LOUIS CLIFFORD MANCILL HISTORY POST #15

IN AUGUST 1970,  JEAN AND I TOOK A TRIP, WITH HER CHILDREN AND NIECE, SALLY, AND KARL FREDERICK, AND REBECCA COOKE TO DUBUQUE, IOWA FOR AUNT GLADYS ( LINDERMAN) NELSON’S BIRTHDAY ON AUGUST 17TH. WHEN WE GOT TO AUNT GLADY’S DAD, HARRY LINDERMAN, (JEAN’S FATHER), WAS THERE. HE HAD FLOWN TO DUBUQUE AND HE BEAT US THERE. WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME.

IN THE FALL OF THE YEAR WHEN THE LEAVES WERE TURNING TO DIFFERENT  COLORS AND FALLING AND BLOWING IN THE WIND. AS WE WERE DRIVING ALONG THE HIGHWAY AT 60 MPH, JEAN WOULD SAY “STOP THE CAR, STOP THE CAR, I SEE THAT ROCK I WANT” AND I WOULD STOP, TURN AROUND GO  BACK AND GET ROCK (IF I COULD LIFT IT) LOAD IT IN THE CAR AND BY THE TIME WE GOT HOME I WOULD HAVE A TRUNK FULL OF ROCK. 

ON ONE OF OUR TRIPS WE WENT TO COLORADO  AND WENT UP MT. EVANS THAT IS THE HIGHEST AUTO BOND THAT YOU CAN DRIVE A CAR UP AND ABOUT HALF WAY UP WE STOPPED TO LOOK AT THE SNOW AND JEAN SAW ONE THOSE ROCKS SHE WANTED AND SO I STARTED TO LOAD IT AND I ALMOST DID NOT GET IT IN THE CAR . IT WAS GRANITE AND THE AIR WAS SO THIN AND I WAS OUT OF BREATH BUT I DID LOAD IT UNDER HER FEET. WHEN WE STARTED DOWN THE ROAD WAS NARROW AND  JEAN WOULD NOT LOOK OUT HER WINDOW BECAUSE  IT WAS STRAIGHT DOWN AND SHE CAN NOT STAND HEIGHTS  SHE LAID DOWN ON TOP OF THE ROCK TILL WE GOT TO LEVEL GROUND. BUT I MADE GOOD USE OF THEM.  I NOW HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FOUNTAIN IN THE BACK YARD WITH A ROCK FROM ALMOST EVERY STATE. IT IS NICE TO SIT AND LISTEN TO THE WATER FALLING OVER THE ROCKS.

Guadalupe River

Every year we took a trip during the summer to the Guadalupe River, New Braunfels, Texas.

WHEN I BUILT THE FOUNTAIN THE BIG ROOM WAS NOT ADDED TO THE BACK OF THE  HOUSE AND IN 1976 WHEN I GOT THE ROOM BUILT, A 16 BY 16 FT, THEN THE FOUNTAIN WAS ONLY 18 INCHES FROM THE ROOM. IT WAS SOME TIME LATER THAT JEAN SAID  ” I WISH THE FOUNTAIN WAS MOVED OUT IN THE YARD AWAY FROM THE HOUSE”  I MADE THE MISTAKE OF SAYING IT COULD BE MOVED. SHE TOOK ME UP ON IT WAS NOT LONG BEFORE  MIKE AND I STARTED ON IT. I WAS LUCKY THE ROCKS WERE NOT CEMENTED TO THE BASIN. THE BASIN WAS 6 FT ON THE FRONT 7 FT ON THE BACK AND 8 FT ON THE SIDES WITH “12 BY 6” WALLS AND “4“ BOTTOM AND IT WOULD WEIGH ABOUT 4,000 LBS. WITH AN A-FRAME AND A CHAIN-FALL AND COME-ALONGS FROM THE SHOP WHERE I WORKED AND PIPES, TIMBERS AND BOARDS AND MOST OF ALL WITH MIKE’S HELP WE MOVED IT TO WHERE IT IS NOW. THEN I BUILT THE SIDES AND BACK  UP LIKE IT IS NOW AND CEMENTED THE ROCKS AND PUT THE PIPES IN FOR THE WATER FALL. IT MUST NOW WEIGH 10,000 LBS. JEAN SAID SHE WANTED A JUNGLE IN THE YARD AND THAT’S WHAT SHE HAS NOW. IT WAS WORK BUT I ENJOYED DOING IT.

