Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Luella's Great Memorial Day Potato Salad. A Simple Story

Luella Adding the Secret Ingredient - 
A Grandmother's Love

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

The Queen Mother was up before the Sun contemplating her contribution to the Williamson Memorial Day Gathering at my sister's home in Highland this afternoon.  She mentally nodded her way through every step in the creation of her culinary masterpiece, the one dish we all line up for at all important family gatherings. At the "Amen's" sound, elbows start flying and 'not very nice' words are spoken as we all jostle, push and shove our way to the front of the line just to get a few precious spoonfuls of the one and only food the Greek Gods have added to their Olympian menu in the last 3000 years.
Yes, I'm talking about Luella's "Une grande salade de pommes de terre, le cornichon et oignon, assaisonné d'un amour de la mère".

My important contribution to this endeavor started at 7:00 A.M.  I drove to Timp Cave in American Fork Canyon and hiked up the mountain to the cave opening just so I could be mentally and physically prepared for the official 'tasting' which I knew I would be called upon to do later in the day.  After hiking the cave trail, I drove to WalMart to purchase a few other things for the picnic.  I knew Luella would be too focused on the cooking to remember that each family had to bring their own meat for barbecuing.  I wanted to spare her from the tasks any simpleton could do.  My help with the simple tasks would free her to focus all her physical and mental energies on the skilled cookmanship necessary to create a salad so tasty and pure, word has it that it has been added to the short list of recipes scheduled to be included in the National Register of Historic Dishes.

On the way home my cell phone rang.  
"Victor, where are you?" she questioned.  In her voice I could hear sweat dripping down her wrinkled face and pooling into the seasoned potatoes below.  
"On my way home," I replied.
"What do you need?"
"Oh, I forgot to get a graduation card for Abrea."

I wanted to say "tough luck, I'm not going back," but my conscious got the best of me.  I remembered that my job for the day was to do the simple tasks.  Allowing her to get distracted, even for the slightest of moments, could cause a disaster of nuclear proportions in the mixing and blending of ingredients.

"Don't you worry and hang up right now. I'm all over this!" I said in my teacher's voice.  I closed my flip phone, put on the Battlestar's emergency flashers, sounded my horn and executed a perfect U turn on State Street.  It was a sight to behold.  

Abrea's card was purchased.  All was well.  

The Salad being transferred to a smaller bowl.  Later to be picked up by a Wells Fargo Armored Van and Taken to the Family Gathering

The Grand Lady Herself at the Completion of her Day's Work

Early this afternoon my home phone rang.  Luella was well into the fourth hour of cooking.  I knew I was about to be called upon to perform my one duty - the official tasting of eternal bliss.  I stood up to take the call.  
"Yes," my voice carried the importance of my mission.
"Its ready," she said in a voice as serious as a heart attack.  
"I'm coming."  

I put the phone down, walked into the kitchen, drank a glass of water to clean my palate, walked around the pool table to get my heart rate up and made the trek to Her Majesty's apartment.  She was waiting as I entered.  She held in her hand a crystal bowl etched with roses.  The potato salad glowed yellow and white against the glass.  I looked longingly at the chunks of potato swimming in a sea of mayonnaise, dill, pickle and a variety of onion.  The smell startled my nose, nearly forcing a sneeze.  I took the bowl by both hands, bowed once, took the spoon and partook of something so delightful, there are no words found to describe the taste.  Not even the great Stratford Bard himself could describe the miracle that is Luella's Potato Salad. 

"Be honest, what do I need to add?" she asked.  I thought for a moment while I savored every morsel still left between my teeth and under my tongue.  
"Yes," her eyes widen with anticipation.
"Perhaps a bit more pickle juice."  
"Yes, just what I was thinking."  She took a jar from the counter and bathed the top of the salad with just enough juice to cause it to slightly gurgle.  
"Its ready," she whispered.
"Yes, its ready."  I agreed.
She blew out the candles, put away the crucifix and opened the curtains.  She lifted the bowl of salad high over her head and announce her accomplishment. 
"Today we mortals eat like Gods.  Prepare Ye Williamsons for an infusion of light and joy."  She put the bowl back down on the kitchen table and held out her hand.  She was weak and in need of rest.  I helped her to her recliner and fetched a large glass of ice cold water to soothe her parched throat.

