A Dunton Family Tradition Since 1996
|Volume VI Issue 3||Summer 2001
Now in the 6th Year
Eastern Shore Duntons
A son was born on April 25th to Tom Gombos and Valerie Dunton-Gombos at the Leheigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania.
Source: "The Morning Call"
Paul Jackson, Jr., (Great-great grandson of Norman Jason Dunton) is currently in Marine basic training in San Diego, CA. He will serve in the Marine Corps Reserves while in college (beginning this fall) and attend Platoon Leaders Class in Quantico, VA during summers until graduation; thereby earning an officer's commission. He then will serve as an active Marine. Paul hopes to complete four to six years' service in the Marine Corps, then make application to the FBI Academy.
Submitted by Paul Jackson, Sr.
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"Life On The Farm"
|Here on the farm we
have been dealing with an interesting spring. We welcomed in some
beautiful and hot weather, got a lot planted and then it dropped 30
degrees. Nothing lost but it sure confuses plants!
Part of my quest for knowledge when I began researching my ancestry in the early 1980s was to get a glimpse into what life was really like. What did they experience every day? I started reading history books, old diaries, documenting family stories, and fleshing out the skeleton of my genealogy. This provided small peeks and some understanding.
It was not until we bought the farm in 1988 that we began to appreciate the agrarian lifestyle of our ancestors.
Life is more basic . . . more real.
We are tied to the cycles of our environment. Like the previous generations, spring is filled with necessary tasks - cutting firewood, planting crops, and generally waking up after winter has taken its toll on fences and facilities. This cycle now continues into the summer with weeding, nurturing, and enjoying all of nature that has come alive.
Farm life is definitely hard. Like life
with a corporate job in the city, there is a lot of planning involved,
schedules to make, and deadlines to meet. If you miss a planting date,
the chance is lost for another year. We are at the mercy of the
weather, of disease and pest populations, and even more controllable events
like the chickens getting into the garden and eating all of the emerging
There is stress but I find it more manageable than the stress associated with that experienced while working as an employee. I attribute this to the fact that we are empowered and responsible for many more aspects of life. There is no HR department, no executive decisions that we find ignorant or self-motivated, or conflicts of philosophical views. Life is simpler with our business integrated with the rest of our life.
Life is more basic . . . more real . . . and I appreciate what our ancestors lived through to get us where we are.
Have a great summer and do keep mailing in your family updates.
Mike Dunton - 6/21/01
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