About Your Family

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About Your Family & Name covers the recent branches of the paternal family of my children. Though they have been alienated from their paternal family, they might -- one day -- be interested in knowing where they came from. After all, how can you know where you're going unless you know where you came from?

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By: leslielove (85 month(s) ago)

Hmm that is an interesting slideshow thanks for sharing! I've been studying my grandpa's life lately and studying his ancestors lately. He was a plumber and just had a good life helping people out. http://plumberocala.net

By: frankfurrter (92 month(s) ago)

Genealogy is pretty cool. Found out I was related to King James who commissioned the translation of the Bible. http://www.jmmech.com

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About your Family and Name : 

About your Family and Name “Rainer” and Relations… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Presented to my family… : 

Presented to my family… Created November 2008… With Revision in January, 2010 hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name : 

Without much preparation, I developed this presentation in the Fall of 2008; but with much appreciation for my parents – who About your Family and Name had been so good about taking and keeping the photos – I hope that the pages ahead will be as special to you as has always been for me. Here, my children are obviously enjoying watermelon on their Grandparents’ back porch or deck in the Summer of 2000. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name The name, “Rainer” : 

About your Family and Name The name, “Rainer” “Rainer” is English/German-Austrian; records of Alabama include “Thomas Rainer” – who fought as a militia in the Creek Indian Wars. Quite a few Rainer’s can be found in South Alabama; my father’s father, “Ralph Wilson Rainer”, was from Butler County – which is below Montgomery. The only time I met any members of that generation was at a funeral for my uncle, “Gary Rainer”; they (Gordon, Paul…) were son’s of Ralph’s brothers in South Alabama. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameFrom the Old Country to the New… : 

About your Family and NameFrom the Old Country to the New… Without any real information on the “Old World”, “Rainer” is a common first name for Germans-Austrians; and as a last name is English/Germans. As far as trivia, the main character of the movie, Sound of Music, was named “Maria Rainer” In your locality of Northeast Florida, there are also a few Rainer’s – besides yourselves… As to how Rainer’s arrived to the “New World”; well, on a boat I suppose whether of the full sail or later on a steam ship… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

What’s in a name? : 

What’s in a name? Have regard for your name, since it will remain for you longer than a great store of gold. - Ecclesiastes 41: 12, Aprocrypha hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name“Rainer” and other Relations : 

About your Family and Name“Rainer” and other Relations Immediate Names: “Rainer”, English/German-Austrian; other variants include Rayner, Rainar, Raynair, Rauner…; First recorded emigrants were James and Mary Rainer who settled in Charles Town SC in 1767 “Garrard”, (Jar-rod), English; First settlers, Virginia in 1643 “Christian”; Scottish; again, Virginia in 1652 “Jennings”, English/Irish; again, Virginia in the 1600’s Other Names: “Lee”, English; “Salter”, English; “Aaron”, Jewish; “Pritchett”, Welsh In general, the cause for travel to the “New World” was political and religious; obviously, these families eventually made it to Alabama or the Louisiana Territory… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

A Branch on the Family Tree : 

A Branch on the Family Tree I don’t have to look up the family tree, because I know that I’m the sap… - Fred Allen hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameFamily Tree… a Branch : 

About your Family and NameFamily Tree… a Branch Howard Rainer Dorothy Christian Ralph Rainer Mae Garrard Kirk Rainer Vicki Williams Samuel Christian Nell Jennings hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Rainer and Garrard : 

Rainer and Garrard Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. - Gail Lumet Buckley hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameRalph Wilson Rainer : 

About your Family and NameRalph Wilson Rainer Ralph Rainer’s father was “Mitchell” (born 1878) – he was a farmer in the “Black Belt” or South-Central Alabama; Ralph’s mother was “Mattie” (Salter) (born 1880); they are buried at Bethel Cemetery in Butler County, Alabama Ralph had one sister and six bothers – that lived to adulthood. He was a plumber, a supervisor at an ice-cream plant (“Crossfields”, Gadsden), and a tire-builder at Goodyear – also in Gadsden He was described as a kind and generous man – true to his word and hard working. He was born in 1915; buried at Crestwood Cemetery (Gadsden) in 1960 – with early death due to a fever-related heart condition. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameWillie Mae Garrard : 

About your Family and NameWillie Mae Garrard Mae Garrard’s father was “John” (born 1882); her mother was “Annabelle” (born 1888). Mae had seven sisters and five brothers – who lived to adulthood; at this time, four of the sisters remain and live in/around Gadsden. During part of The Great Depression, the family moved to Oklahoma – but soon moved back to Gadsden. Mae was born in 1915 and was buried at Crestwood in 1999; two of her three children remain; Howard (Anniston), Dorothy-Ann (Atlanta). hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameThe Rainer’s of Gadsden : 

About your Family and NameThe Rainer’s of Gadsden Ralph and Mae married around 1933; their first child, “Howard” was born in 1935 with a son “Gary” and daughter, “Dorothy-Ann” to follow in 1937 and 1943. They eventually built a house on Maryland Avenue (East Gadsden); it was built largely by Ralph, and had indoor plumbing! During “The War”, Ralph worked in the home guard – as a congestive heart problem kept him out of the military. Both worked at Goodyear during The War. Yes, Ralph is where I got my big ears. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameHoward Rainer with Family : 

About your Family and NameHoward Rainer with Family This picture may have been around 1942; note, that “Howard” and his brother, “Gary” are wearing military-style uniforms – which was a common show of patriotism during The War. The location is 15th Street – where they lived before moving to Tillison Bend, followed by Litchfield (East Gadsden) in 1946. When I ask Howard about this, he remembered the exact street address – and attributed his memory to the need to know your address in practice for or the case of an Air Raid. It was a different time… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Howard with Gary and Dorothy-Ann : 

About your Family and Name Howard with Gary and Dorothy-Ann This picture was around 1943: Howard was about 8, Gary about 4, and Dorothy-Ann about 2. What particularly caught my eye was the knickers that Howard is wearing – which were still common for boys during that time. This time being during The War, Howard and his brother may have participated in some type of “drives” – or collections of needed materials – for the war effort; for example, they collected tinfoil and use to roll it up in balls… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameGarrard and In-laws of Gadsden : 

About your Family and NameGarrard and In-laws of Gadsden I really like this picture – which includes all the Garrard men, father and sons, and several in-laws; you may recognize Ralph Rainer in the background. The picture was taken around 1939 – or just before WWII. The men’s names are Van, Johnny, Roy, Clyde, Floyd, and the father, John. Particularly interesting is that several of them are smoking their pipes; yes, smoking was once very common. Oh, and don’t forget Ralph – my grandfather and your great grandfather. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Christian and Jennings : 

Christian and Jennings What greater things is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent, unspeakable memories. - George Eliot hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Samuel Reuben Christian : 

About your Family and Name Samuel Reuben Christian The picture is to remind me that “Rube” (short for Rueben) loved river life: he grew up the Warrior River (Cottondale, AL) and continued his river life on the Coosa (Gadsden) after moving North in search of work. Rube worked briefly in a coal mine in Hoyt (AL) – but was relieved to find work and a career at Goodyear in Gadsden. An avid “Bama” football fan, a fisherman and hunter, he seemed to enjoy being a kid with the grandkids – with all kinds of antics…and sometimes a lesson. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameNillie Irene Jennings : 

About your Family and NameNillie Irene Jennings “Nill” (or Nell) is best remembered for her great cooking; but she was also a great sewer and seamstress; she made many of her daughters clothes during Dorothy’s school days. In studying this particular photo, I think I see some similarity between her and my own daughter, “Abby”. Check-out the hat – I never saw Nell when she wasn’t elegant. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameThe Christian’s of Gadsden : 

