THE WAY WE WERE

The Way We Were: Anis Ira Daley and Barney Daley

The Way We Were: Anis Ira Daley and Barney Daley

When Dr. Gordon H. Ira Sr., bought a parcel on the Black Creek in the 1950s, his daughter, Anis Ira Daley, an Ortega resident, never dreamed five generations of her family would still enjoy the rustic retreat more than 60 years later. Even compared to a hang-gliding trip in New Zealand and a fly-fishing trip […]

The Way We Were: Catherine and Kara Williams

The Way We Were: Catherine and Kara Williams

For 20 years, they were roommates. Now they are neighbors. The best of friends. Not every mother and daughter can say that, but Catherine and Kara Williams can. Until recently they lived together in the house on Thornwood Lane in San Marco that Catherine’s father bought in the 1940s. Now Kara, 54, lives across the […]

The Way We Were: Walter Ford Rogers, Jr.

The Way We Were: Walter Ford Rogers, Jr.

At age 95, Walter Ford Rogers, Jr.’s memory has not faded. The Avondale native can still vividly recall the day in 1927 when President Calvin Coolidge traveled down Post Street in an open car, as well as the headlines announcing Charles Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic, and fighting with his unit behind enemy lines in […]

The Way We Were – Corky and Kit Thomas

The Way We Were – Corky and Kit Thomas

It’s amazing Kit and Corky Thomas of San Marco didn’t meet a whole lot earlier than 1982 when the couple – both single parents of daughters – went on their first date to a Florida-Georgia football game. Kit, whose maiden name was Bunch, grew up in San Marco, while Corky lived his childhood years across […]

The Way We Were – Hayes and Norma Basford

The Way We Were – Hayes and Norma Basford

On a Sunday afternoon in the early 1940s, Hayes Basford, Jr., his father and maybe a couple of friends would saddle up their horses at the Basford home on five acres between Prunty Avenue and Tunis Street in Murray Hill for a 10- or 15-mile jaunt. “We would cut through the woods, cross Cassat and […]

The Way We Were: Robin Music Ashourian

The Way We Were: Robin Music Ashourian

Children riding bicycles down San Jose Boulevard to Peterson’s 5 and Dime for penny candy is a thing of the past. There is no stopping for a roast beef sandwich at Stand and Snack; no shopping at Geisenhof’s Gift Shop or the Pic and Save; no accompanying your mother to the Silk Shop.  Robin Music […]

The Way We Were: Elizabeth (Betsy) Towers

The Way We Were: Elizabeth (Betsy) Towers

Real estate, construction and Avondale are the common thread throughout my life, said Avondale native Betsy Towers. Towers is member of a longtime Avondale family perhaps best known for its connections with the law firm Rogers Towers, P.A., which was co-founded by her grandfather, Charles Daughtry Towers in 1926. However, the Towers family has also […]

The Way We Were: Jesse and Linda Crimm

The Way We Were: Jesse and Linda Crimm

It wasn’t the most romantic of venues, but the impulse that Jesse Crimm acted on almost half a century ago has stood the test of time. Jesse was driving his girlfriend, Linda Whitnell, home to Winston-Salem, North Carolina from Greensboro, South Carolina, where he lived when he decided the time was right. He eased the […]