Excerpts from
The Journals
of Virginia Hall Irby

Chapter 6, 1966 - 1979
First Draft Copy
Home Furnishings,
Accessories, Design,
& Sleep Shop
P.O.Box 637
122 N. Highway B-288
Clute, Brazoria County
Texas 77531


Lynch, Reding, Irby 3 Savanna Blue -
 C. L. Reding Two Rivers Poetry -
G. M. Irby published poetry -
M. Hunter Long Shadows -
Chapter 1 (1900-1929)
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Chapter 2  (1930-1940)
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Chapter 3  (1941-1945)
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Chapter 4  (1946-1957)
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Chapter 5  (1958-1965)
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Chapter 6  (1966-1979)
Virginia, 1939
Five-year-old Virginia, 1923
1966, September
At nightfall our bookkeeper called us from the beach and said there was an unusual phenomenon that we must see. We all went out to Surfside and saw a strange and magnificent fluorescence in the water — all of the water! As the waves splashed in with the tide, it was flooded with white fluorescent light and it showed on every whitecap as far out as you could see.
        We wadded in the water and every step sprinkled sparkles of light behind our feet. We felt like Peter Pan lighting up the sky with new stars. When we poured a bucket of the water onto the sand it sent out sparkles as it hit the ground. We brought several cups of seawater home with us and it also sparkled when we poured in on the cement floor of our garage.
        The next day there were no sparkles at all. We were told by someone else at the  beach that the phenomenon was plankton — a mass of small, drifting cells of life that live in large bodies of salt water. It usually consists mainly of protozoans that when activated in some way they emit a phosphorous glow like lightning bugs, except much smaller and more numerous.  
        Since that time I have talked to seamen that say it is very common in the open ocean to see the glow in the wake of the ship.
        I think a snowfall is a phenomenon! Also lightening and thunder! Tornadoes, too, ... the universe!

1966, Autumn
        We gave Keith the 1962 (+/-) red Rambler station wagon to take to Denton, Texas for his second year at North Texas State College. Two months after he was there, without us knowing it, he bought a red 1957 Chevrolet convertible and loaned the Rambler to another classmate who used it for a trip to Oklahoma. We were very upset about this when we found out after a "surprise" trip to Denton.
        Keith had used the money he had in his savings account. He had begun saving as a kid when the "tooth fairy" left dimes and quarters under his pillow, then through high school jobs and chores, money earned as a lifeguard, and money earned as a dance class musician. The Rambler was a very reliable car with good tires, good brakes, good roof, economical, and handy dandy for hauling trunks and college gear.  

1966, November 17
        Grandpa called at 4:30 A.M. and said that we should all go outside and see the wonderful meteor display that was unfolding. Irby, Glynn, and I went out and saw what was later described as absolutely the best meteor shower of this century.
       Meteors were constantly falling, sometimes three and four at a time. Patrick Mitchell, our neighbor, also came out too see the spectacle. The meteors were from the Leonid Meteor Shower from the asteroid belt of the Tempel-Tuttle comet which was first identified in the mid-1880’s. It was one of the most amazing nights I’ve ever seen, and later determined to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the Twentieth Century.

1966 - 1969
        I was on the Salvation Army Board of Directors for three years.

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        Customers at Irby's Home Furnishings have asked for the craziest things.
                - GERANIUM FURNITURE meaning Mediterranean Furniture
                - FLAT - FOAM RICKERS meaning platform rockers
                - SCONES or SCONSH meaning  sconces
                - MINOLEUM meaning linoleum
                - CABBAGE ROLL LEGS meaning cabriole legs

