Dad My Hero

John E. Kading VFWFebruary 11, 2020

I decided to begin again on this website and try my best to share the JOY of Millbrook, New York and the life I had been blessed to begin living my life!

This was written in my journal in the year of 2002 and just felt it was needed to post it finally onto this site.

Dad is doing well and will be reaching his 92nd Birthday in May this year and just wanted to get this posted to honor my dad as my True Hero!

Enjoy the Millbrook Memories!

Corner News Store

2002 My Dad As a Hero

The time of my childhood is a pleasant memory.

I was fortunate enough to have great parents that taught me right from wrong.

My parents owned a small retail store in the town of Millbrook in Dutchess County.

My Dad started it when he was 18 years old.

They sold it when it was 52 years old, which is a huge accomplishment keeping a business afloat for that long.

It was a struggle though that’s for sure.

I came aboard when I was around nine years old.

I believe that I went to work there because I just wanted my Daddy’s sole attention, without my two brothers or sister around!

So I remember dusting the merchandise, washing the windows, sweeping the floor, and just tidying up when I was just starting.

My dad assigned me a light blue time book that had my name on the front with my father’s writing in black magic marker ink-Diane.

I was to write in the date, time I started and ended, and the total hours worked for each day.

At the end of the week, which was Friday, I was to total my hours for the week and he would pay me at 25 cents an hour.

I learned a lot about money and working hard for it from those days at my parent’s store.

I distinctly remember when I had successfully worked four hours it meant that I could buy the new Monkee’s 45 “Daydream Believer.”

Boy was that exciting for me!

Well whenever I felt like it I would walk from school and work until closing, which was seven.

Dad and I would close up the store and go home where my Mom and the rest of my family would be patiently waiting for us to arrive so we could eat dinner.

I fondly remember those nights around that dinner table talking about everything from school to what’s on television that night.

We were the typical American family and yet I felt different.

I was the oldest of four and it isn’t that surprising that I became interested in the family business.

It was so easy for me to become interested in making money.

I guess it was just in my blood or something like that that prompt me to explore the business world early in my life.

I believe that I choose my parents because of the fact they were to teach me about business as well as be great parents to me.

Yes, you read that right!

I choose my parents and they agreed to be my parents!

The fact is that I was born to them as their first child and my life was almost abruptly taken from them at around five months.

They had taken a trip to have Thanksgiving with my grandparents and I had convulsions and almost died.

I was told this story ever since I can remember.

It went like this- my dad looked in on me to check me and found me not breathing, my skin blue, and my eyes rolling back in my head, so he quickly put his finger down my throat to get my tongue out-of-the-way so I could breathe.

I was rushed to the hospital and given many tests to find out what caused this to happen to me, and they couldn’t find anything wrong.

My parents were told that I would grow out of it, but always keep an eye on me until I did.

They did that and it happened a few more times in my life.

Millbrook Fire House I can’t imagine what it must have been like for my dad to see me like that!

Thank God he was on the Millbrook Fire and Rescue crew and trained on what to do.

If it had been my mother she wouldn’t have known and she would have had to call him into the room, which would have met more minutes and maybe the difference of my life or death.

Anyway I am alive today because of my dad’s quick action in clearing my throat so I could breathe.

I don’t believe it’s a coincidence that he knew the rescue technique to save his own daughter’s life.

I believe it was meant to be that way and my life was in my own father’s hands during those critical moments

This May he’ll be celebrating his 75th birthday ( 92 years old in May 2020 )!

Maybe that’s why I had always felt different and not like anyone else.

I have a hunch that that remarkable incident in my life was the explanation why I feel like I do.

At times, I always seemed to feel like a stranger in this world, which I found so many others feel the same way as I do too!

I have fought it for many, many years and realize that I think I wanted to not continue with my life and it was my father’s quick action that I was saved from that decision.

Yes, I was only five months old and unable to make that choice, yet my Father did for me and I’m eternally grateful.

As the years went by and I continually worked at my parents store learning more and more about business, I realized that is why my life was saved that day when I was only five months old.

I was to work side by side with my Dad in this business and assist him in growing this business to its maturity.