It is nearly 3:00 P.M.  It is time for the gathering.  
There is sorrow in our hearts for our family members not with us today.    


P.S.  One reason why I never watch her make the salad.  Things tend to get messy.



The Many Moves of the William Jonathan Williamson Family

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello Williamsons,
The story of the Williamson family begins in England.  Our first Williamson ancestors crossed the Atlantic in the 1600's and settled just outside Jamestown.  From there, our Williamsons moved to the Lynchburg region of central Virginia.  There our GG Grandfather George Matthew Williamson was born.  He married Margaret Ann Willis and moved the family to Payson Illinois (1860 census).  From there the family moved to Salt River, Missouri (1870 census).  The family moved once again, settling in Nodaway, Iowa (1880 census).  Sometime between 1880 and 1890 the Williamson family moved to South Dakota.  The 1890 census could have given us a better understanding of when and where, but the census was destroyed in a fire.

The 1900 census has our GG Grandparents George and Margaret living in Pennington County, South Dakota. The 1900 census also shows our 41 year old Great Grandfather William Jonathan and our Great Grandmother Effie Helen living on the Williamson Homestead in Pennington County, South Dakota.  William and Effie's firstborn, our Great Aunt Vennie, was born on the Williamson farm in South Dakota in 1888.  It was Dakota Territory at the time.  South Dakota wasn't made a state until 1889.

Our cousin Evelyn Skelton (Eppie) sent me two drawings of the old Williamson farm done by our Great Aunt Lillie Ethel.  Eppie is the Grandaughter of Great Aunt Josie.

 This was how the William Jonathan Williamson Homestead as it looked in 1902

The William Jonathan Williamson Homestead as it looked in 1910
Notice the house was enlarge for the growing Williamson family.
I wonder if the small house to the left of the main house may have been the home of
William Jonathan's parents, George and Margaret Williamson

William Jonathan Williamson and Effie Helen Victor had 9 children:  Vennie,  Ima Della, Inez, Lillie Ethel, Josie Elvery, Emmett, Walter, Charles and Morris.  All were born in South Dakota except for Morris. Some were born on the Williamson Homestead.  At least one, my Grandfather Charles, was born in Rapid City.

The Williamson Homestead was located on Townships 1-2N. Ranges 7-9E., Pennington, South Dakota.  The homestead sat between Exit 55 and Exit 59 on Interstate 90, just outside of Rapid City, South Dakota.  Today Rapid Chevrolet  and the Windmill Truck stop sit where the homestead once was.

The marker shows the where the Williamson Homestead was located right along 
Interstate 90.

This marker shows the current location of Rapid Chevrolet, built on the old Williamson
Homestead.  You see I90 to the north

The Williamson homestead was approx 160 acres, according to my father (Charlie Williamson) .  The land was free to homesteaders if you farmed it for five years.

Dad tells a story about the Williamson Homestead.  In 1959 Dad was a young surveyor for the South Dakota Highway Department.  He was surveying I90 just outside of Rapid City.
"I remember one day there was a man who stopped the survey and ran us off his land.  He told us he wasn't about to let the highway go through.  Said it would cut his ranch in two making it impossible for his cattle to get from one side to the other.  The Sheriff had to come out and calm him down.
The man asked me my name.  
"You're a Williamson!" He exclaimed. "My grandfather bought your grandfather's homestead!"

He told me his name was Ray Lang.  He said that the Langs and Williamsons were neighbors. The Langs bought the Williamson ranch when the Williamson gave up farming and moved to Rapid City.
The man told me that one day when he was three years old he was playing and fell into a water cistern.   "Your Great Aunt saved my life," the man said.  "I was drowning and your Aunt Della jumped in and pulled me out.  You can come onto my land anytime and go ahead and put your highway through."
Great Aunt Della's act of heroism made it possible to build Interstate 90 through that section of South Dakota without a lawsuit.

The Williamson abandoned the homestead sometime around 1909.  The red dirt was useless for farming.  They moved to 5th Street, Rapid City where my grandfather Charles was born.  They lived near the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral.  They once again tried their hand at farming.  Rapid City's Arrowhead Country Club sits today on the Williamson's second South Dakota farm.

