a preherstory of Amriel Simpson, painter and artist living in Oregon
By Amriel Simpson (2007)
In 1786, Jane Simpson (although possibly with another sur-name) is born; in Ireland , a place whose early origin is not clear. Settled by tribes (called Nemedians, Fomorians, Firbolgs, and Tuatha De Danann), Ireland (also called Ierne, Hibernia , and Juverna by early-writers) eventually came under the rule of King MacNeill (“the Loigare”) in 428 A.D. (or C.E). Saint Patrick attempted to convert the land to the Christian belief 100 years previous to this, but it took until almost the end of King MacNeill’s reign (461 A.D.) before the new religion took-hold. The head King lived traditionally in Tara, a hill in Meath, the central province, with each additional province ruled by its own king. In the 500s, sundry monasteries are constructed, and most records surviving from this time-period are kept by the church (marriage and birth records). Ireland is one of the first countries in the world to adopt the practice of sur or “last names”. This occurred around the year 1000 A.D. (during the reign of Brian Boru). (It) is to tell-apart the progenitor from the off-spring (often incorporating [having the same name as] the name of the father, with a Mc or Mac (Irish world for “[male]child”) or O’ (Irish word for “of,” denoting “grand-child of”) attached to the fore of such’s own nomenclature. The most popular Irish surnames are: Brennan, Burke, Callaghan, Campbell, Carroll, Connolly, Connor, Fitzgerald, Gallagher, Kelly, Kennedy, McDonald, Murphy, O’Brien, Reilly, Smith, Thompson, and White. It is not clear from what is written what Jane (possibly one of the above sur-names and later to become Simpson?)’s life is like specifically, but most likely, she lived in a household, practiced farming (the growing of victuals, or “foodstuffs”), and went to church. At some point it does become clear from records that Jane migrated (possibly in 1826 [when grand-child was born] or before) to the United States of America , a new and blossoming land . The earliest of records (the 1850 Census of Allegheny, Pennsylvania) referencing Jane Simpson shows her living in a household with her family, as the eldest-matriarch (with no spouse listed).
In 1826 James Simpson is born (probably to the child of Jane) in Pennsylvania, who is a glass-blower (maker of glass/and/or glass-wares), later marries Susan (maiden name un-sure), and gives birth to John Simpson in 1844, Virginia Simpson in 1846, and George W. Simpson in 1848 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In the 1850 census, Jane Simpson, 64 years young, is shown living in a house-hold with (grand-child?) head-of-house hold James Simpson (24 years young), spouse Susan Simpson (25 years young), and children John Simpson (6 years young), Virginia Simpson (4 years young), and George W. Simpson (2 years young.) The census shows none of the children have attended school as-of-yet (1850).
James Simpson is born in 1826 (probably to the child of Jane Simpson), is listed in the 1850 United States Census of Allegheny, Pennsylvania as being a glass-blower by trade. Glass blowing is introduced to the United States of America (in Ohio and Pennsylvania) by the Germans who first arrived in the United States (Conrad Weiser and Post [Monrovian missionary]). John Heckewelder in 1761 is another early German who encouraged immigration and co-existence by learning to understand Native American languages. The primary glass-product of this time period (19th century) in the United States of America is window-glass for homes. The Mason jar is another popular glass-product of the United States of America, named for the (secret) society of Masons, popular with conspiracy-theorists as possibly representing a group (like the Knights Templar and Rosicrucian Order) who has controlled the world for centuries by “pulling-strings (figuratively-speaking) from behind-the-(again, figurative)curtain” from 1810~1830. It possible James created (windows for homes or) Mason jars, popular with farm-family house-wives in the United States of America in the 19th and 20th century for preserving jellies, jams, and vegetables. There was no electricity or electrical form of refrigeration to preserve food-products after the harvest for an extended amount of time previous to the invention of the Mason Jar. From “Mason Glass” by Charles I. Bukin: “With leftover glass (from window-pane-creation), the blowers would blow bottles and flasks by using the blowpipe and a mold to put a pattern on the glass. The principal materials to make the glass at the time were calcium carbonate or pure limestone, sodium carbonate or soda ash, and quartz or pure sand. This is why most glass-makers lived in ocean-side towns, as sand is plentiful (there). When this mixture of 100 parts sand, 35-40 parts of limestone, and 40-45 parts of soda ash is heated from 1200 degrees Fahrenheit to 1500 degrees Fahrenheit, it will melt to form a clear liquid (that) readily can be worked into molds or sheets. By changing or adding chemicals such as Borax or lead, the glass becomes harder or softer. By adding Iron or Iron Oxide, the glass becomes green in color. It becomes blue by adding the oxide of cobalt, and purple, brown, or black by adding oxide of manganese. Some glass blowers used coal to get olive green and rust to get amber.”
