Georgie Digs: Sad and Happy Times

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Georgie Digs!

I have often wished that the “old-timers” would record in some way what they remembered of their young life, and what they knew of their parents’ lives. I really wanted to interview an elderly man who lived along the lower end of the San Pedro River, but I waited too long.

  I am sorry that when I was younger and my mom was still with us that I hadn’t asked her more questions about her earlier life, although I later learned more. She, who was named Lula Flora, but was usually called Lu, had been born on April 11, 1895, and she was 18 years old when she married 46-year-old Will Giles who was from a ranching family in New Mexico, the state that my mom’s family had ended up in after having been in Texas and Oklahoma. Will Giles had been married, and after his wife had died their two very young children were under the care of members of the Giles family on their New Mexico ranch. A daughter named June was born to my mom and Will Giles in January of 1918, but June died from pneumonia in 1919 and was buried on the Giles’ ranch. Then on mom’s birthday in 1926, the daughter Betty Jo was born in Clayton, New Mexico, but Betty Jo never knew her father Will Giles because he had died in Clayton, New Mexico at the age of 60 years, just three months before Betty had been born. My mom often said that Will Giles was so good to her that she was spoiled.

  Mom ended up marrying George Kishbaugh, the man who would become the father of myself and my two brothers, Bill and Charley, and we, with our half-sister Betty, were raised in Hayden, Arizona where my dad worked for Asarco. Our mom was a tall, attractive lady with brown hair and eyes, and she could really play the piano, even with one finger missing. The story I heard about that is when she and her brother Earnest were kids, he kept telling her to keep out of the way when he was chopping wood. It might have been a “dare” game between them when she got her finger chopped off. I understand that when I was a baby my mom played the piano for dances at the Green Lantern in Dudleyville, and that Louis Mendoza, Sr., who had his M&M Grocery Store in San Pedro, and Lanny Parker, father of Forrest Parker who had his Parker’s Grocery Store in Winkelman, also played musical instruments for the dances. I imagine there were some good times held at the Green Lantern during the Prohibition days!

Georgie Wood (18 Posts)


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Sun Life celebrates new building in Oracle with open house, health fair

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      The Oracle Sun Life Family Health Center sponsored a Health Fair and Open House on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. […]


    SPATS presents ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      After some delay due to unforeseen circumstances, the San Pedro Actors Troupe will be performing the laugh a minute […]


    Home Alone Units donated to Oracle volunteer group

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      Volunteers are much appreciated! Especially those who touch the lives of the vulnerable and those in need.   In […]


    Infant and preschool child development screening to be held at Mammoth-San Manuel School District

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      Mammoth – San Manuel School District and the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) will provide a free child development […]


  • Additional Stories

    San Manuel boys defeat San Carlos, again

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      When the San Manuel boy’ basketball team defeated San Carlos on Dec. 11 it was the Miners’ first win […]


    Yocum, Lorona lead No. 6 Lady Cats in rout

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      Ray junior Shelby Yocum scored a game-high 30 points and senior Tara Lorona finished with a double-double – 23 […]


    Ray defeats Superior in key region game

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      The No. 7 Ray boys’ basketball held third place in the 1A East Region standings with an impressive 57 […]


    Felicity Boltarez wins first place at District Hoop Shoot

    January 24th, 2019
    by

      All their practice paid off! All five of our local Elks Hoop Shoot winners brought home trophies from the […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger