Velma Owen and Frodo

Janie Haskett emailed a lot of family members this picture and said, “The attached picture was taken around 1987 or 1988 at the little house I rented in Charleston.  Typical Mom with her gown, housecoat and stockings.  Only thing missing is the blue hairnet.  She liked my dog, Frodo, and they both look pretty comfortable.”

Mom and Frodo

Velma (Heltsley) Owen

A photo I inherited from Mamaw Owen: Here is a picture of Mamaw Owen (Velma Owen).


Janie (Owen) Haskett school picture

A photo I inherited from Mamaw Owen: A youthful picture of Aunt Janie.


Alma Susan (Owen) Swart school picture

Susie hates this picture, so don’t remind her of it. I like it because I inherited it from Mamaw Owen.


Backyard Gathering, Middletown Kentucky Owen House

Backyard Gathering, Middletown Kentucky Owen House, Summer 1965

L-to-R Kenneth Rush. He was Joyce’s first husband (Joyce is not in the picture but Joyce is Roy’s daughter). Next is my Dad’s Uncle Roy holding Kenny (Joyce’s son), then me pushing my cousin Duane Taylor (Harold Taylor’s son) in a toy car, then my Dad’s Uncle Marshall, then Harold Taylor. The picture was made in the backyard of my Grandparents’ house at Middletown Kentucky.


L-to-R Amy, Sarah, then Rebecca (Sarah’s daughter). The picture was made in the backyard of my Grandparents’ house at Middletown Kentucky.


L-to-R Sitting-Irving (my Dad’s Dad) loading his Graphic camera, the one where you slide film into the back one film at a time. The thing folds up. Standing-Marshall (Irving’s brother), next not sure yet, then Randy (Sarah’s son), then Roy (Irving’s brother), then Sarah (Marshall’s wife), then Sada (Clyde’s wife & Ruth’s Mom). Sada’s home was Columbus, Ky. She and Roy’s wife were high school friends there. The picture was made in the backyard of my Grandparents’ house at Middletown Kentucky, possibly in the Summer of 1965 (my guess) along with the previous two pictures.


4 youthful pictures of Louis

Some photos I inherited from Mamaw Owen: Youthful pictures of Dad.





Edwina Boucher

Janie (Owen) Haskett says (Aug. 26, 2010), “When I was just a few months old, Mom and Dad moved to Bowling Green so Dad could preside at Kerr Memorial Methodist Church. I guess your Dad was already in the service or something, because he didn’t live there in the parsonage across the street. Ed and Cullie Tanksley, and their daughter, Edwina, went to our church. Edwina had a beauty salon in their house. They had a chihuahua named Tricksy. They babysat me a lot. When my family, LD, Peg and baby Amy went on vacation to Washington DC, I stayed with the Tanksleys because I had the mumps or measles or something. They were just like grandparents to me. When Edwina married, I was her reluctant flower girl. I wouldn’t go out because the groom wasn’t out there yet and I wasn’t going to start without him. So I ended up walking down the aisle with Edwina holding her hand. I spent many nights at her house with her and her husband, John. We moved away just a few years later when I was five. It broke my heart to be leaving them. But we remained close friends throughout our lives. When Mom and Dad retired to Bowling Green, Edwina and John were still there. And Tank, as we affectionately called Edwina’s father, was still there too. John and Edwina were never able to have children of their own and adopted two, a boy and a girl a few years later. Edwina was plagued with poor health for many, many years. John always took very good care of her. John died in 2006 and Edwina ended up in Rosewood Healthcare in Bowling Green. Her daughter, Liz, and her two daughters were living with Edwina and John when he died and still live in the house. John was in the hospital for a month before he died and he knew Liz couldn’t give Edwina the care she needed and made the arrangements with Rosewood. When I see you, remind me to tell you the story of the year Edwina almost died during our family reunion. Anyway, Edwina does remarkably well at Rosewood. She says she has no choice. Her hands are so crippled, she can barely hold a glass. She has very little company, and when Jim and I are in Kentucky we always go visit her. She would love to see my siblings but they don’t visit her. There are not a lot of people you can call truly loyal friends. But Edwina and John were mine. If I had called them from West Virginia or New York and said come get me, they would have found a way. Edwina has a board on her wall in the little room she has half of. The board holds pictures of her parents, children and grandchildren. It will hold this new picture too. She has always referred to me as her “first child.” And I know this picture will bring her lots of wonderful memories of her dear friend, Velma, and her first child.”

L-to-R Janie (Owen) Haskett, Edwina, Velma Owen, Amy (Owen) O’Brien


5 Irving Owen pictures

5 Irving Owen pictures

Here is Papaw Owen (Irving Owen) at Middletown, Kentucky.


Another picture of Irving Owen, father of Louis Owen


A photo I inherited from Mamaw Owen: Here is Papaw Owen (Irving Owen) walking with someone. Dad doesn’t know who he’s walking with or where they are.


A photo I inherited from Mamaw Owen: Here is a picture of Papaw Owen (Irving Owen).


A photo I inherited from Mamaw Owen: Here is a picture of Papaw Owen (Irving Owen), Dad says about this picture, “He never had a church with “Street” in the name as shown on the bulletin board It must be one he visited.”


Heltsley brothers

L-to-R R.T. Brown, a cousin, Hugh Heltsley, Wilson Heltsley


Group picture Sept 1957

Group picture Sept 1957. There are written descriptions on the back. See the scan of that also.

STANDING L-to-R Ted (Onies brother), Grace (Ted’s daughter), little boy below Grace is her son, Louis doesn’t know his name. Louis says he later became a doctor, Kathy, Irving, Velma, Wilson Heltsley holding me (David Owen), Paul Richmond (Ted’s son) and Duncan Richmond (Ted’s nephew)
SEATED L-to-R Duncan’s daughter (Louis doesn’t know her name), Alma Susan, Peggy Owen, next person (Probably Duncans wife), Grace Marie (no doubt Graces daughter), Louis Owen

Louis says, “The picture was made at a place where my grandparents moved to in Russelville after leaving Lewisburg before moving to Hopkinsville Street. This was on Lewisburg Road I think they called it. They didn’t live here long before getting the double so Lou and Lizzy could move in with them.”



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