|I am Bob Kibler, who married Sharon Quicksall. I was born on August 23, 1939, in Phoenix, AZ. I am a retired elementary school teacher from Ellensburg, WA. My early years were in the Mesa, AZ area. The family had a Guernsey dairy there. My Aunt Hazel Kibler authored a family history book, and I became interested in the subject. Many of the Kibler facts came through her. Many of the Dorman facts came from a letter written by Wilbur Dorman in 1953.
The Dorman side just had a great family reunion at Big Bear Lake in Southern California, September 4-7, 2001. Cousins who had not seen each other for about 50 years showed up. They came from Connecticut, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, and California. We had great home cooked meals, a slide show, many pictures of our ancestors, and a good time visiting with one another. What a warm feeling.
- Obituary for William Seeley Dorman (70 KB)
This unexpected newspaper clipping showed up after 47 years in a box of family pictures which had been hidden away. Note that W.S. was really 80 when he died, and 89 is a misprint. His birth date was Jan. 16, 1873, according to his daughter Eleanor Dorman Kibler Licari. His death date was Apr. 18, 1953, from his Funereal Service Book which lists the service as Apr. 21, 1953.
- Bob and Sharon in the Spring of 1958 (53 KB)
Bob was a freshman in Central Washington College of Education, and Sharon was a senior at Ellensburg High School. They married June 30 of that year.
- Reunion 2001: Tweedys. Big File. (1108 KB)
Front and left: George Dorman Tweedy and Dora. Back row: Doug and Sherrill Tweedy, Mandi and Erin Tweedy.
- The old home place where I grew up, 1947-1958. (65 KB)
There were some 350 acres in the Badger Pocket area of the Kittitas Valley. We were 18 miles SE of Ellensburg. Our telephone # was 8-3121. I irrigated fields, branded cattle, and baled hay. It was a great place to grow up. See my Mother Eleanor and my Father Bruce.
- Wilbur Dorman wrote this letter to DORMANS in 1953 (198 KB)
Wilbur gives credit to Harriet Dorman for this family tree information, then he passed it to others. When I was in the Army in New York in 1959-62, we visited Harriet.
- Bob and Sharon, 1996 (51 KB)
Taken with an antique 8 x 10 press camera on Whidbey Island by Leonard Good.
- Eleanor Dorman Kibler, Harriet Dorman,Bruce Kibler (66 KB)
The place is Aunt Harriet's farm near Geneva, N.Y. My folks were in New York in 1960 to visit me and my family, mainly to see the babies, I think. I was in the Army. Harriet's house was full of antique furniture and other wonderful old things. Almost everything she owned was donated to a local museum in her will, I understand.
- Dorman Reunion at the Cabin, 1940 (104 KB)
Blanche, Bruce, Helen, Wilbur, Dud, Ralph, Dottie, Mae, Fred, Donald, Stan holding Larry, Eleanor holding Bobbie, Mary Ella, W.S. holding Ethel, Mary. Front row: Rae Jeanne, Jon, Bill, Norman.
- W. S. and Amy (196 KB)
WS Dorman, Aunt Amy Dorman Tweedy, Martha Tweedy, Akeman McCollough, unknown boy with dog, Akeman's Mother, Dud, Eleanor Rippey Dorman, Wilbur, Mary, and Fred. About 1915.
- Eleanor, Mary, and Ethel Wilbur Dorman, 1916 (63 KB)
My mother Eleanor did not really know her real mother. It is uncertain how Ethel Wilbur Dorman died. Supposedly there was a headache, a fever, a trip to the hospital, and death. One story has it that there were kidney complications during a pregnancy, and another that it was the flu. It now seems most likely that it was uremic poisoning.
- Dormans and Tweedys (54 KB)
Front: Dud, unknown girl, Fred. Back: Wilbur, ?, Mary, Martha Tweedy.
- Card Party (500 KB)
Ralph Dickinson, Fred, Mary, Dudley, Wilbur, and Eleanor. This took place on the front porch of the old Dorman house on S. Van Ness Ave., Los Angeles, CA. About 1922.
- Reunion 2001 (225 KB)
From front, left: Mary Mitchell, Sharon Kibler, Sherrill Tweedy, Mandi Tweedy, Jim Mitchell, Bob Kibler, Dora Tweedy, Doug Tweedy, Erin Tweedy, George Tweedy, Charlie and Marilyn Alkire, Larry Beer, Bev and Norm Beer, Phannon and Bill Dorman, Jeannie Kier, Mildred and Don Dorman.
- Ethel Wilbur in lace. (169 KB)
The beautiful young lady who became William Seeley's wife.
- Reunion 2001, Forest Falls (87 KB)
Larry drove Bob, Mary and Jim, Bill, and Marilyn around the mountain to Forest Falls. We hiked to see the Falls.
- George, W. S., and Dudley Dorman (59 KB)
This posed picture has got to be one of a kind.
- Reunion 2001: Rock masonry still stands outside. (79 KB)
Mary, Bob, Marilyn, and Larry stand outside the original structure by W. S. Dorman. The outside sure looks different, but the foundation and fireplace are the same. Nice work, Grandpa. Picture taker: Bill Dorman.
- Dorman Boys and Girls (118 KB)
Place: Uncle George Cate and Aunt Mary's house at Redondo Beach, about 1921. From left to right, Fred, Mary, Wilbur, Eleanor, Dud.
- Reunion 2001: Cousins and Spouses. Big file. (1083 KB)
Front, left: Jeannie Kier, Mildred Dorman, Don Dorman, Larry Beer, Jim and Mary Mitchell, Bob and Sharon Kibler, Phannon and Bill Dorman, Marilyn and Charlie Alkire, and Bev and Norm Beer.