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A full day for me

This morning my friend Kris picked me up to go the Natural Science Museum where they have a special exhibit on the Dead Sea Scrolls. I had read about the Scrolls, the first of which was discovered in 1947 in a cave close to the Dead Sea in Israel. Eventually I think 8 or 9 more caves were found that had many more manuscripts. There were many archaeological artifacts (mostly large jars like the ones that held the scrolls for all those years) and just a few of the very fragile 2000 year old pieces of the scrolls. Joan, did you and Ralph visit that site? Or see more of the manuscripts in the museum in Jerusalem?
This evening I went to dinner with the Gutierrezes for Paul’s birthday – – one day late. We went to a sort of Mexican restaurant because he likes the huge burrito they feature. He ate most of it and still had a piece of cheesecake, but he can’t gain weight! Oh, to have that problem! He is all finished with school. But his girlfriend Anna still has several more days. (They go to different Denver Public High Schools.)
Barb, you must be flattered that Paco is thinking of being a Physics professor, since you must be his model for that dream. I can’t imagine that he has actually taken a physic class yet – – or do the middle schools in Traverse City have a spectacular science program? Love, Patricia

> On May 16, 2018, at 6:03 PM, GREG P GUTIERREZ wrote: >
> That is a great photo!! They both look so attractive and dressy in their finery! I think chaperoning stops after high school these days but I would want them if that were an option! > Mary
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On May 15, 2018, at 11:43 PM, Barbara Wheeler wrote: >>
>> I had a call from Nancy (Jacobberger) Coyne yesterday who used to faithfully send cookies to Erin on holidays. Nancy had read the Mother’s Day blog and was amazed to find out that her mother was 2 days older than Mom, and that her parents were married 2 days before Mom and Dad. We talked further and found out that our fathers were both born in March of 1900. Her father was 2 weeks older than Dad. >>
>> We were both reminded of this picture of Mom and Dad and the Jacobbergers as chaperones for a Newman Club semi-formal dance held at the Montclair Women’s Club on Dec. 4, 1953. That would have been the fall of my sophomore year. >>
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>> Do you think that any colleges have chaperones these days? >> Barbara

Paco’s Future – Thurs. May 17, 2018

Steve called on Mother’s Day and I talked to Paco ..Tommy doesn’t like to talk … on the phone. It would be wrong to say that he doesn’t like to talk!

Steve had texted me earlier that Paco had been accepted into the SciMathTech program for next year at the nearby high school. Only 30 of over 100 applicants were accepted.

Steve said that as part of the interview for the program, Paco was asked what he wanted to do in the future. Paco said that he wanted to be a Physics professor!
Wow! That is a surprise…not a ski jumper … not a baseball player .. not a drummer.. Physics professor!

Paco… a future Physics professor?
Feb. 12, 2108

Barbara

Mom and Dad as Chaperones – Tues. May 15, 2018

That is a great photo!! They both look so attractive and dressy in their finery! I think chaperoning stops after high school these days but I would want them if that were an option! Mary

Mom and Dad as Chaperones – Tues. May 15, 2018

I had a call from Nancy (Jacobberger) Coyne yesterday who used to faithfully send cookies to Erin on holidays. Nancy had read the Mother’s Day blog and was amazed to find out that her mother was 2 days older than Mom, and that her parents were married 2 days before Mom and Dad. We talked further and found out that our fathers were both born in March of 1900. Her father was 2 weeks older than Dad.

We were both reminded of this picture of Mom and Dad and the Jacobbergers as chaperones for a Newman Club semi-formal dance held at the Montclair Women’s Club on Dec. 4, 1953. That would have been the fall of my sophomore year.

Do you think that any colleges have chaperones these days?
Barbara

Dominican College; Overdone Scones – Monday, May 14, 2018

As soon as I posted to the blog yesterday, I wanted to correct where I said that Mom taught. It was at Dominican College in San Rafael, not College of San Rafael. Although, brother Jim did some super research and found out that that was what it was initially called.

For some reason the blog used to allow me to Edit my posts. On my computer, there was a red Edit link. That disappeared about a week ago, so I can no longer edit misspellings, etc. I had copied some of my family when I wrote the entry to the blog, and they Replied All, their response went to the blog, probably unknowingly. So, that is why there are now about 4 pictures of Mom along with the entry. I cannot edit them out. Maybe Colleen can figure it out when she surfaces in South Caymen.

