Anyway, a conference within driving distance meant Charlie and I could tag along with Mike. Wonderful friends let us stay with them for free (thank you, Shipleys!), and UTSA covered our other travel expenses, so it was a great mini-vacation and family history research opportunity.
I'm working on writing about our trip and posting photos pertaining to Mike's family history on our family history blog, Some Lemon Family History. So if you're interested in that sort of information (i.e., you're related to us somehow), go ahead and check that out.
For the rest of you, our trip in photos:
|A grove of I'm not sure what. But it was lovely. |
Hill Country is so gorgeous, one of my favorite regions of Texas.
|The first sighting of cotton. The Lubbock area is the largest contiguous|
region of cotton production in the world. Says Wikipedia.
|Switching drivers in Coleman, TX.|
I'm sorry, this is the quittingest store name I've ever seen.
|I insisted the superhero enthusiasts hop out for a picture.|
|The George Simms and Pauline Sanders Lemon home in Lubbock. Just a block from Texas Tech.|
Mike's great-aunt Cherry informed us it used to be white with blue shutters.
|Former site of the Pioneer Cookie Co., which Mike's great-grandfather founded at least as early as 1947.|
We're not sure how old the building is, or if it's the same building that housed the cookie company.
Half the building is empty, and half is an upscale home fabric and trim store.
According to Nancy, one of the owners of All About Looks, the building was a car garage in a previous life.
|Neat wall art next to the cookie factory site.|
This neighborhood of Lubbock is called the Depot District. Apparently it's got a hoppin' nightlife scene.
|On Saturday, the final day of the conference, we took off to Floydada, about 40 minutes north of Lubbock.|
These are bales of cotton the size of shipping containers. And a lot of dust. It is WINDY in the panhandle.
|Mike and Charlie at the Charles and Annie Sanders grave site.|
We liked the name Charles regardless, but I love that Charlie's fourth great-grandfather was also a Charlie.
|Slaton's famous bakery. We got shortbread cookies shaped like cows, a bag of gingersnaps, and two pumpkin donuts.|
|H.G. was a grocer in Slaton. We're not sure where his store would have been.|
The address we have for the grocery store corresponds roughly with the back half of this building.
|A sketch of Edith Courtney Sanders, Mike's second great-grandmother, hanging in her home in Slaton.|
Edith's daughter-in-law (Mike's second great-aunt Jo) still lives there.
I hope to get back to Slaton for some high-res scans of the family photos.
|The home is full of gorgeous details original to the home.|
|By sheer coincidence, the Shipleys attend church in the same building Mike's grandparents did|
when they first joined the LDS Church in the 1950s.
|I tried hard to get a good shot of the wind turbines. They really do stretch as far as the eye can see out there.|
|Heading home. Perhaps grimacing at an oncoming tumbleweed.|
We narrowly avoided several small ones, but a large one (probably about 4 feet tall) hit us head on.