Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Uncle Paul's Stories Part 3

Thank you Paul for the stories (seen in blue) and thank you Tena for the scan of the article.



In about 1955, after using worn-out bicycles for her transportation, at seventy-five years of age, my mother visited the Montgomery Ward store at Beaver Falls to look at new bicycles. The salesperson asked if she was looking for a new bicycle for her granddaughter and Mother said, "No, for me." The manager of the store was alerted and he confirmed the story. Sensing the opportunity for a little public relations, he called the News-Tribune and presented her with the bicycle of her choice. The newspaper carried the feature article on page 1 with a picture of her riding it. The Montgomery Ward employee publication also featured the "Biking Grandma".


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Cycling Grandmother Bundle of Energy
By Patty Sposato
The National Council on Physical Fitness would regard her an exemplary model for its program. At 75, she pedals a bike about the city daily, doing errands. Because Americans are an automobile conscious lot. Ruth Turnbull provokes numerous stares as she cycles down the avenues. Her agility amazes spectators and leaves them wondering what kind of a woman dares be such a nonconformist. Mrs. David Turnbull , of 812 Seventh St., Beaver Falls, is the kind of woman who reared 11 children, all of them college educated. She's the kind of woman who had a minister father, minister father-in-law. and minister husband, and who has three Presbyterian minister sons and one Episcopalian rector son. An advocate of peace, she belongs to the National Council Against Conscription. the Workers Defense league, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Fellowship of Reconciliation. A member of the College Hill United Presbyterian Church, she also belongs to the Association of University Women and the W.C.T.U. Mrs. Turnbull is a supporter of hosteling-travel primarily by bicycle and on foot along scenic trails and byways and to places of historical and cultural interest in America or abroad.

Among her hobbies are collecting agates, Indian arrowheads, coins stamps and postmarks, making rugs, and reading. Bike became a household word for Ruth Turnbull when she was eight years old. She learned to ride in the basement of her parents' flats in Chicago. Her father and mother were cyclists, too. Mrs. Turnbull cycled through school, then put her bike aside temporarily. She renewed her cycling during World War II when the bike she had bought for her youngest daughter to ride to school was not used much because it was not in vogue. That same bike stood her in good stead until last week when she decided it was time to buy a new one. Montgomery-Ward Co. was so impressed with her dexterity, it gave her a new English model. Site remembers owning one that never had to have air added after the original pumping, nor having any trouble with it until it was punctured. Mrs. Turnbull parks the bike along the curb in front of her home. She never uses the kick stand.

The nimble woman finds It easier to cycle than to walk, explaining that she can always rest herself against the bike. She has five walking canes, one cut in 1882 on her grandfather's farm in Scotland. People are more attentive to a woman wielding a cane than one on a bike, she says. And the fancier the cane the more attention it gets and the less paid the person. Mrs. Turnbull has had her share of spills. A recent one scratched both lens of her eyeglasses and left her lame enough to be questioned by a friend at a meeting as to what happened. She sidestepped the question. Though she enjoys hosteling, she hasn't made many trips lately. She can't interest anyone in joining her, although a five-year-old grandson recently suggested an outing on a bicycle built for two. She's counting on him as a potential companion! A native of Stanwood, Ia., Mrs. Turnbull grew up in Omaha, Neb., married in 1907, and came to Beaver Falls in 1936. Her husband died in 1932 in Elizabeth, Pa. One short of a dozen, her children are: William, chaplain of a Presbyterian Homes in Ohio; David, an engineer who recently returned from an assignment in Viet Nam; Frank, a minister in the mountains of Alpine, Tenn ; Mrs. Richard (Mary) Menlger , wife of a judge who also teaches at Oregon State ; Mrs. Albert P. (Jean ) Walton, Patterson Heights whose husband is assistant football coach at Beaver Falls Area High School; Thomas, an Episcopalian rector in Napa, Calif; Robert, in charge of agriculture in Egypt under auspices of the Presbyterian board; Mrs. Dell (Sara) Whelan, Mondovie, Wisc., wife of a farmer; Miss Ruth Turnbull, a former teacher, who resides with her mother; and twins Paul, a postmaster in Bushton,. Kansas and John councelor in Chicago schools.

