The Early Times 3

Many people have a custom at Easter of giving baby chickens and ducks. My family never did but we always acquired some of these creatures when they grew to large for our city-dwelling friends. Continue reading


The Early Times 4

Mothers Day and I think of our mother, Mary Pepper Crankshaw. Youngest daughter Col. Kelton and Mabel Pepper, she was never given the recognition on this earth for the accomplishments of her life.

She had two older sisters, Catherine and Georgia.

As an Army child, she traveled with her parents living in the Philippines and Panama during the construction of the canal. She shared many stories about growing up in those distant places. Here are two. Continue reading