32,850 days give or take a few, that is how long Jason’s grandparents have been alive. And even more incredible is that they have been married about 25,550 of those days. Russell and Ruth Day are celebrating their 90th birthdays and 70th anniversary this weekend with all the family that is able to gather with them in Oregon. My husband is flying out but I will be staying home with the kids. I have been contemplating their legacy.
Russ and Ruth are part of the “greatest generation”:
“Every generation has its share of men who fully live the art of manliness. But there may never have been a generation when the ratio of honorable men to slackers was higher than the one born between 1914 and 1929. These were the men that grew up during the Great Depression. They’re the men who went off to fight in the Big One. And they’re the men who came home from that war and built the nations of the Western world into economic powerhouses. They knew the meaning of sacrifice, both in terms of material possessions and of real blood, sweat, and tears. They were humble men who never bragged about what they had done or been through. They were loyal, patriotic, and level-headed. They were our Greatest Generation. “http://artofmanliness.com/2009/04/30/7-lessons-in-manliness-from-the-greatest-generation (I would say men and women as the women in this generation were pretty strong as well)
Jason’s grandparent’s were there for him and his mom when she was
trying to raise him as a single mom. They have always been his strongest role models. They believe in working hard and being careful with your money. Two things that Jason definitely learned from them.
Russell is a Pearl Harbor Survivor and served in the Navy throughout WWII. And it turns out that there has been a Day ancestor fighting in about every American conflict prior to WWII. His dad, Doyle, fought in WWI. His great grandpa, another Russell, fought in the Civil War. His 4th great-grandfather, Daniel Day, was a Revolutionary War Soldier and his 5th great grandpa, Captain Benjamin Day fought in the French and Indian War. His 8th great grandpa, Robert Day, immigrated to America on the Bark “Elizabeth” in 1634 landing in Massachusetts but in 1635 he went with Thomas Hooker into the Wilderness of what would become Connecticut. Robert Day’s name is inscribed on the Adventurer’s Boulder in Hartford, Connecticut. Russell comes from a long line of Adventurer’s, soldiers, and Russells. And I believe he carries forth that tradition to the next generation.
Ruth Buchanan Day’s, paternal ancestors came to California, via Canada, from County Argyle, Ireland. Her mom’s side came to California from the midwest. And I even found an Oklahoma connection. Her great grandfather, John Sylvanus Fore, who lived previously in Brown County, Illinois was living in Payne County, Oklahoma in the 1900 census. Probably trying to get some land run land. In 1910 he was back in Brown County, Illinois but by 1920 he had moved to Sonoma, California. I’d say, Ruth herself comes from a long line of hard working adventurer’s.