Well I stayed with him until he reached his 50th anniversary of that business and I was proud of what he had accomplished in those years, and desperately wanted him and mom to retire.

Unfortunately he had other ideas that I didn’t agree with, and so I was asked to leave.

I realize that was to be one of the most difficult things he’s has ever done as my father!

Yet, even though I should have been deeply disturbed about leaving the family business after thirty years of my life, I wasn’t.

It was so strange that it felt like I almost knew that this was going to happen and I had completed a contract and now that contract was done.

I successfully achieved a huge task in my life to reach the 50th anniversary of our family’s business, and now I was free to live my life without the anchor of my family’s business.

I was now released to pursue the other assignments to be completed in my life, and to evolve into the women I was destined to become.

Happy New Year-2019

Happy New Year Millbrook Memories!

I am so grateful that I made it through last year!

However, I am determined to continue this website and just “Do it!” as that famous Nike slogan had said to do!

I am having difficulty in understanding some tech stuff though, but am still trying to teach myself through it.

I’m becoming a PHD master on YouTube, too, as I keep trying to find the answers to these tech questions, too!

So enough of that and on to the intention I’ve always had for this website and that is to share my father’s pictures and his stories of Millbrook, New York.

I’ve been busy scanning those beloved pictures, on and off for months now, too.

In July the Millbrook Historical Society had purchased the Epson Fast-Foto Scanner that I am so very grateful for and have been scanning as much as I can. 

I still have many more photo boxes to do though, and will then go on to scan my father’s thousands in his slide collection,too.

So I am progressing slower than I had wanted to do, but am determined to get this done.

This project is way too important to me on a personal level, because I know what it means to my father, who had turned 90 on May 28, 2018!

 I also know in the potential of JOY it will bring to so many in the future, too.

 I just want to bring a smile to someone’s face in the images on this site and bring a Millbrook Memory!

We all have our Millbrook Memories and this website I hope will be shared to all those near and far, as well!

 Please share with all that you think might enjoy what is here and what may come in the future, too.

I am so grateful for all those that have already signed up for the Millbrook Memories Newsletter too.

 I haven’t yet been able to compose the first one, but plan to in the future.

I am still trying to figure out in how to create a Millbrook Memories Store, as well, but haven’t as of yet to understand in how to actually do it. 

 A great deal of stress concerning some family issues have been occuring in my life over the last 6 months or so, and my brain just isn’t working as I would like it to, but I will never give up either.

In this upcoming Millbrook Memories Store I plan to use my father’s pictures of Millbrook on mugs, T-shirts, Calendars, and you get the idea with the print on demand technology, but I am still uncertain in how to create that on this site.

 If anyone has any suggestions would appreciate it, so please message me!

2018 went by so quickly, and yet didn’t our lives while growing up in Millbrook did as well?

 Yes, it did and life seems to be happening in a faster montion than ever these days, doesn’t it? 

Thanks for stopping by and supporting this site!

5th Month Update of Millbrook Memories

Fireworks to Celebrate 5 months since the birth of Millbrook Memories-the Forever Gift to John and Marilyn Kading, my parents and the sharing of my father's lifetime of pictures of Millbrook, New York
Fireworks to Celebrate 5 months since the birth of Millbrook Memories-the Forever Gift to John and Marilyn Kading, my parents and the sharing of my father’s lifetime of pictures of Millbrook, New York

Millbrook Memories.Com is 5 Months Old

Well, today marks the 5th month since I bought the domain name  to share my father, John Kading’s, pictures and slides of Millbrook, New York to the world!

When I bought the domain on October 10, 2017, I really had no idea if I could continue to keep up with all that there was to learn in how to create and build this site, but here I am at its 5th month Birthday!

It has been frustrating at times, as anything that you are trying to learn can be, but I am determined to continue my vision into making this a Forever Gift to my parents!

I am committed to telling the stories behind my father’s lifetime of pictures in Millbrook, New York too!

The memories of Franklin Avenue through the many years of his life and the businesses that have come and go!

The Millbrook Deli and The Corner News Store on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York
The Millbrook Deli and The Corner News Store on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York

Some in Millbrook have stayed for years,  while other’s have not, but it’s in our hearts that keep our Millbrook Memories Alive!