About your Family and NameThe Christian’s of Gadsden Rube (born 1910) and Nell (born 1914) were married in the late 1920’s near Tuscaloosa, AL. They had two sons (James and Eugene “Pete”) and one daughter, “Dorothy Ann” that lived to adulthood. Around 1940, they moved to Gadsden to find work. Making their home in Campbell Court (East Gadsden), they soon bought a house nearby. Both are buried at Crestwood; Nell (1986) and Rube (1993). hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameRube and Nell Christian : 

About your Family and NameRube and Nell Christian Well, you can see by the picture that wisdom had set-in; but while the hair may have changed, the mind was still very sharp with all kinds of stories and antics. By the time of this photo from the early 1970’s, they were near retirement and enjoying their grandchildren – like me. I can recall some funny moments; especially around Rube: he use to play all kinds of tricks on us – which we would sometimes return in kind… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameDorothy with Rube and dog…and frogs : 

About your Family and NameDorothy with Rube and dog…and frogs Needless to say, Dorothy was very young in this picture; and as for Rube, well he was probably about 30. It looks as though Dorothy has either scraped her knees or has gotten dirt on them. Well, dress or no dress, a girl has just has much right to rough-it as a boy, right? Speak of being a tomboy, Dorothy told me when she was young she went frog gigging with her father: frog legs are good eating and gigging them can be an adventure – so I’ve been told… Guess the frog feels differently. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name FamilyDorothy with brother Pete and Nell : 

About your Family and Name FamilyDorothy with brother Pete and Nell Both Dorothy and her younger brother “Pete” are growing-up; here, they are probably ten to twelve in age. Pete (real name Eugene) is perhaps the best storyteller I know; he is also a hunter, fisherman, machinist and gunsmith. I remember a number of his stories and never tire of hearing them again – as though each time takes me back to being that kid again – wide-eyed and dry-mouthed… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Howard and Dorothy : 

Howard and Dorothy Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. - Jane Howard hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameHoward and Dorothy at the Ball : 

About your Family and NameHoward and Dorothy at the Ball Howard (Rainer) and Dorothy (Christian) met at Gadsden High School, AL; they dated and married at the young age of 19 and 17. This picture is of a dance put on by her club at the local civic center (1952); she is a sophomore and vice-president in the club; he is a senior. As the custom, Dorothy’s mother made the dress – her father made the hoop skirt. Her mother made most of her clothes. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Grandpa and Grandma – Doing the Marine Thing : 

About your Family and Name Grandpa and Grandma – Doing the Marine Thing Howard and Dorothy returned to North Alabama after a career in the Marine Corps; by this time, two of their three children had already married or entered college After the service, they continued to work; Howard in the medical field and Dorothy in banking; however, they still found time to enjoy their children and grandchildren In this picture, they are celebrating Memorial Day at their local church (2004) hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Nell Mae Rainer – my oldest sister : 

About your Family and Name Nell Mae Rainer – my oldest sister Nell Mae Rainer was Howard and Dorothy’s first child; but she died at birth and laid to rest in San Diego, California – where they were stationed at in the Marine Corps. Since that time, and as an adult, my brother Keith has been to San Diego, to that place of her rest. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name FamilyTeal Drum & Bugle Corp – where’s Matt? : 

About your Family and Name FamilyTeal Drum & Bugle Corp – where’s Matt? This picture of the Teal Drum & Bugle out of Northeast Florida; the picture is taken by Howard and Dorothy who attended the event (June, 2008) in Jacksonville, AL on the possibility that Matt would be participating – as he had the prior year. While they missed him, they did find out he was well thought of by some members. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name “Grandma” with her first Great-grandchild, Kaleb : 

About your Family and Name “Grandma” with her first Great-grandchild, Kaleb Here, Dorothy is holding her first great grandchild, Kaleb - who was born in April of 2008. Kaleb is the son of Chris Jones – the son of Wayne and LaDonna. In this picture, he is only about a month old (May) and is said to be a happy baby Also, Chris is said to be a happy and good father; and for Wayne (the grandfather), Kaleb is his best buddy. It is wonderful to see a baby again in this family – it has been a while, as babies bring joy to everyone. I remember holding my own… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Howard Kirk Rainer : 

