Morton Reigart Stone

I learned more about my great grandfather who I never met during our vacation.  We stayed at the cabin that he had build in 1927.  It is in the mountains to help escape the heat of Yakima, where he lived.  Here is a photo of him with his children; my grandfather John and my great aunt Marie at their home in Yakima.

Morton Marie John at 2211 say 1933He was in the apple business in Yakima.  Here is some letterhead I had seen before.  I had seen others, but this one mentions prunes, that I hadn’t realize he was involved with.  I do have copies of the two apple crate labels on the left.  



As I had mentioned, I read one of his unpublished books during our vacation.  Here is a handwritten list of the chapters of the book.  It helps because some of the chapters were out of order.  But unfortunately this list wasn’t complete so I had to figure it out in the end.  Possible spoiler alert for my family, I summarize the book below so if you are planning on reading it, skip the next paragraph.


The book was about a fictional character who started out in the fruit warehousing business in California, went bankrupt with that but managed to buy into a new refrigeration technique where he made a fortune.  To avoid paying his debts and taxes he moved to Central America, leaving his wife behind.  He bought into a gold mine there which was very successful.  He had secretly developed a German security force that ultimately defeated the government’s attempt to take over the mine.  He then took his forces to the capitol of the country and took it over.  He then managed to develop an army and took over all of the countries of central American and Mexico.  He created a new government trying to unite all of these countries into one.  He developed a lot fo enemies along the way.  The book is constructed in that based on the title and other hints, you know he is going to be killed.  My great grandfather alternated a chapter with his history with a chapter describing the minutes before his death.  So you are always wondering who is going to kill him. And, of course, it is a surprise in the end.  I was actually fascinated by the book, although skip some of the many rants against FDR, and it was one of the highlights of my vacation.  Interestingly the main character visits Germany in 1937 and his mistress dies in childbirth, paralleling my great grandfather’s life (although it was his wife who died in childbirth).


In with the book were two letters addressed to Fred Albertson regarding fruit sales/shipments.  My great grandfather is starting to have some health issues that seem to be starting to affect his business.  


I found this letterhead as well where he is listed as on the executive committee of the International Apple Association. Mysteriously, it doesn’t seem to be very international as all of the people listed are in the United States and surprising Morton is the only one from the west coast.  


Then I explored the other boxes of papers related to him and his business.  There are photos of his plant in Yakima that I hadn’t seen before.  


I am assuming that this was his office.


Here is a publication about Germany from September 1937.  


There was another book of his “Jakob in Search of his Honor”.


Here is a photo of an aerial view of his warehouses.


A document of appreciation for his work with the International Apple Association.


A couple more books he wrote.  There were some pages in his handwriting as well so we are speculating that he handwrote the books, and his wife typed them out.  It was a lot of work.


And this is a document from the US Department of State stating that he is a delegate on behalf of the USA in the Fifth International Technical and Chemical Congress of Agricultural Industries in the Netherlands July 1937.  


More books.  I had initially thought there was only one book.  


And he edited this book.  I was surprised because I thought the book I read could use some serious editing.  


Even more books.  


I knew he was a major reader of books as is most of that side of the family (me included when I have the time).  I believe I have inherited a lot of his books that I hope to read in my retirement (I am not sure I will read all of these books he wrote though).  I also discovered that his favorite drink was bourbon with branch water. So I have learned a lot more about my great grandfather in my vacation so that was nice.  

FYI I previously posted about his experiences with the Big Burn at The Big Burn and at The Hiawatha Trail or Where my Great-Grandfather Survived the Big Burn .  There is a post Cliffdell Memories with photos of his and other family members’ homes and graves toward the end of the post.  There is a current photo of his apple storage warehouse from 1927 in Trip to Mom’s Family Cabin about halfway down.  There is a post dedicated to a lilac at our house that originally came from my great grandfather’s home at 2711 Lilac.  

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Weaving and the Olympics, Week 1

I like to weave during the Olympics.  It is a nice activity to do to feel productive but still be able to pay attention to the sports.  I love the Olympics, seeing what the human body can accomplish and what sports the human mind can invent.  I had intended to have the warp on the loom before the Olympics started, but that did not happen for a variety of reason.  I was hoping to get the warp on the first weekend but the hay interfered with that.  And then there was work.  So for the first half of week one I just watched the Olympics when I could without weaving.  There was softball,


table tennis,








road cycling,


equestrian (where I got the warping board set up, but it had been so long I set it up in the wrong direction),


and rugby (where I am starting to get the warp on the board),


Ryeleigh was spayed and microchipped on Tuesday.  We got her back Wednesday, and she was a little slow that day.  We are supposed to keep her contained and on leash outside for a week.  Since Wednesday though, she appears to feel fine so this has been a challenge.  But I have been taking the afternoon duty, hanging out with the beagle in the air-conditioned home, watching the Olympics.


There was basketball,


and diving.