1966 - 1983
        We were members of the Community Concert Association. It brought about six concerts a year into our area. They were presented at the Brazosport Senior High Auditorium. It cost about $10 - 14 a year for all six concerts. They brought good programs of orchestras, singers, ballets, pianists, bands, etc., sometimes famous, always a good time to dress up and enjoy a really fine evening.
        Some of the performances over the years included:
                - Lili Kraus, piano
                - The New York Vocal Arts Ensemble
                - The Prague Chamber Orchestra
                - Canadian Opera Company singing "La Boheme"
                - The Czechoslovakian Folk Ballet
                - Ivan Davis, piano
                - Paul Lavalle, jazz group
                - The Norman Luboff Choir
                - Scotland on Parade Highland Dance and Music Group
                - James Dick, piano
                - Longstreth & Escosa, harpists
                - Ballet Folclorico National de Mexico
                - The Romeros, guitarists
                - The New York Brass Quintet
               - The Tamburitzans (music and dance of Bulgaria, Lithuania, Russia, etc.)

1967, July 07
During the spring and early summer we furnished and decorated a lovely big French Provincial home in Midland, Michigan for a client-friend of ours, Earl and Lucille Barnes. Then in mid summer we went on a trip to their home in Midland to do the final touches on the project. Irby, Glynn, and I all went together. While we were "out of pocket" we also rambled around the country a bit.  
        We rendezvoused in Joliet, Illinois for a visit with my brother, Major Earl Hall, and his family, who were living in Grand Forks, North Dakota but were also traveling across country. We also visited Nancy and Vick Webb in Battle Creek, Michigan, as well as taking a tour of the Kelloggs Plant there.
        We were robbed in Chicago and then were with Irby's sister, Motelle Griffith, in Detroit during the riots there. From their home you could see the black smoke of the hundreds of fires burning in the downtown area as well as the fire that was as close as one mile away from their suburban area.
       Later we followed French President DeGaulle into Montreal, Canada and rubbed elbows with internationals vacationing at the World’s Fair Expo '67 for three days.
        We had been told that northern people were rude, but we found them to be very helpful. As we drove into Montreal we pulled off the highway to spread open and study our map. A big commercial truck pulled off the road ahead of us. The driver approached us saying:
        "I notice, from your license plate, you are from Texas. May I help you find your way?" He then showed us the best way to a good camper park.
        Montreal opened it's doors for the world to come to Expo '67. We parked our camper, along with eight other campers, in Mr. Chase's small apple orchard. We rode a bus to and from the Expo '67 facilities. Mr. Chase chose himself to watch everybody's camper and it worked out real well.
        We boarded the late bus at 11:30 p.m. from the fair. When the driver learned where we wanted off he drove two and a half blocks out of the way to let us off at the little apple orchard. Mr. Chase was still checking cars.
        While at Expo I pinned to my shirt a 9" x 12" sign that said "Texas." One couple from Port Arthur stepped forward.
        Most of the countries of the fair erected buildings that were typical of their own land or of designs originating from their country. They displayed products, photographs, food, crafts, costumes, and music of their country.
        Kodak stood out in our minds as being revolutionary. It was so revolutionary it's hard to describe. We saw multiple movie screens, wrap-around movie screens, and circular projection rooms. It was the first time we saw IMAX where it looks so close and real it's like something is going to jump down your throat.
        After we left Montreal we went into the State of New York and camped in an overnight camper park  southeast of Lake Erie. The park provided wood for the outdoor grills but they had already delivered wood for the day. A neighboring camper knocked on our door. He had extra wood, so we could have a campfire. The man turned out to be one of the vice-presidents of General Electric.  
        Further along on the trip we walked the bobsled run at Lake Placid. Then went into New York City and saw some of the landmarks.
        We strolled down Atlantic City's famous boardwalk and rode the ferry across the Delaware Bay.
        We went to Washington D.C.
        We retraced some of our childhood trails in western North Carolina and revisited the chapel where we were married twenty six years earlier.
        After a browse in old New Orleans and a sample of their French coffee we returned home — eager to break loose again as soon as possible.

