook, just in case future technology doesn’t recognize our current technology anymore. I wouldn’t want that wonderful story lost forever if the video can no longer be played.

I also made a DVD of the video above for Mom and Dad, and brother John.  I hope they will enjoy it as much as I did making it.

What a great treasure from Momma, in just a whim of a five minute conversation.  Which is the reason my goofy dog Ringo was barking throughout the video, I really didn’t have plans to do much with the video which is why I didn’t shush him, but it turned out great anyway and I’m thankful to have this history to pass down to future generations.

Thanks, Momma!

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