Monday, June 29, 2015

Family History

Sabrina (Abbott Smith) has been sorting through some boxes in her parents' home (the late Margaret and Norman Abbott).  She found this (below) can label and sent a photo to Brother Joe (Felin) and to me.  Brother Joe responded with:  "Tomato label is  interesting and must go back to the 1920's era. Sean Madden recalls pedaling on his  bike to see remaining bldg burn!  Concrete foundation still remains."  [Sean Madden is son of Curtis and Virginia Madden.  Curtis was a younger brother of my mother (Margaret Marie Madden Felin)].  

I remember Mother pointing out the concrete foundation decades ago (in the 1960's) and telling me this bit of history:

James Louis Felin (my father) owned three canning factories, one located in Fair Grove, MO, where Mother worked as bookkeeper and her mother (Margaret Stone Madden) worked peeling tomatoes.  (Dad also grew the tomatoes.)   That was how mother and dad met.  He was very successful, tall, and handsome, "a real catch," she explained.  A whole lot of history has flowed out of that tomato canning business.  

Sabrina has found other equally interesting papers which Joe is also commenting on.  Please, anyone else who knows tidbits about all this, weigh in here with corrections and/or more information.  I'll post more from Sabrina's treasure hunt later.

Sabrina, Joe, and I are planning a Fall "Turnbo Tour."  We hope to make a video to capture some of the history that Joe is so familiar with.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Family Gathering Before Wedding in Olympia

Four generations of FeLLins

At Chicot State Park in LA

Brayden, Evangeline, and Savannah

Joe Felin's HS Graduation Photo

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thank You

This note from Beth's nine year old friend Phillip warmed our hearts today!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ryan's Ramble - June 20, 2015, Spokane, WA

RYAN'S RAMBLE - June 20, 2015

Ryan Holyk died June 5, 2014, after suffering severe injuries when his bicycle was hit by a speeding police car in Spokane, WA.   For details about the tragedy, click on this link:

Ryan lived several days after the event.  His parents donated his organs, the ultimate and extremely courageous gift of life.

Ryan was the great-grandson of Bernie (my brother) and Maudie Fellin, grandson of their daughter, Shirley (aka Peggy).  Ryan's mother (Shirley's daughter), Carrie Thompson and other family members sponsored a memorial race in Ryan's memory, "Ryan's Ramble," which was held in Spokane today.  Ryan was my great grand nephew.  Carrie told me that I had actually met Ryan when some of us travelled to Spokane for Bernie's funeral some years ago.

When I heard about the Ramble on Facebook some months ago, I immediately registered for it to stand in solidarity with Ryan's family.  This morning here in St. Louis,  I participated by going to the nearby school track and walking the 5K distance.

Ryan's Ramble. June 20, 2015

Carrie and Sandi

Ryan's Ramble

Unknown, Carrie and Monica, Sisters, Ryan's mother and Aunt

Ryan's Ramble

At 5K

Saturday, June 13, 2015

News about Stephanie

Stephanie (Abbott Schmitt) had her last chemo treatment on Wednesday.  She is very happy to be done with them as they have made her extremely ill.  And we are quite happy for her!  Congratulations, Stephanie!


Sue (Felin Spreitler Boaz) took great interest in the goings-on of our far flung family and was dedicated to capturing as much as possible here, on  "The Family Gazette."  Her belief, which I share, was that some future family historian would find the Gazette a treasure trove of facts and hints about our family history.  My intention is to keep the blog intact and to add information to it from time to time.  Some of you have access to posting on the Gazette directly if you wish.  I invite others to send me e-mails with information you want added here.  If anyone wants to be added as a contributor, please let me know.  

Monday, June 08, 2015

End of Airport Runway Last Night


Shirley, Brayden, and I flew home from New Orleans last night.  Rather than land as we approached the runway, our Southwest pilot bypassed landing and began wide circling over St. Louis.  After about 15 minutes, he announced that the plane's flaps were not working.  He was flying around, trying to get them to function.  He was reassuring, telling us we could land anyway, but he preferred to do so with working flaps.  After another 15 minutes he told us we were going to land, using "of course, the longest runway," and that there would be fire trucks along the runway but only in an abundance of caution.  [In all my years of flying, this was only the second time fire trucks lined the runway in anticipation of a problem.]

Shirley was perfectly calm.  Brayden and I began measuring our heartbeat rates with my Apple Watch.  (Our heart rates picked up considerably.)  The pilot landed the plane with a very, very long bumpy ground ride, brakes screeching.  When the plane stopped, everyone cheered, especially Brayden and I.  Shirley said she only became alarmed when it took so long to stop the plane.  Then the pilot announced that we would sit for a bit while the firemen checked out the plane's brakes.  After another short wait, we turned toward to the gate.  We could see there was about 100 feet more of runway as the plane turned.

We were very happy to disembark, about 45 minutes late.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Shirley, Joe, Rose, Pete

Joe, Marnett, Pete

Surviving Siblings

Rose Felin Holt, Donald Felin, Joe Felin, John Felin

Family gathers for Luncheon Following Service for Sue - May 27, 2015

Right to Left - Lisa, Pete (in red hat), Beth, Donald, Vita,
Scott.  [Can someone identify the others?]

Thanks, Nancy Hafla!

Left to Right - Nancy, Beth S., Scot, Vita, Donald, Beth B.,
Pete, Joe, and Lisa.

More Family - Photos from Nancy Hafla

Joe, Erica, Amanda, Pete
Erica and Amanda are daughters of Randy and
Lynn Abbott, granddaughters of Margaret and
Norman Abbott.
Joe, Pete, and Margaret - Felin Siblings 

Lisa (Joe's Daughter) and Pete aka John

More Photos

Rose, Joe, and Joe's daughter, Beth

Tammy and Joe

Tammy is the daughter of Maudie Ree and Bernie.  She lives
in Olympia, Washington.  Brother Joe lives in Springfield.

Tammy sent a number of photos from her days with us just
recently.  I will post more as time permits.

Pete (John L.), Rose, Nancy (Pete and Janet's daughter)

Rose and Sabrina

Sue's Son, Christopher