Archive for March, 2008

Northwest Adventure

March 17, 2008

Here is a link to a selection of images from our adventure this past week to visit the farm of our friend Dirk in the Columbia River gorge, and attend an alpaca raising seminar at a farm in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Straw Bale Green House

March 8, 2008

Here is a selection of photos from our recent adventure to Boulder, Utah to participate in the building of a straw bale green house.

Bejamin Wilkes & Temperance Hand

March 6, 2008

For those of you following the comments by Olivia on the relationship to the Hands (comments here), here’s a link that provides more information: Wilkes/Hand Information. This information is published by Doris Ross Johnston & Patsy Hand. ¬† Doris¬† has done many years of Wilkes/Wilks research. She’s also published a book titled: Wilks and Young Families, Texas Pioneers: maternal lines, Pfeiffer, Whitesides, Mead, Newman, Marrs, Kerr. If you click on the title you’ll see a list of the Libraries that carry the book. It has artifacts and research that show Benjamin’s Father and Grandfathers. Doris can be reached at e-mail: (please use regular e-mail format when sending to her e.g. You also may be interested to know that her first cousin, Randal Wilks had his DNA recently tested by the Wilkes Project. Follow the link to see the results. Doris has asked that a Wilkes from our branch also get tested. I’ve agreed to be tested. While many of the scientist in the family can describe the meaning of this DNA test better than I can, I like the way the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation describes it. It’s interesting to see all the activity on the Internet associated with Family History (Ok, so I’m not quite objective about it but I haven’t reached the weird phase have I?).


Roy and Eva

March 6, 2008
Roy and Eva

Roy and Eva Wilkes

Brad suggested we need a picture of Roy (William Leroy Wilkes) and Eva (Eva Nancy Angeline McElrath) on the blog since the blog is dedicated to their memory. I think this one is very typical of the way they most people remember them. I know this is how I like to remember them. I hope you like it.

Just sharing some news about Milo

March 3, 2008

Hey guys – I just wanted to let you know that Milo was accepted into the National Junior Honor Society this week. Despite having both before school and after school activities (Jazz band at 7:00am and sports after school until about 6:00pm) he has been able to maintain a 4.0 GPA. We’re very proud of him and his dedication to putting so much effort into everything he decides to try.