Jamo's Ice Cream on Church Street in Millbrook, New York, which is now Cafe Les Baux!
Jamo’s Ice Cream on Church Street in Millbrook, New York, which is now Cafe Les Baux!

Some can remember Jamo’s and had their favourite on their menu, while other’s had another restaurant that they loved something on their menu!

Daniele’s Cheesecake Recipe

Well, I got a message from someone that saw my post about the restaurants in Millbrook about a month ago, and he wondered if anyone knew the secret recipe in Jimmy Daniele’s Cheesecake?

He also went on to tell me that his father’s birthday was March 17th on St. Patrick’s Day and Jimmy Daniele always gave him his green cheesecake!

Does anyone remember Daniele’s Resturant on Franklin Avenue?

What do you remember about it and do you remember this cheesecake too?

All I can remember about Daniele’s was that it had so many courses and was expensive to eat there.

I remember many people would stop at The Corner News Store before they would dine there, too.

It was a classy place to eat and I would have been really impressed with my date if he had chosen this place for our dinner date for sure!

Now it is Millbrook Cafe!

And an old picture of Franklin Avenue looking to the east!

Looking to the East up Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York
Looking to the East up Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York






Grand Union was there before Stewart’s was too!

Maggiacomo’s liquor store was there before it  Chinese Restaurant!

Charlotte’s Dress Shop was after The Grand Union.

Millbrook Supply was where the Millbrook Antique Store is now!

Velletri’s was there where it still is too!

Dad’s Still Organizing His Pictures

John Kading organizing his lifetime of pictures of Millbrook, New York
John Kading organizing his lifetime of pictures of Millbrook, New York

As my dad continues to organize his collection in the months to come I will be adding them to the posts once they have been scanned and their stories about them too!

Please be patient.

So please check back to see the updates as they come, too.

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The Millbrook Town House on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York
The Millbrook Town House on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York

The Millbrook Town House

Who remembers The Millbrook Town House?

I loved their Roast Beef Sandwiches!

I was never a drinker, and still not one, but do remember their bar.


Anyone else wants to share their memories of The MillbrookTown House and what you remember?

Millbrook Bar and Grill Memories and Carol’s Hair Salon and Tanning

Millbrook Bar and Grill Memories and Carol's Hair Salon and Tanning on Front Street in Millbrook, New York
Millbrook Bar and Grill Memories and Carol’s Hair Salon and Tanning on Front Street in Millbrook, New York

Millbrook Men’s Shop or this one

Velletri & Raia or later on The Millbrook Men's Shop on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York
Velletri & Raia or later on The Millbrook Men’s Shop on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York





Murphy’s 5 and 10

IGA on Franklin Avenue now Millbrook  Pharmacy!

These are just some of the pictures that I waiting for my dad to get together so I can do my part to scan them!

Then I have found a way to have him record the stories to those pictures with the Flip-Pal ! Amazing!

It’s all coming together, like a jigsaw puzzle, you may have bought at The Corner News Store at some time too!

Each piece has to be found as I go through step by step in the Training to

create a great and forever lasting-Forever Gift– on this website too!

I so appreciate all the wonderful comments and support from all that knows what I am up to in creating this website called Millbrook Memories too!

Please leave in the comments and would love to hear about them or any memories you may have of Millbrook!

And please sign up for the Millbrook Memories Newsletter too!

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Thank You from Millbrook Memories
Thank You from Millbrook Memories

Restaurants Millbrook, NY-Great Choices for All!


Welcome to Millbrook Memories Resturant List in Millbrook, New York
Welcome to Millbrook Memories Resturant List in Millbrook, New York

As I continue to think of posts for this site Millbrook Memories, I thought of my life in how many restaurants have come and gone throughout the years and how many I may have pictures of in my father’s collection!

So I decided to go on a search in the images I have already scanned and share them with all of you!

However, first I had to do some research to see who is still actively doing business now in Millbrook, New York!

So here is the list I was able to create of the Restaurants in Millbrook, NY that may be of interest to you, especially with Valentine’s Day next week!

As many reading, this may remember how The Google of Millbrook was The Corner News Store and it would always endorse local businesses, and I would like to use this site to do the same!

