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.
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.
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.
|Walter Porter in the front and Center
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)