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Safeway Grocery Store - Stephenville, Texas 1956

This is a picture of the Safeway Grocery Store employees in Stephenville, Texas. My father, Leon Fremont Richards, is second from the left on the back row. My step-mom, Mildred Smith Hicks, is second from the left (first woman on left) in front row. This was taken before they were married, I believe, around the year 1956. They met while working for Safeway and each of them worked in the meat department.
They were married January 25, 1958 in Desdemona, Erath Co., Texas and spent 27 wonderful, happy years together. My father died of lung cancer on April 8, 1985 and Mildred died with Alzheimer's disease on May 4, 2001. She never remarried.

A Puckett cousin of mine wrote me the following, "That is neat, Judy! You know, we have a plaque on the office wall at the IGA grocery store where I work that says "You really can meet the man of your dreams at a Grocery Store!"

Looks like my step-mom did just that!

Spence with His Oliver 66

This is one of my favorite pictures.

WHO: William Spence Davis, Sr.
Father of William Spence, Jr., Marilee, and Suzanne
Husband of Mary Sue Delozier
Son of James Pinkney Davis and Sue Burns Davis

WHAT: Photograph taken on his farm at the foot of the Smokey Mountains in Maryville, Tennessee.

WHEN: Taken in the early 1950s by his daughter, Marilee.

WHERE: His grandson, Robert Allen "Bobby" Shubert remembered his mom going out into the cornfield and asking to take his picture. Bobby said "Grandpa said reluctantly, oh, alright!" He was cultivating the cornfield with his Oliver 66 tractor.

WHY: This is one of my favorites because my husband, Bobby, treasures it. He spent many summers working on the dairy farm with his grandpa, his uncle, cousins and little brother. He enjoyed those summers and has many stories about the times he and his brother spent there. Bobby drove that tractor, saying he spent many hours gazing at the Blue Ridge just over the ris…

9th Edition Smile for the Camera: Who are You?"

Who ARE You? I Really Want to Know?
When I posted a favorite picture of my grandmother, Edna Puckett Gailey, and wished that I could put her in my Christmas stocking, it caused a flurry of conversation between Greta Koehl and myself. Greta writes the blog, “Greta's Genealogy Bog“, and when she saw my picture she said she was given “a real jolt.”
Greta and I decided to do a joint entry in “9th Edition Smile for the Camera: Who are You?” since we are pursuing the same surnames. You can read her part of this post at "Greta's Genealogy Bog". When she thought my grandmother looked familiar she began searching through her mother’s old photos to find the one that she thought looked like her. I don’t know whether or not she’s found it, but we have been busy trying to tie our common surnames together.
For one thing, we both have the name Puckett and Roberts in our family. There are several coincidences that have intrigued us. As for the Pucketts, both apparently lived in various…

Grandma Gailey Made-Do

Grandma Edna Puckett Gailey
with two of her six grandchildren
Linda Kay Stone and Judy Richards

As kids we used to always go to "Seven Mile Park" for picnics. I remember when I was just a little girl the entire family would pack up in the car and drive the few miles south of town for a picnic and an Easter egg hunt. It was a beautiful place-full of rocks to climb and places to hide. There was a view to die for. I remember when I came back home after being married and living away in other states I was disappointed that the view that we had enjoyed was marred by taller trees and bushes, obscuring the wonderful Texas rolling hills that are so beautiful. I thought the least the Texas Department of Highways could do was to preserve that view! Guess I was wrong. You still can't see for miles like you could when I was a child.

Grandma used to pack up boxes with fried chicken, deviled eggs, potato salad, cakes and cupcakes. I don't remember what the picnic basket looked like, bu…

Unidentified Family Members with Harvey & Alice Puckett

This picture was sent to me by that same cousin in Chickasha, Oklahoma whom I spoke of in the previous post. I was able to identify some of the family.
That is my great-grandfather, Harvey Vandegar Puckett, on the left and great-grandmother, Alice Cook Roberts Puckett standing to the right of him. That's my grandmother, Edna Alice Puckett Gailey, third from the right standing behind her twins, Vernelle and Maedelle. Her other daughter, Irene, MAY be the other little girl and I don't know who the little boy is.
My cousin wrote:Judy, I am so glad that you could identify all those others in the photo! Yes, I recognized Uncle Harve and Aunt Alice, but had no idea as to the others. Also, if I am not mistaken, they are all standing in front of "The Millsap House"!

Did you do the double enlargement on this picture?

When you do, it looks like the man second from the end on the right might be Ballard and even though it is very fuzzy and unclear the man on the end on the right may…

Unidentified Family Members with Doc and Edna Gailey

I have recently discovered this photo again and realize that the man kneeling in the front is my grandfather, Doc Gailey, and my grandmother, Edna, is the woman standing beside the man in back on the right. My mother, Vernelle Gailey, is the little girl in front on right, her youngest sister, Irene Gailey, in Doc's lap and mother's twin, Maedelle Gailey, on the left.

I wonder if the other man and woman is Edna's uncle, Rufus Puckett and his wife, Lula Bennett Puckett, on the left. There is a picture of Lula with a hat on standing in front of an Indian blanket. The blanket is identified on the back in someone's cursive writing as being "Indian Blanket - Hot Pink, Tan, Brown." Dunno. It's posted in the Rufus Puckett picture album. Notice the child in back with same kind of hat?
My cousin in Chickasha, Oklahoma, wrote: “Judy, I think the man standing in the back is the same man as the one standing in the back center of the Puckett picture I sent you with Uncle…

An Apology to Cindy

I want to apologize to Cindy for totally missing her awarding me the Proximidade back on December 22. Somehow I missed it. I truly appreciate her and her dedication to my blog and others.

Her email of this morning appears below.

Thanks you, Cindy!
Judy -

Congrats on the Proximidade award! I wonder if you even saw my note about it that I sent to you on Dec 22? I knew that the Holidays were upon us and many wouldn't be checking email - probably got lost in the shuffle. Looks like lots of folks have good taste in genea blogs! Anyway, glad you got it one way or another :-)

Happy New Year!!! I hope you have a great one!

Cindy Everything's Relative - Researching Your Family History

The Proximidade Award

I received a nice surprise today when Kathryn Doyle of California Genealogical Society and Libraryand Cheryle Hoover Davis of Surnames and Hernames - A Genealogy Blogawarded my blogs, Genealogy Traces and The Graveyard Rabbit of the Covered Bridges, the Proximidade Award. Thanks so much, Kathryn and Cheryle! I'm honored.
The blogs who receive the Proximidade Award invest and believe in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers, who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.Here are eight blogs I've begun following and on whom I wish to bestow this award:
Bluebonnet Country Genealogy by Ruth Stephens