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Granddad Rodkey’s Black Jack Gum September 10, 2006

Posted by hearhart in : Jay & Ruth Rodkey , 1 comment so far

Black Jack Gum 

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Black Jack Gum: A Longtime Favorite

Adam’s Black Jack gum has been a favorite of gum lovers for decades. In fact, Black Jack gum is one of the oldest chewing gums in America. Dating back to before the year 1900, inventor Thomas Adams used his patented gum-making machine to manufacture Black Jack Gum. By adding licorice flavor to his previously plain tasting chewing gum, Adams created and instant hit with Black Jack Gum. Black Jack Gum sold well right up to the 1970’s. Since then it has been available only on a limited basis every few years.

Black Jack Gum: That Familiar Licorice Taste

Black Jack Gum is a favorite among licorice lovers. Each stick of Black Jack Gum bursts with that pleasant and familiar licorice taste. Licorice lovers in the United States and abroad know that Black Jack Gum provides a lasting licorice taste that they have loved for decades.

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Ruth Rodkey’s Scrapbook August 7, 2006

Posted by hearhart in : Jay & Ruth Rodkey, john rodkey, willis rodkey, rodkey grandparents, anna may rodkey, Walter & Zelda , 1 comment so far

Grandma Ruth let me borrow the photo album that Grandma Rodkey assembled when she and Jay celebrated their 50th anniversary.  It has photos of their family as children and their family together.  

 Here are my favorite portraits:

John Rodkey

Bush / Rodkey family portrait

Art Bush, Twins Hilda & Wilda (left & far right), Zelda next to mother Anna May, Leonard, Wendell & Jay 

Sarah, Anna May, Leonard, & Leonard Jr.

Grandma Sarah Rachel Bish-Williams-Rodkey, Leonard, Leonard Jr., and Anna May

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View All of the Photos from Grandma Rodkey’s Scrapbook Here.  Please have patience while the page loads–there are a lot of photos.  To navigate: click a photo and use the arrow keys to view neighboring photos.

(The photos have also been uploaded to my yahoo photo album.)

Letters From The Past July 26, 2006

Posted by hearhart in : Jay & Ruth Rodkey, Watkins Grandparents, Watkins Great-Grandparents, McFiggen, Walter & Zelda , add a comment

Dad has letters from Grandma Rodkey and other, more distant, relatives that help shed some light on the past generations.  I’ve retyped the letters and put portions in the comment sections on applicable pages, but I realize there’s no substitute for the original.  Here are links to those letters in full…….

Ruth Rodkey: May 1977 Page 1
Ruth Rodkey: May 1977 Page 2

Ruth Rodkey: Jan 1981 Page 1
Ruth Rodkey: Jan 1981 Page 2

Phillip Arthur Watkins Family by Ruth Rodkey

Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 1
Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 2
Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 3
Aunt Zelda Rodkey Watkins: Oct 1977 Page 4

Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 1
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 2
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 3
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 4
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 5
Marion Townsend (Watkins Cousin): Oct 1977 Page 6

Elizabeth Doerr (McFiggen Cousin): Dec 1977

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