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The Bonds family in 1958

The summer after we returned from Libya, we visited both sets of grandparents in Oklahoma. This is my father's family, gathered in front of The Old Place, the farmhouse his parents had lived in since Daddy was a kid.


Left to right: My brother Jonnie, my father Don, cousin Eloise holding her youngest, Uncle Irby, Granny Bonds, Aunt Pauline, Grandpa Bonds, cousin Butch, my mother Louise, cousin Ronnie. Cousins Sheila and Randy are just in front of Granny (their mother, Jenny, had died in 1955 and Sheila's twin, Neal, had been killed in 1954). In the front, from left: Cousin Merilyn, me, sister Sherry, Eloise's oldest boy, sister Bunnie, brother Mike and another of Eloise's kids.

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Taken sometime in 1958