Sometime before 1914 the William Jonathan Williamson family left Rapid City and bought a 600 acre farm in Sundance, Wyoming.  The farm was called Sugarloaf, named after the Sugarloaf Mountain with sits to the west of Sundance.  Eventually the Williamson farm was given to Inez and her husband Alfred Mauch.  William Jonathan gave up farming and opened the West Side Grocery Store and Filling Station in Sundance, Wyoming.

Error in this photograph above.  Left to Right, Great Grandfather William Jonathan Williamson, Leroy Lull and my Grandfather, Charles Williamson - not Gerald Blakeman.  Yep that's Grandpa Charlie furtherst to the right.

William Jonathan died in Sundance, Wyoming on December 14, 1934.  He was 76 years old.  Effie Helen died on April 9, 1944 in Spearfish, South Dakota.  She was 77 years old.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Summer 1985. A Gathering at the Mattsons

Me and the gang at Lagoon's Pioneer Village.
Forrest, Brandon, Me, Joe and Jake
A down right filthy band of renegades and outlaws 
in town for a bath, shave, drink and bank robbery.  

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Last week we spent time learning about our Vercellino family in the Lead / Deadwood area.  Today I'm going to change gears and take our digital family gathering back to the summer of 1985.  We are gathered at the Mattson home at 510 South, American Fork, Utah to celebrate the wedding of Jilane Williamson to Kevin Bodily.

  The pictures posted in today's post were taken from 35 mm slides.  My slides aren't necessarily ordered correctly (an error you'll readily see when you look at the pictures below.  Some of the slides were put into the slide reader incorrectly, so everything in the picture is backwards.  You'll notice when you look at the writing on various T-shirts.  The Mattson home will also look backwards to those of us who remember the true layout).

So, step into the Blog's Way Back Machine, set the dial to the Summer of 1985 and away we go.  Be sure to get yourself in the correct frame of mind for the time.  I was in my second year of teaching.  The Williamsons were still living in Rapid City.  It was a simpler time, pre internet and personal computer.  I know, prehistoric to our younger family members.  I can hear their comments now....
"How could you live back then?"

Jake Mattson cuddling his cousin Jazmine Burrows.
Jazmine looks desperately for Janice, hoping for a pardon from whatever crime she
committed to land her with this punishment.

With no reprieve from Janice, Jazmine succumbed to her fate. 
She was the one to be passed from relative to relative for the duration of the gathering. 
Her despondent look really clutches at your heart strings, doesn't it?

The DelGrossos were in town for the gathering as well.  
Brandon, JD and Forrest in the Mattson's family room.

The Grand Lady

Grandma Mattson (Violet Pierce Mattson) in the Mattson Kitchen. She's got cucumbers, tomatoes and vinegar.  What she's up to is anybody's guess. I wish her great grandchildren would have had a chance to know her.  She was a wonderful woman.  So fun to tease, as long as you stayed away from
her feet and kept her supplied with ice cold water.  She always said, "let it run," (meaning we were to let the tap run until the water got cold before filling her glass.

Kirk, not happy with shucking duty. 
With him is one of Aunt Linda's boys and Amber DelGrosso.

Kirk had that expression mastered and used it often when faced with something he considered beneath him.  Of course, I don't know what was bothering him when this picture was taken.
It could be shucking the corn on the cob, or it could be having to 'entertain' the cousins. 

Nicole Burrows, Janice Williamson Burrows' eldest.
Of course, Kirk's sneer could have been his reaction to having to tend Nicole :)
Nicole, what a pleasant child to be around.
(as long as she always got her way and you did everything she wanted you do to right when she wanted it done - without giving her a dirty look).

Annette Williamson, Janice Williamson Burrows holding Jazmine, and Joe Mattson

Again, I apologize for getting the slide the wrong way round in the slide to picture converter.
I'm too lazy at the moment to get them rescanned.  Let's just assume Joe always wore his sports jerseys inside out.  Will that make Joe look illiterate?  Possibly, but hey.  Better that than me taking the time to rescan all these slides.  

Uncle John 
John Mattson in his favorite chair in the Mattson living room.

The back of Luella Williamson's head, Beverly Mattson and Kim Williamson Delgrosso 
doing a pretty good wood chuck impression on that  ear of corn.