Howard Kirk Rainer You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. - Desmond Tutu hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameWhere did I live…and Grow-up? : 

About your Family and NameWhere did I live…and Grow-up? Born in Atlanta, Georgia on June 16th, 1961 Lived at several Marine bases to include Jacksonville (NASJAX) from 1965 to 1970…lived on the Westside! From JAX to Beaufort, SC and than to Anniston, AL. After College, I returned to Jacksonville (1984) and lived there – more or less – until 1998 when we (as a family) moved to Atlanta (Lawrenceville), GA Since 2001, I have been living in Alabama – more or less… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Kirk with sister LaDonna and Spook : 

About your Family and Name Kirk with sister LaDonna and Spook Camouflage was popular back then (1967) too – if for pajamas. LaDonna and I (and the cat) are standing in the backyard of our home in Jacksonville (Westside); I believe it was on Georgewood Lane. She looks like she has furry house-slippers on…That cat was one tough cat; it use to drag all kinds of critters up in the yard. Behind us is the house and a cedar-wood fence we use to climb. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameKirk with brother Keith : 

About your Family and NameKirk with brother Keith This is a great picture of Keith and I sporting our western wear; yes, we were a couple of buckaroo’s. Again, we were living in Jacksonville at the time; I was in elementary school at Oak Hill, and Keith and LaDonna were at Jeff Davis Junior High. The houses were the classic 1950’s concrete block, terrazzo floor – much like on Praver Drive… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name“Me” – with your Granddad and Keith : 

About your Family and Name“Me” – with your Granddad and Keith Well, Keith and I have more than grown up; we’ve gotten wiser too; oh, and the cowboy boots have long been retired… This picture was not that long ago but is probably among the better shots of all three of us together – arm-in-arm – and glad to be related. Having family is a blessing to itself; and have friends is a blessing as well; but when one has family who are friends, how much more wonderful can it get? hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Wayne and LaDonna Jones : 

Wayne and LaDonna Jones Family is just accident…They don’t mean to get on your nerves. They don’t even mean to be your family, they just are. - Marsha Norman hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Wayne and LaDonna – Wedding Day : 

About your Family and Name Wayne and LaDonna – Wedding Day This is LaDonna’s wedding; she was married June 1975 – right out of high school. Her husband of 30 plus years is Stanley Wayne Jones; he is originally from Elizabeth City, NC. They met in Beaufort, SC: he was stationed there with the Marines; she was a military dependent there along with the rest of us. I believed that Dorothy made LaDonna’s dress; as for those tuxedos, well it was the 70’s. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameThe Jones Family – A Portrait : 

About your Family and NameThe Jones Family – A Portrait I’m thinking that this family picture was when Chris was still in high-school, as was LeAnn. Both of them played in their high-school band (which you may recall): Chris the trombone, LeAnn the clarinet for the Hokes Bluff Eagles. Wayne continues to work at the Anniston Army Depot; and LaDonna, well she goes to school, works, recovers furniture and keeps Wayne busy with re-modeling their house… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Keith and Robin Rainer : 

Keith and Robin Rainer The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. - Thomas Jefferson hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Keith and Robin Rainer – Wedding Day : 

About your Family and Name Keith and Robin Rainer – Wedding Day Keith and Robin were married in 1983 – which I remember because I had just graduated from college. They had a beautiful wedding at the historic Bullock Hall in Roswell. An outdoor wedding, the weather was hot – as the South will always provide – but the company and ceremony were a pleasure to be a part of. Family and friends gathered and – with a good friend and mentor of Robin’s leading the ceremony, they were joined together, began and continue their lives together. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Nell and Mae – At Keith’s Wedding : 

