When Gail Lee Martin was quite young, she lived with her parents and older sister Melba in Teterville, Kansas. It was an oilfield boomtown that has since disappeared. She wrote about that time in Teterville. It led to a contact from another lady who had roots in Teterville. Mom was always thrilled to know that … Continue reading Teterville Chat
The family traveled to Rock Springs and to Teterville for memorials for Gail and Clyde Martin.
Scanners are a wonderful invention and my sister, Karen, is making good use of hers. She just digitized some old Teterville photos that expand our knowledge of that time in Mom’s life. The photo label says, “Ed Bolte’s home, Teterville. Back: Viola Bolte, Wanda Bolte, Gail McGhee. Front: Lillian Phelps with Jackie and Ruth Bolte … Continue reading More Teterville Memories
It’s interesting to drive into a small Kansas town for the first time. Is it thriving or just hanging on? Some have lost population and businesses and all that remains are the empty storefronts and scattered residences. In following this blog about Gail Lee Martin’s life, you’ve already seen some small towns mentioned like Hamilton, … Continue reading Exploring Small Kansas Towns
In January 2012, Gail Martin’s younger sister, CJ contemplated the idea of moving back to Kansas. She had lived many years in the Austin area and later in Seadrift, Texas by the coast. Her nieces encouraged her to move back to her home state. Gail chimed in with some enticements. “We could take a trip this spring … Continue reading Planning a Road Trip
(This post by Virginia Allain was first posted on the Our Echo website) There is something romantic about a kerosene lamp. Perhaps in our imagination, we picture ourselves conversing in the parlor illumined by its picturesque glow. Many humble household items from the “good old days” are reincarnated as decorative pieces throughout today’s homes. Horse … Continue reading W is for Washday Blues
By Gail Martin, eHow Member Separate the shells and nuts We have been using black walnut nutmeats as far back as I can remember. They are a native tree in Kansas. I love the taste of them in fudge, cookies, cakes, salads and pie. I can still remember Daddy making a small covered wagon and Mother … Continue reading Make Sugared Nuts from Black Walnuts or Pecans
When pirates buried their treasure, they drew a map to find it again. On the map, they put a big X showing where to find the treasure. A treasure that I’ve found in my mother’s papers is a hand-drawn map she made showing the Phillips oil company camp where the family lived in the 1930s. … Continue reading X Marks the Spot
Were the Good Old Days really better or not?
Mom’s earliest days were in the Teterville area. Below is a picture of her with her mother, Ruth Vining McGhee in 1927. Here’s Mom’s description of this time, “Although jobs were scarce all across America, the oilfields of Greenwood County were booming. Those early years in the Teterville area were very prosperous. Mother’s two sisters … Continue reading Home Is Where the Heart Is