Our beautiful fountain built by Lou

 DEC. /15 / 2OO1. (Tropical Storm Allison hit our home and flooded it July 2001 with 3-1/2 foot of water in it. Everything had to be ripped out and remodeled. We had no flood insurance. We had never flooded, and probably will never again. I think my Dad worked so hard on helping to remodel our home that it helped to make him weaker and his heart just finally gave out.)

I HAVE NOT BEEN WRITING ON THIS STORY FOR SOME TIME NOW FOR I GOT BUSY ON OTHER THINGS  AND TIME GOES ON AND GETS AWAY FROM YOU QUICK.  IT HAS BEEN ABOUT THREE YEARS NOW  AND I WANT TRY TO GET BACK TO WRITING THIS AGAIN.

I WILL START WRITING ABOUT THE TRIPS WE HAVE BEEN ON.

(My Dad passed away on 20 December 2002 at home with his family surrounding him. He had Congestive Heart Failure, so did his son Carl Louis Mancill. His mother also had heart problems. He had fought the good fight for years. He and mother married on 5 December 1968 at the Harmony Wedding Chapel, Houston, Texas. The doctors had given him at the most six more months to live on 19 December 2002, so we had hospice come out for him. We did not expect him to leave us so soon, but he left us at 6:31am that next morning.)

WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT A MAN WHO WAS SUCH A LOVING EXAMPLE OF CHRIST’S LOVE? 

THANK YOU…

I LOVE YOU…

I THANK GOD EVERYDAY THAT YOU WERE A PART OF OUR LIVES. I KNOW THAT I WAS BLESSED THROUGH HIS LIFE, AND HE PASSED WITH HIS LOVING WIFE, JEAN MANCILL; AND HIS CHILDREN BESIDE HIM.  PHYLLIS HYDEN, MIKE MANCILL, SALLY BROWN, AND SARAH MOORE, STAYED ALL NIGHT WITH HIM. WE TALKED MOTHER INTO LAYING DOWN TO REST, THEN ME AND SARAH FELL ASLEEP ABOUT 4 am. PHYLLIS AND MIKE STAYED WITH HIM ALL NIGHT, TRYING TO COMFORT HIM AS HE PASSED ON TO MEET JESUS. I NEVER DREAMED THAT JESUS WOULD TAKE HIM SO SOON. THE DOCTORS THE NIGHT BEFORE AT THE HOSPITAL, HAD TOLD US THAT HE MIGHT HAVE 6 MONTHS LEFT. WE DIDN’T REALLY BELIEVE THAT HE WOULD LEAVE US SO SOON, BUT I KNOW THAT IS WHAT HE WANTED–TO DIE WITH DIGNITY–IN HIS OWN HOME SURROUNDED BY THE PEOPLE WHO LOVED HIM. LOU HAS BEEN GONE ALMOST 2 YEARS NOW, AND IT STILL MAKES ME CRY TO WRITE THIS. YET, I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT I HAVE MY MOTHER STILL HERE TO BE WITH US.

(Mother passed away on March 9, 2012 from Kidney Failure due to her Diabetes. She had to live ten years without Lou. My husband, Leonard Tudor, and I lived with her for about six years, from April 2006 until March 2012 and took care of her until she passed away. I inherited our home from mother when she passed.) 

LOU OR AS THE GRANDCHILDREN CALL HIM, “HONEY” HAS BEEN LIKE A FATHER TO ME AND MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS. HE HAS BEEN NOT ONLY GOOD TO MY MOTHER, BUT ALSO TO ALL OF HIS STEP-CHILDREN.

