Peggy and I traveled to Ventura, CA on Friday the 13th (!) to represent the Ohio (and Tennessee) Dugans at the 90th birthday celebration
for Wayne and Martha Dugan. Except for the bad traffic on the 405 leaving LAX airport, there was no bad luck and we had a very enjoyable
time seeing family we hadn't seen for many years. Also, Dale McCormick convinced Gene and Margaret McCormick to fly from Ohio to
Oakland where they embarked on a tour of California for a week before arriving in Ventura. Wayne and Gene are 1st cousins. We tried to
talk Dad (Frank Dugan) into going but were unsuccessful. Along with the McCormicks, we surprised Wayne and Martha at a dinner at Dan
and Judy's house in Ventura. We arrived fashionably late due to the traffic.
My thanks to Glenda (and Bob?) for making a wonderful strawberry-rhubarb cobbler. That's my favorite birthday treat, too. Peggy makes it for me every year, as my mother did before her. It's probably a June thing since my birthday was the prior week. Our thanks also to Craig, Dan and Judy for also being terrific hosts and keeping the secret of our arrival.
On Saturday, we attended the birthday celebration at the place where Wayne and Martha now live. Their whole family was there except for the great-grandchildren who stayed in Seattle. Afterwards, we toured around Ventura and had dinner with the McCormicks at their hotel before departing for Tennessee early the next morning. At 5 AM on a Sunday morning there is no traffic on the 405 to LAX!
Enjoy the photos!
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Martha and Wayne at Dan and Judy's for dinner Friday night before the main celebration
Judy, Glenda with Linda McCormick
Bob and Peggy share a laugh
Dale and Linda McCormick
Peggy leading the conversation around the table.
Dan, Judy, and Craig
Peggy relaxin in the hotel before the party on Saturday.
Judy and Glenda greeting guests and directing them to parking spaces.
This is the main building at the place where Wayne and Martha live.
Wayne and Martha greeting arrivals at the party
Peggy, Wayne, Roger, and Martha
Peggy and Meighan meet again. That's little Josh in the background. Glenda to the left
Margaret and Gene McCormick
Craig with Dale McCormick
The lady on the right was Margaret Broedel Dugan's roommate in Columbus. They lived for years in Binghamton, NY and retired to Ventura where they joined the same church as Wayne and Martha. Small world.
Emcee Craig ..
Dan making a point or two.
The Sweet Adelines entertained
Comparing grandchildren and children
Bob, Craig, and Dan
Cousins Gene McCormick and Wayne Dugan
View of the room.
Only 2 candles?
Still got some wind ...
Peggy and Linda
The whole family
The California branch of the Dugans
Cousins Gene and Wayne with spouses.
Cousins, uncles, and nephews. Gene and Wayne are 1st cousins (their mothers were sisters). Dale is Gene's nephew; Roger is Wayne's nephew.
Entire family that came for the celebration: Meighan Dugan Zimmerman (front, kneeling). 1st Row: Judy Dugan, Margaret McCormick, Martha Dugan, Bob Dugan. 2nd Row: Linda McCormick, Gene McCormick, Roger Dugan, Wayne Dugan. Back Row: Dale McCormick, Josh Dugan, Peggy Dugan, Dan Dugan, Craig Dugan, Glenda Dugan.
Another photo of the cousins and spouses.
Wayne leading a tour
Statue in the yard
Meighan and Martha Walking to Wayne and Martha's apt
Wayne and Dale enroute to the apartment
The out of town guests getting a tour of the apartment
Margaret in the piano room. We heard her playing and went to look.
Margaret doing a little playing
Wayne and Peggy share a laugh
Meighan and Martha
The famous Offord "haying" photo and the Dugan crest of arms
Outside the apartment
Peggy on the beach in Ventura. Yes, it was cold and windy
Dinner with the McCormicks Saturday nite.