MARK--THIS IS YOUR LIFE (so far)

THE FIRST SIXTY YEARS
1948-1952


WORLD EVENTS:

1948 Communists Control Czechoslovakia, Berlin Blockaded, South Africa Apartheid, State of Israel Declared, Berlin Airlift, US Recognizes Israel, Civil War In Costa Rica, Polaroid Camera, Quantum Dynamics Theory
1949 NATO, Communist Victory China, Soviets Detonate A-Bomb
1950 - North Korea invades the south
1951 - First general purpose electronic computer, color TV introduced
1952 - King George VI of England dies; Elizabeth crowned queen, Polio vaccine invented


1948 Sept. Barbara and Glenn both enrolled at Willamette University.

Barbara lived in Lausanne Hall--freshman dormitory.

Glenn lived in Baxter Hall.

Glenn and Barbara met in German class and at Baxter Hall dance when Lausanne girls were guests at Baxter.


Baxter Hall Dance 1948

Neskowin Beach Picnic 1950
1950 Dec. 22 Glenn & Barbara were married at the First Congregational Church, Salem, OR.
Pat Koupal was Maid of Honor, Leslie Halliday was Best Man.

1951 Oct. Barbara got the “flu” around World Series time. Dr. said “baby” not flu. Morning Sickness! Pat Koupal came for a visit. Went to San Francisco, Golden Gate Park (with Les), and “Omar Kayam's” restaurant for dinner.

UC Library moved Barb to storekeeper job in basement so she wouldn’t be seen by library patrons. Pregnancy was apparently a contagious disease!

Barbara and Glenn at their wedding reception, Salem, Oregon

Picnic at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Barbara, Pat and Les

1952 May 9. Mark born at 2:25 a.m. at Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Oakland. Barbara'a mother, Pauline Kemmerich, comes to “help” with the new baby. Mark has colic, and Glenn has final exams, at the same time.

1952 June 20 Glenn graduated from UC Berkeley as Physics Major. Glenn's parents, Irl and Noma Halliday and brother Terry and Barbara attended. Mark stayed with our landlady, Mrs. Kitchens, at our cottage in El Cerrito.


Mark, 8 days old. El Cerrito, CA

New Graduate Glenn, New Mother Barbara, New Baby Mark    
1952 June-Aug. Halliday and Kemmerich Grandparents came to see Mark (and us)
Irl, Terry & Noma Halliday June 20, 1952 El Cerrito, CA

Noel, Barbara, His Royal Highness Mark, and Al at El Cerrito, CA

1952 Sept. Glenn accepted a job at Livermore Radiation Laboratory. ( Now Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) We moved to 637 Holmes Court, in Livermore, CA. Rented a 2-bedroom duplex. Our neighbors were mostly young employees from the Radiation Lab. Director of the Lab is Dr. Edward Teller. The Hydrogen bomb was  developed at the lab.

1952 Nov.  Glenn is sent to Philadelphia for training as a “programmer” for a new-fangled machine--a “computer.” Stays in an apartment on Broad Street. Training took place at Eckert-Mauchley’s factory in city’s outskirts. Glenn was in Philadelphia and Barbara and Mark at her parents' home in Milwaukie until early January.

1952 Nov.17 Barb and Mark fly from Oakland to Portland on DC-4, to stay with Al and Pauline Kemmerich.


Mark starts flying at an early age!   Barbara (in red coat, carrying Mark)  

  At Kemmerich's home, Nov. 1952

1952 Christmas --Glenn sends Barbara big silver boxes from Georg Jensen’s store on Fifth Avenue, New York City. The boxes were tied with big red ribbons and full of “Kosta” Swedish stemware, to match our honeymoon purchase of wine glasses in Vancouver, B.C. 

Glenn spends Christmas in Philadelphia with his fellow computer programmer trainees.

Barbara and Mark take the train to Pendleton, Oregon to visit his Halliday grandparents, Noma and Irl who are living at Umatilla, OR.  Irl is working on the McNary Dam near Umatilla.
The Kemmerichs drive Barbara and Mark to Sedro-Woolley, WA so he can meet his von Pressentin great-grandparents, Jessie and Charles.

--Mark has a roomful of presents under Kemmerich’s Christmas tree.


 Jessie and Charles von Pressentin with their first great-grandchild, Mark,
at their home in Sedro-Woolley, WA

Santa was VERY good to Mark! Milwaukie, OR, Dec. 25, 1952






Barbara Halliday,
April 29, 2012

Unless otherwise noted, text and photos are the property of Glenn, Barbara, Mark and Karen Halliday, 2012

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