1968, January 12
        Glynn played Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" in an area advanced piano recital at the Presbyterian Church in Angleton, Texas.  
        Others playing the same night included: Charlie Hunt, Joyce Smith, Connie Marsh, Tony Barnard, Lynette English, Lucinda Venn, and Brenda Shiflett.

1968, July
        We had two expansion programs going at the same time this year. We added 540 square feet to our house on Elm Street in Clute, and we added 15,000 square feet to our furniture store on Highway 288. On June 20th we had a Brazosport Chamber of Commerce "Ribbon Cutting Ceremony" for Irby's Home Furnishings.
        The contractor that did the addition to the house was Albert Corley. The metal building addition to the store was built by Butler Buildings out of Rosenberg, Texas.  

1968, July
        Glynn was a delegate to the National Convention of Junior Achievement Associations (NAJAC) which was held on the campus of the University of Indiana in Bloomington, Indiana. He was sponsored by Nalco Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas.
        Other members that went with him that summer were Beverly Grisham and Donald Presley, both of Lake Jackson and good friends with Glynn.

1968, October - November
        I conducted a seminar and workshop on interior design at the Brazosport Community College this month. There were four units of the seminars, a finance section brought by Mr. Horn of the Brazosport Savings and Loan, an architecture section brought by two architects from Houston, a color section brought by a color specialist from Corpus Christi, and an interiors section that I led.

        Polyester jumpsuits, bellbottoms, platform heels, and long hair are popular.

1969, January 24
       Major Earl Richard Hall is now a pilot of a four engine jet KC-135 tanker aircraft used by the Strategic Air Command (SAC) to refuel combat planes while in aerial flight. Hall said he had flown about 80 refueling missions out of many bases in Southeast Asia, primarily from Okinawa and Thailand.  
        The giant tanker planes carry a load of 189,000 pounds of jet fuel — or about 29,000 gallons, using about 1,000 gallons an hour to fly. Earl Hall holds the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, and other decorations.  

1969, May
        Glynn Irby graduated from the Brazosport Senior High School.

1969, July
        Glynn and some of his friends, Ron Honea, Beverly Grisham, and Terry Wheeler watched the moon landing with us in our den.

1969, August
        Glynn said he wanted to work his way through college — that he might not make it all the way but he wanted to try. First Year: University of Houston, with several roommates he rented an apartment in Houston and came home frequently and worked at Irby's. In the second year: Brazosport college, lived at home.  
        Third and fourth years: University of Texas, Austin, rented apartments each semester, both alone and with roommates. Received his Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduation did further studies in architecture and design at the University of Houston. He also paid for his trips to Europe and went to a summer session at Edinburgh University, Scotland.

        Glynn is learning the classic guitar, playing the piano alot, and showing much interest in photography. His guitar instructor is Philip Cyr, and his piano/organ instructor is Charles Anthony Pessarra.
        For the next two years he is also the Youth Choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Freeport.

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        A little boy from the neighborhood said to me one day, "My grandmother is sixty four years old and she's not even DEAD yet!"

1970, August
        Glynn decided he would travel and see America. He wanted to hitchhike and cluster in the parks at night. Young people were changing and they were often looked at as "hippies." The guys grew long hair, left their shirttails out, cut off blue jeans, and wore sloppy clothes.  
        We suggested that he take a couple of guys with him and use our Ford pickup with the camper-cover on it.  
        Terry Wheeler, Jackie Kendall, and Glynn were on their way in a couple of days. The first time we heard from them they were in Toronto, Canada. They had seen a play called "Hair." At that time, because of nudity, it was outlawed in the USA. Glynn apparently missed the censored section because he was concentrating on the highlighted singer, clothed, while the naked dancers were performing in the less illuminated stage behind the singer. He is kidded about this until this day.
        Their next stop was at Niagara Falls. They arrived when the lights were turned on, as if the lights would improve the viewing. The moonlight would have been enough magic, and the SOUND was earth shaking. From there they trekked around in the states, visiting Sue Corbe in Cleveland, and then into the woods and mountains of Arkansas before returning home.