One may speculate as to the possible relation-ship between (the grand?/father of?) James Simpson (or spouse of Jane?) and other Simpsons in the same area; such as (arguably the most exciting) Hannah Simpson, who is the mother of United States of America President Ulysses Simpson Grant. This is possible as they are all part of the Simpson family in 1800s Pennsylvannia. Hannah Simpson (child of John Simpson, Jr. is born in the town of Horsham in Montgomery county Pennsylvania. John Simpson Sr. started the Simpson farm (below Steever’s mills) containing 164 acres of land in 1763. Hannah Simpson married Jesse R. Grant and gave birth to Ulysses. U.S. Grant (shown on the $50 bill in United States currency) is the 18th President of the United States of America and is the general of the Union forces during the Civil War that eventually defeated the Southern United States Confederate forces (led by Jefferson Davis) and insured the integrity of the union-of-states that was, still, and always shall be the United States of America.
In 1875 Caroline Morgan marries George W. Simpson (child of James Simpson), also a glass-blower in Pennsylvania. The Morgan family is called “the first family of West Virginia”. Originally, Morgan is the bastard child of King Henry II of England by Nesta Bluet. Morgan becomes Provost of Beverley in Yorkshire, England. In 1380 Philip Morgan becomes Bishop of Worcester and counselor to King Henry V. In 1484 John Morgan is appointed Dean of Windsor and Bishop of Saint David’s. In 1545 William Morgan is given the Valor of Ecclisiastes and purchases Llantarnum Abbey. In 1547 Thomas Morgan is secretary tp Mary, Queen of Scots and though to have tried to over-throw lizabeth I. In 1594 Bishop William Morgan translates the Bible into Welsh and becomes Bishop of Saint Asaph. In 1605 Henry Morgan is involved in the “Gunpowder Plot”. In 1610 Sir Thomas Morgan is appointed the Governor of Jersey. In 1635 CAPTAIN MORGAN THE PIRATE is born (Sir Henry Morgan). The child of Robert Morgan, of Wales, “Captain Morgan” ravages the coast of Jamaica, newly under English authority. In 1658 Captain Morgan is hired by the British to attack/defend Jamaica and surrounding islands (so technically, a “privateer” and not a pirate). In 1662 Colonel Thomas Morgan, a “round-head” (Parliamentary forces) leader (lives in Ruperra castle) welcomes Charles II back to England. Colonel Thomas Morgan then defeats the royalist forces in the “Battle of Stow-on-the Wold” in the First Civil War of England. In 1721 David Morgan is born. In the new United States of American, Morgan Morgan is the first white settler in West Virginia. In 1735 Colonel Zackquille Morgan is born by Nancy Paxton and Morgan Morgan. Zackquille founds Morgantown, West Virginia (home of thespian Don Knotts, renowned for playing the role of Deputy Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith” tele-vision show and later appeared on the show “Three’s Company” and in sundry Disney motion-pictures, such as “The Apple Dumpling Gang”). Zackquille Morgan then marries Drusilla Springer, relative of the family that started Delaware. George Washington met Zackquille Morgan in West Virginia. The great-grand-child of Zackquille Morgan is Francis Harrison Pierpont, governor of West Virgina in 1863 and is a friend of Abraham Lincoln. James Pierpont Morgan (J.P. Morgan) is a famous banker/financier. In 1736 Daniel Morgan is born. In 1748 Justin Morgan breeds and creates the “Morgan Horse”. In 1758 Thomas Morgan of Morgantown, Pennsylvania and family are slaughtered by a Native America attack. In 1763 the Treaty of Paris settles the owner-ship of land contested between Native Americans and English and French settlers, opening the way to establish forts in the area of what is now the State of West Virginia: Fort Pierpont in 1769, Fort Coburn in 1770, and Fort Morgan (started by Zackquille Morgan) in 1772 (that becomes Morgan’s Town, then Morgantown). The Virginia Assembly chartered the land in 1785, with Zackquille purchasing the first lot. The earliest structure still-extant in Morgantown is “the Old Stone House” (from before 1813) on Chestnut Street. In 1774 William Morgan while writing an expose of Freemasonry vanishes! In 1776 Daniel Morgan is a soldier in the American Revoulution, as is David Morgan and Colonel Morgan Morgan, who was in the battle of Bunker Hill. Sarah Morgan is the mother of Daniel Boone. Caroline Morgan is born in West Virginia about 1857 and marries George W. Simpson and gives birth to Milton Vernon Simpson on July 11, 1876 and Thomas Simpson in 1878. Douglas Simpson, great-grand-child of George W. Simpson (and father of Amriel Douglas Simpson) recalls as a child seeing a photo-graph of the Morgan family home/plantation? in West Virginia, an opulent estate with a stunning amount of “colored servants” and vast sprawling tracts of land. The 1880 Census of Allegheny, Pennsylvania shows a house-hold in the city of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania headed by George W. Simpson (32 years young). “Carrie” (Caroline Morgan Simpson) Simpson is listed as “keeping home” and having two children, Milton Vernon Simpson (5 years young), and Thomas Simpson (2 years young), both listed as “at home”.