Enjoy Valentine’s Day by supporting these local restaurant’s in Millbrook, NY.

Millbrook, New York Restaurant List

Cafe Les Braux

Cafe Les Baux

Cafe Les Baux on Church Street in Millbrook, New York
The old Jamo’s Ice Cream on Church Street in Millbrook, New York From John Kading’s Picture Collection

Millbrook Cafe

Millbrook Cafe

Looking East up Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York
Looking East up Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York! When the Grand Union was where Stewarts Ice Cream is now!


Babette’s Kitchen

Where Babetts Kitchen is now on Franklin Avenue!
Where Babetts Kitchen is now on Franklin Avenue!

Babette’s Kitchen

Slammin Salmon on Franklin Avenue where Babette's Kitchen is today!
Slammin Salmon on Franklin Avenue where Babette’s Kitchen is today!

Trattoria San Giorgio, Inc

(Which I am sorry to say that has closed as of March 25, 2018!)

The Corner News Store on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York.
The Corner News Store on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York.

The Farmer’s Wife

The Farmer’s Wife

Farmer's Wife in Millbrook, New York
The Mabbettsville Market in Millbrook, New York back in the days of ole!

The China Chinese Restaurant- (845) 677-6502

The China Chinese Restaurant on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York
The China Chinese Restaurant on Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York


Looking east up Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York
Looking east up Franklin Avenue in Millbrook, New York











Slammin’ Salmon

Slammin' Salmon of Millbrook, New York
Renovating where Slammin Salmon is now in Millbrook, New York







Slammin’ Salmon (Reopening on Valentine’s Day!)

Millbrook Video in Millbrook, New York to what is now Slammin Salmon!
Millbrook Video in Millbrook, New York to what is now Slammin Salmon!

Nooch’s Pub & Grill

On Church Street in Millbrook, New York where it is Nooch's Pub and Grill now
On Church Street in Millbrook, New York where it is Nooch’s Pub and Grill now

Nooch’s Pub and Grill

The following I am still searching through the thousands in my father’s collection!

Updates to follow!

Please support them!


Have a love filled Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy Millbrook Memories!


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It Worked! A Millbrook Memories First

Hello Fellow Millbrook Memories Lovers!

Welcome To My First Millbrook Memories Review

I am so excited to share this review of an E-book that I discovered that actually is working!



box of unorganized pictures
Does this look familiar to you?
Then I have something that may help you finally get this out of the boxes and out of the closets to share with all!

The Name Says It All!

This is the Title!

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity:  to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”

Now, how’s that for a title to get your attention?

I hope I have yours now!

If you have taken a stroll through Millbrook Memories, you will see that I am on a quest to accomplish getting my fathers-John Kading’s- lifetime of photos and slides into an organized system so in that I will be able to share them with their stories on this website!

I am on a quest to bring JOY to all those that these images will give to many people around the world!

I mean, after all, Millbrook had the Bennett College for years that had students from around the world!

Sharing Millbrook, New York around the world with John Kading's pictures!
Sharing Millbrook, New York around the world with John Kading’s images!

We also had Millbrook School too!

And so many that have their Millbrook Memori

Dad’s Workplace for Organizing his Pictures

Here’s a sneak peek of a corner in my father’s living room that we have created into the workspace to get this major project completed in the months to come! Those boxes are all filled with pictures!


What makes me excited is that the suggestions in this Ebook were what I had set up for my dad to organize his lifetime of pictures, and it is working!

Yeah! Doing the Happy Dance!

So the possibilities of this Ebook in helping you or anybody that has been feeling guilty of not organizing their family photos, I can now say it is so very possible to get it done with this information!

You now have a way!

And I want to help all of you too, so you can also do the Happy Dance!

Storage of Your Photos could be Destroying them right now!

The suggestions of the proper way to store your photos is also a very important factor to consider when you are ready to organize your photo albums too!

Did you know that you are destroying your beloved pictures if you have them in one of those magnetic albums?

Yep! I know but The Corner News Store, as well as so many other stores, sold them for displaying pictures!

This book will tell you how and why you need to rescue them immediately from being destroyed in those magnetic albums!

