No one ever told me what happened regarding you & Johnnie other that he "disappeared". I guess they thought I was too young or something. I just remember liking both of you very much.
I did not even know that Ray was Jackie's son until she died and Ray called me. He said something to the effect that Jackie may have been his birth mom, but mom (Ida) was his real mom. I asked him what he meant. He just assumed that I knew. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Certain aspects of that part of both the Hader & Redmon families drive me nuts sometimes. There were lot's of things I only ever knew fragments of. Oh, well....I guess it just happens that way sometimes. I guess it's why I do not feel real close even to Dad.
John Redmon's death occured in Kingman, Az. Did you check records there? Julia died in either Twin Falls, ID or Jerome, ID. Ida died in Hendersonville, Sumner County, TN. I know nothing about any great-grandparents in John's or Julia's side. I do know that there were also some original settler Mormons in the family. Grandma told me about them in 1984. Their surnames were Meeks and Meachem and we actually found their pictures in the Pioneer museum in Salt Lake City in 1990 when we were there. I have not done any further research on them.
Jane and Julie were still in the Twin Falls area the last I heard. Ray might know for sure. I only ever hear from them when they need money. They never write or anything.
Mike (or Mick as some people still call me and I don't mind. Actually, I sometimes wish I had kept the nickname, lol).