Milton Vernon Simpson marries Emily Jacobine Jeurgens (of Texas) in Ontario, Canada on February 4, 1913. This is according to government records anyway, but interestingly, Emily’s August 5th, 1980 news-paper obituary-article lists her and Milton getting married in Mexico City. Milton is listed as a sales-agent of a glass-factory (Anchor Hocking) by trade (in the 1930 census), as well as being a veteran of the armed-services. Anchor Hocking has factories in both Pittsburg, Pennsylvania (where the Simpson family lived through-out the 1800s), and Columbus, Ohio (where the family moved to and where Donald Stuart Simpson [senior] was born). From www.Amazon.com about the Anchor Hocking glass corporation: “Born on the banks of Ohio's Hocking River in 1905, the Hocking Glass Company turned innovative thinking into glassmaking wizardry. By the 1920s, the small glass company had revolutionized tableware production--instead of making one drinking glass per minute, their new machine could press out 35. When the Great Depression hit, Hocking knew that volume was key and designed a machine that could make 90 molded parts per minute. Glass tumblers could be sold two for a nickel, half their previous price, and the company stayed solvent. In 1937 Hocking merged with Anchor Cap and Closure to become the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation, and today the company is a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid.” It is possible Milton Simpson sold glasses (“tumblers”) to restaurants (in the booming Southern California/Los Angeles area, as a representative from the Anchor Hocking head-quarters in Columbus, Ohio), arranging such as clients for mass restaurant-supply purchases, or maybe even sold glass-ware to distributors for sales to (department stores for) individual homes. Emily Jeurgens was born in the State of Texas (in Weimar [incorporated in 1875 in Colorado county between San Antonio and Houston, Weimar is named after (for) the German city of Weimar, and is famous for Kaspar’s sausage. Weimar peaked in population around 2400 people in 1976 and has declined to a population of around 2000 people after-ward]) on March 19, 1893 and is the child of Emil Jeurgens and Christina Merkel (“of Alsace parentage” [Alsace is one of the smallest regions of France, but one also of the most populous. Alsace is named for the German phrase for “seated upon the hill”]), both Emil and Christina are born in Germany; who moved to the United States of America to “escape Prussian oppression.” Prussia is a land split between Poland and Germany in the 1400s, became part of the Deutsches Reich (the First Reich) in World War I, and was abolished by the Nazis in World War II. Interestingly, after World War I, Prussia became part of the Weimar Republic (Weimar is the same place that the Texan town [their child Emily was born in] is named for.) Christina’s father is a Methodist minister who had two elder siblings, Christine and Bertha. Christina’s father also wrote for German language news-papers and taught the German language in schools. Emil and Christina moved from San Antonio into Mexico; first in Chihuahua, then Aguascalientes (“hot waters”), then Guanajuato, that features silver-mines (in the Sierra Nevada mountains). Emily as a teen-ager rode horse-back in the hills and served as a tour-guide to United States of American tourists in the famous mummy tombs of Guanajuato. From www.wikipedia.com about the Guanajuato mummies: “The Mummies of Guanajuato are a number of naturally mummified bodies interred during a cholera outbreak around Guanajuato, Mexico in 1833. These mummies were discovered in a cemetery located in Guanajuato, which has made the city one of the biggest tourist attractions in Mexico. All of these mummies were disinterred between 1865 and 1958, when the law required relatives to pay a tax in order to keep the bodies in the cemetery. If the relatives could not pay this tax, they would lose the right to the burial place, and the dead bodies were disinterred. Ninety percent of the bodies in the cemetery were disinterred because their relatives did not pay the tax. However, only 2% of them were naturally mummified. The mummified bodies were stored in a building and in the 1900s the mummies began attracting tourists. Cemetery workers began charging people a few pesos to enter the building where bones and mummies were stored. Because of the large tourist appeal, this place was turned into a museum called El Museo De Las Momias, The Mummies' Museum. A law prohibiting the disinterring of more mummies was passed in 1958, but this museum still exhibits the original mummies.” There is a story by famous science fiction author Ray Bradbury in the compilation “The October Country,” called “The Next in Line,” about a couple who visits the site. It is strongly suggested that readers procure a copy of “The October Country” by Ray Bradbury and read the short-story “The Next in Line” (don’t worry, it is short!) to get an idea of the phenomena from a tourists’ perspective that Emily performed the duty of serving as tour-guide/translator for. When Emily was 17 she ran a store for General Electric, selling motors and electrical supplies to farmers. Milton Simpson and Emily Jeurgens greeted and were married quickly. Both moved to Detroit, Michigan. Milton and Emily give birth to Milton V. Simpson (called Vernon Simpson) in 1913 in the State of Michigan, then move to the State of California where Jeanette M. Simpson is born in 1915, and Frances F. Simpson (whom Douglas and Donald called “Aunt Frances”) in 1918. Donald Stuart Simpson is born in 1922 in the State of Ohio, in the town of Lancaster, then the family moves back to (Los Angeles,) California by 1930, living on Ocean View Avenue, where the 1930 census shows the family living. Emily is known as “Millie” and “Emilita” to friends and spoke fluent Spanish. Emily’s children are Vernon Simpson, Jeanette Redwen, Frances (Simpson) Ream, and Donald Stuart Simpson. Emily’s grand-children are Claudia Fahringer, Mel Simpson (who gives birth with spouse to Michael Simpson and Geoffrey Simpson), Julie Malley, Darryl Redwen, Gary Redwen, Barbara Hefner, Joan Eckert, Alan Grafton, Donald Simpson II (Jr.), and Douglas Steven Simpson. Milton greets Jesus on March 30th, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. Emily greets Jesus on August 5, 1980 in Los Angeles, California.
