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Albert Maywood Courtright II

Reminiscences of Maywood Courtright

Webmaster's (and Grandson's) Note

This is very much a work in progress and indeed a huge undertaking to completely retype my grandfather's memoirs, not to mention scan the accompanying watercolors. I've left the text intact with the minor exception of making a few typo and spelling corrections. I've also included the watercolors within the text in roughly the same location my grandfather put them (albeit a bit smaller than the original). Also planned for this effort is PDF for download and "printer friendly" version for those who desire a physical copy.

A recent discovery, recent as I type this in October '07, has revealed that my Grandfather's writings continued nearly up until his death in 1984. So if I thought this was going to be a herculean task before, it's a ginormous one now!

If anyone has a copy of his memoirs along with some spare time, I'd be most grateful for the help! Any chapter that is currently blank remains to be typed up. Thank you in advance! :)

Mitch Courtright
November 27, 2001

Table of Contents

1. Webmaster's (and Grandson's) Note
2. Foreword
3. Reminiscences of Maywood Courtright
4. Grandma and Grandpa Courtright and Aunt Irene
5. My Early Years
6. Fuel and Light
7. My Egg Hatching Experiment
8. The House Where I Was Born
9. Our House Burns
10. Aunt Irene Marries
11. The Johnson House on South Williams Street
12. Getting Around Without Motorcars. Horses.
13. Ice - Winter Sports
14. The Saw Mill, Mill Pond and the Swimming Hole
15. The Boys In Our Gang
16. Uncles, Aunts and Cousins
17. Doings of the South-End Gang
18. Music
19. The Circus and Other Entertainment
20. The County Fair
21. Sports
22. Religious Revivals
23. The First Motor Cars
24. Our First Cars
25. Trip to Cecil for Jim Powell
26. Work
27. Grocery Clerk
28. High School
29. The Year Book (Annual)
30. Beginning of World War I
31. The Sugar Factory
32. Entertainment and Culture
33. Spring House Cleaning
34. Last Year in High School and Graduation (1916)
35. Going to Work - A False Start
36. General Electric's Apprentice School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana
37. Life in Ft. Wayne - 1916 to 1920
38. Raymond Comes to Ft. Wayne to Study at a Business College
39. The Theory of Evolution
40. I Start the Study of French
41. World War I - 1917 and 1918
42. I Enter the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
43. Summer Vacation - 1922
44. Graduation
45. Boat Excursion to Buffalo
46. Back to Ft. Wayne and General Electric
47. I Become a High School Teacher in Michigan
48. The Teacher's Picnic
49. Trip to the West Coast - Summer of 1924
50. The 1924-25 School Year
51. Trip to Québec - Summer of 1925
52. I Meet Yvonnette Côté (Yvette) and Her Sister Hélène
53. Winter of 1925 - 1926
54. Trip to Europe - Summer of 1926
55. On to Paris
56. On to Switzerland
57. Belgium and Holland
58. Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon
59. School Year 1926-1927
60. Yvette's Parents
61. I Decide to Remain a Teacher
62. I Get Interested in Music Theory
63. The Beginning of the Depression (1929)
64. Alan Arrives on the Scene, May 8, 1930
65. Albert Maywood / Skeezix / Alan
66. A New Music Director in the Heights. We Move East and North
67. Yvette Has Incipient T.B.
68. We Move Into a House on Baker Street
69. The Ceasars, Rambows and Willinghams
70. Saturday Classes in Kalamazoo
71. Our First Autombile
72. Camping in Michigan
73. First Trip Back to French Canada - 1932
74. Education
75. 1933. Election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt
76. We Move to Muskegon
77. Second Trip to Quebec, Summer of 1933
78. I Take Over the Heights Band and Orchestra, 1933
79. The May Festival
80. We Move Back to the Heights
81. Camping at Interlochen in Northern Michigan
82. I Learn to Play Oboe
83. Quartets and Other Musical Groups
84. Changes in the Symphony
85. We Buy Our First House for $2,500 and Remodel It
86. The Fourth of July Courtright Reunion - 1934
87. Our First Concrete Block House
88. Alan's Hearing Loss
89. Our Trip West in 1934 (1935?)
90. Recreation & Exploration
91. Long's Peak
92. Exploring by Car
93. We Leave Boulder and Head South and West
94. Mesa Verde National Park
95. On to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado
96. Moenkopi
97. Zion National Park, Las Vegas and Boulder (Hoover) Dam
98. Los Angeles and Hollywood
99. Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks
100. Yosemite National Park
101. Salt Lake City & Great Salt Lake
102. Yellowstone Park
103. The Road Home Thru Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan
104. Our First Trip to Mexico, 1940
105. Xochimlco
106. Yolande Gets Turista
107. China, Japan and Far East
108. Summer of 1941, Trois Pistoles with the Caesars
109. The United States is Drawn into the War
110. Yolande Graduates from High School
111. Our Mona Lake Property
112. A Year at Loose Ends
113. Toluca - Visit with Elisa Garcia and Her Family
114. Mexico City - Maria Christina Reyes - Back to Peoria
115. Our Winter in Peoria - 1945-6
116. Garage House on Forest Park Road
117. I Build a Concrete Dock on the Lake
118. My Brother John Kills Himself and His Family
119. 1946 and 1947 Living in the Country
120. Our Second House in the Country
121. René Robert - French Language Teacher
122. Jean Massot Comes from France to Live with Us
123. We Move Back to the Heights
124. Alan Changes Schools: Goes to Utah
125. The Man Who Lived By His Wits

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