My Plan, Your Plan

What I loved about the planning to organize your photos is that we are all so different to what may work for us, and that is so important to have a successful outcome too in accomplishing this task!

Just for those that are overwhelmed with the idea to begin this task of organizing your photos, I have to honestly say that you are not alone because that is the #1 reason why people avoid it!

But I want to share with you a poem that was included in this Ebook called:

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity: How to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”

Strangers in a Box

By: Pam Harazim, East Hampton, CT

Strangers in a Box Do you want to be one of them?
Do you want any of your loved ones to become Strangers In a Box? I can help!

Come, look with me inside this drawer,

In this box I’ve often seen,

At the pictures, black and white,

Faces proud, still, and serene.

I wish I knew the people,

These strangers in the box,

Their names and all their memories,

Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like,

How did they spend their days?

What about their special times?

I’ll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time,

To tell, who, what, where, and when,

These faces of my heritage,

Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate,

Of the pictures we take today?

The faces and the memories,

Someday to be passed away?

Take time to save your stories,

Seize the opportunity when it knocks,

Or someday you and yours,

Could be strangers in the box!


Now, I don’t know how you took this poem, but I can tell you that I honestly don’t want anyone to become a stranger in a box, do you?

Please don't allow your family to become a Stranger in a Box
Please don’t let your family or yourself become A Stranger in a Box!

And this is exactly what motivates me to continue this project of what I have referred to as A Forever Gift!

It would break my heart to not be able to finish this project of sharing my father’s pictures and have him be able to tell the stories that go along with them.

So if this is touching your heart, and it would break your heart to not take care of your family’s beloved pictures, then please just take the first step to order right now:

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity: How to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”

You’ll be glad you took the first step too! And your family will thank you too!

Taking the first step for organizing your photos will surely begin to bring about a sense of accomplishment, too!

(I thought I’d take advantage right now of one of my adult colouring pages with that word Accomplishment!)

Accomplishment of organizing your photos
Accomplishment! Organize your photos!

That word is fitting for me considering I want so much to accomplish this project as a Forever Gift to honour my parents and to share my father’s images of Millbrook, New York and so much more!

After the pictures are organized!

They will need to be scanned into the digital format to share on this website, and this Epson FastFoto is on my WishList to do that task!

Then after the pictures are done, we will be moving on to my father’s slide collection!

After months of research, I have finally come to this Flatbed Scanner by Epson as the one, to scan the slides and to get that job done!

It will scan 4 slides at a time and automatically edit and correct as it is performing the scanning, too!

Great time saver in the Editing process too!

One Life to Live with only One Chance to Save our Memories

Because we only get one life to live!

And it’s up to us to save those images that have captured our lives by the pictures we had taken of it!

You need a Hero to help you save those precious images and prevent any of them to be destroyed!

My hope is to inspire you to desire to share your life’s photos, once they have been organized and brought about an awakening of sorts inside of you!

My hope is to bring that cherished photo’s out of the boxes in that dark closet, out to have you and your family and friends get a chance to admire them before they become Strangers in A Box!

Here’s the link to SAVE YOUR Pictures!

Click Below!

“Save Your Photos and Your Sanity: How to Organize and Safeguard Your Entire Photo Collection…in as little as 10 days, without losing your mind!”

Now it’s your time to become your family’s Hero and preserve your family’s precious pictures for future generations to come!

love of Family
Love of Family


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Saturday morning After Dad’s Open Heart Surgery


January 29, 2011

Saturday morning.

John Kading healing after Heart Surgery
John Kading Healing after Heart Surgery

Dad is doing very good!


On his board has the dismissal date as January 30 Sunday, which is tomorrow, for him to go to rehab.

He’s chosen the Lutheran Home or the Tompkins house for his after heart surgery rehab.

(Note in the end it became The Pines he would do his rehab at!)

At this rate, he’ll be all set at home by the time we leave for Vail, Colorado on February 12th.

Ashley is coming this year to ski with her dad, and am grateful that they have this bond between them with their love of this sport of skiing!

Recovery with Visitors Always Speeds Healing

Back to my Dad’s recovery from his open-heart operation on Tuesday.

He had my Uncle Henry and Aunt Ann come for a visit yesterday afternoon, which it is always nice to be in their company.

