My Hometown: Burley Idaho

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AuthorHouse, Nov 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 108 pages
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PREFACE I have been blessed with a very wonderful and uncomplicated childhood. My parents and family members were normal, my schooling was the best, and the people whom I associated with during those years were the best. I had role models and they shaped not only the course that our little farm town was taking but the course that I was also taking. I have so many memories of growing up and lucky for me my mind still can recall most of them. Perhaps some of my spelling is in error and the names of some of the spouses may be fuzzy. I want the reader to go back with me to those simple times when all seemed so easy. Revisit some of the stores in their grandeur. Now, many are absent and more and more empty rooms with paper covered glass windows are all that remain. Times change and cities change. But not so their soul and heart. I have tried to include as many names as I can recall in hopes that some will return back in time to recount some of their special memories. I am sure that they do exist. I have touched on some political concerns of mine and hope that they are taken in the light of good humor which I intended. For the new people, I hope that they can return to the early days and appreciate more and more of our little town. Some folks will be left out and yet in my heart and mind they are still there. The literary style, if there is any, is bouncy but that is the way my mind works. Pulitzer can't be right all of the time. (Oh my, was there a Pulitzer living in Burley that I forgot?) I have purposely omitted many people who might be nearer my age and generation. These people count but I wanted to speak to those early days in Burley Idaho population then 6000-8000.

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Robert Bailey Lee Carmody spent his entire growing up period in Burley with his family on both sides who were solid Burley. Early he became acquainted with many of the then city fathers who became icons for him while growing up in Burley. A grandfather Thomas Bailey Lee senior became a Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court. His fathers were involved in World War II; one, captured on the island of Wake remaining as prisoner until the war ended.  The other served in the army in Europe. He was raised both by his loving mother Rita and her parents Ella and Robert Pence.  It was a great time to be alive and the memories are still very clear in his mind of the town, the people, and the events. Burley has always had a warm fuzzy part in his heart and was the greatest place to have grown up until finally saying good-bye in nineteen fifty six following graduation from the then new Burley High School.  After spending two years at the University of Idaho, he went to Northwestern University Dental School in Chicago.  Upon graduation, he spent five years with the United States Navy.  California called and he moved to the Golden State where most of the crazies reside and where he currently resides.  He has flown his own private aircraft, hiked all over the Sierra Nevada, sails on his boat “Jack Russell” when not astride his Harley Davidson, and lives above the mountains of Santa Barbara, California.

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