Monday, December 21, 2009

Tom sits upon the Christmas toy

He's trying so very hard not to fall asleep.

Friday, December 18, 2009

A cold day for Christmas trees

Mary, Ben and Ruthe huddle together while seeking the right Christmas tree.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Summer 1941

In the summer of 1941, Ruthe, John and Georgia took a trip to the California coast (near San Francisco). The caption under this photo in the album announces that they sighted a Japanese freighter.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


We all love our kitten friends

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Surviving the Hard Times

The Friends of Chowan University's Whitaker Library will host an event today about life in the 1930s.

If you look closely at the poster, you'll note that these are Meeker and Cooper family pictures from the era. It's been wonderful -- and a little weird -- to walk around town and see pictures of the family

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Snow in American Fork, 1916

Mil, Ben and Mary playing in the snow.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The John Meeker family, circa 1911

John, Georgia and Mildred Meeker are to the left in this picture.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Giant hat

My grandmother's cousin Bob Carter and Great-Aunt Phoebe Wells.

I don't know why she's wearing a hat larger than she is, but I love it.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Lily Class of 1902

John Meeker, front and center

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Meekers at American Fort, Utah


There are very few pictures of my great-great grandfather Meeker. But this is one of them.

The adults are my great-grandfather Meeker, Georgia, Aunt Genevieve, and John

The children are Mildred, Cornelius (a cousin), Ben and Mary

Friday, September 25, 2009

Camping at the family homestead

These really have to be viewed as a set. This is the Meeker family, around 1939, at the cabin in South Fork, Colorado. I've always loved these pictures because everyone looks so fancy. I can identify most of the people in the shot, but not all. I'll give it a try nevertheless.

Aunt Genevieve, Mary, Will Meeker, Ruth, Kenneth, Georgia and John

I'm a lot less sure about some of the people in this one -- and my grandmother's label in the photo album isn't a whole lot of help. Here's what I know -- or can figure out from her note -- to the far left are John and Mil, and Georgia is sitting down next to Mil, but is a little difficult to see. I think that's Mary on the saw horse -- or whatever it is. Sitting behind her -- again, I think -- is Ruth. Sitting behind the standing boy -- who I think is Paul Clark -- is Jennie Overstreet. The back row of men are -- starting at the second from the left and going to the right -- Chase Wilson, Kenneth Cooper and Ben Meeker. Uncle Chase looks a bit more comfortable with that sledge hammer than my grandfather looks with the pick-axe. That still leaves two people I don't recognize and who aren't labeled in the album.

Della Wilson, Aunt Genevieve, Mary, Georgia (behind Mary and Ruth), Ruth, Kenneth, John, and Chase.

If you can correct my errors, please let me know in the comments.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The famous Meeker pose

Mil, Ben, Mary and Ruth

I cannot believe I haven't posted this one before, but I don't think I have.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

From The Peabody Reflector

Oh family blog! How I have neglected thee! Anyway, here's an interesting one for you:

Kenneth Cooper, second from the left

I'm not sure what's actually happening in this picture -- and it came with no real explanation.

But I thought you needed to see it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Kenneth lectures

I think this picture was taken for the Peabody yearbook. I've got in my office on campus now to remind me of the reasons that I do what I do.

Happy first day of the semester.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

More from Casa BrIsaacson

Some shots from the new house, taken by my super-talented wife. These are the photos Emily put up Facebook, so if you've seen those, you've already read this blog posting.

A porch swing, for whittlin' and wine drinkin'.

The new bed in the new bedroom.

And the living room:

The dining room:

Our collection of "great books," published at around the turn of the 20th century. These came from Emily's grandfather's library, as did the Shakespeare clock:

And here we have Oliver the Cat. He's not ours, though he's pretty much laid claim to the front porch:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Casa BrIsaacson

It's official. Team BrIsaacson has a permanent home. We signed the papers today.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Peeking through

The Meekers at Mesa Verde

Monday, July 20, 2009

An oldie and a goodie

We're not entirely sure who is in this particular picture, but the note in the photo album suggests that the woman on the left is probably Georgia Poage.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Looking jaunty

Kenneth Cooper in the late 1920s. The quality of the picture isn't great, since the photo itself is quite small. Still, I'm always happy to find pictures of my grandparents when they were children.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Monday, July 6, 2009

Studying away

Kenneth in a history classroom at the College of Emporia.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fusons and Meekers in Emporia

I've always had this notion that I'm from a fairly small family -- which is sort of true. I'm one of two children and I have only one first cousin. However, when you start to extend beyond the immediate family, the family is actually pretty large, as you can see from this particular reunion in Emporia, Kansas.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

So outdoorsy ...

Meeker siblings fishing on a vacation in Colorado

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The Fusons and the Meekers. I'm not sure where Mil is looking, but it's certainly somewhere else.