About your Family and Name Nell and Mae – At Keith’s Wedding This picture may seem out-of-sequence, but it was taken at Keith and Robin’s wedding: Nell and Mae attended the wedding and are posing on the porch of the Bullock mansion. This happened to be a very good photo of the two – and probably a rare shot of them together; but a wedding is an entirely different matter – a reason to come together. Southern charm is distinctly southern; it is a lifestyle that is perhaps is less intense or serious; where a rock on the porch is a time to reflect, relax, and reminisce… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameKeith – My brother with his family : 

About your Family and NameKeith – My brother with his family This family picture was taken while Aubrey was still in high-school. I know you remember Hannah and Catherine; oh, and the dog…I can’t remember. Anyway, the location could also be familiar: this is the old grist mill in Stone Mountain – which seems to be a great venue. Well, this photo was taken a few years ago; everybody is growing up – which is a reality check for us… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Rainer and Williams : 

Rainer and Williams Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we live our daily life too often as if we take our own family for granted. - Paul Pearshall hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Me - August, 23rd 1986, Our Wedding Day : 

About your Family and Name Me - August, 23rd 1986, Our Wedding Day Vicki and I were married on a hot summer day in 1986 at the All Saints Episcopal Church on San Jose in Jacksonville. The church is not far from the Methodist Church were Matt first participated in scouting. I have never regretted marriage – because marriage is from God…and is a covenant or promise. Marriage is for better or worse – as is often included in the vows; it is a time-honored agreement that should never be taken lightly. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Kirk and Vicki – In Alabama : 

About your Family and Name Kirk and Vicki – In Alabama This photo was probably around 1987 – we were still newly-weds…and you were still being planned for our lives. As I looked closely at this picture, I can see that much has changed: the kitchen behind us; the floor below us; and the relationship between us. Some change may be for the better and some change for the worse; but without change, we could not appreciate that which is steady, reliable, and constant. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameOur First House - Savannah, Georgia : 

About your Family and NameOur First House - Savannah, Georgia This house is located in Savannah, GA – which was your mother and my house when we lived there (1988 – 1990). Of interest is that this house was built in 1932, but of more interest is that this is where Matt was conceived in June 1989. During the time we lived there, much remodeling was done. Matt saw this place while we toured the town in 1999… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Matthew Kirk Rainer : 

Matthew Kirk Rainer It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. - Johann Schiller hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameMatt – Baby is getting upset : 

About your Family and NameMatt – Baby is getting upset I’m not sure what has put Matt on-his-ear, but it could have been the simple want for mom, a dirty diaper, an empty tummy, or some other crisis. Whatever it is, there is a remedy to be found – even for a first time dad. This picture seems so long ago…wow, how time flies – except in these moments when a crisis seems endless… Than again, how I long for such a time – how much I miss it…and them… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Matt – Going Fishing with Grandpa : 

About your Family and Name Matt – Going Fishing with Grandpa Fishing is a great pastime – and for kids – seems like a right-of-passage. The picture to the right includes a backdrop of a friend’s lake, Bobby-Jack McElroy. What is understood is that there is water, there are fish, and there is an eager heart ready to wet-a-line and go for it…who knows, he may just catch that Big One – but it’s not the size of the fish that matters – it’s the size of the heart… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name“Dangerous Overlook”– for Matt & Abby : 

About your Family and Name“Dangerous Overlook”– for Matt & Abby Still, the heart must have courage to stand over the torrent waters of most certainly Little River Canyon; Yep, it is a “DANGEROUS OVERLOOK” – and he (or they) could be scared. Courage comes by first realizing that you are afraid; only then, can you begin to resolve that risks and sacrifices are present – it’s just a fact of life that to live freely, we must have courage. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Matt – “Hum, now is a bird a word?” : 

About your Family and Name Matt – “Hum, now is a bird a word?” Ok, it’s not a exciting as fishing – or most anything really – but a bird can still be interesting. In this rare photo, Matt is watching a a bird do one of a few things: sing, fly abruptly, eat, drink or sleep – take your pick… I’m not sure where this bird lived – other than the cage – but it sure has Matt’s attention for the moment. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Matt-hew – on a Scouting Campout with Grandpa : 

