Have you ever had Vietnamese bread? I never had any before today, and it is delicious! It tastes sweet and buttery, but is also very light. Thank you very much to my hair stylists, Chris and Kim in Snellville, for pampering me today, and for the Vietnamese bread!
Bruce Everett Babcock, of Snellville, Georgia, and formerly of Gowanda and Collins, New York, died at his home in Snellville on February 19, 2021 due to natural causes. Babcock was born in Collins, New York on August 13, 1943 to Bernice Gale Briggs Babcock (Sprague) and Charles Albert Babcock. Babcock graduated from Gowanda High School and was married to Anna Krakowiak Babcock for nearly 55 years until her death in 2018. As an employee of the State of New York for 37 years, Babcock worked in different roles. He began as a mental health aide, and later worked as a fireman and stationary engineer at the Power House of the Gowanda Psychiatric Center. After the Center transitioned to a prison, he was employed as maintenance supervisor for the Gowanda and Collins Correctional Facilities until his retirement.
Babcock enjoyed hobbies such as owning, restoring, and showing classic Ford Thunderbirds for many years. He was a member of the Buffalo Thunderbird Club for several decades, taking his black T-Bird to an international car show and being awarded third place. In Snellville, Babcock was a member of the Georgia Cool Cruisers car club, showing his restored Ford Ranger. Babcock was also skilled in carpentry, electricity, painting, welding, plumbing, and stained glass. He apprenticed and worked with Robert Peglowski and Sons of Collins, New York in carpentry for many years as a young man.
Babcock was a wonderful and generous family man who lived for his family, always doing more than what was necessary to help and support them in whatever ways possible. He was the rock of the family. He and Anna moved to Georgia in 2006 to live near their only grandchild, John Robert “Bobby” Nice, III. Babcock loved the outdoors, warm weather, Gaelic music, and NASCAR racing. He additionally enjoyed swimming, boating, landscaping, and Boy Scouts. Babcock loved animals, raising and showing guinea pigs and rabbits in his childhood, and spoiling his Yorkie poodle in later life. He was a merit badge counselor and supporter of Snellville Boy Scout Troop 548. He further enjoyed supporting Bobby in Boy Scouts for conservation and eagle scout projects, as well as Roman Catholic religious accomplishments. Babcock was the godfather and confirmation sponsor for Bobby’s Catholic sacraments.
Babcock is a former parishioner of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Gowanda, and most recently, of St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn, Georgia. Raised a Quaker, he converted to Catholicism at marriage. Babcock was predeceased by his parents and had no siblings. He is survived by his daughter, Michele Babcock-Nice, of Snellville, Georgia and son, Charles “Chuck” Babcock of Gowanda, New York, as well as his grandson, Bobby, of Snellville, all of whom love him deeply and miss him dearly.
A memorial service was held for Babcock at St. John Neumann Church, and a burial service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Gowanda, New York, with arrangements by Wentland Funeral Home of North Collins, New York.
We haven’t seen snow here in Georgia for the past few years. For me, as a Yankee, it’s always a treat to get snow in the South! I definitely miss it, especially the skiing. Both the North and South have their advantages and disadvantages, though I don’t miss the brutal cold of those Buffalo winters.
Last weekend, though it was 39 degrees Fahrenheit, it was snowing here in Snellville on Saturday morning, February 8, 2020. It snowed for most of the morning – a heavy, wet snow with huge snowflakes. It was so pretty – and was more like what winter should be – rather than the 65 degree Fahrenheit temperatures we have today, less than one week later.
On February 8, my son was training fellow Boy Scouts at his troop’s bi-annual leadership training event. They also took some time out from their instruction to step outside and have a friendly snowball fight. That’s another good memory to include in my Eagle Scout son’s wonderful experience in scouting! Oh – and by the way – the daffodils are blooming in full force now and the maples are budding out, too…
Last Monday, January 13, 2020, the first daffodils blossomed here in Snellville, Georgia. Their blooming is about three weeks earlier than usual. There was a warm spell here for about five days prior to their blooming. Temperatures got up to around 65 degrees Fahrenheit as a high.
