“Peacefield”

This past week I thought a little about the current political climate and some of the things that are happening.  I remembered some lines from McCullough’s John Adams.  I thought I would share a couple of photos we took of homes John Adams lived in during his life.

John Adams was born in this home.

John Adams was born (1735) in this home in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts.  He lived here until 1764.

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John and Abigail Adams lived in this home from 1764 until 1768.

Adams' Peacefield in 2010

Adams purchased Peacefied in 1787.

The other end of Peacefield

The other end of Peacefield.

Amanda and I in front of Adams' Peacefield

Amanda and I in front of Adams’ Peacefield.

John & Abigail Adams' final home, United First Parish Church in Quincy.

John & Abigail Adams’ final home, United First Parish Church in Quincy.

John & Abigail Adams' tombs.

John & Abigail Adams’ tombs.

 

 

 

 

 

Fairmont

With the new purchase of our home on Fairmont Drive in Burley, Cassia, Idaho, I thought I would throw out a strange connection I have to the street.  Fairmont Drive turns into Fairmont Avenue at a 90 degree turn just a block or two east of our home.  Within a long stone-throw of our present house sits the home my grandparents, Norwood & Colleen Jonas, lived in when they moved to Burley in 1968 from Richmond, Cache, Utah.  In all my photos, I happen to have some pictures of that home.

2652 Fairmont Ave

2652 Fairmont Ave

2652 Fairmont Avenue

2652 Fairmont Avenue

I am not clear if they had the home built or if it was newly built when they arrived and purchased it.  It is my understanding the home was completed in 1969, which is supposedly the year after they moved to Burley.

My beautiful picture

My beautiful picture

Sandy Jonas on the driveway of Fairmont Ave

Sandy Jonas on the driveway of Fairmont Ave

Looking up and down the street in 1972, they year Mom graduated from Burley High School

Looking up and down the street in 1972, they year Mom graduated from Burley High School

Graduation Day, 1972

Graduation Day, 1972

Jackie Jonas dancing on Fairmont Ave

Jackie Jonas dancing on Fairmont Ave

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Lastly, I will wrap up with a family portrait taken in the front room of the home.  This one was in an album and the quality is low, hopefully some day I can find a higher quality photo.

Back(l-r): Sandy and Doug; Sitting: Colleen and Norwood Jonas; Floor: Jackie.

Back(l-r): Sandy and Doug; Sitting: Colleen and Norwood Jonas; Floor: Jackie.

The coincidental aspect of this whole post is that a Jonas relative now lives in the home, some 45 years later.  Denise Andersen Olsen, niece to my Grandfather (my first cousin, once removed), now lives in the home.  Maybe if she will give me permission, I can take a current photo or two of the home.  Maybe I can do a then and now post of the photos I have.  Maybe even one day, I can get the people in the photos for a then and now too…

Good-bye Joan Holmes

Joan Holmes passed away last week (7 Jul 1936 – 29 Jan 2014).  We spent some great time with the Holmes family in 1999.  I visited them again in 2003 and 2008 at their home in Runcorn, England.  I thought I would bid my own farewell to Joan with this picture.  Rest in peace Joan until we meet again.  You were sure a lot of fun.  Ray, all the best in this difficult time.

Paul

Amanda & Paul Ross, Ray & Joan Holmes

Amanda & Paul Ross, Ray & Joan Holmes in 2008

1976 Andra Reunion

Here are a couple of photos from an Andra Reunion from about 1976.  I believe this reunion was in Preston, Franklin, Idaho.  These photos were from some tiny 110 film strips so they were pretty hard to scan.  The photos are not high quality for that reason.  But at least they are available and I can recognize the people in the photo.

Ross,

Ross, Colleen, Bill, Mary, Don, Sergene, Dale

More Ross,

Ross, Colleen, Bill, Mary, Don, Sergene, Dale

Looking sideways

Looking sideways, Ross, Colleen, Bill, Mary, Don, Sergene, Dale

Evan,

Evan & Colleen Elliott

Evan Elliott, Brook Jonas, Colleen, Linda Jonas

Evan Elliott, Brook Jonas, Colleen, Linda Jonas

Dale

Machelle, Judy, Kimberly, Jeremy, Eric, Dale, Anthony Andra

Don,

Back (l-r): Tim, Don, Toni, Lolane, Mark; Front: Jon, Cari

Ross,

Ross, Brenda, Adelaide, Carlos, Angela & Blas Gonzalez (Adelaide’s parents)

Sergene

Bill, Sergene Sorenson, Mary

Oklahoma Swearing In

Perhaps a little outdated, but I thought I would share a couple of photos from the day I was sworn in as a Licensed Legal Intern on 10 February 2010.  This is the Oklahoma Supreme Courtroom.  Pretty cool little room with some amazing wood and plaster work.

Oklahoma City University inductees, Unknown, Paul Ross, Justice James Edmondson, Leo Mendez, Unknown

Oklahoma City University inductees, Unknown, Paul Ross, Justice James Edmondson, Leo Mendez, Unknown

A mug shot with me and Justice Edmondson.

Justice James Edmondson and Paul Ross

Justice James Edmondson and Paul Ross

Let’s not forget Amanda!

Paul & Amanda Ross

Paul & Amanda Ross

 

 

Oklahoma City Chairs

I have thought a little about Oklahoma City today for some reason or another.  Here are a few pictures from the Oklahoma City National Memorial.

The memorial has 168 bronze, stone, and glass chairs representing those who died from the bombing.  Each one has the name of the person it represents etched on the glass at the bottom.  The architects arranged the chairs in separate rows signifying the different floors of the building on which the person died, near to the place at which they worked in the building.  Five chairs on the far west side represent people not in the building who also died.  Smaller chairs represent the children.  Mothers who were pregnant have their unborn children listed under their names on their chair.

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