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The Grahams’ of Cochran County – Chapter 41

You can see from this picture that crossing the International Date Line has some significance.   In sailors lingo, the Golden Dragon  is ruler of the 180 degree Meridian.  You jump ahead a day when you are going west and lose a day when you are coming east.image_557428155969771 How this paper has survived seventy years is remarkable.  This issue of “The Crow’s Nest” was published on May 6, 1948 with this certificate of election into this exclusive club of those who get to cross the International Date Line.

There is another honor that one gets when you cross the Equator.  Johnnie and I both crossed the Equator when we went on a mission trip many years after 1948.  One was when we went to Kenya and the other when we went to Ecuador.  I have digressed from my story on arriving in Korea.  There are other things that I should mention about the Grahams’ of Cochran County while I am in the mode of telling things in a chronological order.  We have Marguerite, George and Leola married off.  This was all while I was living in Morton.  Flora Katherine married Wilburn Charles (Babe) Vanlandingham on September 26, 1947.  Babe and Katie continued to live in Morton and Cochran County, Texas for many more years.  They had two boys and one girl while living in Morton.  Don and Dick both graduated from Morton High School.  Vicki was disabled from birth and not able to attend public school, but was a major part of the family structure.

image_557432058877559A quote from “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  The ride on the ship was long and boring as mentioned previously.  It did help to visit the ships library and find some useful quotes to go along with pictures I was taking. image_557433961050882A peaceful landing at Inchon Harbor in 1948.The Han Gang River in Korea - 1948

We then crossed the Han Gang River to enter Seoul.  The was 1948 – pre-Korean War.  Somehow I have misplaced the author of this quote.  I will add it later as I look through my files.

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  1. After reading about these milestones, I can tell you probably relate to your aunt Zelma’s excitement more than I could. Do you remember the story about a fellow passenger “seeing the equator?”

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