1941 - The people in this 1941 photograph are from left to right: grandmother Verna Mae Bechtel Staten, Chalmer Murry Staten Jr. ("Junior" was 16 on June 16, 1941), aunt Effie (Effie Elzira Staten Weldon Rowe), Vern Martin (Effie's grandson by daughter Marjorie Weldon Martin and Virgil Martin), Chalmer "Red" Weininger (Kathleen believed that's who it was but she wasn't sure?), Murry Grigsby, Elma Mae Staten Grigsby and Bill (happy face) Grigsby. Bill concluded that he was angry because he didn't get to hold the box and toy bus!! Also, you can see the Downing school building in the background over Elma's left shoulder. This photo was made in front of Verna and Chalmer's house in Downing, Missouri where we visited several times over the years. The house was a converted garage because the cement driveway still led up to their front door. Bill's recollection was that they had a swing on one of the trees in front of the house and that there was no in-door plumbing so we had to use an outhouse. At least the hand pump for the well water was inside the kitchen. Bill remembers that Vern Martin was mean (terroized) to us when no one was watching. This also could have been the time that dad took Bill, mother and Murry to Lancaster, Missouri, about 5 miles west of Downing, where we boarded the milk/passenger train to ride back to Downing on our very first train ride. Grandpa Chalmer said it was a tri-daily train. If it didn't show up today they'd try again tomorrow. Bill remembers that when Vern Martin was a teenager he was crushed between a couple of corn wagons during harvest time and he died from his injuries. Whose shadow is that taking the photograph? Those ears could be Grigsby ears and may belong to our dad, James Grigsby who's not in the photograph but was present during this adventure.