About your Family and Name Matt-hew – on a Scouting Campout with Grandpa Another campout for the Cub Scout; this time it could have either Rainey Mountain in North Georgia or the NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Matt is either giving the scout signal, the victory, or the peace sign; irregardless, he is probably having a great time doing what scouts like to do. I had a great time with Matt and Abby’s scouting experience. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Kathryn Abigail Rainer : 

Kathryn Abigail Rainer When you look at your life, the greatest happiness is family happiness. - Joyce Brothers hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameAbby – with cousin LeAnn and the band : 

About your Family and NameAbby – with cousin LeAnn and the band Here, Abby has joined the ranks of the Hokes Bluff band; and though she is not quite old enough, is with them in spirit made so by her trusted cousin, LeAnn. Maybe its just coincidence, but this tacit participation with the marching corps could have been an inspiration for Abby to “officially” march in the years to come… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Gun Battery at Chickamauga : 

About your Family and Name Gun Battery at Chickamauga “Man the cannon”; it’s time to defend the fort…or the building. Yes, we have a team out enjoying the day at a historic point called In Ringold, Georgia. Let’s see, there’s the gal at the wheel – who may be directing the whole affair; then there is the boy straddling the breach; the coon-cap boy and finally, the lady at the muzzle. I don’t think this place has ever seen the like of a better team… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Abby – the “Prairie Dawn Girl” at Eight : 

About your Family and Name Abby – the “Prairie Dawn Girl” at Eight First a cannon and now this; what is this, the 1800’s? No, just of couple of folks trying to look like it. This was the first of such dresses that Abby wore – each one made my her grandmother; I call it a prairie dawn dress – like “Little House on the Prairie” It was a fun time, it was a grand time; but thankfully, we could lay aside the past and return to the modern age. Still, I would like to think that Abby enjoyed the adventure – especially when she dressed-out at Stone Mountain. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameAbby – “Girls rule, Boys drool” : 

About your Family and NameAbby – “Girls rule, Boys drool” Time Warp, and were back to the year 2000 – though we’ll settle for the modern age. Here, my daughter is doing something else she enjoys – having fun along the lakeside. I’m not sure what the T-shirt describes; but it may have something to do with the girl scouts As she use to say so abruptly: “Girls rule, and Boys drool”; but then, she has three brothers to contend with – and with three against one – you have to be tough! hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name Now what was I thinking about? : 

About your Family and Name Now what was I thinking about? “Now what was I thinking about?” – seems to be the expression most accurate to the pose. Another fine example of her grandmother’s sewing skills, Abby is pondering something: could be her imagination about horses – which she seem to be most interested in; but then again, may she is having a flashback to the 1800’s as is blending the horse with the time… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Benjamin Christian Rainer : 

Benjamin Christian Rainer To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. - Barbara Bush hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameThe Red Ryder Wagon – Ben, Brian : 

About your Family and NameThe Red Ryder Wagon – Ben, Brian The Red Ryder wagon was one of the best gifts; durable and functional, these two (Ben and Brian-Wesley) would travel many a mile in this cart. No, there were no wagons of this type in the 1800’s; but sometimes you have to improvise and, well, we just couldn’t give up the convenience of this most helpful form of transport. “Wait for the Wagon”… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameLet’s go fishing : 

About your Family and NameLet’s go fishing Once again, the “right to passage” as Ben now takes a fishing rod in hand and heads down to Ned’s to wet-a-line at Cane Creek. The simplicity of fishing will never go out of date – because boys will always be boys…and sometimes men will be boys too. When a dad or granddad can be that boy – if just for a moment – it is so healthy; it takes him back to the days of yore, when he too would fish, would dream, and then dream about fish… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameBen – on Vacation at Gatlinburg, TN : 

