at 1034 N. Alamo Street, where I could do my own cooking & washing. Before we had left the hotel, Quintin Binder came from Camp Swift near Austin to visit us over Sat night and Sunday. We went to the Alamo and out to Duncan field, also to the “Buckhorn” which he enjoyed very much.Pg. 75— Grandma’s Day Journal– My Hunter Family Collection
I found a photo of what 1034 N. Alamo street looks like now. And although it doesn’t have a 1942 era building, there is a new studio apartment located there. So as much as things change, they still seem to stay the same.
Also tucked away on page 97 was this flower that most likely was special to Inez. Makes me think of a lily….but I’m not the best at dried flower knowledge. I’m just pleased it has survived all these years to share here. Heartwarming.
For the sake of family history, Quintin Binder and Glenn were good, life-long friends. So the rolling out of the red carpet, so to speak, was the way when Quintin came to San Antonio.
Camp Swift was a pretty new training center for Quintin. It didn’t begin construction until 1941 so he had some modern amenities for the times. It seems that the camp only lasted the duration of WWII and was broken off in sorts to make use of all the land it contained. I found this information:
Like so many other military sites after World War II, Camp Swift was returned to the former owners of the land. In 1945, soldiers were shipped back home, and Camp Swift was declared a military excess site. However, the government still owned 11,700 acres to use as a military reserve. Today, this land houses parts of the Texas National Guard, University of Cancer Research Center and a federal prison. In the 1970s, Camp Swift also became the site for environmental-impact studies and new development plans to mine multiple lignite deposits that were lying beneath the camp’s foundation. From:https://tmd.texas.gov/camp-swift
Citation for Photo:
[Ariel view of Camp Swift including Headquarters, Post Finance Office, U. S. Post Office and north cantonment area], photograph, 1942/1945; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth124749/: accessed March 22, 2023), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
Until today, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d finish today’s post. This is the last Day Journal entry for Inez. It won’t be the last of her clippings section but I will sure miss ‘hearing her voice’ in the writing. I do want to say to future journal writers that however insignificant you may think your thoughts are in writing, the impact of them on future generations may be much more valuable than you can ever imagine. Many of my family members have reached out to tell me how they dearly love reading Grandma’s entries. I have enjoyed sharing them just as much!
I want to send out a little shout-out to Jessica at Jeweled Again By Jessica. She recently purchased from my Etsy shop and I wanted to tell her thank you as well as encourage her opening her own shop. She has had some setbacks of late and I like to think of those things as the Set Up. Obstacles give us the time to prepare for the unanticipated bumps in the road. So best of luck to her and here’s a 15 second clip of her recent purchase.