Coincidentally, nearly all of the dozens of azaleas on our property were starting to bloom. In the pictures I took of a couple of them, they don’t appear very full of blossoms, but many were just starting to come out.
By this week, we were back to the cold again. The cold snap that got down to about 25 degrees Fahrenheit two days ago took all of those azalea blossoms away. There are none now. Surprisingly, however, the daffodils are still in bloom. They survived the cold, for now.
Global warming is real. This weather is definitely not normal. There were even two Japanese maples that were trying to bud out last week. Now, they’ve been frozen back into hibernation again. This is definitely not good. Thankfully, Greta can put a voice to the concerns that so many of us have!
It has been several months since I last posted here on WordPress. It’s not for a lack of desire to write or post, but because the time goes by so fast and I’m very busy with life. It’s actually a good feeling to be busy because I know I’m using my time wisely and constructively. Being there as a support for my teenage son in all of his activities, and continuing my work as a counselor takes up most of my time. It’s all very rewarding and it’s great to enjoy this time in my life. Because the time goes by so quickly, I know it’s important to enjoy every moment as much as possible.
My son has accomplished some milestones in the past several months since I last posted. When he turned 15, he got his driver’s permit here in Georgia. Right now, he is actually very busy, so he has practiced driving very little. Of course, there is more of that to come. In Boy Scouts, he attended two leadership camps this past summer, including one at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. It was a great experience for him. He also earned his Hornaday Badge Award and held his Honor Court for that in September. Now, he’s working on his Eagle project, and finishing up his last remaining Eagle-required merit badges. He really loves Boy Scouts and hopes to stick with it. School is also going well for him, and he is already a sophomore. I’m so proud of him! Indeed, the time goes by so fast!
Anna Maria (Krakowiak) Babcock died on March 7, 2018 at her home in Snellville, Georgia after a long illness. Anna was a survivor of ovarian cancer. Shortly after her recovery, she was diagnosed with primary peritoneal cancer, which took her life.
Anna was born to Wladislawa “Lottie” (Bulera) Krakowiak and Janek “John” Krakowiak on July 25, 1944 in Schelerten, Germany. Anna’s parents, both Polish, endured two world wars in Europe, and decided to immigrate to the United States. Anna and her family came into the United States through Ellis Island, and moved to Gowanda, New York, near Buffalo in 1950, where Anna spent most of her life.
Anna graduated from Gowanda Central High School in 1963, and married Bruce Babcock, originally of Collins, New York, on July 6, 1963. Anna attended Jamestown Community College, studying business and psychology. She was employed at the Gowanda Psychiatric Center, and, with her husband, co-owned and operated the Sears Retail Store in Gowanda for many years, where she retired in 1982. In 2006, Anna moved to Snellville, Georgia, to be near her only grandchild, J. Bobby Nice, III.
Anna is survived by her husband, Bruce E. Babcock; her daughter, Michele E. Babcock-Nice; and her grandson, J. Bobby Nice, III, all of Snellville. Anna’s surviving son is Charles J. Babcock, of Gowanda. Anna is also survived by her sister, Maria (Krakowiak Spires) Walker, of Delray Beach, Florida, and Larry Krakowiak, of Gowanda. Anna’s surviving nephew is Phillip Spires, of Gowanda; and her surviving niece is Desiree (Spires) O’Malley of North Carolina. Anna was predeceased by her parents, and her brother, Peter Krakowiak, of Chicago, Illinois.
Among Anna’s favorite pastimes were gardening, cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends. Anna was very religious and spiritual, and regularly prayed the Rosary. Anna, also known as “Mimi” to her family, was loved dearly by her husband and family, and will be sorely missed.
