Howell FamilyFive generations in this photograph taken cir 1942 California. Elizabeth (my great Aunt Betty) was 89, and a true pioneer of the early west. She crossed the plains twice in covered wagon, and was a girl of 11 years when Abraham Lincoln was shot. Pictured left to right are: William M., her son, 69; Betty, her great-grand-daughter; Ralph C., her grandson (my grandfather), 42; and on her lap, Russell R., Jr., her great-great-grandson (my cousin), age 2 months.

growingupcountryDaddy with his favorite dog, TP, pulling the cart. TP was named a for Tom Pugh who gave him to daddy. He was a scrappy dog but loved pulling the cart around the small town where we lived.









Greater Findley family on Daddy’s side in Oklahoma – 1926 Daddy’s Family 1928












Mother’s Family 1938

scan06Daddy raising his kids in farm country cir 1946 in the south. He returned there with his western bride to be a country circuit preacher for several years. Mama had difficulty with the more “earthy” living conditions and the tornados.


 More about the country preacher George Findley can be found on www.GeorgeFindley.com