Donald Stuart Simpson is born on July 28th 1921 in Lancaster, Ohio. Donald’s father Milton sold glass as an agent for the Anchor Hocking glass corporation and the family soon moved from the company head-quarters in Lancaster, Ohio to Los Angeles, California after Donald’s birth, where Milton continued to sell glass for Anchor Hocking. As a child, Donald was strongly interested in magic tricks, both learning and performing them. Donald also from an early age had a strong interest in photo-graphy, that would last Donald’s entire life time. Donald was also early on interested in electronics (electronics and building radios was a burgeoning new hobby for countless individuals in 1930s United States life), and worked at a radio repair shop in Santa Monica, California as a teen-ager. Donald attends high school at Venice High School. Donald’s sibling Vernon was very interested in typography and printing, and later in life owned a business: “Vernon Simpson, typographer” and did the printing for a Frank Zappa album: “One Size Fits All” and is credited on the album cover. Donald’s father Milton greeted Jesus in 1940, when Donald was only 19, so Milton was never familiar to the family born after 1940 (the grand-children of Milton, Donald Jr. and Douglas). When World War II began, Donald was in the United States Army and attained the rank of PFC (Private First Class) in a tank division stationed in Belgium, during the European Nazi occupation of the early to mid 1940s. One can imagine Donald in the military life; rising early each day, as the dawn paints the horizon of the land-scape with yellow colors and pink clouds chasing away the blue of the night, and performing countless physical-training and marching drills, standing at attention and being inspected by sergeants day after day all during the war. Classes of instruction and educational training were necessary as well, and it is believed Donald learned even more about electronics with military training during the war. There is some notable irony that Donald, of (Irish and) German (on mother Emily Jeurgens Simpson’s side) ancestry would be fighting the Germans (ancestors). After World War II, Donald Simpson returns to the United States and develops an interest in swing and “big band” music, liking particularly Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and collects numerous 78 RPM record albums of such, as well as other swing/big band artists/musicians. It is during the war that Donald first greeted June Nagel, perhaps at a dance, and found June had a similar interest in the same music and both found they owned many of the same 78 RPM record-albums. Both were married around 1945 (at the end of World War II) and gave birth to their first child of the “Baby Boom” (children born right after World War II ends), Donald Stuart Simpson, Jr. (“Donnie”) on August 7th, 1946. The family, consisting of Donald Sr., June Simpson, and “Donnie” lived in a rented room in back of the house of Emily Simpson on Ocean View avenue in Los Angeles, California, then moved to the town of Whittier, California where second-child Douglas Steven Simpson is born on October 17th, 1951.
June Simpson was born June Laura Nagel on June 16th, 1924 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the child of Chester Nagel and mom? Bolzenthal. June’s mom died when June was very young, and had possibly a challenged or strained relationship with her new step-mom, Alma; and thus, spent a lot of time as a youth on the Bolzenthal farm (of June’s grand-parents, parents of her natural birth mother “grand-ma and grand-pa Bolzenthal”) in Wisconsin and enjoyed the farm-life very much. Cows were raised as well as crops, and there was something about farm life in general that June always found good and honest and satisfying. June would talk often later in life of growing-up a girl on a farm in Wisconsin to her grand-children, and had always only good things to say of this experience. In 1930, the United States census shows June and Chester living in Manitowoc, Wisconsin with Chester’s second wife Alma J Nagel and with roomer Truman Helwig, who is the same age (30) as Chester.
Chester Nagel is the child of William Nagel. William Nagel is born in Denmark in 1868. William immigrated from Denmark to the United States of America in 1892. Chester was born on August 28th, 1899 in Wisconsin, and the family lived at the address 423 Washington Street in Winnebago. William’s wife (Chester’s mother) Carrie Nagel (also born in 1868) died when Chester was very very young, and it is notable that Chester and child June have this (birth mother dying when very young) in common. The 1900 United States census shows William Nagel (44) as head of house-hold in Winnebago, Wisconsin living with wife Carrie (44), and children Ida (16), Emil (13), Weggo (8) (pronounced “we go”), Oscar (7), Arthur (5), Emma (2) and Chester (7 months). William (52) and children Ida (25), Oscar (17), Arthur (15), Emma (11), and Chester (10) are shown in the 1910 United States census as living “widowed” in the Neenah Ward 2 district of Winnebago, Wisconsin. In 1917-1918 United States military records show Chester Nagel working at Bergstrom paper company and having been drafted and serving in World War I. Chester is listed as being in “perfect” health. After World War I, Chester married ? Bolzenthal and gave birth to first child June Laura Nagel on June 16th, 1924. The 1930 census shows Chester Nagel as head-of house-hold in Manitowoc, Wisconsin with (second) wife Alma J. Nagel and child June (and roomer Truman Helwig). The family moved to Santa Monica, California where June attends high school at Santa Monica High School and greets and marries Donald Simpson. Chester was active in mechanics, being both a Dodge auto-mobile mechanic, and a machinist at an avaiation plant (Boeing) in California. For a time, Chester had a job as a termite exterminator. Chester also painted beautiful canvases in oil, including haunting land-scapes. Amriel can re-call as a child visiting Chester’s home in Escondido, and seeing the art studio in a room on the back of the house, filled with unfinished canvases and brushes and tube of paint, and smelling of oil paint and possibly solvents. Chester also had a machinist work-shop built in back of the home. Chester played guitar and even made guitars and a violin! Chester always had lots of musical instruments around the house, such as a saxophone, guitars, and maracas. Chester received a social security number 392-03-8421 in 1951 and lived in Escondido, San Diego, California and greeted Jesus in September 1985.