The other activity is trying to use our farm’s bounty.  I made Swiss Chard and Sausage Frittata


and Raspberry Buttermilk Pie.  It cracked on cooling so not as pretty as it could be but still tasty.


I also started sauerkraut (for the first time)


and made some cauliflower rice for more pizza crusts.  This time I used a small press to squeeze the liquid from the cauliflower.  It worked well.


There was exciting gymnastics (Suni Lee on the uneven bars on her way to win gold in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics).


With the leftover buttermilk, I made biscuits for Tom with a recipe from A Taste of History Cookbook.


We finished watching Suni Lee on her floor routine to win the gold while eating dinner (biscuits and sausage gravy for Tom and leftover frittata for me).


There was a brief snippet of archery.  So far I have not had any luck with watching archery or shooting.


I am still doing the animal and garden chores, in the mornings before the heat of the day.  I have been picking lots and lots of blueberries (over an hour each day and not seeming to make a dent).  But one thing I noticed is that Little Red has been beating up on Dirty White Boy.  I moved DWB into the peachick pen to try to save him, but this morning LR was beating up on my favorite hens. So I moved him to a rabbit hutch to await his fate, and DWB was released.  I am not sure you can see how injured he is from this photo.


I was finally able to sleigh the reed this afternoon while watching the USA-Netherlands women’s soccer game this afternoon.


Here is a photo of my sleighing the reed in February 2014 for the Winter Olympics.  So I guess I haven’t always had the warp on before the Olympics started (which is some consolation).

sleighing the reed

Since I have beagle duty in the afternoons, I need to walk her for potty breaks periodically. Today she found an unripe pear that had fallen in the orchard.  She thought it was the best toy ever.  So I brought it into the house for her, and she continues to think it is much better than all of the toys we have purchased for her.

Then we got to watch Megan Rapinoe win the shoot out.


Per the Summer Olympics Sports site, we have yet to see artistic gymnastics, artistic swimming, athletics (which means track and field), BMX freestyle, BMX racing, boxing, canoe/kayak flatware, golf, hockey, karate, marathon swimming, pentathlon, mountain biking, rhythmic gymnastics, rowing, sailing, shooting, sport climbing, taekwondo, tennis, track cycling, trampoline, triathlon and wrestling.  I have learned that I have a ways to go with the Olympics and weaving (I haven’t even threaded the heddles).  Plus I have learned it is a lot easier to weave with the Winter Olympics as there are less farm chores that need to be done.  Wish me luck for week 2.

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Hay and Olympics

On Friday evening our 8 tons of hay was delivered on two trailers.

Then Tom got a chance to catch up with Brad, our hay provider.


We watched the Olympics Opening Ceremonies.


And then Saturday morning we were faced with the task of putting up the hay.

1st trailer

For the first time in many years, it was just Tom and I doing the hay.  Here is one the bales going up the hay elevator.  Sorry it is sideways.

We took it slow and easy.  We stopped every 12 bales and took a break.  I drank lots of Gatorade.  I was hoping this would help with my adrenal insufficiency issues.


I also relied heavily on my hay hook, keeping it away from my injured thumb.

keeping hay hook off thumb

I created shady seats to use for my breaks.

shaded hay bench

Ryeleigh tried to wait patiently for us.  Here she is briefly distracted by the eagles.

Ryeleigh waiting for us, distracted by eagles

And finally, just after noon, we had the first trailer (4 tons) done.


Tom returned the first trailer to Brad, and we went inside, enjoyed some Olympics and ate lunch.  This is handball,


and this is badminton.


At around 5:00, when the shadows were growing, we put 2 more tons in the hay barn.

This morning I watched some fencing, getting ready for more hay bale moving.


We finished the last 2 tons in the hay loft before noon.  Afterwards I was able to scratch George some.  Peppa wanted nothing to do with it.


And we started putting the tools away.  In addition to the hay hooks, ropes and pulleys came in really handy for moving the hay elevator around.  We are trying to work smarter.

hay tools

And here is the 6 tons in the loft.

6 tons in hay loft

Tom brought the second trailer back to Brad.

For the first time ever, I was successful in growing cabbage.  So for lunch, I made coleslaw accompanied by Silvana Meats Smoked German Sausage.


In the afternoon, I did some bottle washing, laundry and cleaning while watching more Olympics.  Here is swimming,


and basketball.


In addition, we have watched skulling, volleyball, beach volleyball, water polo, skateboarding, and soccer.  Tom was able to see some table tennis, kayaking and equestrian events as well.

I put in a ham for dinner.


and fed some leftover cabbage to the chickens.

chickens like cabbage

Now we are relaxing and recovering from 8 tons of hay, watching more Olympics.  I had hoped to weave while watching the Olympics again, but so far I had had no time to even get the warp ready.  Hopefully things will settle down a little, and I will be able to do that.  But so happy to have our hay in the barns for the winter.

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