Also, since Rockford College was a Women’s College I should have written that Mom was executive secretary of their alumnae association. For those who know Latin, the plural of alumnus (masculine) is alumni, the plural of alumna (feminine) is alumnae.

As for the scones. The doorbell rang yesterday when there was about 2 min left of cooking them at 425 and I let them go, probably an extra 10 min. They were brown on the bottom, but Clark loved them and wanted me to make more today. Today’s batch I baked at 450 for 15 min which was plenty. They are still brown on the bottom and a little dry for me.

Barbara

Maxine (Ferguson) Canty 1905-1978; Scotch Scones – Sun. May 13, 2018

Hi Barb,

Thanks for the great story about Mom!

I had always thought that Mom taught at Dominican College in San Rafael. In doing some Googling, I came across this 1889 ad for the College of San Rafael which was run by the Dominican nuns and later was called Dominican College and is now Dominican University. http://contentdm.marinlibrary.org/digital/collection/pssr/id/1xx

When Mom taught there, it was several years before the construction of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge and decades before the construction of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. I always wondered whether she lived in San Rafael or found a ferry service from the East Bay to San Rafael.

Dad presumably was working at the then location of St. Mary’s College in Oakland at Broadway and Hawthorne. I have two doctors in the medical office building across the street and have noted that the old auto dealership building was torn down and there is now a huge construction project on the site. I have wondered what happened to the plaque that Dad had installed near the entrance on Broadway to the auto dealership building, commemorating the site of the old St. Mary’s College.

I vaguely recalled that the Oakland site for St. Mary’s was called The Brickpile. Googling turned up this website which has a photo of the plaque that Dad had installed in 1959 for “The Old Brickpile.” It has an interesting photo of the damage done by the 1906 Quake. Saint Mary’s College – Oakland – LocalWikixx

Saint Mary’s College – Oakland – LocalWiki

Jim

On Monday, May 14, 2018, 12:51:13 AM PDT, Barbara Wheeler <bcwgolf@yahoo.com> wrote:

Today on Mother’s Day I am thinking of my mother, Maxine Ferguson Canty, who was born on May 1, 1905 in Macomb, IL, daughter of Frank Ferguson and Fanny May Corlett. Her parents were music teachers at Macomb Normal School in Macomb, IL. They had met in Rockford, IL, and Maxine grew up as an only child in Rockford, graduating from high school at age 16 and from Rockford College in 1925 at age 20.

After her graduation Maxine became alumni secretary of her college and met Tim Canty in about 1930 at a meeting of alumni secretaries in Canada. Tim was the Executive Secretary and founder of the Alumni Association of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. They were married on August 9, 1933 at St. Leo’s Church in Oakland.

After her mother died in 1930, Maxine had moved to California with her father Frank. Maxine taught English at the College of San Rafael and received her Masters degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1932. While awaiting my birth in 1934, my mother wrote a serial for the San Francisco Call Bulletin newspaper entitled, High School Tragedy. Soon followed the births of Patricia, Joan, Tim Jr, Jim, and Bob.

This photo was taken at Maxine’s apartment in Oakland on May 1, 1976 on her 71st birthday. She died 2 1/2 years later on Nov. 26, 1978.

For some reason I was thinking of the fact that Mom used to make Scotch Scones, so I made some this morning. My grandfather, Frank Ferguson, lived with us during the War from about 1941 until he died in Nov. 1943. He sold Watkins products door-to-door. For the scones I used a recipe from Mom’s Watkins cookbook. I remembered that Mom’s scones had sugar on them; these didn’t. So, I called my sister Joan tonight and she had a similar recipe, but with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Here is the Watkins recipe with cinnamon sugar added:

Scotch Scones
4 T butter 2 cups flour Sift dry ingredients together. Blend in butter with pastry knife.
2 eggs 4 t. baking powder Add well-beaten eggs and milk.
1/3 cup milk 1/3 t salt Turn on to floured board. Roll 3/4 inch thick.
2 t sugar Cut in triangle shape. Brush with egg white diluted with water.
Sprinkle with mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Bake 20 min at 450. (I used parchment paper.)

Hope you all had a Happy Mother’s Day.
Barbara

Maxine (Ferguson) Canty 1905-1978; Scotch Scones – Sun. May 13, 2018

Lovely! Thanks for sharing.How did the scones turn out?