I am not drinking fine Czech beer, or any beer, nor am I shopping or cruising down the Vltava, but I wish you good cheer and have fun. On the other hand, I do have photos of our family gathering place -- at McPherson's Old Town Pizza Co. in Klamath Falls, Oregon. On this occasion in 2003, my Aunt Pearl McPherson was in town and wanted to have a chance to visit with our family. She had been married to my dad's brother, Clive McPherson, for just over forty-six years when died in 1980.
Mother and Pearl were but teenagers in 1934,when they dated the brothers, Harold (my dad) and Clive. After they were married, the two young couples shared a small house in Stockton, California, where their husbands worked for Weyl Zuckerman Co. Later both couples moved back to Klamath Falls and worked for Zuckerman Brothers Farms. For nearly twenty years, mother and Pearl were close friends as well as sister-in-laws. Their lives were intertwined not only because their husbands worked together, but also because they were swooped into that extended McPherson family. They raised their children to be nearly as close as siblings and they shared triumphs and heartaches as their husbands built an entity they called McPherson Bros. Then one day, with the death of Harold, it all started to unravel. Mother stayed in Klamath Falls and Clive and Pearl and their family moved to southern California. Even so, those bonds forged as teenagers and young mothers remained.
It was a good day for a family gathering. Lunch at the pizza house was the last time that Pearl and mother ever saw one another. Pearl passed away in Apple Valley, California, three years later, 2006 November 6. Mother died at her home on 2008 February 17, a little over a year after Pearl's death.
|Pearl Beasley McPherson and Ruth Sigford Carland|
at Old Town Pizza, 2003
|Pearl Beasley McPherson at Old Town Pizza in 2003|
|2003, Ruth Sigford Carland seated at Old Town Pizza|
with one of her sons and his wife.
Now, stroll on over and take a seat for the fare served by other Sepians
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© Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications