Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

John Stanley Cross

My father on the Cross farm
Webb, Iowa
circa 1935-1938




Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wordless Wednesday (well, a few words)

Basil Noah Cross Family

This is my great great grandparents, Basil Noah and Mary Jane (Boroff) Cross, their five sons, daughter, daughter-in-law and 2 of their grandchildren.  My great grandfather Henry, is the young boy standing between them.  He was born in 1875.  I am guessing that he might be 7 or 8 in this picture.  Basil died in 1885 so that would mean this was taken a few years before this death.  It is probably the last family picture they had taken (maybe the only one they ever had taken.)  The exact location is unknown, but it most definitely was taken in Iowa as in 1880 there were living in East Waterloo, Iowa.  In 1885 when Basil died they were living in Fredericksburg, Iowa.

This is the only photograph I have of my great great grandfather Cross.  I will share more of his story in another post.



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How Much Did a Haircut Cost in 1935?

My father, John Cross getting a haircut, circa 1935
Haircut cost:  40 cents
Webb, Iowa
Picture: priceless

Thursday, November 22, 2012


A song from my childhood that I remember hearing my grandfather, George Cross, (and my parents) sing:

Count Your Blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.




Happy Thanksgiving!






Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Veterans in My Life Past and Present

The men pictured below are from my direct lines.  Many more of my ancestors also served our country.

Basil Noah Cross, Union Veteran, Civil War
My 2nd Great Grandfather
James Mortimer Van Riper, Confederate Veteran, Civil War
My 2nd Great Grandfather

Cyrus Augustus Teachout, Union Veteran, Civil War
My 2nd Great Grandfather


John Stanley Cross, Marine, Korean War
My Father


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Marine Corps!

My father, John S. Cross, in his Marine Dress Uniform.

Semper Fi Daddy!
You taught me what it means to love my country.