Bev has always had a love hate relationship with film.  She loves pictures featuring her family.
She hates having pictures taken of herself.   For some strange reason she believes she is incapable of being photogenic.  I wonder why she thinks that? 

Steve Burrows with wife Janice Williamson Burrows celebrating the fact that
1.  Jazmine is being passed back and forth to every family member in attendance.
2.  Nicole is outside under Kirk's watchful eye.
They can sit down and enjoy a peaceful meal together.

Kim Williamson Delgrosso and her mother Luella Williamson
Candace Mattson is on the stool in the background.
This picture was taken in the Mattson kitchen.

I believe Charles Williamson has been banished to the kitchen bar.  He is the guy with the white shirt.
His banishment, I believe, is the reason for Luella's overly enthusiastic smile.  We've learned over time that it is best to keep Charles and Luella separate at family gatherings.  It keeps them from kicking each other under the table and whispering "he takes after you" and "she gets that from you" to each other.  With eight children, they've been known to walk away from family gatherings barely able to walk.

Notice Luella is missing one of her front teeth.  Her denture had a tendency to drop a tooth or two at the most embarrassing of times.  Luella usually kept a bottle of super glue in her purse to take care of these unexpected dental hiccups.  I think she was waiting on that day's repair until she'd finished with the corn on the cob.  Why have to redo it more than once in a day.  

Charles Williamson in Outer Mongolia enjoying  a chip or two and pondering several 
methods of escape from the family gathering. 
You've never met anyone so willing to run errands during a family gathering.
"Darn, I forgot to buy the.."
"I'll go!" shouts Charles.

The Grand Lady with daughter Linda and two of Linda's children in the mirrored Mattson 
Living Room.

"Watch the Feet!   Watch the Feet" was heard several times before, during and after this picture was taken.

Moments after the shutter snapped, I was in the kitchen standing with glass in hand over a pouring tap waiting for her to tell me the water was cold enough.  How she was able to tell the tap 
water's temperature from such a distance is a mystery still unsolved to this day.

Kim Williamson Delgrosso with daughters Amber (left) and Ashley (right).
Autumn is in the picture as well.  I'll let you figure out where.

We leave this post with one last picture of the DelGrossos pending their 
departure back to Frisco, Colorado. 
JD, Kim with children Brandon, Amber, Ashley and Forrest.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Vercellino Family of Lead and the Cristoforo Colombo Socity

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Fred (Fidele) Vercellino was our Great Grand Uncle.  He and our Great Grandfather were brothers.  He lived in Lead, South Dakota after coming to the United States from the Turin / Torino region of Northern Italy.

Today, in our digital family reunion, we want to talk about our uncle Fred and learn about the lives of our Italian ancestors living in the Lead / Deadwood area in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

We begin with the Relationship Chart.

By the late 1880's, a large number of Italians had begun to enter the community from northern Italy.  The gained employment in the area mines, principally as laborers, since they seldom brought any mining skills with them.

A majority of these "sons of Sunny Italy," as the newspapers sometimes referred to them, settled appropriately, in the Sunnyhill area of Lead.  Railroad and Miners Avenues were particularly noted for their large Italian populations.  The Italians had the distinction of having formed one of the earliest of the ethnic societies in the city of Lead with the organization of the Cristoforo Colombo Society on March 15, 1887.

Members of the Cristoforo Colombo Society traditionally marched as a body to the picnic grounds, providing residents of Lead with a colorful spectacle.  The members were usually decked out iin their blue caps adorned with the SIMSCC insignia as well as with red, white,a nd green sashes and bright badges featuring a portrait of Christopher Columbus.

In May of 1905, the Society selected a number of its most talented members and organized a band.
Within a few weeks the band had attracted the attention of the entire community for its outstanding music.  The Society's band was often in attendance at the funerals of its members, solemnly leading the funeral procession to the cemetery.

Religion played an important role in the lives of Lead's Italian population and they looked to St. Patrick's Catholic Church for their spiritual guidance.

A well-attended Italian school was established at the church, holding sessions every Wed and Fri. evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M.  It's purpose was "the advancement of all in the use of the English language, the making of good citizens and giving all who attend instructions which will benefit."

The Italian community had its own businessmen - grocers, saloonkeepers, clothiers, shoemakers, etc - who catered to the needs of the Italian residents, and many became popular with the shoppers throughout the city.

