|Betty (Mom) lower left with her sister, Joan and mother Capitola. - at 1949|
|Dad with Grandma Marian and Grandpa Frank - abt 1957|
Like my mother, I spent a lot of time listening to the stories of my family members. I can remember as a child, sitting at the feet of my great grandmothers (Mom Friddle and Granny Shearer) and my mother's godmother (Aunty Jones). These three ladies were born 1894, 1890, & 1889 respectively. Their stories about riding the stagecoach during their youth in the Lewiston area always stuck in y mind. It was rather astonishing that it took a full day of travel to travel the same distance that took us 25 minutes in the car. Later as a junior in high school, I remember getting the opportunity to ask my Grandma Cappy and Grandpa Gwen about their lives during the depression. As Mom and I began researching, it was my turn to question my mother about the family stories that she had heard as a child. For several years, we had my great uncle to question as well. He always said that he didn't know that much, but he knew much more than he thought.
I had my Grandma Marian up until a few years ago and learned a wealth of family stories from her. She took a lot of joy out of the information that Mom and I found and later the information that I found...and participated in our research as well.
So now I have become the storehouse of family stories. Mom passed away almost 10 years ago, all of my grandparents are gone and many of the older family members are no longer with us There are still a few living and I still try to take the opportunity to learn from them. However, much of what we have found has been dependent on a lifelong interest in our family stories...and if Mom and I had never sat down and listened to the stories of our older family members, perhaps we wouldn't have the wealth of family history that we now have. Even though my mother is no longer here, I still think of the genealogy research as "ours" because Mom and I began the journey together. Before we began that research, we had several lifetimes of stories to start that journey!