I’m so glad I have held so many great memories with both of them, and their two grandchildren, Emily and Hank, Jeff and Marcie’s children, on the Alaskan cruise.

Kading's Family Alaskan Cruise in August 2009
Kading’s Family Alaskan Cruise in August 2009

We had done a family Alaskan Cruise back in August 2009.

What a great time we all had!

(But that’s another post I will certainly cover at another time!)

Dad’s in Pain

However, later in the afternoon, my dad had appeared he was in some kind of pain.

So I called and his nurse, Anne to check on him.

She found that his catheter hadn’t been hooked up properly, so she fixed that and then sat him up straight, instead of reclining, which seemed to help a bit.

But then it came more and more obvious something else was going on.

So the nurse called a PA to come to check it out.

He came in, ordered the medication, which just so happened to be the same medicine which mom and I have taken many times when we have had a urinary tract infection.

So I make a little joke and say to my dad,” Well, now you will know what mom and I have had to feel like when we have that infection!”

However, if this is the only thing that my dad gets from the surgery.

I am so very thankful.

Time to take care of ME

I’m going to get a massage today, too!

Got to take care of myself!

Believe me, especially after this stressful week with my dad’s open-heart surgery on Tuesday.

I’m looking forward to laying on that massage table and having the talented massage therapist bring a bliss to my body, mind and spirit!

Then after my massage with her, I will exchange a Reiki treatment on her!

And so it is…

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John Kading’s Heart Surgery Update

John Kading of Millbrook, New York with his Great Granddaughter, Jasmyn
John Kading of Millbrook, New York with his Great Granddaughter, Jasmyn

January 27, 2011,

My dad is doing really well after his open-heart surgery on Tuesday.

Mom and I got to see him about 11 o’clock yesterday morning.

He was sitting in the recliner chair next to his bed with those yellow socks on that had those little white dots of grippers all over the bottom!

He had tubes connected to him that came from all over the place.

Mom counted something like 10 bags hanging above him that went into a spot on his neck.

He also had a couple of tubes that were emptying what was at the surgery site into two boxes on the floor.

His eyelids looked upon me like he was very tired and needed to go to sleep.

But as the day went on, it wasn’t as noticeable to me anymore.

All in all, he looks very good for what he had gone through just the day before.

I’m so grateful for this outcome of this serious operation to fix his heart problems!

We all are in a deep sense of relief that this surgery is over and had been successful, too!

You can instantly see the difference in the color of his face, that has now a pinkish color to it, that it didn’t have before the operation, either!

Amazing in how when the heart is beating properly and getting the much-needed oxygen throughout your body that it instantly shows up in your face by the color it is, too!

So grateful for all the prayers and well wishes that so many have been sending to my father too!

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Thank You!



Millbrook Help!

Mother and Daughter- Marilyn Kading and Diane Kading Schoessow creator of Millbrook Memories
Mother and Daughter- Marilyn Kading and Diane Kading Schoessow creator of Millbrook Memories

Hello to all the Millbrook Lovers,

I wanted to write this post because I felt it was time, and I needed to stop to ASK something of all of you reading this now.

First, I want to tell all of you in how much I appreciate all that have encouraged me to create this site to honour my parents, John and Marilyn Kading.

I am so touched by of all the comments that have been posted on the Millbrook Memories FaceBook page and want everyone to know whenever I visit my dad, I read them all out loud to him!

There are still some names he remembers, too!

John and Marilyn Kading of Millbrook, New York
John and Marilyn Kading of Millbrook, New York

Thankful for that!

It touches me so deeply in what words so many people have written in their memories of him, or my mother or The Corner News Store, too.

I am so grateful.

But I need your HELP

I need your help to comment, either on the website or the Facebook page to ideas in what you would love to see my post that will make your heart jump for joy in the memories they will bring up to your mind?