A memorial service for Anna will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church Marian Chapel in Lilburn on March 16, 2018 at 11:00 am. Funeral arrangements are by Wentland Funeral Home in North Collins, New York, and burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, associated with St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, in Gowanda, New York. Memorial donations may be made to St. John Neumann Church or the American Cancer Society.
After the Carribean, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Florida were hard-hit by Hurricane Irma, its effects were felt here in Snellville, Georgia after it traveled up the west coast of Florida early last week.
We lost power for almost 1.5 days in Tropical Storm Irma that came through this area. Traditional schools were closed for three days, and online schools closed for one day. If what we experienced was a tropical storm, I’ve definitely never seen a rain and wind storm whip around the trees as it did. Its amazing that more trees did not fall than actually did.
In my neighborhood, alone, I counted six trees that fell after driving through my area, including a huge oak. With the heavy winds and the ground being saturated, trees with surface roots or those that were rotten fell easily.
Just yesterday, in a nearby area, I observed power lines that were laying on the ground. Now, six days after the storm passed through, there are still people in my area who do not have electrical power.
Seeing the news on TV and the Internet of the damage that Irma did, my heart and prayers go out to everyone who weathered it. May those who lost their lives rest in peace. May those who are cleaning up and rebuilding get the help and support they need, quickly.
Mother Nature has shown that a category five hurricane is definitely something to take extremely seriously.
It has been about two years since there has been snow in Snellville, Georgia. I, for one, have missed it! It was a pleasure to awaken this morning to a slight covering of snow on the ground. I took some photos around my yard this morning at 11:00 AM, reflecting some of the snow. By 1:00 PM, it had all melted away!
With the blizzard conditions being experienced to the north of us, I was hoping that we would get more snow here today. It’s always fun to make a snow man with my son or pull him around in the sled through the yard.
This weekend, we were planning to take a ski trip to North Carolina with my son’s scout troop. What a disappointment it was not to go as a result of the weather conditions!
When one grows up in ski country, one must take advantage of all the fun that the snowy winter conditions have to offer. For all of those folks who have a distaste for snow and winter weather, I dislike the cold, but I love the snow. In order to avoid cabin fever, it is important in areas that experience snow to have outdoor activities that one enjoys.
What I really miss about not living in a snowy winter region is the skiing, as well as snowmobiling. Making snow people and snow angels, having snowball fights, munching on icicles – or just walking in the snow and enjoying its beauty – are activities that I miss.
Of course, I do not miss the high heating bills in winter, nor driving in treacherous conditions involving snow, ice, and slush. I do not miss the road salt that eats up my vehicle, and requires me to wash it, frequently, at the car wash. I do not miss water dripping through the ceiling due to all of the snow on the roof of the house.
And, I do not miss frostbite (which I have experienced once in the past) due to the polar conditions. I can further leave behind the extreme wind chills that make the outdoor temperatures so much colder than they really are.
There are definitely positive and negative things that one can experience as a result of snowy, winter weather. I’m glad to have had these experiences, particularly so that I can know how to best care for myself and my family in conditions such as these.
Be prepared, think carefully, and be safe out there!
A couple of days ago, following a heavy, soaking rain in central Georgia near Atlanta, many trees and flowers are now in full bloom, particularly dogwood trees and azalea bushes. They are really beautiful, and I wanted to share some photos of them here. Happy Spring!
These are some of my photos of a few of the flowering bushes and trees in my area. I hope you have enjoyed viewing them!
I married John Nice, Jr. in July 2002, and our son was born the following year in 2003. John is a member of the Nice Family of Jacksonville, Florida. John is a high school physics teacher; most of my career experience (15 years, to date) has also been in teaching. John’s mother, Carol (Martin) Greene Nice Bennett is from the Martin Family of Florida. Carol’s parents were Elizabeth “Bessie” (Robinson) Martin and Elmer Martin of Florida. This article will provide information and photos of some members of those families, as well as the Hintermister’s, who were cousins to the Nice’s due to Betty Jane (Hintermister) Nice marrying Clarence Carter Nice, Jr.