The local Italians in general were concerned with the welfare of their compatriots, both here and abroad.  In Dec. 1908 the extreme southwest of Italy and the Island of Sicily were struck by a devastating earthquake.  Lead's Italian community join in the relief effort.  A committee was quickly appointed by the Cristoforo Colombo Society to raise money to aid the quake victims.  The photo below, is taken from the book The Flavor of Lead, An Ethnic History.  Notice it lists our Vercellino family as contributors to the cause. 

Proud of their heritage, the Italians observed a variety of holidays and anniversaries of importance to their former homeland.  They took great care to celebrate Columbus Day.

The Italians were famed for their hospitality, and special occasions almost always called for a variety of delicious foods and an abundance of wine.  Many members of the Italian community made wine in their homes in small quantities, while others, such as our Great Grand Uncle Fred Vercellino, looked at the product from a business point of view.  Uncle Fred fermented his grapes in large vats and later sold his finished product at his business, the Cristoforo Columbo Saloon. 

In this photo, you can see our Great Grand Uncle Fred standing at the center outside his saloon, wearing his white apron

The caption says Uncle Fred is there behind the bar of his saloon.

In the article above you'll read about the fate of the Society, enlarge for you in the photo below.

In the photo below, you'll see  Great Grand Uncle Fred and our Great Grandfather John, listed as prominent and active members of the Society.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

To the Queen, on Mother's Day

 Moms.  Who Else?

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Mothers Day 2012.  I woke up today thinking about my dear old mother.  I thought about all she has done for me over the last 50 odd years.  I think about all the crap she put up with as we were growing up.  I thought about her strong Montana ranch girl spirit.  I though about the example she has been.

Then another thought crossed my mind. A darker thought. I started to wonder how many times this year we've paused to celebrate our dear dear Luella.   Let's see....
  • Her Birthday on January 14th.  We all told her we loved her and showered her with affection and gifts.
  • Christmas.  We all told her we loved her and showered her with affection and gifts.  
  • Mother's Day where we are all telling her how much we love her and are showering her with phone calls and gifts.  
I drove up American Fork Canyon to walk the Timp Cave Trail (my daily exercise).  All along the trail the thought kept gnawing at me.  Do I let brazen commercialism dictate my life, telling me when and where I'm to spend my money and when and where to tell someone that they are loved and appreciated?  Aren't we stronger than that?  Surely once a year is enough to say "I love you" in word and gift.

I decided today would be my day to make a stand against the FTD florists and Hallmark Cards.  Mom was appreciated twice already within the last six months and that should suffice.  It was time to urge my stoic and emotionless English blood out from behind the warm and overbearing Italian blood that rules the heart.  It was time to make a stand for logic in the face of emotion.

My resolve lasted one hour.

There stood Luella, standing in the driveway waiting for me to pick her up for our weekly trip to Winco and Walmart.  She fills her shopping cart, and while she writes her check at the checkout stand (I think she is the only person left in Utah Valley who still holds up a grocery line by writing a check) I bag her groceries, take them to the car and stow them in the trunk.  I drive to the entrance to pick her up, saving her the walk to through the parking lot.  As I drive slowly over the the speed bump I see see her standing there waiting for me near the racks of potted flowers - the best mom in the world with her gray top and flowered blouse, clutching a purse which easily identifies her age.  She smiles and gets in the car.

"Thank you," she says.

"Happy Mother's Day," I reply.

She deserves her three days, and more.

Here's to you Mom.

Below is a video tribute I'm reposting from her birthday as a thank you for everything.  Happy Mother's Day from your eight children, scores of grandchildren and who knows how many great grandchildren.  Long Live the Queen!

And who can let this mother's day pass without a acknowledging the 5 Williamson sisters, all mother's themselves. 

Lisa, Janice, Annette, Jilane and Kim taken years and years and years and yes, years ago

Where did this photo come from?

Years have past and loving sisters still (mind you, it can difficult getting them to recognize each other).  
A Happy Mothers Day to the Five Williamson Sisters.
Kim, Janice, Jilane and Lisa.   Annette took the picture.

And what is this doing here? I smell a hijacking...