The children range in age from 34 to 54. An uncle who had an unfulfilled desire to become a minister gave Mrs. Turnbull's oldest son financial backing to study for the ministry. He suggested William pay back the money to his mother to be used for the education of the next oldest child. In this manner each child was able to be college educated with some help on his own part too. Mrs. Turnbull herself is a 1908 graduate of Monmouth College. the alma mater of her parents, in-laws, and aunts and uncles. She studied Greek for five years and had aspirations of becoming a librarian, but instead married. Colleges having awarded degrees to Turnbull children include Princeton, Penn State, University of Washington, Geneva, University of Wisconsin, Sterling, University of Southern Illinois, and Westminster. There are now 40 grandchildren whose pictures are being added to Mrs. Turnbull's family album. And all those of age are also being college educated. That's the story of Beaver Falls' 75 - year - old cycling grandmother.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Twins John and Paul born 1929 ( Uncle Paul's Stories part 2)

:Update: I've added a little to this post since the images are pretty fitting with one of Uncle Paul's stories:


One Sunday evening in December of 1928, my father, David R. Turnbull, a Presbyterian pastor at Elizabeth, Pennsylvania preached a sermon on the text of Genesis 1:28. "Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth." Later that evening, the twins, John and Paul, began their life journey. This event concluded the family of 11 children of David Russell Turnbull and Ella Ruth Johnson Turnbull.

It was the custom in the Turnbull home to leave family correspondence on the dining room table until after the next meal, where letters would be read out loud and shared. And so it turned out your Great-grandfather had shared with his father, your great-great-grandfather, T. B. Turnbull, this story about the new babies and how this all happened.

I am told that T. B. told his son, David, that the Genesis story was certainly all true, but that didn't mean he had to try to replenish the Earth all by himself.


Here are two images of John and Paul that Tena had together in a little booklet. We are guessing the first one is them at about 6 months or so and the second is them around 4, but they were labeled with no specific dates. The "Sep 55" date on the side is most likely when copies were made.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Uncle Paul's Stories Part 1

Linda was kinda enough to send me a collection of stories Uncle Paul wrote out for his grand kids. There are some real treasures in here and they should be passed along to everyone. So without further adieu, here is the first with more to come.


At one of our Turnbull Reunions at Standing Stone State Park, 1979 I think, Aunt Jean asked everyone to bring T-shirts. She had arranged for a design for silk-screen printing. Uncle Bill's family had navy blue; Uncle Frank's had red; Grandpa's family had light blue. Each family had different color of shirts, so if you forgot a name you could identify whose family the child belonged to. There were more red shirts than any other color. This was because Frank had more children and grandchildren.
Later on, in 1995, some of the shirts were worn-out. Several of the families didn't like their colors; some of the original shirts had been out-grown. So, a new set of T-shirts was made. We liked the light blue color, so we did not change. These T-shirts had a picture of a bull on the front and the words "One good Turnbull deserves another". On the back of the 1995 shirts, were pictures of some of the popular activities at the reunion. There was a rocking chair for story time, dice for boogaloo, a ball and bat for softball, a ball for keep-away, a Bible for family worship, and the wording "Time well spent". Cousin Lisa Walton designed them and several of us did the silk-screening on the back patio of the group lodge.
At the time of the first T-shirts, Grandma and I got them for all of our children. Sometimes, they had summer jobs and didn't go to the reunions. By 1995, four had married and there were six grandchildren with two more on the way, so we bought and did T-shirts for all.
We noticed an occasion or two in the week we visited in Richfield that Billy and Miriam had talked their parents into dressing alike in their T-shirts, and Nicole at Gladstone almost daily pointed to the blue T-shirt wanting to wear it and wanting the others in her family to, also. I think this continued until winter when Linda hid them.
We hoped that all would want to wear them to reunions in 1996,1997, 1998, 1999, etc.

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1983 front design (a little worn out)1983 back design
1995 front design1995 back design by Lisa Walton
( copyright Lisa Walton Inc & LW enterprises )

Friday, August 17, 2007

Chicago Visit

I am visiting Rick, Tena, Tim, and Jacqi in Chicago this week with my dad. We had some fun last night going through some old photos and Tena was kind enough to help me scan a few. I'm just going to start with this one, but will add more over the weekend.

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John, Paul, and Miriam Turnbull (1954-1955, thanks Linda)

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Jean in Egypt

Here is a photo of Jean when she was teaching in Egypt. Thanks go out to Lisa Walton!

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"The camel's head is down- not because I am on his back but because his owner is tickling his nose! Notice pyramids in background. 11-18-50"

Monday, August 6, 2007

A few more "Gray Shirts"

Here are some scanned slides that we got from Hugh a few years back. I'm planning a trip to my parent's house later in the month, so I may go through some of their photo collections and post some more eclectic photographs. I know it has been a lot of my direct family's branch of the family tree, but I'm hoping to expand it out more soon.

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Jim, David III, and Hugh Christmas morning (1955?)

David III, Jim, Hugh and Ace at Long Beach

Jim's band practice

David III studying hard

David II relaxing at home