        Glynn was named "Outstanding Student" at Brazosport Junior College.  

1971, July 
        We were commissioned to do three big decorating jobs for the Dow Chemical Company. I took three briefcases to the market, one for their Administration Building lobby which was contemporary, one for their Fishing Lodge which was country, and one for their Executive Club which was traditional.

        The completion date for the Administration Building Lobby for Dow Chemical was November 19, 1971. All the original furnishings in the building (now over twenty years old) were from the Knoll International Furniture Company based in New York City and Grand Rapids, Michigan. I believe the interior design was originally directed by Florence Knoll herself, an internationally know designer. It was a great to be the second generation designer to work on it.

1971, September 10
        Glynn transferred from the Brazosport College to the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.  

1971, November 03
        While picking apples in an orchard near Canton, North Carolina my father, Emless Richard Hall, passed away suddenly of a heart attack. He was born in North Carolina on June 25, 1890 and was 81 years old at the time of his death.
        He is buried in the Lakewood Cemetery in Lake Jackson, Texas.
        He was survived by his daughter, Virginia Careen Hall Irby of Clute, Texas; his son, Earl Richard Hall of (at that time) Merced, California;
        He was also survived by three sisters; Miss Annie Hall, and Mrs. Shirley (Suzie) Beck of Sylva, North Carolina, and  Mrs. Violet Robbins of Comdiler, North Carolina. Three brothers, Lyndon Hall of Henderson, Texas, Mack Hall of Sylva, North Carolina, and Walter Hall of Franklin, North Carolina.
        His second wife Mabel Trull Cagle Hall.; Step daughter, Mrs. Martin Bazemore; Stepson, Henry B. Cagle of Brunswick, Ohio.

1971, December 19
        We completed the project for the Executive Club for Dow Chemical and the first banquet was held in the new and beautifully redecorated facility.

1971, December 20
        In the early morning before dawn after the first banquet was held at Dow Chemical's Executive Club, an electrical fire started and burned the new facility completely to the ground.

1971, December 21
        We had already begun redecorating the Fishing Lodge for Dow Chemical. After the fire at the Executive Club, it was necessary that we quickly complete this project so they could transfer planned banquets and season parties at the Lodge instead of the Club. We were doing the finishing touches as the guests began to arrive.

        DDT is banned.

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        It was one night when we worked until nearly midnight at the store. When we left I drove the car and Irby followed driving a pick-up truck. As we whipped into our driveway I screeched the brakes to a STOP just short of running over a man sleeping in our driveway. He sat up in the headlights and said;
        "Where in the world have you been?"
        I had never seen this man.
        We said, "Do you know where you are?"
        He said, "I've lived in Angleton all my life and built most of these houses around here." I could tell he was obviously intoxicated.  
        We asked, "Do you want us to call someone to come and pick you up?"
        He stood up, then walked down the street toward a neighboring house like he knew where he was going, went into the house, and there was no other commotion!

1972, March 02
        Quoted excerptes from a letter from me to my brother, Earl Hall and family:

        "We were in Dallas all of last week from early Sunday, February 20th until late Sunday, February 27th. It was a crushing week!! Dr. and Mrs. Patterson met us Monday at the Decorative Center to buy for their lovely new home in Lake Jackson ... Keith called us Friday night and told us he heard 'by the grapevine' that Mabel Hall had left for North Carolina on Thursday morning — like a thief in the night!! ... Mabel didn't say a word to any of us about leaving ...
        "She knew where we were and when we were expected back ... We tried to call her several times during the week before we left and had gone by nearly every night — went by twice the night before we left — but she was never at home. We knew she was still in town. Someone would tell us everyday about seeing her around. She left the keys (to the house) with Ozell Bass and told her to give them to us ... When I couldn't reach her by phone, or at home, I wrote notes telling her we had been by, hoping everything was fine, offering to help anytime, etc ...
        "Did we tell you that Raymond Greer bought the Jurgenson place and is extending his junk yard onto that property? George Bass (ex-councilman) says that should never have been allowed — that we should complain to the city hall!! ...
        "Besides this, we have some tremendous jobs that need to be done right now at the store ... Help in anything but clerical and delivery work is not to be found at any price!! As a matter of fact, it is hard to find any kind of help here now ... Local rug people are so overworked that they can't see straight! ... Others are not promising anything for three months because they are filled up ... I've been told that painters and paperhangers won't even answer the phone! A yard man isn't to be found!!"
                                                                Virginia Irby

