Bits & Pieces
SrA Curtis M. Anderson joined the United States Air Force June 22, 2006. He graduated basic training in August 2006, and Special Forces training in November 2006. He is currently stationed at Forbes AFB at Topeka, Kansas, but expects to be deployed to the Middle East soon.
Curtis is the son of John and Debbie Anderson of El Dorado, Kansas; grandson of Jim Anderson and Phyllis Erwin Anderson, and a great-great-great-grandson of Michael R. and Minnie Freeman Erwin.
Grandmother Phyllis writes, “We pray for all who are in the military, and thank God for them.” Amen to that Phyllis.
Hazel LaGroue Welch was born in 1912 and celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday on August 17, 2007. She was married to Oscar Gaston Welch, son of Rev. Gaston R. Welch and Margaret “Estelle” Garrison. Estelle was the daughter of Reuben Alexander Garrison and Elizabeth Absenth “Lizzie” Powers. Reuben was the son of Lot Garrison and Margaret Erwin. Margaret was a granddaughter of James N. Erwin, our immigrant ancestor.
Hazel was widowed in 1960, and lives now with son O. G. Welch in Denham Springs, Louisiana. At the Garrison Reunion in July she was recognized as being the oldest female member of the Garrison family present.
For those who would like to send her a belated birthday greeting, her address is:
Mrs. Hazel Welch
113 Judy Street
Denham Springs, LA 70726
Artie Garrison Miller celebrated her ninety-fourth birthday on August 10. She was born on that date in 1913, the daughter of Edgar Eugene Garrison, Sr. and Annie Francis of Sicily Island, Louisiana. Artie, like Hazel above, is a granddaughter of Reuben Alexander Garrison and Lizzie Powers, and a descendant of James N. Erwin.
Artie, along with her sisters and one remaining brother, contributed much to A Gathering of Garrisons, a Garrison family history written by Sylvia Kelly Smith. Artie provided family photos, stories and anecdotes, and even proof-read parts of the manuscript.
Artie now lives in a rest home and would love to hear from family and friends, and/or get a belated birthday card. Her address is:
Mrs. Artie Miller c/o Mary Anna Nursing Home, Rm. 4
P.O. Box 776
Wisner, LA 71378
A Crabby Old Man
When an old man died in the geriatric
ward of a small hospital near Tampa, Florida, it was believed that he
had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through
his meager possessions,
found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that
were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.