MO Memories, Part 3 of 3, The MO He Knows

Concluding our Missouri trip,  we drove back through time a bit to Commerce, where Dad’s family lived in his younger years.

Benton High School










A stop by Oakdale Cemetery











Bea Skinner is mentioned here.










Pretty cemetery.










Dad’s brother, Jerry.










Grandma and Grandpa Skinner











Skinner family










More Skinners.










Sammy being a ham.










Sweet boy.











Reminiscing together.










This is where Dad grew up.










Across the street is the land, down to the green field, where Grandpa Joe had his farm (ignore the house).







I believe Dad said Commerce has shrunk considerably.




















I think this was the school.










This was City Hall










When Grandpa Joe had to quit farming, this was his grocery store.










I think Dad said this was the barber shop and fueling station










Our driving tour buddies.










This picture shames us a bit. It’s the first McDonald’s my dad went to, located in Cape Girardeau, and I think he was 16. Just imagine if we could all stave off the Golden Arches until 16!










Cape at night.










There were awesome portraits on the Mississippi River wall.










And, we’ll finish like we started – with CUTE Elijah, sitting on the bus to the airport, like the sweet little man he is.











This tour was a bit long, and probably of little interest outside the family. But what a fun time we had celebrating the birth of our beloved and rowdy aunt, and what a cool chunk of  family history!

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