by Gordon Buttars
Volume 1 – Geannie is a look back at his early life between 1898 and 1926. He grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, next door to Geannie, the love of his life, who was born on the same day. Growing up, they were playmates, buddies, and best friends. Then one day, he discovered that she was a young woman and they were sweethearts ever after. Both Curly and Geannie grew up in religious homes, which established a pattern of living for the rest of their lives. More than anything else, Curly wanted to fly and become a pilot. To accomplish his goal, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle and attended the United States Naval Academy.|
After he graduated and received his commission in the United States Navy and she had graduated from Hollins College with a teaching certificate, they were married on their twenty-third birthdays. Rather than begin their lives together, he departed on a nine month round the world cruise with his ship. Even after he returned, she remained in Roanoke where she taught school while he was stationed 250 miles away in Norfolk, Virginia.
After two years of sea duty, he was accepted into flight school and they moved to Pensacola, Florida where they learned to live together and started a family, where their daughter Sandy was born. Once he received his wings, the real adventure began when they moved clear across the country to San Diego, California where he was assigned to a squadron stationed at North Island Naval Air Station.
As Curly and Geannie settled in to living in Southern California, they explored their new surroundings, including a trip to Ensenada, Mexico. Together they faced the challenges that were put before them and grew from them. It was while living there that they established life-long friendships with Shorty and Wilma Sharp, Freddy and Susan McGowan, who Curly flew with, and particularly Ramona North and Harvey Morrison. Ramona especially was to become an integral part of their lives.
Volume 1 culminates with a harrowing experience that Geannie had to go through and how she came to forgive the perpetrator.
|Chapter I||Flying High||December 7, 1898 – June 9, 1917||Page 1|
|Chapter II||The Academy & Hollins||June 10, 1917 – June 30, 1921||Page 21|
|Chapter III||Wedding Bells||July 1, 1921 – January 2, 1922||Page 39|
|Chapter IV||Newlyweds||January 6, 1922 – November 1, 1923||Page 55|
|Chapter V||Living Together||November 1, 1923 – May 15, 1294||Page 67|
|Chapter VI||Gold Wings & Pink Booties||May 28, 1924 – November 4, 1924||Page 81|
|Chapter VII||Pushing the Limits||November 4, 1924 – June 20, 1925||Page 95|
|Chapter VIII||Exploring Southern California||June 21, 1925 – November 20, 1925||Page 107|
|Chapter IX||Madam Stella's Fashion Boutique||November 21, 1925 – December 25, 1925||Page 121|
|Chapter X||Growing Pains||January 10, 1926 – March 20, 1926||Page 133|
|Chapter XI||War Games||March 21, 1926 – June 30, 1926||Page 145|
|Chapter XII||Rendezvous in San Francisco||June 30, 1926 – July 19, 1926||Page 155|
|Chapter XIII||The Heroine of Coronado||July 6, 1926 – July 19, 1926||Page 167|
|Chapter XIV||Forgiveness||July 19, 1926 – July 25, 1926||Page 179|
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