This website is about the genealogies of the
Callahan, Gooch and Phillips family lines. You will will need a high speed
broadband internet connection to enjoy it, as it is graphics intensive.
Many hours of work have been put into the research and documentation of
the people listed on these pages. I would like to thank everyone who helped me with my
family history research
since I started this project in 1995.
The original version of the website contains most
of the information files for the various family lines. Some of these files go back
to the 1990's but I have tried to keep it updated. You can access it by following this link:
I believe this new version of the family tree will let you find pertinent information faster. I am including all of my general notes, which I have not made public before.
I hope you will benefit from the information presented here. Happy hunting!
This sketch depicts my first wife, Kathy, with some little friends in heaven.
She passed away March 20, 2015. We were married 27 years.
Always think positive.
Almost everything has a positive side. A
little change in the way you think can make
a big difference in your life.
The gas tank is half
full not half empty.
"PRESS ON: NOTHING IN THE
WORLD CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF PERSISTENCE.
TALENT WILL NOT; NOTHING IS MORE COMMON THAN
UNSUCCESSFUL MEN WITH TALENT. GENIUS WILL
NOT; UNREWARDED GENIUS IS ALMOST A PROVERB.
EDUCATION ALONE WILL NOT; THE WORLD IS FULL
OF EDUCATED DERELICTS. PERSISTENCE AND
DETERMINATION ALONE ARE OMNIPOTENT." -
"Great spirit ... help me
to always speak the truth quickly, to listen
with an open mind when others speak, and to
remember the peace that may be found in
silence." - Cherokee prayer
"You will say the wrong
thing if you talk too much." -
This also gives me an opportunity to
showcase some of my pencil art. I am a drawer of pictures. It is not quite
good enough to be called real art but it is better than
When I was a kid, I drew all of the time.
But just men's heads. nothing else - just the components of
the head, usually from a 3/4 profile view. No necks, no
ties. Heads only.
Back then, I wouldn't let anyone see any
of my work. I was afraid someone would criticize it and I
was not ready for that. I quit drawing in 1964, when I
joined the Navy. I doodled occasionally through the years
but nothing serious. I started drawing again in December of
2016. Since then, I estimate that I have created around 700
The work I do now
is not bad for an old blind man. I have
travelled through time and it has taken its toll. I am afflicted with
Age Related Macular Degeneration and I will gradually lose
my eyesight over time. As of now, I see fairly good up close
- out to maybe 30 feet. I have to move my eyes around a lot
to see around the blind spots but
I can still see well enough to draw. I chuckle
about it because I am
classified as blind by the DMV. I cannot get a driver's license in
which is understandable. My new Indiana State ID card even
reads that I am blind.
Oh well - I will keep drawing my pictures as long
as I can see to do it and have the strength to pick up a pencil. Now I
try to show my work off every chance I get.
comments - even criticism - are welcomed.
I was born and
raised in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. It is located on
the staked plains of west Texas, between Abilene and
Lubbock. It is very remote and isolated. You will
not likely pass through Rotan unless it is your
destination. It is now known as "The Big Country" - I
sometimes like to call it "the outback of Texas".
In Texas history, it was part of the Comancheria, a vast
empire inhabited almost entirely by Comanche Indians
until the late 1860's. A few whites passed through there
back in the earlier times, including Spanish explorers.
The Comanche's were
fiercely protective and the whites had no desire to stay
there. The first actual white settlers established
several large cattle ranches and everything was centered
around them for many years. The railroads started coming
through that part of the country in the 1880's and
1890's, and new roads were established as the region
became more populated. Gradually, over time, the
big ranches were broken up and opened up for general
homesteading and the smaller farms and ranches that we
see there today were created, along with many small
towns, including Rotan. Some of those towns no longer
exist. I can not claim that my
ancestors were among those early settlers. As a matter
of fact, we ended up there purely by chance. My father was
working as a laborer,
putting in new highways out there in the late 1930's and
early 1940's, as
part of President Roosevelt's program to create jobs and
keep men working so we could pull out of the Great
Depression . Dad made friends with several people in
Rotan, liked it and moved his family there around 1944.
I was born there in 1946.
admit that I couldn't wait to get away from there when I
was a boy. When I turned 18 in 1964, I joined the U.S.
I now have fond memories about growing up there.
I am now an old man. I
live in New Haven, Indiana with my wife,
Chillin' with FOX NEWS.
The Doctor's visit.
|As we get older, old pictures and other
relics from the past become our treasures. We
spend more time day dreaming about the people
and places in times gone by.
Happiness is having someone you love to grow old with.
Not a pleasant thing to think about, but it could happen.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW
MORE OF MY ARTWORK
CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY ARTIST
RENDERINGS OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN MY DIRECT FAMILY LINES
Putting faces to the names makes
things more interesting.
The original website can be accessed at this URL:
If you are a Veteran of the
Vietnam War or have an interest in it,
WEBMASTER'S CORNER: I tell stories here about some of
the people I knew when I was a boy growing up in
Rotan, Fisher County, Texas. As far as I know - most
of these people are deceased now. In no way do I
intend to disrespect them by telling these stories.