Donald Simpson and June Nagel both worked at the same company: “North American Aviation” in California. June was a higher level secretary and Donald was an electrical engineer, designing electrical circuitry for the aviation plant. Both were married in 1945 and gave birth to Donald Jr. and (after moving to Whittier in 1950) Douglas Steven Simpson. At the Whittier, California home, Donald and June Simpson collected 78 rpm records of swing and big band music and had many parties with numerous friends and acquaintances all throughout their life; parties consisting of music, and individuals socializing and drinking alcoholic beverages. Friends also played games involving playing-cards. A cat named “Panther” lived in the Whittier home. Donald developed a strong interest in motion picture photography and filmed the family and other events early on, and even purchased original motion pictures in 35 mm film format to be shown in their homes (including Walt Disney films, such as “Song of the South”). In 1955 Donald bought a brand-new 1955 Lincoln auto-mobile right off the lot. The Lincoln was yellow. The same year, Donald purchased an expensive 1955/6 Austin Healy sports-car and Donald and June joined the Long Beach, California MG club (a society for Southern California enthusiasts of MG and other sports-cars). The Austin Healy auto-mobile was painted from white to yellow, and black and white stripes were added. Donald and June also participated in numerous “rallies”, events where persons/teams in sports-cars were part of events kind of akin to “scavenger hunts.” In the events, June was the driver of the Austin Healy while Donald navigated. Driver teams would navigate from a starting point and teams were timed to various locations in the Southern California area and given clues that were purposefully tricky and required intelligence to figure out to the next locations. Those receiving the highest scores would receive a trophy at the end of the rally. Donald served as trophy chair-person for the Long Beach MG club rallies, and in Donald and June’s run at participating in these rallies, amassed enough trophies themselves to fill numerous shelves in the cellar of their Anaheim home. Donald would procure the trophies from Southern California trophy shops and have them engraved for the winners of the events, and then present them at rallies and races. One race event was filmed (by Donald) with a motion picture camera that had Jayne Mansfield and Paul Newman (famous motion-picture thespians). Donald, June, Donald Jr., and Doug moved to Anaheim, California in 1961, in order for the family to be closer to the North American Aviation company. The home, on Romneya drive, was originally bordered by a high-way, that became a free-way over-pass. The MG club rallies and events and parties continued at the Anaheim home, and much effort was put into making the home nice, including new carpeting and furniture/lamps. June enjoyed painting canvases in oil paints, just like her dad, and some of the paintings, such as one particularly striking masterpiece representing a tree, hung on the walls of the Anaheim home. Children Donald and Douglas would later marry in the early 1970s and visit Donald and June’s Anaheim home often with their children (Donald and June’s grand-children [Amriel] Douglas Simpson, Ian Simpson, Donovan Simpson, and Sean Simpson). June tried growing nice dichondra grass and was frustrated by sundry gophers from the near-by field under the free-way over-pass who dug holes to live in in the nice grass. From www.wikipedia.com about dichondra: “Dichondra micrantha was very popular in southern California in the 1950s and 1960s as a grass substitute for lawns. Each "grass" leaf consists of a stem with a nearly circular or kidney-shaped horizontal leaf top, between 8-25 mm in diameter with a 20-35 mm petiole. A healthy lawn consisting entirely of Dichondra is fairly difficult to start, grow and maintain. In some places in the United States Dichondra is considered a weed.” Cats Tuffy and Ding a Ling (“Ding”) lived in the home also. Donald is remembered as always fixing things and working on projects. The cellar of the Anaheim home had trophy cases, full of trophies from rallies, and a pool table. In the 1970s, June Simpson gained an interest in CB (citizen’s band) radios, using one in her kitchen to communicate to spouse Donald during Donald’s free-way trips to and from work at Rockwell corporation, where Donald designed electrical circuitry. June used the “handle” “Huggy Bear” and Donald was “Rainbow Z” after a rainbow “Datsun” decal on their Datsun 240Z auto-mobile. Donald would also later own a Datsun 280Z and later a Datsun 280ZX auto-mobiles. The families visited a lot and Douglas and wife Christine and children (Amriel) Doug and Ian even lived there for a very short time (two weeks?) in 1977 after selling a condominium in San Juan Capistrano, California before moving to the state of Oregon.