This photo is of my family with John’s parents, Carol (Martin) Greene Nice Bennett and J. Bob Nice. Carol and Bob have been divorced twice and married three times. Both of them are now married to their third spouse. Carol is currently married to Arnold (“Art”) Bennett and Bob is married to Marilyn Nice. Carol has two brothers, Louis and Charles (“Buddy”) Martin. They are both married and have families. Carol also has two sisters. Her older sister experienced late stage breast cancer and died before I knew her. I don’t know alot about her older sister. Her younger sister is Rachel (Martin) Hunter, who is married to Charles Hunter, and they have two daugthers, Kelli and Brandi. Carol and her family were raised in rural Live Oak, Florida during their childhood.
This is a photo of my family with John’s parents, Carol (Martin) Greene Nice Bennett and Arnold “Art” Bennett. Our son was about 1.5 years old at that time. Carol is Art’s second wife; he had four children with his first wife, two sons and two daugthers. Art is a Vietnam War military veteran.
Bob and Marilyn Nice came to visit us with Janet’s son in 2004. This picture shows three generations of Nice’s, including Baby Nice.
This photo shows John Nice, Jr. dancing with Rachel (Martin) Hunter, the younger sister of his mom, Carol, in 2002.
This image is of my son as a newborn with his grandparents, Bob and Marilyn Nice when they came to visit and welcome the baby. Marilyn has two daughters, including one who is adopted. This is Marilyn’s second marriage and Bob’s third.
In this photo are members of John’s family. They include Janet (Greene) (Nice) Hebson Adams, Natalie (Nice) __ __ Tuttle, Jason Nice, Janet’s son, Carter Nice, and Krissy Nice, an adopted sister of John. Janet is a half-sister of John; she is divorced from her first husband, and is married to her second husband. Natalie has been divorced twice, and is currently married to her third husband. Jason and Carter Nice are John’s half-brothers.* One is married and has a family.* The other has never been married, has a son, and is separated from his son’s mother.* John also has another adopted sister, Jenni (Nice) Robison, who is married and has two daughters. Krissy has been married and divorced, and currently does not have any children. John’s sister, Natalie, pictured in this photo, is his only full biological sibling to him. Natalie’s children are her adopted children through her marriage to her third husband, Ben; her third husband has three children from his first marriage, of which he is divorced from his first wife. Natalie is an attorney.
This photo reflects Janet (Greene) (Nice) Hebson Adams with Mike Adams and Janet’s son from her first marriage. Both Janet and Mike are divorced from their first spouses; this is their second marriage. Mike also has a daughter from his first marriage.
Both this photo and the following one are those that I took at the Nice Family Christmas Party in 2001.
This photo shows the Nice boys performing at a church service or concert in Florida around 1948.
This is a photo of the Nice Family around 1945, showing John Nice, Jr.’s father as a toddler (the younger boy) with his brother, Clarence Carter Nice, III, and their parents, Betty (Hintermister) Nice and Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. The boys’ youngest brother, Jimmy, had not yet been born. Betty attended college from 1931-1935, graduating in May 1935 with a B.S. in Commerce, I believe from the University of Florida. She took many business, math, and economics classes, as well as Spanish and psychology.
The Nice’s were well-known in Jacksonville, Florida because Dr. Clarence Carter Nice and his son, Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. were symphony conductors there. Dr. Nice was also known as “Pops.” Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. also owned a music store in Jacksonville, which, following his death, has been continued by his sons, Bob and Jimmy (now deceased).
The Nice’s were big in the Jacksonville, Florida music scene from about 1930-1980. Clarence Carter Nice, III has been a prominent and successful symphony conductor in California, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in being successful symphony conductors.