1972, May - September
       Glynn went to Europe. He landed in Italy, then traveled northward and westward through Switzerland, Holland, Germany, and Denmark. Then he took a plane to Ireland and hitch-hiked from Dublin to Belfast, took a ferry to Scotland, and then went to the Edinburgh University for the summer before returning through France and Italy. 2

        Keith bought a nice little home on Magnolia Street in Lake Jackson.  
        He has enjoyed doing his own thing with the furnishings and decorating and has it looking great inside and outside. He even decorated his garage by painting a supergraphic on the walls, hanging plants from the ceiling, and parking a neat little green Porsche in the garage stall.

1973, August
        Glynn got his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
        His major was in History, with a particular emphasis on the History of Science and in Philosophy.

        John Henry Alston was a black man that worked with us for several years as a warehouse and delivery person. He and his wife became separated and she moved home to her mother and father. Her brothers would not allow John Henry to even come into their house.  
        He grieved and wanted forgiveness every day. When we saw how distracted both of them were, we invited them for dinner at our house to talk things over. We lit candles and played whispering music on the stereo and talked about pleasant things.
        After dinner we told them to go into the den and try to work things out. We would clean the kitchen (no automatic dishwashers yet.) Their shouts at each other soon ceased and they were "lovie" again.
        So far as I know they are still "lovie." It came to mind again what the Bible says, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." It takes time away from the television, the computer, entertainment, and travel.

1974, November 07
        United States Air Force Lt. Col. Earl Richard Hall was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross for aerial achievement in Southeast Asia. Earl earned the medal as an EC-47 pilot when he flew an extremely hazardous mission on 10 August 1973 through adverse weather and under constant threat of enemy attack in support of friendly ground forces.
        Earl Hall also received his fifth award of the Air Medal for sustained aerial flights during the period November 20, 1973  to April 9, 1974.

        Glynn took the camper truck on a trip with the intention of going to Washington State. He got as far as Wyoming and decided to stay for two weeks with Earl and Lucile Barnes, former president of Dow Chemical Company. Together they toured the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

1975, June
        One Sunday while we were at church and away from the house, our yard was destroyed by two neighborhood kids riding horses around and around on our property. It had been rainy and wet as we drove in from church we saw two boys on horses crossing the middle of our yard. We went across the property to see what kind of damage was done and saw that the ground was riddled with deep holes from the horse's hooves as if a stampede had crossed over it. We tracked down the boys who did it. They were twelve and fourteen years old and were very polite as we approached them. Their parents were not at home. The boys agreed to repair the yard when it dried out. A week later I called them and the mother answered the phone. She was very nice and had already told the boys the horses would be taken away unless they fixed our lawn. It took them three weeks to do it. I thought I had lost them but eleven years later the youngest boy married a girl in our church and he made himself known as "one of the boys who riddled your yard."
        (Note: See copy of the letter I sent them after they repaired the yard)

1976 +/-
        Buddy Scott came into the store one afternoon with a group of volunteers for building His Love Christian Center. They functioned in an old building with old hand-me-down furniture. God touched our hears for us to volunteer to give them a significant amount of new furniture, Their new building called for something more that hand-me-down furnishings.

