SOOT IN THE FLUES


| September/October 1972



Soot In The Flues

Sept-Oct issue and another year beginning for the Iron-Men Album as we go to Volume 27. I know you folks are having a great time touring the Reunions as it is right at the peak of Show Time. As soon as your shows are over, get your reports to us and we'll get the information in the magazines the sooner the better.

From time to time, I like to share some of our family events with you friends and we had a memorable occasion recently when our children hosted a Surprise Wedding Anniversary party for us. We celebrated our 30th one June 12we thought we were going out to dinner with some friends and we ended up at the Garden Seat Tea Room in Perdix. It was really great! We had an inkling something was going on before the date, but we didn't know who, where, when (that's as bad as not knowing anything). Well, this was Saturday, June 10 and we walked right into the surprise because we did think we were going out with our good friends Janet and Ken Mundis, as we do from time to time. I think the most surprising part was to walk in and see our family there that we had just left about an hour before they had eaten their meal (as daughter, Keli, age 15 and watching calories informed us' I guess you realize I had to eat two suppers!') Then she and Donnie, our 18 year old had put on an act of bickering with each other to see who would be the official baby-sitter for our young 7 year old Tommie while we would be gone. This happens sometimes but that night it was a staged argument well done and they knew about the event for days and kept the secret very well. They had to rush around after we left and get ready to get there before we arrived.

I received a beautiful corsage and Father a boutonniere. with daughter Dana, doing the honors, while her hubby, Bob, took pictures and son Ryan watched.

Joining in the surprise was our son Eddie and wife Kathi and their two children Stacy and Lanceit was such a joyous time to have our whole family together, as they live quite a distance away and what with the demands of daily living, circumstances prevent all of us getting together as often as we would like.

In number, there were 32 people at the celebration. We had delicious eats, many moments of happiness with all these loved folks (Earlene Ritzman included) and beautiful gifts to open (with the help of our three grandchildren and youngest son, Tom).

When Ed and I were married 30 years ago, the war had just then been going on for six months, and there were gas rations, and we had started early in the morning for Virginia and I remember we had to wait at a gas station about 1/2 an hour, until 7 in the morning as they were not allowed to sell gas before that time. We then went on to Winchester, took our tests, got the license, were married and came back home no 'big' thing, no gifts, no honeymoon etc. just a 'big' event in our lives and happy we were to become Mr. and Mrs.