Oldest Living Relative

Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
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Trip End Sep 30, 2010


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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let's go see Granddaddy, Matt. Craig Sr. My father. He's your great-grandfather. Your oldest living relative! He is 91, almost 92.

Off we go, to Jasper, where Granddaddy was born, where I was born.He's traveled quite a bit, over much of Europe, and Australia, and all around the US of A, back when he and Mom were young and healthy. Granddaddy likes to tell jokes. Funny guy! He's a pretty good cook too. A few years after Mom died, he got married again, at age 85! He and Opal live together now. So, I have a stepmom, at my age.

I  left Jasper after your Papa Don and I got married in 1957. But, there is a lot of history in Jasper. A lot of history. My Dad (Granddaddy) built the house on 5th Avenue that I was living in when I got married. Yes he did! The Baptist Church has bought it now and uses it for meetings. I understand the Jewish Temple next door has been bought out too. Times change.

The Burton Manufacturing Company made the finest leather golf bags in the world. They've been bought out too, and are no longer in Jasper. Granddaddy worked in this building for years. I worked there for my first summer job. Even your Papa Don worked there one summer. The building stands empty now. It faced the town square. Bernard's is still downtown, facing the Walker County Courthouse. Of course, the traffic is on the bypass now, everybody crowding into that national chain store that shall rename nameless.

The saddest thing is my grandparents house on Prospect Road, where I spent so much time as a little kid. It was such a pretty place, surrounded by big oak trees, with a giant holly in the front yard. Out back, pecan trees, peach, pear; grape arbors, beehives, and fields and fields of corn, all planted by Daddy Burton. Now it is surrounded by ugly commercial buildings and somebody has painted the house an outlandish purple-blue. I used to sit with my grandmother in the front porch swing.

Times change.

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