1976, Summer
At the First Presbyterian Church we hired a young married couple to work with our youth during the summer. He and his wife played guitars and told the greatest story ever told with GUSTO. They decided that they would reach more kids if they had PBS (Patio Bible School). They would ask members to offer patios and they were "gung-ho" about getting the word around about the program.
        The DCE (Director of Christian Education) was at work! I began to duck out with such excuses as, "Our kids are grown up." "We don't have little ones any more." "We don't know the kids around here." "We go to church in Freeport and this is Clute." But the Lord had an answer to all of that.
        One day we had a load of garden dirt dumped on our yard. I didn't plan to spread it right away but I got a wheelbarrow and shovel and was filling a couple of holes in the yard. Two boys, each about 10 years old, stopped and wanted to help. I had one extra shovel and one boy went home and got another. Two other boys asked if they could help. Within minutes I had six guys, two girls, and two baby brothers with two sand buckets helping to move the dirt pile. They brought shovels and worked like beavers. I called a halt for them to have orange juice. They went back to the pile of dirt and did a beautiful job of spreading it.  
        When I paid them I asked "If I had a Patio Bible School for a week, how many of you would come?
        "It would be music, games, refreshments, and studying the Bible." "It would last about two hours a day for five days." Three definitely would come; two wondered what their mothers would say; one didn't know.
        I encouraged the kids to come to the Patio Bible School and told them that we were not trying to break up anybody's church. The Bible studies were the same as for your church. You may encourage kids to come that haven't heard the words of God. They might chose to go to your church.
        We decided to have the program and they all came. Our first day we had eleven kids. The last day we had nineteen.
        One boy, I have forgotten his name, distributed the notices around the community about the Patio Bible School. He placed one on every doorstep for two blocks in each direction. It stated, "If it's pouring the rain on that day, we'll have it in the house."
        Thirty minutes before the program started I had already made the cookies and was getting ready to fix frozen lemonade, a boy leaped in the back door and said, "My brother has cut his leg REAL BAD and my mother needs you to take him to the doctor RIGHT NOW!"
        I dropped everything, telling this boy, whom I barely knew, to host the program. "Here's the lemonade, here are the cookies, tell the Director of Christian Education that this is the right house, and do the best you can!" "I'M  GONE."
        We took the child to the doctor and left the other to start the PBS program without us. We came home from the doctor's office about two hours later. I saw the DCE's car in the driveway. I walked onto the enclosed porch and saw two umbrellas and several pairs of shoes.  
        I opened the front door and the guitars were playing and eleven kids were standing and playing out a Christian song:
                        HE WENT WALKING AND TALKING
                                AND PRAISING GOD
                        HE WENT WALKING AND TALKING
                                AND PRAISING GOD!!

        Another day I walked with the Lord. We didn't upset anybody's Sunday school and we had a great time!

1976, June
        Keith and Glynn were featured with eight other guys in the Brazosport Facts as "Most Eligible Bachelors."
        A girl at Texas A & M University read the article in the newspaper at her work in the Marine Biology Department in College Station, Texas. She was charmed by the article and made an appointment with Glynn to meet her on campus the following weekend, June 19, 1976. She said she would be the one wearing a pink hat. He went and met her as agreed, then together went to a party for the Marine Biology Department at Dr. Shakesshaft's home. He communicated with her a few times during the summer but eventually lost track of her.    

        Irby and I attended a birding and photography course at the Brazosport College. The instructor, John Tveton of Houston, encouraged us to start a local birding club and the community was ready for it. Irby, Glynn, and I then become charter members of the Brazosport Birders Group. We enjoy the back yard, our walks, and travels more than a little!  

1977, May
        I fell and busted my ankle in several places. I was in a cast for thirteen weeks.  
        While in a cast, Irby had surgery also, but with the help of the Good Lord and our many friends we weren't on the "Disabled Veterans" list for long.