Donald Stuart Simpson, Jr. is born August 7th 1946 in Los Angeles, California. The family moves to Whittier soon after and sibling Douglas Steven Simpson is born on October 17th, 1951. Donald (“Donnie”) attends college during the Vietnam War, and graduates from Cal-State in Long Beach, California in 1969. Donnie was in the Peace Corps in 1970 and 1971 teaching Industrial Arts in East Malaysia (North Borneo). In 1973 while working at Beckman Instruments Donnie greets Elise Simpson in Yosemite while camping. Donnie and Elise are married in 1974 at Eisenhower Park in Orange, California. In February, 1975 Donovan Simpson is born and Sean Simpson is born in April, 1976. The Simpsons lived in Brea in 1975 then moved to Yorba Linda in 1976. Later, a home was purchased in Orange, California, then a larger one in 1986. Don has been a Mechanical Engineer at Beckman Instruments, FileNet Corporation, QSC Audio, and Intralase (bought by AMO, then AMO bought by Abbott). Elise got her Science Education degree from Cal-State Fullerton college in 1985 and has since taught Science at Brea High School (for one year) then at Esperanza High School for 25 years. Donovan and Sean both graduated from Orange High School. Sean played varsity basketball for three years. Donovan Simpson married Zaira Simpson in 1998 and have two daughters, Izzabella and Aeva. Sean married Donna in 1997 (since divorced) and have a child, Cameron Simpson.
Douglas Steven Simpson remembers well the home at 1220 Putnam Street in Whittier, California in the early 1950s to be “the best place and the best time to ever grow up in.” People wore their hair slicked with grease like “hoods” and the new rock ‘n roll music is what was popular (Elvis and Buddy Holly). Doug and elder sibling Donnie would walk to a near-by store that had a soda pop machine out front. A popular thing for children was to go to a near-by park especially in the summer time, where adults had booths of crafts for the children to create things. One item Doug made at this park is a woven roller skate key necklace. Doug and Donnie made one of the first skate-boards in this time period, by nailing the two ends of roller skates onto a 2 * 4 board. I am told the metal wheels showed no mercy when hitting even the smallest of pebbles, causing the skate-board pilot to fall off promptly! Doug’s first record album ever owned is “A Date With Elvis”. Doug attended Laurel Elementary school for kindergarten, then Mulberry Elementary school. The Simpson family had a black & white tele-vision set that Donald constructed from parts, even making the cabinet. Shows watched in the early 1950s included Howdy Doody, Popeye, and Felix the Cat. The family visited Disneyland near to when it first opened and would continue visiting the near-by theme park over the years. In 1960 the family moved to Anaheim, California into a new home (on Romneya Drive) that I am told Donald got a “deal” on because just after construction it was broken into by a vandal (and because it was near a highway that over the years became a free-way). Doug attended 4th grade at McFadden Elementary school in Placentia, California on LaJolla (pronounced “La Hoya”) street. One of the things Doug noticed about Anaheim was a significant Hispanic population not present in Whittier at that time. Doug graduated to Kramer Intermediate School (“Junior High”) for 7th and 8th grade. One of Doug’s interests was building model cars, such as hot rods (converted 1932 Fords), and newer cars. Companies Doug built model cars of include AMT and Revell. Doug enjoyed building them with glue and then painting them with miniature cans of spray paint, and then applying decals. Donnie and Doug even customized the bath-room of the home on Romneya drive with decals, the toilet having applied decals saying “the gasser” and “the blob” with an arrow pointing into the toilet bowl! There were a pair of eyes and the bath-room heater had flame decals decorating the sides of it! Doug read Mad magazines and comic books like Dennis the Menace, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge (drawn by comic legend and Grants Pass, Oregon resident Carl Barks). From 5th grade to 8th grade Doug played the trumpet. McFadden had no band, but Doug played and marched for the Kramer school band. Concerts were also played, attended by parents and family. Towards the end of 8th grade Doug and two of the other trumpet players developed an interest in guitars after a wave of exciting new surf music hit the scene (following a popularity of “folk music” just previous). Doug’s first guitar was purchased by Donald in Tijuana, Mexico, and it was an acoustic guitar whose hollow body was used to smuggle cherry bomb M-80 firecrackers across the border into the United States! Doug’s first electric guitar was a no brand name model purchased at either Gemco or White Front stores that was a “sun-burst” model made in Japan. Doug’s first band was “The Revellions” a surf music band. Doug’s amplifier was also made by Donald from parts laying around. Doug’s second guitar was a Japan made “Saint George” guitar. Donnie got a set of drums also made by Saint George, and soon learned to play. Doug’s third guitar was a Fender Stratocaster originally “surf green” was painted candy apple red by Donald. Doug attended high school at Valencia high school in Placentia, California and Doug and Donnie soon formed a band together, called “Those Guys,” who did cover versions of songs by the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Animals, and the Beatles. A black musician who worked with Donald and similar friend joined up with Doug for a group called “Brotherly Love” who did soul music with a horn section! The family vacations included Carson City, Nevada and Bryce National Park in Utah, but mostly would revolve around the auto clubs Donald and June belonged-to. The auto clubs staged events in the desert at Hisperia for instance, and the family would stay at a hotel with a swimming pool, and Doug enjoyed hanging out and swimming. June had a friend across the street named Carol who also had a swimming pool. High school kids in Orange County liked to hang out in the sundry orange groves that proliferated in that area (giving it its name!) One day, Doug was riding a Honda 350 Scrambler motor-cycle, painted candy apple metallic flake orange, cruising around the vicinity of Eisenhower park and chose to park and sit on a hill for a while and look at girls. Christine Beltz approached with a dog she was attempting to give away and Doug was not interested in the dog, but was interested in Chris and got her tele-phone number. Chris had been working at a hotel (Saga?) across the street from Disneyland. After graduating from high school, Chris rented an apartment on Ball road and Doug soon moved in. Near Disneyland, the apartment did not have modern garages that locked and Doug’s new Triumph motor-cycle (co-signed by Chris’ mom Beverly Beltz) was stolen from the apartment complex! Luckily, Los Angeles police soon found it in Torrance, California. Doug also drove a 1967 Mustang GT with a “390”. In the early 1970s Doug and Donnie played in another band called “Perfectly Clear” (named for a Richard Nixon quote) that played cover songs, including “Superstitious” by Stevie Wonder. Douglas Steven Simpson marries Christine Rose Beltz in 1970 and (after moving to a duplex in Santa Ana, California) on July, 18th 1971 at Santa Ana Hospital in Santa Ana, California gives birth to Douglas Steven Simpson, Jr. (who becomes Amriel Simpson on August 15, 2003 at the Deschutes County court-house, with-out a lawyer [having self-filed the papers with help from friend Richard Lilke]). Ian Levi Simpson is born on August 27th, 1974, also at Santa Ana Hospital.