THE MOST SPECIAL THING “LOU” EVER TOLD ME WAS WHEN I WAS ABOUT SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE.  I WAS WORRYING ABOUT MY LOOKS AS USUAL. I WAS GETTING READY FOR A DATE, AND I COULDN’T MAKE UP MY MIND WHETHER I WAS GOING TO WEAR ANY MAKE-UP OR NOT. LOU TOLD ME THAT I WAS SO BEAUTIFUL THAT I DIDN’T NEED TO WEAR ANY MAKE-UP, AND THAT I LOOKED BEAUTIFUL WITHOUT IT. HE PROBABLY NEVER KNEW JUST HOW MUCH THAT ONE SENTENCE MEANT TO ME. I HAD NEVER HAD ANY MAN, OR BOY TELL ME THAT I WAS BEAUTIFUL!  I LOVE YOU LOU AND YOU ARE SPECIAL!   LOVE, SALLY MARCH 19, 1995.

LOUIS AND HIS FAMILY MOVED TO MOBILE, ALABAMA IN 1943.  HE WENT TO WORK FOR THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC RAILROAD IN 1950’S, IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. HE SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY IN WORLD WAR II HIS TROOP MARCHED ALONG THE AUSTRIAN GERMAN BORDER TO FRANCE.  HE ALSO SERVED IN THE U.S. ARMY IN THE KOREAN WAR IN SEOUL, KOREA.

LOUIS CLIFFORD MANCILL WAS RAISED ON A FARM BETWEEN ROBERTSDALE & SUMMERSDALE, ALABAMA UNTIL ABOUT 1943 WHEN THE MANCILL FAMILY MOVED TO MOBILE, ALABAMA. LOUIS WROTE HIS MEMOIRS. I PRINTED A COPY OF THEM AND GAVE THEM TO MY STEP BROTHER, MIKE MANCILL, UPON MY DAD’S PASSING. I HOPE THAT HE SHARES IT WITH HIS DESCENDANTS ALSO. MY DAD ASKED ME MORE THAN ONCE, WHY I DO ALL THIS WORK ON OUR GENEALOGY, THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER READ IT.

SO SAD, THAT HE THOUGHT NO ONE WOULD CARE TO READ HIS HISTORY, BUT HE WAS A HUMBLE MAN. I TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD READ IT, AND THERE WOULD BE “SOMEONE” OUT THERE WHO WILL WANT TO KNOW. BESIDES THAT, I TOLD HIM, I ENJOY LEARNING ABOUT OUR FAMILY HISTORY. LOU LEFT OFF ON HIS HISTORY IN THE 1970’S, WHEN WE TOOK A TRIP TO IOWA TO VISIT THE LINDERMAN HOME PLACE WITH US AND MOTHER. HE HAD TOO MUCH TROUBLE BREATHING IN THE LAST FEW YEARS TO FINISH. 

LOUIS’ FATHER, ELLIOTT MANCILL, WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HIS LIFE, WITH HIS BROTHER, GLENN MANCILL AND GRANDDAUGHTER, DEBORAH MANCILL HENDRIX, EDITING AND PRINTING IT. WE RECEIVED A COPY OF IT.

Notre Dame, Paris

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Notre Dame-B&W

Two days ago I arrived back to Australia after a 10 trip to the UK and Paris. Granted the first half was devoted to a conference I was presenting at in Cambridge, but the final 5 days saw me take in the sights of Paris. So, whilst battling a little jet-lag, I’ve been going through the hundreds of photo’s I took while I was away. Really, I’ve just been sorting them – choosing which might be the best to do a few touch-up edits and share on the blog.

I couldn’t help myself with these two images though. Both were taken of the rear of the Notre Dame cathedral but on very different days. The black and white image was done on my final day in Paris. It poured rain for almost the entire day and I spent about 4 hours seeking shelter under a bridge. I originally planned to…

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Northern France, Boulogne-Sur-Mer

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Boulogne-Sur-Mer France

After we left the British Military Cemetery at Terlincthun we drove directly to the old town of Boulogne and were fortunate to find the last remaining vacant parking space inside the old stone walls.  I have been to Boulogne several times before and I am happy to declare it one of my favourite cities in all of France.

The old town is built within the original Roman walls and has recently been well restored and it was in complete contrast to the concrete and glass of the sea front and the shopping streets.  Here is the beating heart of a medieval city with history oozing from every corner with a castle, a cathedral and narrow streets lined with charming properties, little shops, cafés and bars.

From the car park we walked along the main street full of interesting shops and busy restaurants and under the walls of the huge cathedral…

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