Soon after we arrived a reporter from the Columbus Evening Dispatch1 arrived to take a picture of everyone. It must have been a slow news day because we ended up in the newspaper that week. I guess a big family who rode a train from California was news. (This blog post was delayed because I was having trouble locating my copy of the newspaper picture.) The quality of the picture is poor but it is all I have. It looks like this copy was pieced together so it is unlikely that the picture was on page one. You can also see that there was a story to the right of the picture. I have no idea what it says.
On July the 4th we had a big family reunion. All of the grandchildren (except the two that were not yet born) came to a picnic at Grandma and Grandpa Armstrong's.
One evening we walked to a nearby park and watched fireworks. I always assumed that the fireworks were on the Fourth of July because out here in California fireworks are always on the Fourth. However, I visited Ohio last July and I noticed that some towns had fireworks on different day. So I can't say with certainly that fireworks were on the Fourth.
Note: The title of these blog postings have included 'A Ten Year Old's Trip of a Lifetime'. You might notice that the newspaper photo identifies me as nine years old. Technically I was nine but I turned ten a few days later while we were still in Ohio.
|Grandpa and Grandma Armstrong with their four children, three of their four in-laws, and sixteen of their eighteen grandchildren. (two were born later)|
1. "After Long Trip." Columbus Evening Dispatch, July 2, 1955.