About your Family and NameBen – on Vacation at Gatlinburg, TN “Ah, now this is the life; poolside, cookie in hand, towel to boot – all warrants that Hollywood smile beaming on Ben. Life is good – and especially several thousand feet above sea level. In the Great Smoky Mountains, one can enjoy the beauty, the peace, and the simple pleasures of a cookie – all at the same time! Well, what will I do next – Ben may be thinking; maybe the “Dixie Stampede”… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name“Ahoy! Captain Ben” : 

About your Family and Name“Ahoy! Captain Ben” So much for the peace of a Smoky Mountain resort, it looks like an entire different situation aboard an army gun boat; and who better to captain this vessel, then the one Ben Rainer – warrior and navigator of the rivers and backwaters. Ok, the boat is real, but the water is imaginary – she (the boat) is actually permanently moored to a concrete base at Fort McClellan on dry land… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

Brian-Wesley Rainer : 

Brian-Wesley Rainer Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family - Anthony Brandt hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with lunch : 

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with lunch Yum, Yum; it always taste better when you can lick it off of your cheeks Another photo of Brian-Wesley in his world-famous overalls; bib overalls work well for eating too…as you don’t mess up your shirt as much In this photo, his location is uncertain; but it maybe on some picnic or outdoor event with the grandparents. What is true (and known) is that he is having the best time with whatever he is eating. Eating is more than necessary and nutritious – it is downright fun! hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with lunch again : 

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with lunch again I love these overalls: all the boys – and myself – wore them at times…but I think them to be more appropriate and appealing for the boys Overalls were a standard for our Civil War attire and – even though the garments were a more recent creation – the blouse-style shirts designed and mad by their grandma more than made-up. Here, Brian-Wesley looks to be finishing-up a meal at his Uncle Keith’s house A think I see a banana on the plate hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with brother Ben : 

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with brother Ben I’m not sure of the exact location of this photo; obviously, it is on someone’s lawn. Here, young Brian-Wesley is between 2 and 3 – which would make Ben about 5 I think Ben is saying something, but Brain-Wesley is probably not listening – as he usually liked to be at the center of the action whether voiced or not His blond hair is curly and bright – full of sunshine for a little guy who was a shining son. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with brother Ben, again! : 

About your Family and NameBrian-Wesley – with brother Ben, again! Here, the boys are joining the festivity of the Civil War – fortunately, they are not having a “civil war” of their own – since the two were so close. But sometimes, you just have to bury the plastic hatchet, let bygones be bygones, or whatever you want to call, and just be friends Indeed, they seem to be the best of friends in this photo – both beaming and one smiling at the other – as though their plotting their next action… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and NameFort Birchmore Cove, Lawrenceville, GA : 

About your Family and NameFort Birchmore Cove, Lawrenceville, GA I’m not sure that we ever gave the fort (swing-set) a name, but I will call it “Fort Birchmore” – since it was on Birchmore Cove. With some practice from another swing-set on Glade Lane – and the financing of your Grandpa – we erected this one complete with swings and an observation tower. hkirkrainer.org - Audio

About your Family and Name“Us” – at “Turnip Seed” on Cheaha Mountain : 

About your Family and Name“Us” – at “Turnip Seed” on Cheaha Mountain This photo was sometime in 2001 atop Cheaha Mountain…Turnip Seed primitive camp ground. Thankfully, we have two scouts with us: Howard, an Eagle Scout; and Matt, a Webelo. Judging from the clothing, it could be fall although temperatures can fluctuate at higher elevations. I think everyone was having a good time with good food, a campfire and a beautiful site in which to simply have fun and relax. It was all good, yes it was… hkirkrainer.org - Audio

EPILOGUE : 

EPILOGUE To my parents, thanks for the many pictures, To my family, thanks for the memories, and To my children, thanks for the privilege to be a parent hkirkrainer.org - Audio

RESOURCES : 

RESOURCES Volumes of family photos… Websites: Ancestry.com HouseOfNames.com Imbd.com Rainerfamilytree.co.uk Quotegarden.com mapsofworld.com Interviews with parents Personal recollections and reflections Sweet Garden by White Stone, “Home” hkirkrainer.org - Audio

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