My Own Stories
Summer of Love (work-in-progress)
On Highway 61 with Bob Dyan (work-in-progress)
Colors de Mexico
Ordination of the King of Siam-1912>
Rocky Mountain National Park
Charter Surf Film
Daniel's First Birthday Party
Visit to Ashley's and Windson's New House
Pookie and the Bunnies
Hollis Brown Music Video
Amtrak: Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Old Farm Road Party on Cape Cod
Profiles of Some Ancestors
The Fielding Wesley Gibson Story
Sister Betsey: True Believer
Job Shattuck: Firebrand Farmer
John McKinley: A History Lesson
The Life and Times of the Mulatto Gideon Gibson
John Charter of Orwell, Vermont
Chapter 1 - Introdcution: As I Knew Grandma Charter
Chapter 2 - The Scotland They Left
Chapter 3 - Scottish Resettlement in Ulster
Chapter 4 - John Charter's Emigration from Scotland
Chapter 5 - Linen Weaving In Ulster
Chapter 6 - Progress and Poverty in Ulster
Chapter 7 - The Canadas
Chapter 8 - The Great Famine of 1845-46
Chapter 9 - Emigration to Canada 1846-51
Chapter 10 - The Famine Inspired Emigration of 1847
Chapter 11 - Andrew Hemphill in Quebec
Chapter 12 - The Grahams
Chapter 13 - The Fergusons, the Terrys and Uxbridge
Chapter 14 - The Hemphills move to Canada West
Chapter 15 - The Charters
Chapter 16 - The Great Sioux Uprising and The Birth of Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Chapter 17 - Redwood Falls - The Early Years
Chapter 18 - The Charters and the Hemphills in Redwood Falls
as Revealed by It‘s ewspaper
Chapter 19 - Great-Uncle “Doc” Fountain
Chapter 20 --Before There Were Homesteaders, There Were Ranchers
Chapter 21 - The Opening of Canada’s North West Territory
Chapter 22 - The Rush of Homesteaders
Chapter 23 - The Homestead Experience - Rosemead
Chapter 24 - The Homestead Experience - Travers
Chapter 25 - Making Tracks For The Land of Dreams
Chapter 26 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Mission Era
Chapter 27 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Secularization of The Missions
Chapter 28 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-U.S. Annexation of Alta California
Chapter 29 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Ranchos Era
Chapter 30 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Wheat Era
Chapter 31 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Valley’s Passes
Chapter 32 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-Water for Thirsty Populace
Chapter 33 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Suburbanization of the Valley
Chapter 34 - (Work-in-Progress) The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Elephant in the Living Room-Los Angeles 4
Old Home Movies
Gail's 1st Steps 1948
EastTexas & Arkansas 1947
Boothbay & Santa's Village 1955
New Orleans & Florida
Great Smoky Mnts & Bon Voyage
Niagra Falls, Gettysburg, Washington D.C.
New York City-circa-1955
At the Park & Gail’s 4th Birthday
Camping in the Redwoods- 1948
London, Queens Parade & Changing of the Guards
Touring Historic Sites of the American Revolution
Sweden and Denmark 1954
Last Day In Manhasset & Visit to Whaling Ship in Mystic, Conn. 1955
Stratford-upon-Avon & Queen Juliana of the Netherland Parade 1954
At the Santa Monica Palesades With Grandma Charter-1953
Snow with the Seekins in Annapolis
Aboard Homebound Ship; Manhasset, NY; & Annapolis, MD>
Baby Linda and Her Sisters
When the address was 2109 Quenby, Houston-1947
Patti & Gail in Houston-Oct. 1947
The Good Life in Van
Skipping Thru London-1954
North Pole N.Y. & Niagara Falls
Linda's 1st Birthday
Eating Icicles in Switzerland
Unidentified Cathedral Entrance
Swiss chalets, possibly Switzerland or Germany
Ponte (bridge) degli Scalzi over Grand Canal in Venice. Used in final scene of "From Russia With Love," the second James Bond movie and, and in my opinion, the best of the lot.
Palazzo Grassi, Venice Italy.
The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy. The domes in the background are of the church Santa Maria della Salute.
The Pescheria at Rialto (Fish market in Rialto) on the Grand Canal in Venice
Doge's Palace and gondolas pier near Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy.
On opposite bank is the Santa Maria della Salute and bell tower of St. Mark
Santa Maria della Salute, a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located at Punta della Dogana in the Dorsoduro sestiere of the city of Venice, Italy.
Close-up of Santa Maria della Salute
Gondaliers freighting firewood on the Grand Canal
Bell tower of St Mark and the Ducal Palace in Venice in Italy from Giudecca Canal on the Venetian Lagoon
Close up of bell tower of St Mark and the Ducal Palace. St. Mark Square is the gap between the two buildings.
St. Mark Square
St Mark's Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture.
