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Linden, Cass County, Texas

You talk about a drive down memory lane, this view of driving into Linden looks peaceful, but even more peaceful in 1935 and then again in 1941 {as peaceful as you can get at the start of World War II} because Mama McMichael’s {Bonnie Elizabeth Kelly McMichael’s} house was just to the left of the car and from her old homestead {after she was married to entering Linden past mama to leftThomas Bruce McMichael in the Hugo Indian Territory} was nothing but woods all the way into the court house; and at the dip in the road shown to the left was set back further in the woods a path across the creek and one of those classic one room school houses.  To the right almost downtown was the First Baptist Church Mama always took us to, and continued as her habit, part of God’s grace and guidance, in Shreveport at Queensboro Baptist Church.  In the recent photo {1996 on Google Earth} of the house shown below, it has changed little.  Looks like the famous pear and fig trees of her preserves mama lindenhave disappeared from the back, much also of the shrubs and flowers around the house.

In fact, it appears from the 1865 census, that great-grandfather John Bruce back from the Civil War lived in the same house where he and Francis Carline Lanier McMichael raised 3 children.  The burial place of John Bruce {Bartlett} is a mystery, as somewhat less is that of his father, Judge Griffin C. McMichael, but in the Linden Cemetery #1 both Carline Lanier, Thomas Bruce, and Mama are buried.

bruce and bonnie mc

Francis Carline Lanier






Since great-grandmother Lanier was shown in a Hugo Indian territory census post civil war, one could also speculate that John Bruce got caught in the run for Indian territory, or died there while he and his son Thomas Bruce were building houses.  Some have tried to speculate that Sgt. John Bruce died in a Virginia Hospital after release from a nothern prison camp.  (Nelson’s 10th Infantry was captured at Arkansas Pass in 1862.Sgt John Bruce

This civil war photo is on display at SMU, and was the subject of a blog of confederate soldiers killed in the Civil War, John B and Rufus Edwards.  And the blog also sports a image of a notice from the physician in the Virginia hospital as to the death and belongings of John Bruce.

     1935 The years of depression continued in 1935 with unemployment still running at 20.1% , and the war clouds were gathering as Germany began to rearm and passed the Nuremburg laws to strip Jews of their civil rights, and Mussolini’s Italy attacked Ethiopia. The Gallup Poll was introduced and a reformed drinker

1935 Ford sedan

1935 Ford Tudor Sedan

named Bill Wilson formed Alcoholics Anonymous on June 10th , also for the first time a completely synthetic fibre was produced called nylon by a Dupont chemist. Also this was the year of the birth of “Swing” by Benny Goodman and the world was ready to boogie. Persia is renamed to Iran.   {}

     1941 The war in Europe continued to dominate world affairs but a new threat was growing which would soon involve America as the Japanese caused a threat Asia in the Pacific and preparations for war continued . The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill addressed the joint session of congress asking for help in the form of Arms . The US still continued as normal with 2 great movies produced that year that would stand the test of time “Citizen Kane” and “Dumbo”. After many years where parents had decided what teenagers wore a new revolution was happening where teenagers became fashion conscious , also drive in Movies and drive in fast food were growing in popularity. On December 7th 1941 the US was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii more than 2400 American servicemen were killed that day and America entered the WAR . And with neutrality ended some 950 tanks were sent to Britain together with food, trucks, guns and ammunition.
     1909 was a year of many “firsts.” U.S. Navy engineer Robert E. Peary became the first man to reach the North Pole. The first transcontinental auto race took place between New York and Seattle, and up in the sky, French engineer Louis Bleriot made the first English Channel crossing in a heavier-than-air machine. The United States Mint was preparing a first of its own: a regular-issue U.S.

1909 S VDB Lincoln Cent Choice BU RED

1909 Lincoln head penny, now worth $1,225. on ebay.

coin honoring an actual person. Defying a tradition that dated back to George Washington’s presidency, plans were made to honor the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth with a new cent featuring a bust of the beloved president.


One Merit Badge at a Time

How do you explain and organize a life? The answer is, you don’t, you just live it and then try to make some sense out of all the emotional memories. Far be it to get into the discussion now of what makes a life–environmental influences, DNA, and motivations learned early in childhood; but it is certain that most of the credit must be given to your gene heritage that goes all the way back to Scotland. scotland map with shires in 1840 McMichaelsCertainly, no matter what the ups and downs in life, the comforts and discomforts, the challenges and routines (initially wrote boredom but with a low threshold of boredom, lack of a personal challenge, not the same as recognition which will be explained later in the “merit badge approach” was not tolerated for long, and my wife agrees), our forefathers come to the forefront of overcoming obstacles in forging the Scot Irish American heritage.

Having died 6 times–3 on the McClennan tennis court seminaryclose to Seminary hill, and 3 in the ambulance on the way to JPS Hospital, in the last four years there has been some timejps er to strive with a sorting out like might have been done in previous data analysis on missiles or airplanes, and like aaircraft-planes_other_f-16_90077 half Aerospace Engineer and half Baptist Preacher. Most have a career, and that is commendable like my son has Walnut Valley Baptist Churchdone in working his way u p from cleaning airplanes while getting an A&P to Manager, mainly with the same Company he manages now; and likewise my Father, who starting as a truck driver with a 6 grade education went up the ladder to mechanic, safety manager, terminal manager, and then vice president and ICC practitioner.

What can I say? A good part time job at Connaly funeral home in Waco and the nominal completion of a freshman year at Baylor with merit badges in AFROTC drill team, ROTC rifle team, a highlight Bible course in NT from Woodfin, diverse experiences with funerals andpat neff hall emergency ambulance runs–a lot of ladder time from the upstairs where Joe Jim Hill and I slept to the ground and the ambulance for midnight runs; however I can blame Lt Nordick, our ROTC instructor for flying our drill team to San Anton to march in the Battle of Flowers parade, creating an insatiable motivation that only pilots can know, to fly.

Having earned the Military merit badges on up to Aviation Electronics Technician First Class Petty Officer, most would have retired with 20 and taking enroute the recognition of Chief and/ or electronics officer. (After graduation with a BS in physics in 1965, I did turn down the recognition of an intelligence officer back in the Navy at Grand Prairie.}

Seemingly falling {really grace, guidance, and prayer} into Pastor of the Walnut Baptist Church for my first civilian job, a position generally held by older and more experienced preachers and pastors, with full time pay and home and the opportunity for Bible at Ouachita, reaching the community and constructing an educational buiding, most would have made that a career. Field Service Technician with GD on the Atlas Missiles and the Minuteman, most did make that a career; associate professor of electronics at ENMU after graduation, certainly most would have settled down to that as a career. You get the point that it was different for me through going back to GD FW as an Engineer and retiring, through a second retirement at Raytheon Missiles, orsm3 first launch anyone of 4 subsequent short time contract employments, Lockheed Martin on the C-130J, Pax River on the Viking and flight test on the Truman, flight test of helicopters at Bell Textron Mirable Canada, and the Future Combat System that gave us the drones at Rockwell Collins.

You get the point, and now it is even tiring for me; however then it was exciting and when Ann and I settled down, we thought, to our mountain home, looking back, it was fortunate to have such interesting jobs. Some of it makes me nervous now, not then, as Ann said, “You are not afraid of the devil himself.”