Tales of Dad's Tools

Tools that were hanging in my dad's tool shed reflect the history he lived through. I followed his footsteps and researched current events around each one of those tools and found some interesting incidents that occurred. Although I can't account for his involvement in these events, I do know he was there at those times.

When you see these ICON markers at the top of the page, they identify significant events that occurred during my father's stay within that year and location.

Cane Cutter
Hanapepe Massacre - Kauai, Hawaii 1924

Asparagus Knife
Watsonville Riots - Central California 1930

Army Issue Bolo
California Filipino Regiments - WW2 1942

Grape Cutter Knife
Delano Grape Strike - Central California 1965
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Stories in Mom's Footlocker

There was a purple foot locker in my mom's closet where she kept personal items throughout the years. There were old Philippines children schoolbooks, butterfly sleeve dresses, 33 rpm Filipino records, a cookie can with sewing items, empty Calrose rice sacks, and some Filipino food recipes.

If only I could go back and retrieve all those items and talk with my mom just think of all the stories that could be told. As we get older and caught up in the daily routine of life, we tend to forget to ask our parents about their stories until it's too late. That's what happened to me and all that's left are dad's tools and mom's keepsakes and a confused Filipino son resorting to researching the events of their times and rekindling the memories from my childhood while rummaging through a shoe box of faded photographs. It's not going to be easy and at the same time will be fun reminiscing and imagining all those fond memories.

So, let me take you on a journey in history and heritage through my dad's tool shed and my mom's footlocker.