The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
Roadside stop to see the sheep. Unknown location
Somewhere in the Alps
Looks like a geologic fault, maybe the Alps
Bike race in unknown location other than somewhere Europe
Gorner Glacier in the vicinity of Gornergrat, Switzerland. Gorner Glacier south-east of Zermatt in Switzerland. It can be reached from Zermatt by the Gornergrat rack railway (GGB), the highest open-air railway in Europe.
Flags of the Netherlands are flying, so I have made enquiries with the Netherland's embassy. As yet, no reply.
Maybe Switzerland, or France, or Germany, or Italy, or even Austria.
Cityscape with red tiles rooftops and tower of Jesuit Church of the old town of Vienna in a heavy snowy day. View at the tower of St. Stephen`s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.
Arial view of Vienna
Wiener Staatsoper Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria. It is really not this color; other photos show it to be a sandstone color
Kaiser Franz Joseph
The Hofburg is the former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty. Located in the center of Vienna, it was built in the 13th century and expanded several times afterwards.
Residence Fountain is considered to be the most beautiful fountain in the city of Salzburg and certainly deserves a closer look: four snorting horses seem to spring forth from the spouting rock. Giants rooted in the rock carry the lower basin, in which three dolphins balance the scalloped upper basin. The upper basin holds a Triton, a jet of water shooting into the air from his conch-shell trumpet.
Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol and fifth-largest city in Austria. On the River Inn, its name means "bridge over the Inn". Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports centre; it hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.
Patti. All roads lead to Rome. Probably Tuscany, Italy countryside.
Rome overlook. The Charters:,from left to right: Linda, Loy, Gail, Patti, and Loren
View of Rome
Coloseum om Rome, Italy
Ruins in Rome, maybe next to following photo
A different vantage point on the subject above. Shown to aid the identification of the previous photo. We children are where the light glows in the center of this photo and looking up at the vantage point of the photographer of this picture
Rome, Italy, Fori Imperiali, with the Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Maria and Colonna Traiana
Roman Coloseum. Mother and the girls
Monument in Rome to Giuseppe Garibaldi, an Italian general, patriot and republican. He contributed to the Italian unification and the creation of the Kingdom of Italy.
The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Rome is known by few nicknames, and most of them aren’t flattering. Alternately known locally as “The Vittoriano” (the only non-derisive nickname I know of), “The Typewriter,” “The False Teeth,” or “The Wedding Cake,” the enormous monument was built in the early 20th century to honor a unified Italy’s first king. Later, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was placed inside, along with a museum to Italian Reunification.
The Arch of Constantine in Rome, built in 312–315 AD to commemorate Emperor Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD
Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum, Rome
The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican, or simply Saint Peter's Basilica, is a church built in the Renaissance style located in Vatican City, the papal enclave that is within the city of Rome.
Saints of the Colonade, Saint Peter's Square
The Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Vatican walls
The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or "Il Vittoriano" is a monument to honour Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy.
The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium and mass entertainment venue in Rome, Italy.
The Charters looking for the needle in the haystack.
Hill-top town mostly likely Umbria, Italy
Close-up of hill-top town
Italy, Tuscany, Siena, View of ancient Siena city and roof of cathedral Duomo di Siena
Newly constructed Italian style home in what appears to be the Italian countryside.
The Pulvermuhl Viaduct is a two-track railway viaduct in Pulvermuhl in eastern Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg, completed in 1862.
Close-up of the Pulvermuhl Viaduct.
In the background, the Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Eta (BCEE) can be seen. The impressive clock tower, as seen from across the Petrusse Valley, was the Hôtel de la Caisse d’Epargne when it was built in 1909. Founded in 1856, the BCEE is owned by the Grand Duchy. It is Luxembourg’s oldest and largest savings bank.
Mother and children standing outside the entrance tunnel leading to the lift/elevator up to the Eagle's Nest, Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany.
View from Hitler's Eagles Nest in the Alps
Dachau Concentration Camp
Nidia Champion between mother and Patti. The Champions were another Shell family that accompanied us on many occasions in Europe. It was their boy who got spankings for my standing on the railings of the
. (See Trans-Atlantic in My Own Stories)
Canada House on Trafalgar Square in London. Canada House is home to the Canadian High Commission to the United Kingdom.
Square in London, quite possibly Trafalgar Square, known for its pigeons. Notice the one on mother's head.
On mother's list of slides, one is "Swedish roadside," let's assume it's this one.
Driving through the Alps
Waiting for Queen Elizabeth II to pass
Queen Elizabeth II's gurard
Queen Elizabeth II passing by in an open coach
Ditto, she was twenty-eight then.
