Aug 14, 2017

Looking for Dixie - from Dixie

I'm from Dixie, as we say here in Southern Utah - some of the pioneer families assigned to settle this area hailed from the South and possessed the necessary skills to grow cotton and establish a community. Paying homage to the nickname of their former home, these settlers called the region “Utah’s Dixie."  And now I'm looking for Dixie!

That said, my current genealogy puzzle is locating the husband(s) of Dixie D. Barton, born in 1916 [grave marker is incorrect according to obituary found in a 1916 paper] in Arkansas, married in Oklahoma in 1936 and again in Montana [her grandparents spent some time in Montana] in 1937 to William H. Cacy.  Since her maiden name was Barton, but her headstone in the Pleasanton, California cemetery gives her name as Dixie Johnson Sorensen, it's my belief that after marriage to Mr. Cacy, she was married to a Mr. Johnson and then to James Sorensen (the name of her husband at the time of her death, per her obituary).  She died 30 November 1962 in Pleasanton, California.  It is possible Mr. Johnson was Forrest Alexander Johnson, going by his burial record. 

Fun puzzle.  Hope I can find the answers.

Aug 1, 2017

A New Devil Pup Annual Award

On July 29th, I attended the graduation of Devil Pups' second increment at Camp Pendleton, California.  It was my first year of Devil Pups without my Marine.  It was a bittersweet experience - Bill was honored in several ways and I heard from several Marines how much they respected him.  At the graduation ceremony at Camp Pendleton a new annual award was given to the Pup graduate who exhibited the most persistence and it comes with a $200 cash award.  It is to be called "The Col. Bill Toole Award," and I was honored to be the first presenter of this award.  

We graduated 10 pups this year from St. George - and one of them, Alena, earned a Physical Fitness Award, for reaching the perfect score of 400 (push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and a mile run).  She is our first female award winner and the third in 10 years of SoUtah Devil Pups.

Mar 28, 2017

I Miss PJ

My good friend and guardian, PJ, has moved away to new territory, many new sniffs and people to fall in love with her, too.  Life is not the same on our street!

Feb 15, 2017

2017 Valentine's Day

My first Valentine's Day without Bill since our marriage.  Shannon is here visiting, which helps a lot.  Friends Cher and Darrell brought a candle with a red balloon, Mike and family sent beautiful iris and day lilies (he always remembers my favorites) and Mark from Spilsbury surprised me with red roses in memory of Col. Toole.  How thoughtful was that?  I miss Bill a lot - I miss holding hands - and I miss his unwavering love and support.  In his honor, I presented the Devil Pup story to the local D.A.R. chapter on Valentine's Day.  Bill would be pleased that the D.A.R. members made donations to the Devil Pup program.