thoughts and wishes for my grandchildren

The picture of a tow truck shown above is one of my prized possessions. My grandson Garrett made it for me when he was a small child. The “GPM” pattern in the background stands for Grandpa Marton. Tom was blessed with two wonderful children, my grandchildren, Garrett and Sadie. Garrett inherited his father’s fine intelligence and […]

tommy’s great aunts gertrude and vivian

My dad Phil Marton had two sisters, my aunts Gertrude and Vivian. (Vivian was Phil’s half sister, the daughter of my Grandma Hattie and my dad’s step father Ernie Voigt). I don’t have a picture of Aunt Vivian at present, but here is one of Aunt Gertrude: Tommy never had the opportunity to meet his […]

lonesome moonlight waltz

Another of my favorite tunes that Tom played on his fiddle was “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz”, written by Bill Monroe.  This was one of the tunes that Tom taped for his wedding in 1993, and which was played in the church as the guests arrived. Here’s a link to Tom’s version of this tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV4dmOkObZ8 When […]

maps of san pedro visit

I’m posting a few maps here to illustrate some of the places I went with my brothers, Tommy’s uncles Fred and Billy, during our recent visit in Los Angeles. These streets and landmarks have special meaning to all of us (including Tommy) because we spent so much time as children in these places. The first […]

photos of san pedro

I’m including here a few additional photos of San Pedro and the places I visited recently with my brothers Fred and Billy. Here is a photo that Fred took of the Korean friendship bell above Point Fermin: The view of the harbor, Catalina Island, and the sea beyond is magnificent from the hill on which […]

family reunion in los angeles

I just returned from a reunion with my two brothers, Tommy’s uncles, in Los Angeles. The three of us hadn’t seen each other in years, although we talk on the phone frequently.  My older brother, Fred, flew out from Maryland for the visit, and I drove down from my home in Oregon. Billy lives in […]