1977, July
        Irby went into the hospital to have a rather large tumor removed. It turned out to be benign and he quickly recovered.

1977, December 20
        On our first Christmas Bird Count we were very fortunate to have in our small count group four of the best teachers: Noel Pettingill of Houston, Ted Eubanks of Houston, Dr. Dillard of Galveston, and for a while, Victor Emmanuel of Houston (and Austin).
        Most of the rainy day was spent around the marshes and under the brushes around the Rod and Gun Club north of Clute.

        We work six full days a week. We love our family,  church,  and community. We find time to grow a few flowers, attend a few concerts and art shows, entertain a few friends, count birds, and enjoy the blessed peace that FAITH, HOPE and LOVE   bring to us.

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        I designed a brochure for the Chamber of Commerce to be used to promote community awareness and local shopping.

1978, May
        Glynn was included in the 1978 volume of "Outstanding Young Men of America."
        Glynn in turn submitted the names of Waverly Jefferson and Yvonne Senturia as nominees for the next year.

1978, June - September
        Glynn took another trip to Europe. This time he traveled straight to Paris, then northward through Denmark and into Norway, then along the coast and fjords before taking a ferry 100 miles off the coast to an island. Then back to the mainland and down through Sweden, Germany, back to France, and then returned from England.  
        (See extensive notes on the trip elsewhere)

1978 - 1991
        Over the years I have given talks and seminars about interior design to dozens of clubs and associations. We have hundreds of beautiful photographic slides of interiors that Glynn and Irby have made for that purpose. I found that the slides took the focus off of me and onto the pictures, therefore making me personally more comfortable.
        As well as on decoration, we also have slides on church affairs, birds, our family and friends, scenes, and lots of places we have been. I was taught that visual aids enhances the program. We could show how we decorated rooms, how we chose the colors, and how and why it came out good.  
        We took programs to sororities, study groups, secretaries associations, garden clubs, nature clubs, churches, teachers.
        Some of our topics include:
                - "It Takes more Dash Than Cash"
                - "Decoration Is a Way of Life"
                - "Basic Elements of Decorating"
                - "Decorating With Plants & Flower”
                - "What Is Traditional"
                - "New Trends in Home Furnishings"
                - "Interior Design for the Career Woman"
                - "Furniture Arrangement"
                - "Accessories"
                - "Dual-Purpose Furniture for Small Spaces"
                - "Natures Treasures"
                - "Structures"

        On several occasions the Brazosport Independent School District bussed homemaking class students and woodworking shop students to the store to hear our demonstrations on furniture styles and construction. Irby described to the woodworking shop students the NUTS & BOLTS of the furniture business.
        We also gave programs to many other groups such as:
                - sororities
                - study clubs
                - secretaries organizations
                - garden clubs
                - nature clubs
                - teacher organizations
                - church groups

1979, February 27
        I had brain surgery and my left inner ear was removed. I have slight facial paralysis. Glynn says this will be hardly noticeable if I don't smile any more than the "Mona Lisa."

1979, December 01
        Keith Odell Irby married Michelle Pieratt, a registered pharmacist, originally from Houston and Brenham, Texas. They were married on a stormy Sunday in Brenham. The storm knocked the lights out at the church during part of the ceremony, which made the candles look particularly effective. They went to Acapulco, Mexico for their honeymoon, staying at the Las Brisas Hotel.

“Meteors were
constantly falling,
sometimes three
and four
at a time.”
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Lynch, Reding, Irby 3 Savanna Blue -
 C. L. Reding Two Rivers Poetry -
G. M. Irby published poetry -
M. Hunter Long Shadows -
Chapter 1 (1900-1929)
            photo page 1
Chapter 2  (1930-1940)
            photo page 2
Chapter 3  (1941-1945)
            photo page 3
Chapter 4  (1946-1957)
            photo page 4
Chapter 5  (1958-1965)
            photo page 5
Chapter 6  (1966-1979)