New Year’s News…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chamberlain @ 4:31 pm
No. 180

This New Year brings both happy and sad tidings. It seems that often our musings devolve into a yin yang reporting of births and obituaries, which of course is simply in the nature of things, and this first posting for 2012 proves no exception. To save the happy news for last, we first report the passing on January 3rd of Amie Taney, born Amie Robertson Hollingsworth, in Darien CT. Her brother, Rodger Hollingsworth, was a cousin and close friend of Grizelda Skinner. Amie married J. Charles Taney II, a descendant of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B.Taney, the author of the majority ruling in the Dred Scott vs Sanford case of 1857. Here is a photo of Amie giving her toast at the Taille de Noyer wedding of Grizelda Polk and Lemoine Skinner in July 1941. Cal Gatch, 2nd person to right of Amie, is attending more closely than the unidentified reveler next to Amie.

A NYT obituary for Amie can be found here.

Now let’s turn to the bright (i.e. yang) side. Here is the recent, official announcement card, complete with specs, for Henry Polk Easthope – a home run photograph of the new clansman, another reveler deep in thought, clearly a first rate product.

Job well done Anne and David! I for one would like to know what wine David selected to celebrate Henry’s arrival….


Here She Is!

Filed under: New Clan Member,Photography,Uncategorized — Chamberlain @ 4:31 pm

This 57 sec clip is Alicia Rose’s first stroll down the runway…Quite the beauty.

The Bull Rent Goes Up

Filed under: Agriculture,Family Updates,Uncategorized — Chamberlain @ 5:03 pm

Editor’s Recommendation: Click on this brief audio file to capture the ambiance of what follows…


Each year a favorite event for the Wisconsin Gatch family is the Bloomington Wisconsin Livestock Exchange. Here they enter their calves for sale at auction, and this year, as the following video attests, they did themselves proud…



And here is how Grandpa Gatch described the day:

“..[the video] doesn’t do justice to the event itself, which is our annual ritual at this time of year.

It’s always accompanied by great excitement. The auctioneer was complimentary in his comments on the calves, and the bidders responded. Calvin either topped or came close to topping the market for the weight class of his calves — which at 657 pounds for the steers and 617 pounds for the heifers — is the best he’s ever done. We are pleased cuz our cows are a rather motley bunch, and we rent our bulls from Perry Leibfried, who owns Leibfried Feed in Platteville. We called Perry to tell him the good news — on the proviso that he doesn’t raise the bull rent next year.

At the end of the video, Calvin scans to the top of the sale barn bleachers where Cal IV is hiding out. He was not as riveted as Calvin and I were by the event.


I’m certain that most of us have no idea how much work is involved in getting these calves to 657 pounds. So a congratulations is owed to Cal III on this achievement.

Addendum: Cal III has just re-enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve. Semper Fi Cal Boy!



The Shashoo

Filed under: Family Places,Travel,Uncategorized — Chamberlain @ 10:35 pm

Jack Cromie has always wanted to build a wooden boat. This August, after completing a course in Classics (Greek) and before resuming his mechanical engineering courses, Jack grabbed his chance. He and his brother Bill discovered a two week, hands-on course in wooden boat building at the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville Michigan. This happens to be five miles down highway 134 from Hessel MI, the old summer stomping grounds of the Skinner/Adams tribe in the Les Cheneaux Islands. These protected waters on the north shore of Lake Huron are a perfect place for wooden boats – indeed, early in the 20th century, the very first mohogany-hulled Chris-Crafts were sold in Hessel at the Mertaugh Boat Works. So it is understandable why one of the premiere wooden boat building schools in the country would locate here. The stars seemed aligned for Jack to fulfill his boat building ambition. The goal? – to make a wooden canoe for the lakes of upstate New York.

Here are a few photos showing Jack and Bill at work, and the end result: The Shashoo – an elegant hand-crafted wooden canoe.


Cromie Boys at GLBBS 2009

Cedar strips used to fashion hull

Bulkhead compartment epoxied…

Japanese saw used to cut decking…

Hull gets sanded smooth…

Decking nears completion…

Bow Closeup before brass plating

She’s coaxed to water’s edge…

And Baptised

Test Pilot Bill

Then Jack…No leaks!

Professor Nichols with his Students

Off to New York with Shashoo


BTW, Lest you think the two weeks were all work, a couple of shots of the Cromies at play:

Jack prepares for Half Moon Bay

Malibu Bill…

Lookout O’Toole, kitesurfing is next for the Cromie boys!

What did you do this summer?


Image of the Month

Filed under: Image of the Month,Uncategorized — Chamberlain @ 8:59 pm

June’s image of the month, thanks to Zel McClelland….

Intermission for the Ballerinas


A Breezy Day in 1971

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chamberlain @ 1:02 pm

Rummaging through old film footage I came across this snippet from Easter, 1971 at Moone Athy.

With the current Easter festivity still fresh in our minds it’s interesting to flash back to prior celebrations. There were, of course, many fewer participants back then. Careful viewers will recognize very brief snapshots of Lee Judy, John Harney, David Pentland Sr., Ed Fehlig Sr. (pinch hitting for Bob Dunn, away in the military). In addition, the Horton children (Tim, Connie, and Holly) have been recruited by Grizelda to help out. It’s especially fun to see Uncle Cal Sr, Aunt Delphine, and Aunt Grizelda on the terrace. Wonderful memories.

The Horton family continues to reminisce about those years. We noted the sad passing of Pat last November. Don and his family, many of them seen in this video, plan to come to Moone Athy this Saturday (9 May) to place Pat’s ashes here, where she and Don shared such beauty and friendship. They are in our thoughts and prayers…


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