Simply with a smile

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Another Trip in the Sunday WayBack Machine

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

It's Sunday and time for our weekly trip in the WayBack Machine.  Today's photo album is a collection of various pictures taken in the 1970-90's.  I won't labor you with specifics because I don't know them.  My job is to present the photos, let you gasp in horror at the hair and clothing styles, and then insert the dates, times and places for yourself.  It's that easy.  Shall we get started?

Jon Williamson Through the Ages

I thought we'd start this stroll through memory's thickets by considering my brother Jon.   Jon is the twin to Janice.  He is known as the quieter twin.  Janice was loud, there was no getting around it.  Even today, the unmistakable sound of Janice's laughter can be heard through even the most insulated walls :)    Janice also has opinions which she freely shares.  She is stubborn and holds onto those opinions no matter how convincing the argument is against them.  Jon avoids confrontation like the plague.  Strongly disagree with Jon on a given topic and watch him morph to your viewpoint just to tone down the rhetoric.  Jon's greatest pleasure in life was getting you to laugh.  He was and is the family's comedian.  He brightens a room just by walking in. 

Jon was the most outgoing of the Williamson children.   He was afraid of no one.  Jon had no problem walking up to total strangers and starting up conversations.  I tattled on him religiously.  Luella scolded him, but it did no good.  Jon understood what we said, but the word stranger held no meaning for him.  Jon reasoned that a stranger was someone you didn't know.  Talking to a person you didn't know removed them from the stranger caste and put them into the friend's caste.  It all made perfect sense to Jon and none to us.

Here are a few of Jon's school pictures.   

You're laughing at the collar, aren't you? Scruffy was a good term to define Jon.  Clumsy was another, at least in the early part of his life. We always though Jon's pug nose came from his repeated face falls.  And when Jon fell - he really fell.  As a toddler, Jon fell straight forward, landing like a plank of wood right onto his face.

Jon, a bit older and minus a front tooth. The hair cut was a Luella original.  It was her own take on a traditional bowl cut.  Notice she missed a bit over his left eye.  The one pair of scissors we owned were in desperate need of sharpening.  Not buying a new pair of sharp scissors was good for the budget but bad for appearances.

And finally an older Jon.  One of his better pictures. Those collars were so large that on a windy day you could actually feel a bit of lift in your step.


To top this section of the post, I present our very own Jon Travolta Williamson strutting through Deadwood and showing off his new white suit.  You can almost hear "Staying Alive" playing in the background. I believe that's Jilane in the shadow.  Notice she had to stay several paces back.  Jon didn't want his rep damaged by having a little sister in tow.

You can't talk about Jon without mentioning his twin, Janice.
This is Janice.

And Now Moving Along

This picture was taken in the Williamson family's backyard at 2214 38th Street, Rapid City.
It must be Lisa's first birthday so that dates the photo to July 1973.   She partying with neighbors David and Glen. 

Geez, you'd think they were inseparable. Lisa once again, older this time and with her escorts David and Glen.  Could be Halloween or a school play.  Regardless, the apron says "I Love You". 

Roughly about this time, Kim married for the first time to Mike Hendrickson. If memory serves me correctly, this is Luella with the wedding cake.   The picture was taken in the Williamson Home in Rapid City.  That's the Mattson's old cabinet in the background.  We called it "The Buffet".  


And roughly about this same time (in the early 1970s), I present this picture of  Kevin Williamson with his Canyon Lake Baseball team.  Kevin is on the front row far right. You gotta love the kid's pants next to him.

This fuzzy Polaroid was taken at what appears to be a birthday party in the mid to late 70's. Luella's arms, Annette Williamson in red with Lisa in the blue jacket Luella is doing something to what appears to be cake rolled in burnt coconut.    It must have been a real treat.  They've got Burger King for lunch.  It might have been Annette's birthday (leafless trees).  Lisa's birthday is in July.

We jump ahead a few more years.  This pictures was taken in Grandma Mattson's apartment at the Retirement Village across from Bacon Park in Rapid City. In this photo you have... Uncle Marvin and Aunt Cindy Mattson with children, Luke and Hallie. Luella Williamson with daughters Annette and Lisa.

 And finally we end this post with a good sit down and relax in the living room at  2214 38th Street Rapid City.  Luella's got her feet up.  The home looks a bit bare.  I'm wondering if this was taken as Luella and Charles prepared for the move to Utah after Dad's retirement from the Highway Department.