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Chalet High Timeshare

March 29, 1987

In March of 1987, my parents bought a time share in Chalet High in the Bayse, Virginia. The place has since fallen into disrepair and apparently the previous owner wasn’t spending the owners money on upkeep of he units.

We spent several summers here in the late 1980’s but we mostly traded the week for another location.

Here is the original brochure.

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One thing worth noting about timeshare, even after you die, you still have to keep paying the maintenance fees. They are very difficult to sell, usually you have to give them away. So never buy timeshare.


Glen-Gery Brazil Plant re-opens

October 7, 1982

After nine months of being close, the Brazil, IN Glen-Gery Plant re-opened. Initially 60 people were laid off and 29 people were brought back. My father, Bob Wilkinson, is interviewed in the local paper. This would have been during the Early 1980’s Recession, also known as the “Reagan Recession”.


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Bob Wilkinson – Letter From Glen-Gery

March 4, 1982

This is a letter regarding Bob Wilkinson’s pay raise during the 1982 Brazil plant shut down. My father began working for Glen-Gery in 1979 at the Brazil, Indiana Plant. In 1986 he was transferred to the Manassas, Virginia Capitol Plant. He worked there until he was laid off in 1991.


Bob, Frank and Joanna, Frank Wilkinson, Joanna Stouffer Wilkinson

Letter from Frank to Bob

July 18, 1978

Not sure of the exact year that this letter was written…but I am guessing that it was written to my father (Bob Wilkinson) after we moved from Columbia, SC to Tulsa, OK). I believe this move happened in 1978. We only ended up staying in Tulsa for one year. We moved there so my father could take a job at Acme Brick. Apparently the job wasn’t exactly what my parents expected.

The drawing is by Joanna (my grandmother) of what I am guessing is the house my parents bought in Tulsa, OK.


Anne & Bob, Bob

First Place Christmas Decoration Contest

December 25, 1975

My parents won First place in the Emerald Valley Community Club Christmas Decoration Contest and it was covered by the local paper (slow news day).

bob-anne-xmas-prizeHere is the house today (1738 Marley Drive Columbia, SC)


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Grave of Captain Bernard Toft, 249th Field Artilery

June 12, 1966

This is the grave of Captain Bernard Toft who died in the the Battle of Saipan during WWII. I haven’t been able to find that much information about him online, but I found this


“Capt. Toft picked up Sgt. Baker and was quickly shot in the stomach…Capt. Bernard A. Toft knew he wouldn’t make it due to blood loss from his stomach wound and ordered his Sgt. to standby with fixed bayonet until he died, so he wouldn’t see them chop his head off. He received no valor awards for his action that day and his family genes died with him. His remains are buried in the Punchbowl in Hawaii. Let us never forget the Capt. Bernard A. Tofts of our great nation on Memorial Day!” Source: Armchair General Mailbag

There is no date or information on this picture and I found it in with a letter from England, written in 1948. I suspect my father (Robert Wilkinson) took this picture in June of 1966 while he was on his way to Vietnam. While he was on his way to Vietnam, they plane broke down and they had to spend several days in Hawaii before heading on to Vietnam.

I am not sure why he took this picture. Toft was from New York so maybe he new the family.