Ideas such as these:

  • The Corner News Store through the years
  • Bennett College
  • The Millbrook Central Schools-Elm Drive, The Middle School, The High School (Old and New)
  • The businesses throughout the Village of Millbrook
  • The Restaurants of Millbrook
  • The Churches-St. Joseph, Grace Church, Lyall Memorial Federated Church
  • Thorndale
  • Tribute Gardens
  • Millbrook Library

    Thorne Building in Millbrook, New York
    Thorne Building in Millbrook, New York
  • Thorne Building
  • Parades-Memorial Day, July 4th, etc.
  • Millbrook Community Day

Blocks of LOVE! Love MIllbrook Memories sharing John Kading's pictures of Millbrook, New York
Blocks of LOVE! Love Millbrook Memories sharing John Kading’s Pictures of Millbrook, New York

These are just a few of the picture ideas I know that my dad has in his collection, but would appreciate your feedback in what would you want me to first focus on to bring the joy of his pictures into your hearts?

Millbrook Memories Store

My father’s famous saying I have heard him say over and over again throughout my life is this:

“Find a need and fulfil it!”

So with that, I need your suggestions to what may be your needs that I can fulfil here on this website called Millbrook Memories?

My intentions when I began this site was to share my father’s lifetime of pictures of his beloved Millbrook!

And as I continued my research I discovered many Print On Demand companies that will take your photo or image and print it on products:

  • T-Shirts
  • Mugs
  • Calendars
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • and the list goes on and on just depends on the company.

Then I found a company that would take your images and make an adult colouring book from it!

(I have caught that Adult Coloring Wave, and plan to never get off it either!)

Then, of course, there are the Photo Books that many images in my father’s collection would make a SPECIAL gift for someone!

Organize the Memories

Another category that I am finding in actually performing this project of sorting and organizing my father’s lifetime of pictures as well as his slides, is the “HOW TO” Do it in the correct way so in that they can be found easily again?

Honestly, I have to confess that I have been researching this for years.

I guess I knew that this day would eventually come where I would need to use it!

And this is the time when I need to get this done!

Are you too feeling this sudden urge to get this done in your life?

Are there others like me that have suddenly awakened to the fact that time is running out to get this done?

Are you suddenly aware that time may not be on your side concerning’s your family member’s memory as they age?

Are you suddenly realizing that their memory and the stories behind the pictures may be coming to an end soon, too?

Maybe, you are like me that just has to get this project done and complete before there is no more time to ASK?

Do you have someone, maybe a parent or family member that had taken all those precious pictures of your family, and even the extended family and friends for years, to have them either being forgotten in photo albums or in shoe boxes?

Do you say that someday you should get them all organized and scanned for your children or your grandchildren?

Well, maybe you should start today, and let’s do this together, shall we?

I’ll share some ideas that have been working for me and you share what may be working for you too!

Amazon Has it All!

While learning MY HOW in how to create and build this website, I learned in how I could help my readers find the perfect products for what they needed and wanted to satisfy their deepest wishes!

So I joined the Amazon Associate program to have those most helpful and necessary products that went together along with what I am doing to organize my father’s lifetime of pictures and slides!

I wanted to show you what I used all along this exciting and yet “urgent” journey to successfully get this done and complete!

Here are some items that may be of interest to you too!

I am sure as I continue on this adventure that I will discover many more helpful products to help you too.

The Flip-Pal mobile Scanner To Record the Stories to the Pictures

I just recently found a product that I am very excited about and it is called The Flip-Pal!

It will scan the pictures onto an SD card or even through the wireless technology to your computer, tablet or phone!

But what gets me so excited is that once the pictures are on your computer you can have someone tell those stories that go with all those pictures too!


Honestly, I can’t tell you how many times I lay there in my bed wondering in how I was going to get my dad to tell the stories to his thousands of pictures in a way that would work!

But finally, my prayers have been answered!

There’s The Flip-Pal!

Check it out!

Your family will thank you!

I just ordered mine, and will keep you all updated in how it works as I continue this “Forever Gift” I am creating to honour my parents and share the joy my father’s images give to so many people!

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is Coming Up!

Hand's of Time
Hand’s of Time

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, and you never know when those Hands of Time will be up for your loved one!

Check out The Flip-Pal!

Great Gift!

Save your family’s memories before you can’t!

I would appreciate any suggestions that would be of help to me in this quest to successfully complete the sharing of my father’s lifetime of pictures of the beloved Village of Millbrook!

Thank you!

Enjoy the Millbrook Memories!

