Four Generations at a Birthday Party, 1950

Photo was taken at the Donald and Lucille Shaw place, NW of old Dexfield Park, July 1950.

Both grandmothers, two great grandmothers, Mom, my sister, and two cousins!

On the left: Aunt Betty (Neal) Wells, Dad’s sister, with Vincent Neal Wells (b. 1945). I’m (1944) lugging Candy, a Cocker Spaniel puppy which was actually sister Gloria’s (1946) birthday gift, but she was busy riding her trike. Vince’s sister Patty (1947) is on the other trike.

Next to Aunt Betty is Grandma Ruby (Blohm) Neal (1898 -1991), whose parents were born in Pellworm Island, Germany.

Nellie Edith (Keith) Neal (1869-1955), widow of O.S. Neal. They were Dexter neighbors to the Clabe and Leora Wilson family during the Great Depression. Great Grandma Nellie helped her daughter-in-law make many quilts, including the “Dahlia Star” quilt for the marriage of Warren Neal to Doris Wilson.

Laura (Jordan) Goff (1868-1962). Some of Great Grandmother’s stories are part of the Leora Stories, especially Leora’s Dexter Stories: The Scarcity Years of the Great Depression and Leora’s Early Years: Guthrie County Roots. She helped teach me to crochet and I played Canasta with her.

Leora (Goff) Wilson (1890-1987), Laura’s oldest daughter and the heroine of the Leora Stories.

Doris (Wilson) Neal (1918-2015). Leora’s oldest daughter, my mother.



  1. I am still not getting your posts in my Reader page. I’m going to try un-following and then Following again.

    • Did it work? I reran one Friday, but it wasn’t sent to emails, just Twitter and Facebook. Next week will be the Goff Reunion on Monday, 1936 Olympics on Wednesday, rerun Friday of a poem called “The Parsley Plot.” Then it’ll be almost August!

      • We’ll find out with your next post, I guess.
        Almost August – this year is disappearing!!

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