Wordless Wednesday: Walter James Porter, My Dad

I Came across this photo and my father’s body language of having open arms is exactly how he lived life.  His heart was open, he believed in humanity, and he lived life like a millionaire.  He was a friend to all, even if you met him once or knew him for a lifetime.


Walter J. Porter in his bedroom at 6066 College Avenue, San Diego CA. Photo taken in 1980’s.

Let Me Know When The Train Comes

Daddy, I wrote this to you a few days before you passed away.  I was awaken in the night, and the Spirit moved me to write.

Let Me Know When The Train Comes
Let me know when the train comes
got my bags packed
I’m ready to go

I hear the train a-coming
chug-a-chug-a chug-a-chug
Yet, I can’t see it in sight

I’m trapped in a peripheral space
Tubes in, respirator in place
Tell me when the train comes
So I can get out of this place

I’ve served my time,
I’m free to go
Yet, I can’t move
The ones I love keep holding on

The train seems late
I’m waiting at the gate
Let me know when the train comes

I smell the smoke of the train
I hear its wheels on its tracks
I’m ready to go
But something, someone
Keeps holding me back

I see the train right in sight
The light ahead is very bright
My loved ones say their last farewells
The plugs and tubes come out
I’m free to go

The train is at the gate
I step on
I wave and say
“Until we meet again”
“Until we meet again”

Written by Yvette Porter Moore

Genealogy Corner: Day #2

     I had expected to accomplish a lot on my genealogy list today, but time just got away from me.

     The first thing I did this morning, after my chores was to watch Stella Dallas, a 1937 film based off a Novel written by Olive Higgins Prouty.  The leading actress was Barbara Stanwick.  The setting took place in Millhampton, Massachusetts in 1919.  The reason I chose to view this film, was because I am currently reading Pencil Shavings, Memoirs by Olive Higgins Prouty. The book was suggested to me by Olive’s grand-niece, and the film was discussed in the introduction of the book.  I mentioned in my last post that my Cully family worked in the Higgins home, and I am researching the Higgins family in hopes to learn more about my family.

     This morning I had the opportunity to go on air and speak with Preacherman of the online radio KLMT103.com.  I was asked to speak about last Friday’s  Pencil Portrait Unveiling of my late-father Walter J. Porter at the WJP Elementary School.  Our family, Community and foundation donated 3 portraits to the school as many of the children really had no idea who Walter was, even though the school was named after him.  A news Article in our local Voice & Viewpoint can be read by going to this link, Walter J. Porter Portraits Unveiled..

      Towards the end of the day, I went to the mailbox and a large manila envelope with the ten death certificates I ordered from the Secretary of State, Baton Rouge, LA arrived.  I read each certificate and began doing some research with them and added some of the info into my family tree.  One of the Certificate of Death documents I was excited about was my paternal grandfather’s Harrison Porter.  The new information I received from the document was the name of the Plantation my grandfather sharecropped on, “Brown’s Plantation”.  I also learned where he was buried, at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.  I began looking up the new information, but am discovering that it is going to take some time.  I posted to a few genealogy walls, and am now waiting for some responses.

     To top my evening off, I listened to Geneabloggers Radio.  The discussion for the night was “Do Books Still Matter in Genealogy?”  This was a great discussion.  I enjoy reading books, but I also have a Nook. I know things are going electronic, but I don’t think the e-books are going to wipe out the use and need for paper books.

     To end my night, I will read a few chapters in the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  I am finding this autobiography emotional, and enlightening.

Wordless Wednesday: Walter & His Gang

     This is a photo of my father in the middle of his boys…He was always the leader and always the one that stood out.  This photo had been in the Newspaper.  I believe my father was about 12 years old at the time.  I love the boy’s clothing and they are fashionable with their hats.
Walter Porter in the front and Center
abt 1939

Wordless Wednesday: Porter’s on the Political Scene

My mother and father Walter & Betty Porter were well connected to the politics in San Diego and the State of California. These photo’s were taken sometime in the 1970’s.

Betty & Walter Porter
(middle) Conley Major-Rep for Council Member Leon Williams
Receiving a Resolution 

California State Assembly Member Pete Chacon (middle)
Walter J. Porter (to r. of Chacon)