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First Laugh

February 27, 2012, 10:24 pm - James Farrer

I was blessed to be the point of focus for Amy's first real laugh tonight. It makes my heart melt.

Jim Slaydon History

February 26, 2012, 7:26 pm - James Farrer

Back in the hills of Southwest Virginia in 1926 there was a young mother to be that was thinking about going to church on Sundays. While studying the Bible she decided to pray to God to find out which church she should go to. She said a voice told her that she would have a son and that he would lead her to the true church. That was my mother and I was born on Sept. 30th, 1927.
 
I went to "Vacation Bible School" at the Christian church in Pulaski, a little town in Southwest Virginia, and later joined the Baptist Church. There was no such thing as a Mormon Church in that part of the country.
 
I finished grade school and high school in Pulaski. I started college at Milligan, a small college in Northeastern Tennessee. I had barely started when I got greetings from Uncle Sam. I was drafted into the Army, and was to report for duty on the 20th of January, the day after the semester was over.
 
I took Basic Training in Shephard Field, Texas. Radio school in Scott Field, Ill. and went to Mitchel Field, New York, and had shipping orders to go to Germany. The night before we were to ship out, they changed the orders and sent me to McCord Field, Washington and from there to Hill Field, Utah. I then met my to be wife, Almina Carter, in Ogden on a Saturday Afternoon. We dated for the next 3 months and I was discharged and returned to Virginia. 
 
We later started corresponding with each other and I decided to come to Utah for the summer. After dating for the summer I decided to stay in Utah, and go to Weber College that fall. I was baptized in January 31st, 1951, and we were married civilly the following April 2nd. We were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple exactly  a year later. Three weeks later on April 28th, our first child, Becky, was born.
 
After graduating from Weber, I decided to continue my education at the University of Utah and graduated from there in 1955 with a degree in Business Management. 
 
We then moved to 3155 So. 20th East, to a house next door, and then to 3237 Melbourne St.
 
The Rudds (Glenn and Marva Rudd) were then called from the ward to be mission president in Florida. And because my family had moved from VA to Florida I gave Glenn a referral with my parents name on it. He said he carried the card for about a year and then gave it to two good missionaries to contact them. They set up and appointment and started giving them some lessons. My brother Russell and his wife attended and later joined. Mom joined and then Dad joined and they all went to the temple, and we were all sealed in the temple for time and all eternity.
 
So I don't think any of this would have happened if I had not met and married Almina so she can take all the credit.

Grandpa and the B-17 Flying Fortress

February 24, 2012, 11:06 pm - James Farrer

A few weeks ago we were visiting my Grandparents and my Grandpa told me a few stories.

He told me about how he was drafted into the Air Force shortly after World War II and he ended up at Hill Air Force Base. He joined the bases basketball team. The team captain was a pilot of a B-17 so when they needed to go places for their games they would take the B-17. He said it was pretty cool to travel around like that.

One of the trips they made was to St. George. I’m not sure if it is still this way but at the time the airport was located at the edge of a cliff. The approach to the runway was from the bottom side of the cliff and as they came in the air currents pushed them up so high that they had to call off the landing and try again.

The pilot flew in lower the next time and my Grandpa said he was pretty sure they were going to hit the ground but just before they got to the edge of the cliff the air currents pushed them up again. The pilot touched down but very quickly had to abort the landing because it pushed them too far down the runway.

The next time they came around the pilot started quite a bit below the level of the runway and my Grandpa said he was quite sure they were going to fly straight into the cliff. Just like before however they were pushed up at the last second and they touched down. It still pushed them further than they needed to be and the pilot was scrambling to slow the plane down before they ran out of runway.

Right at the edge of the runway they were still moving along pretty good and the pilot locked up the brakes on one side of the plane which spun the plane around. It spun around three times before coming to a stop.

My Grandpa said he’s never had a scarier landing. It sure made my night to have him share the story with me though.

Thanks Grandpa!

Riding in February

February 8, 2012, 10:39 pm - James Farrer

Went for a ride on Saturday to test out my new helmet and balaclava (at least that was the excuse). It worked great. With a temperature of 35 degrees I stayed reasonably warm.

It was pretty cool to see the ice that had been blown up onto the shore.


What's New

New Recipe

A new recipe, Fried Sprite Chicken, has been added
July 14, 2016

Lots of new photos

Photos for the last 2 years have been added.


December 10, 2015

New Recipe

A new recipe, Dr. Pepper Beans, has been added
October 25, 2015

Almina Slaydon Slideshow

Highlights from the Almina Slaydon pics


October 9, 2014

New Recipe

A new recipe, Filling Chicken and Rice, has been added
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