The Queen's Royal Band
Unidentified stained glass window
English cottages near the coast
Tower of London
Mother, Patti and Gail, right of center, in front of Buckingham Palace
Historical picture 1950s showing Guild Chapel in Stratford-Upon-Avon, famous as being birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Statue of Falstaff at the Shakespeare memorial by Lord Ronald Gower in Bronze, Bancroft Gardens, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Streetscape in England
Girls with the swans
Streetscape of an apparent English town. Patti, Gail and Linda are about mid-level to left of center, mother and Loren slightly behind them.
Windsor Castle in distance
Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is strongly associated with the English and succeeding British royal family, and embodies almost 1,000 years of architectural history.
Terrace pf Windsor Castle
Could this be part of Windsor Castle? The walk is similar to the road in seen in the first photo with Windsor in the distance.
Gail and Linda at Frederiksborg castle square and Neptune fountain in Hillerod, Denmark.
The Monument, Prince's Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland
Gail at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace or Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland.
Gail in front of a hill divided by stone walls.
Unidentified but a beautiful scene and photo
Mother holding an unidentified child
Patti holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Charter children and Champion boys dressed for Halloween or costume party
Presumably the Italian Riviera
Again. presumably, in the distance, the same seashore seen in the previous photo.
Bremen Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, is a church situated in the market square in the center of Bremen, Germany. The cathedral belongs to the Bremian Evangelical Church, a member of the Protestant umbrella organization named Evangelical Church in Germany. Do you think it was intentional to include his car in the photo?
Looks like Switzerland or Germany
The Holsten Gate is a city gate marking off the western boundary of the old center of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. Built in 1464, the Brick Gothic construction is one of the relics of Lübeck's medieval city fortifications and one of two remaining city gates, the other being the Citadel Gate ("Burgtor"). Known for its two-round towers and arched entrance, it is regarded today as a symbol of the city. Together with the old city centre (Altstadt) of Lübeck it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987
Lüftlmalerei in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. Lüftelmalerei describes the art form of facade painting that is native to southern German and Austrian small towns and rural areas, especially in Upper Bavaria and in Tyrol.This is a popular variant of the trompe-l’œil (mock painting) from the baroque era and imitates architectural elements.
Gates of Paradise, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Florence Cathedral Baptistery, 1425-1452, Gilded bronze relief, Early Renaissance, Old Testament scenes all with one-point perspective.
Possibly Herculaneum, an ancient town, located in the modern-day comune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy. Herculaneum was buried under volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Like the nearby city of Pompeii, Herculaneum is famous as one of the few ancient cities to be preserved more or less intact, with no later accretions or modifications. Regular excavations began in 1738, and have continued ever since, albeit intermittently. Today, only part of the ancient site has been excavated, and attention and funds have shifted to the preservation of the already excavated parts of the city, rather than focusing on uncovering more areas.
The following photo, not one of ours but the same location, is labeled the Roman Forum
There is an unidentified city in the background of this soccer field behind the trees in the foreground
A ski run.
Hayfield behind iron picket fence.
Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the striking clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster; the name is frequently extended to also refer to the clock and the clock tower. The official name of the tower in which Big Ben is located was originally the Clock Tower
Charming little town. Location unknown.
Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. It is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and a burial site for English and, later, British monarchs.
Miscolored, a side entrance of Westminster Abbey
Richard the Lion-Hearted leading the Crusades, see next image with the background building finished
Horse guards of Buckingham Palace
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark.
probably Copenhagen, Denmark
A Coldstream Guards sentry outside the Jewel House (Tower of London). Her Majesty's Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards is a regiment of the British Army, part of the Guards Division or Household Division. It is the oldest regiment in the Regular Army in continuous active service, originating in Coldstream, Scotland in 1650.
Amalienborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is the home of the Danish royal family.
Loren in front of our house in the Hague, Holland with our nannny, Ria Brandt
Milkman delievering milk on our street in the Hague, Netherlands.
And the breadman, or is that cheese in his basket on his cart. I do remember the bread cart as different, but who can trust the memory of three-year-old sixty-seven years later.
Our house in the Hague, Holland with a gate to the yard visible. A yard was exceptional, and Nazi officers occupied the house during WWII as one of the bigger houses.
Gail found the location our house in the Netherlands on Google maps and sent it to me
Crowds waiting for the parade of Royals in the Hague, Netherlands.
The Golden Royal Coach
Queen Juliana is visible riding in the Golden Royal Coach
Some lesser royalty perhaps
Soldiers of the Netherlands bringing up the rear.
A peet quarry
Passing through a drawbridge on the canal as they transport their peet. Somewhere in the Netherlands.
A dining room somewhere, most likely in Holland.
It appears to be foreigners by their red headdresses and foreigners of some importance to be chauffeured in this manner.
Beautiful photograph of Dutch boats at rest in a harbor.
Is that the Charter girls standing on the bank watching the freighter pass by
A streetscape in the Hague.
A deserved moment of relaxation after traveling across the western European continent with four children in tow.