Category Archives: Family

Cars, Houses, Healthcare, and Horses circa 1900

Guest blogger G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather, grants us a great gift with these short scraps from his memoir manuscripts: the ability to look into the past and experience how his life was lived around the turn of the 20th Century … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood: Conclusion (part 11)

Conclusion of “Pappa’s Childhood,” a section of my grandfather’s memoirs, edited by my mother, Dell Buller,  from some of her father, G.M.C. Massey’s manuscript notes. After about a year, we bought an old improved place near Pleasant Grove. We let the unimproved … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 5)

Guest blogger G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather, continues the tale of his childhood in rural East Texas in this next segment from my mom’s edit of his notes, Pappa’s Childhood. I remember when I was 8 years old, my father was boiling off … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 3)

My Mom edited the start of her father’s autobiographical notes.  I’ve shared this part about his early schooling in 19th Century East Texas in a prior post, and now wanted to include it in sequence. About this time, the first school in out neighborhood … Continue reading

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Pappa’s Childhood (part 1)

My Grandfather’s memoir manuscripts have provided numerous prior “guest blogger” posts here on the back porch. I also mentioned how my mother, Dell Buller, tried to edit his rambling and repetitive notes into a more straightforward timeline. She pieced together”Pappa’s Childhood,” a … Continue reading

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December 17: A Most Auspicious Day

December 17 is one of favorite days since 2 of my favorite people share this birthday: my brother Scott (65 today) and our Granny (gone). Allow me to share some memories & comments I posted elsewhere on this date 5 … Continue reading

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San Angelo Housing circa 1918

G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather and our guest blogger again today, writes of the housing situation encountered when he moved his family to the West Texas town where he would live until his death years later: San Angelo. When we moved … Continue reading

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