Top of Page: The tiny berg of Millwood, Ohio, founded around 1825...one of those founders was my GGG-Grandfather Israel Houseworth(1775-1863). Millwood, located northeast of Columbus in Central Ohio is located on Owl Creek and has a population of about 100 these days...a beautiful area, especially in the fall.
top left: My Granddad Bill DeVore(1900-1970), I loved this old man, even though at times he drove my mom crazy. Granddad lost his leg about the time I was born...but after throwing his artificial leg away, he continued to raise Hell for another 20 years. The rest from left to right. Forrest "Smokey/Housie" Houseworth(1912-1966), my uncle, Dad's older brother, shown with Mike and me in south Florida. Housie liked to fish, he was never addicted to work in the years I knew him. Mary "Eva" Houseworth Anspach(1910-1998), Aunt Eva was dad's sister, she lived most of her life in Scott, Ohio, and the last 3 years in a Van Wert, Ohio nursing home...I was her power of attorney her last years....a real fighter till the end. She was a hard core Republican and sports fan, who was the first women I knew that had tattoos. A nice collection on both arms, long before they were popular with women. A women's libber of the Right Wing variety who could kick most men's asses, the liberal women of today would have been no problem to her.
John Ponzuric and Rick Tester....2 old friends, Ponzi was a biker from the old days, who I spent a few evenings at coon dog trials....he is still getting around, probably not raising as much Hell, but trust me, JP could run with the best/worst of them. Tester was my bar tending buddy at the Red Door, still crazy as ever, we all got together at this past springs 40 year RD reunion.
Maish Housworth(1846-1944). Maish died 5 years before I was born, a cousin by birth. I only know this Civil War veteran from my family genealogy research. Maish joined the Union Army at 15, was booted out, for being underage, and rejoined at 17....He was a popular figure around Waldo, Ohio, where he rests today in the town's cemetery. Then we have me and Tom Browning. Browning was a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds, along with the late, great, Joe Nuxhall, they were/are my favorite sports figures to hang with and interview. Browning was as crazy as they get, once sitting on the apartment roofs outside Wrigley Field with the fans, while the Cubs-Reds game was in progress. He was also a damn fine pitcher, tossing a perfect game no-hitter, one of less than a dozen in Major League History, in September 1988.
Not all of my Characters are human....my first 2 pure bred Airedales, Rag and her mate Max were characters. Before we had kids, these two were our "Children". Patrica and I dragged them everywhere...from camping trips to in laws houses(which I just shake my head about these days), to our various moves in my early radio days. They rode like well behaved children...unless they would see a cow in the roadside fields....Rag would go bonkers. Here she is with me at Higgins Lake, Michigan, in 1975.
Finally my old barber buddy Jerry Fortney(1947-2005)....Jerry was a non-stop talker, especially when it came to sports, our politics were never on the same wave length, but our friendship and sports teams were. We took in many a professional game, and "Skeeter" was my color man while doing Cable TV Play-by-Play of the Van Wert Cougars during the 1980s and early 90s.
Well, guess that was long winded enough....have a great weekend, damn the Stock Markets and Politics.