This photo shows the Hintermister’s (on the left) and the Nice’s (on the right) from about 1950 in Florida. The Nice’s and Hintermister’s are cousins. From left to right in the photo are Sam Hintermister, John Hintermister, Cril Hintermister, Clarence Carter “Carter” Nice, III, Jimmy Nice, and J. Bob Nice. Sadly, Jimmy struggled with and was lost to cancer a number of years ago. All of the others are still living. Sam is married and has adopted children; John is a widower (Candy) and has an adopted son, Josh; and Cril is a bachelor. Carter is married to his second wife, Jennifer, and has one daughter with her, Olivia; they live in California. Carter is divorced from his first wife, and has two children with her, a son and daughter, Christian and Danielle. Jimmy’s wife is Penny, and they have a son and daughter, Jamie and Meghan. Jamie is married.* And, I have described about Bob throughout this article.
Divorce in the Nice Family began with Clarence Carter Nice, Jr., when he divorced from Betty. He married his second wife, Jean, and he adopted her children, a son and two daughters. The cycle of divorce was broken with Jimmy Nice, who remained married to his only wife, Penny. The cycle of divorce, however, was continued in both Carter and J. Bob Nice’s families when they became divorced. J. Bob Nice is divorced from his second wife, Karen (McLane/McLain) Kirton Nice. Divorce has further continued with John Nice, Jr. due to his divorce from me in 2009. Most adults in the Nice Family, and half of the adults in the Nice’s extended family, therefore, have been married and divorced at least once. Three generations of single and/or multiple divorces presently exist in the Nice Family.
This photo is of John Hintermister, father of Sam, John, and Cril Hintermister. He is a decorated military veteran, and is at rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.
This image is of Marguerite Hintermister, wife of John Hintermister. I believe these photos of them were taken at or prior to their attending a military ball. I’m not sure of the year in which the photos were taken. Marguerite was the sister of Betty Jane (Hintermister) Nice, who married Clarence Carter Nice, Jr.
Mrs. Hintermister lived to be a centenarian. This photo of her was taken on her 100th birthday while she was a resident of the North Florida Special Care Center. She was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania in 1989, and moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1940.
So, all of this information and images lead back to my family, including my son, who is descended from the Babcock’s and Nice’s.
My son has been a Cub Scout for five years, and will transfer to Boy Scouts in May 2014. He has been an honor student in school for many years. I love and am very proud of my “Nice” son!
As I locate additional relevant photos from the Martin side of the family, I will include them.
*Author’s Note: Please note that I have edited this article to reflect some of the information provided by Meghan Nice in her above comment. I did review the article, and believe that no inaccuracies were made. Information that was not known was merely excluded or written in a vague manner. In a prior version of the article, information about Jamie Nice being married was not included because that information was not known. Additionally, the information about John Nice, Jr.’s half brothers is correct because I did not specify which status (either married or separated) was attributed to which man. I simply stated that one was separated and the other was married without naming them. Therefore, I will maintain that information as is since it is correct. For any further detail, please refer to the first comment above in which I have quoted and edited that of Meghan Nice.
References and Sources:
Clower, E. (2002). Wedding Photos of Michele Babcock-Nice and John Nice, Jr. Snellville, Georgia.
Guttman, J. (1989). Photo of Marguerite Hintermister. Jacksonville, Florida-area newspaper.
J.C. Penney Portrait Studios (2004). Babcock-Nice Family Photos. Buford, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida.
Pemberton, J. (1995). Photo of Clarence Carter Nice, Jr. in accompanying newspaper article about him. Jacksonville, Florida: Jacksonville Times-Union.
Photos and information of Michele Babcock-Nice from 2002-2013 (2014). Snellville, Georgia.
Photos and information of Natalie (Nice) Tuttle from 1900-1960, Jacksonville, Florida. Those included herein currently the property of Michele Babcock-Nice (2014). Snellville, Georgia.
Other photographers/photo sources of professionally-taken photos, unknown.