On Sept. 21 I said goodbye to my house. It had been my home for the past 45 years or so. It was built during the late 1940s and was home for my parents, Joseph and Juanita (Goff) Cole, as well as my brother Don and older brother James F. (Fred) Cole.
It was my home from the beginning, being brought home from the hospital after being born along with my twin brother, Don, in 1953. I grew up with my family just a stone's throw from my grandparents James C. and Vivian Cole and I visited them often throughout my early life. Whether it be for Christmas Eve or Easter, I was usually there.
My home was also a working ranch and at one time had cattle, milk cows, fruit trees, pigs and horses, to name a few. We grew alfalfa, cotton, grain and produce. When we stopped farming in the 1970s the land was rented out but our family still remained at our home.