The story of Christine Beltz can be traced as far back as in Sweden in the 1800s when her great-grandmother Bertha Bolin was born on September 10th, 1883 in Gateburg Sweden. Bertha would marry Joseph Bartosch, who was born on September 17th 1880, and is from Austrian and German parentage. Joseph Bartosch’s father is also Joseph (F.) Bartosch, born in Germany in 1837. Bertha has a sibling, Mary Bartosch. The 1900 Census of Milwaukee, Wisconsin shows Joseph (father of Bertha’s spouse) as head of house-hold with spouse Annie Bartosch, with children Joseph E. Bartosch and Julia Bartosch. Bertha Bolin lived in Gateburg, Sweden then moved in 1904 to New York, then to Golden, Colorado, where she met and married Joseph E. Bartosch. Joseph and Bertha gave birth to May Bartosch in 1911 and Neva Bartosch in 1912. Rose Bartosch (“Mimi”) was born in 1913, Ella Bartosch was born in 1917 and Joseph Bartosch (III) born in 1918. Bertha was given a Social Security number 521-72-4196 in 1965, and died in Golden, Colorado on May 15th, 1968. Rose Magdeleine Bartosch (“Mimi”) was born on August 12, 1913, in and who grew up in Colorado and married Harold Andrew Johnson (also of Swedish parentage) born July 3rd, 1910 in Illinois. The 1920 Census of Highland Boulder, Colorado shows Harold is the child of JM Johnson, born 1879 in Sweden. Harold’s mother, (also born in Sweden) died during child-birth when Harold was born in Illinois. An elder sibling of Harold Johnson is Paul Johnson, born in 1907. Rose and Harold had a child, Beverly Johnson, born January 17th, 1933 in Denver, Colorado. Harold worked for 30 years at the Coors brewery (as a construction fore-person) in Golden, Colorado; and sadly, is believed to have been alcoholic. After Harold committed suicide in 1952, Rose moved (back) to Southern California. Rose was given a Social Security number 562-14-2464 in California in 1951. Rose met Marshall (“Mike”) Reaser while working at a dentist office in Alhambra, California. Marshall was visiting often to have dental work done. Mike’s family, mother Minnie Reaser and Marshall, came on a wagon train to Grants Pass, Oregon and was stoutly Seventh Day Adventist and the family was soon converted (and moved to Los Angeles). Rose married Marshall “Mike” Reaser and Rose and “Mike” later moved to Northern California (Bishop). When Rose retired in 1956, she began painting canvases in oil of beautiful land-scapes, including the mountains of Oregon. Later, Rose moved to Anaheim, California, where she died on March 8th, 1993. Mike Reaser invented the “Ty-Rite fish-hook holder” and Mike Reaser’s sister, Ethel Reaser Edwards (married Charles Edwards), is the mother of actress Penny Edwards (born Millicent Maxine Edwards, on August 24th, 1928 in New York City), most famous for being in five Roy Rogers motion pictures (“Spoilers of the Plains,” “Trail of Robin Hood,” “Heart of the Rockies,” “In Amarillo,” and “Utah Wagon Train”) in 1951 when Dale Evans was pregnant. Beverly Johnson lived in Colorado, then the family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1938, to be closer to “Aunt Neva”. Beverly is close in age to child actress Shirley Temple and Beverly has a Shirley Temple doll, and Rose often did Beverly’s hair in the Shirley Temple “ringlets” style. Beverly spent most of her child-hood living in foster homes and with her Aunt Neva, though it is not understood why. Beverly’s step-dad “Mike” (Reaser) was a fire-fighter and owned a private air-plane and air-field. Beverly did attend Markeppel High School in Monterey Park, California. Beverly met Kenneth Keeler when it was suggested by her best friend Amelia Carrangela (who now lives in Florida), who is a neighbor of Kenneth. Beverly also greeted Donald Beltz at the Alhambra church about this time. When Beverly married Kenneth Keeler, Donald Beltz was in attendance at the wedding (who then-moved to Texas). Kenneth Keeler is the child of Genevieve Owens, born in 1916 and shown in the 1930 census as living with the family of Ruben Thompson and Grace Thompson in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Thompsons also had children, Mary L. Thompson and Reba M. Thompson. Genevieve moved from Oklahoma to Colorado and married and gave birth to Kenneth Owen Keeler on May 8th, 1928 in Los Angeles, California. Beverly Johnson and Kenneth Keeler were married in Los Angeles and gave birth to Christine Rose Keeler on December 9th, 1951. Beverly and Christine traveled by train to greet Beverly’s father Harold Johnson in Golden, Colorado. On the train trip, Christine was almost kid-napped! (stolen!) Harold died soon after, of a self-inflicted gun-shot wound in the parking-lot of the Coors Brewing company in Golden, Colorado. Beverly divorced Kenneth Keeler and Ken lived in Washoe, Nevada (getting a Social Security number 572-26-2466 [in 1951]) until greeting Jesus on August 27th, 1991. Beverly and Christine were living with Rose and Mike Reaser after Beverly’s divorce from Ken Keeler at a home on 4th ST. in Culver City, California. Beverly’s friends tele-phoned Donald Beltz and told of her divorce and Beverly and Christine moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where Beverly married Donald Beltz. Christine remembers visiting the beach often in Texas, and one-time falling into an ant hill of red ants! The family lived in Texas for two years, then returned to Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley); then moved to Boulder Colorado, where Donald Beltz’s mother Lillie Beltz lived. The couple and child Christine lived in Lillie Beltz’s sprawling one-acre property with large four bedroom home with wrap-around covered veranda and cellar then moved to their own home in Boulder. The family then moved to Loma Linda, California (the place in the United States where people live the longest [a “blue zone”]) and gave birth to Valerie Beltz, Laura Beltz, Donald Beltz, Jr., Edward Beltz, and Carolyn (“Kelly”) Beltz. The family often traveled by station wagon, to most of the National Parks, including Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Red Rocks, Colorado, and Mount Rushmore. The family moved to Fullerton, then Yorba Linda, California. Donald Beltz received a medical degree from the Seventh Day Adventist college in Alhambra, California and Donald Beltz was an XRAY technician (breast specialist); and worked in hospitals and Emergency Rooms both as an XRAY technician and a nurse. Donald has a sibling Melvin Beltz, and Donald Beltz is the only father Christine ever knew. Donald also played the violin. Beverly worked as a school bus driver and greeted Ken Johnson while at a donut shop that was a stop for the drivers. Ken was in the United States Navy for 34 years, being a radar operator for the P-3 air-planes. Beverly and Ken Johnson were married in the 1970s, Beverly’s new married-name giving her her maiden name back! Ken later worked for CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) and was a fan of John Wayne movies.
As a young child growing up in 1950s Southern California, Christine remembers most, having a baton (and practicing on the front lawn) and roller skating. Most girls had “clip-on” roller skates and wore a skate key to tighten them over their shoes on a shoe-lace about their necks. The Beltz family did regularly attend Seventh Day Adventist church services. In the 1960s, when the Beatles became popular, Christine and sisters would spend their 5 cents milk money on Beatles trading cards, that were thrown away after the church spoke out against the Beatles. Christine remembers watching the Ed Sullivan show the first time the Beatles were on. Christine spent the summer of 1964 in Bishop, California with grand-parents “Mimi” and “Mike”. Christine went to high school for her first three years at Newbury Park boarding school (where she experienced frightening supernatural occurrences, involving other students playing with a Ouija board and unexplained phenomena [doors opening and closing by themselves, other]), then graduated in her senior year (in 1970) from Orangewood Academy (in Garden Grove, California). Christine Beltz greeted Douglas Simpson at Eisenhower Park in California one day just after receiving her driver’s license. Christine was allowed to drive the Beltz family station wagon to Eisenhower Park with all the siblings (Beltz children) and a dog Christine was trying to give away. Doug was sitting on a hill and was not interested in the dog, but was interested in Christine. Valerie watched the other kids while Chris and Doug talked. Christine liked Doug’s long hair and gave her tele-phone number and the couple would soon greet on the Beltz family front lawn (as long haired hippies were not allowed in the home). Christine was only allowed 5 minutes tele-phone time before Donald would hang-up the phone! The couple were married and moved to Santa Ana, California with cats “Peyote” (“Poty”) and “Phineas”. Douglas and Christine gave birth to Douglas (Amriel) Steven Simpson (Jr.) on July 18th, 1971, and Ian Levi Simpson on August 27th, 1974. The couple moved to Oregon in 1978 and Doug worked in Boise Cascade mill (“pulling green-chain”) and as an auto mechanic at Medford Foreign Car Service (later “Specialized Foreign Auto”). Christine worked at Kmart in Medford, then at Providence Hospital as a dietician’s assistant/manager. Christine loves to travel and loves the beach and Christine and Doug visited Colombia, South America in the 1980s with friend and co-worker of Christine, Gloria.
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