Notes from the past…

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Women’s History Month, Day 6: Bubba’s Quilt

“Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor…”

My great-grandfather Charles Arthur “Bubba” Rogers was a railroad man all of his life, first with the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway and later the Texas & Pacific Railroad. As a Bridge Foreman, he traveled all over Texas, wherever the railroad would go.

In 1925, a railroad cook named Liza Williams sewed a beautiful pinwheel quilt for Bubba. The quilting was done by Liza and her church choir.

Unfortunately, the quilt didn’t age very well. But all was not lost…

Several years ago, my late Aunt Jan (“…inherited from a female ancestor”) created wall hangings from remnants of the quilt and gave them to all of Bubba great-grandkids:



“Quilt made by Liza Williams (cook for boarding cars on T & P Railroad)

Made for Charles A (Bubba) Rogers in 1925

Quilting was done by Liza and her church choir

Bubba Rogers was Father of Charley Belle Rogers Stanley”

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Women’s History Month, Day 5: Eloped!

My grandparents met as students at the old Central High School in Fort Worth back in the 1930’s. Miles Francis Stanley, Jr graduated in June of 1932, and began work as a painter for his father, John Thomas Stanley, building manager of the Fort Worth National Bank.

Charley Belle Rogers, a year younger, graduated in 1933 and began to seriously consider her future life with Miles Stanley. Money was tight in the Depression Era, so a lavish wedding would not be possible. What to do?

As New Years 1935 approached, the high school sweethearts were still apart, but not for long…

Accompanied by friends J K Daniels and his wife, Miles and Charley Belle took the 2-hour drive north to Marietta, Oklahoma and tied the knot on 31 Dec 1934!

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Women’s History Month, Day 4: Charles & Mary Rogers

My great-grandparents, Charles and Mary Rogers were married in 1912 after a year-long courtship.

This is their story…


Charles Arthur Rogers, ca 1912. A nice guy, needs a wife…

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A recreation of a postcard that Charles sent to a new “mystery lady”…


The “mystery lady”, Mary Tennessee Turner, ca 1910…


A December wedding…


It’s official…


In spite of the weather…


A handsome couple…


“At Home after December tenth Yoakum, Texas”