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Day 2 John Kading’s Heart Surgery

(Note-Dad didn’t look like this the day after, but loved the picture with Jasmyn and him! She was around 2 and a half years old in this picture!)

January 26, 2011 (7 year’s ago!)

It’s Wednesday morning around 9:30 AM and the day after my dad’s open-heart surgery.

He is doing fine after the surgery and thankfully it had gone as planned.

They first did a triple bypass, then they replaced his aortic value, too with one from a pig, believe it or not!

Then did something important with the aorta and grafted it so it wouldn’t break or tear. Hey, I am not a nurse!


The caseworker came in at 5:45 PM to tell us that the surgeon had just finished in the operating room a few moments ago and would be in to talk to us soon.

Just a few moments later he came in to tell us what he did, which is pretty much what I already said in the beginning.

An important thing that he told us was that he had placed some kind of zapper thing in there, too. I think it’s similar to a pacemaker that helps to get his heart beating like it should be.

Pacemaker in the Future?

He went on to say that if he ever needs a pacemaker, it will be no biggie to now put it in him.

Another note I want to say is that he talked in the ‘we’ way, when we discussed the reduction aspect of the aorta and the graphing of that ‘something’ in him, which I found so comforting and truly a professional approach.

It seems to me that there was a bit of research done to come up with this way in doing what needed to be done to fix the problem of this ‘something’ in him on his aortic value, too,too.

The doctor told us that this is not as a common procedure than what he had thought he’d do in my dad’s case. But he emphasized that ‘we’ part of the group of professionals that were on the team for this operation.

Thankful to the Professionals

I’m so very thankful for all their knowledge and experience in how to fix my dad’s heart problems.

The professionals at Vassar Brothers Hospital are the greatest!

He also made it quite clear that my dad aortic value, too was by far one of the worst he had seen and whatever the name for it ( I am no nurse, you know!) affects only about 20% of the population.

So what my dad had been actually quite rare.

But today, thanks to this operation.

It’s now perfectly fine, even though I know there’s part of a pig in him now! LOL!

Thank you, whoever you are pig!

That part of you has given my dad hopefully many more years with all of us that love him so very much!

I’m so very grateful this morning to be able to write about the success of the series operation that my father had gone through yesterday.

I’m so very thankful to have a hospital with these highly trained surgeons to be in my neighborhood.

Years back you had to drive to Westchester County Hospital to have this procedure done!

However, today it’s done right in Poughkeepsie, New York!

Thanking my Spirit/Reiki Guides

I thank all for your comfort and felt all of you with me as I sent the Reiki through my hands to the top of my thighs that represented my father’s body during the surgery.

I also thank you for that symbol of the number five that had told me that it would be around that hour of five that we would hear from the doctor.

And it was indeed 5:45 pm when we were notified by the nurse that the surgery was complete and the doctor would be in shortly to update us.

It was 6:25 when he sat with us to tell us of the success of the operation.

I love that today is a new day for my dad!

And now and in the days to come he will need the necessary rehab for his heart, but it will be so rewarding in the end!

I am trusting that all will go well.

And before he knows it- He will be on the golf course in the spring making a hole in one.

And so it is…

January 26, 2018

This is 7 years later!

I am now fully and completly engaged to create this!

This website is to celebrate my father’s lifetime of pictures and the stories that go along with them!

In addition, it is also to honor my mother, and all she had done throughout her life in bringing all of us together, too!

I wish to raise the glass to both my parents for all that they had accomplished in their lifetimes.

My mom had worn so many ‘hats’ through her life, but this one when her and Shirely Evert got into the ‘Red Hats Society’ is one of my all time favorites of my mom!

And boy, did she enjoy her ‘Seniors” on Tuesday, too!

Thank you to all that gave her so much joy in whatever part you had played in her life, too!

As I browse through all my journal writing’s over the last 16 years and how much my life is what it is today because of her.

I will try my best to honor her on this website, but I need a bit of help to have you comment to tell me a story that will give those that read it a laugh out loud or just a memory that you may have of her would be wonderful!

Life is to be lived!

Memories are to be cherished!

I am trying to do both!

Blessings to all!

Enjoy the Millbrook Memories!