Rose Golden and Joe Schlatter met
in college at Jacksonville State College (now University),
Jacksonville, Alabama. We were married 30 July 1966.
Rose was a high school English teacher for 35 years. As a
result of moving 23 times in 28 years because of Joe's military
service, Rose taught in public, private, and parochial schools in
the US, Taiwan, and Japan. Joe went on active duty with the
Army immediately upon graduation in 1967 and served 28 years,
retiring from the Army in the rank of Colonel, April 1995. We
have two children -- twins -- Joe and Stephanie, born in Germany in
1968. This website contains more information about us, our
families, and our many adventures together. --
Photos of August 21, 2017 solar eclipse
The August 21, 2017 solar eclipse was clearly visible from our home in
Northumberland County, VA.
Photos of our grandchildren -- removed
We have two grandsons. As of September 2016, I have
removed from this site all identifying data for them including photos.
Sorry I have to do this as I'm really proud of them, however,
there are too many sick weirdoes out there who prey on little kids.
Finished and moved in -- July 2008!!
Follow the progress as we build our
new home in Virginia. Click on the link to watch as we build our new house in Virginia --
the last house we tried to build -- on the Mississippi Gulf Coast -- was lost to
Hurricane Katrina, 29 August 2005, in Waveland, Mississippi.
Our Experience with Hurricane Katrina
In January 2005 we
moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in late
July 2005 we started construction on our new home.
Click on this
link to follow the progress of that house. We were acting as our own
general contractor -- this section of our site has photos, explanations, and
details of the new house. On
29 August 2005 -- Hurricane Katrina changed everything. See below.
On 29 August 2005,
Hurricane Katrina wiped out our plans. We were living in an apartment in
Bay Saint Louis, MS; building a house in Waveland, MS; our personal property was
in a storage facility in Pass Christian, MS.
While most of the attention
to Katrina's destruction was focused on New Orleans, the fact is that the
Mississippi Gulf coast was destroyed by Katrina.
The towns of
Waveland and Pass Christian simply do not exist anymore -- almost every
structure in these two towns was destroyed -- not just damaged but destroyed
Bay Saint Louis was heavily and extensively damaged but,
because it was higher in elevation, Bay Saint Louis was not as totally destroyed
as Waveland and Pass Christian.
We lost almost everything we owned -- we
were able to salvage a bed, a table, six chairs, and our dishes -- everything
else we owned was destroyed.
Follow this link for photos of
what Katrina did to us.
In mid-October we moved back to East
Tennessee 2005 where we stayed while deciding what to do next.
Decision: We will not return to the Mississippi Gulf
As of 20 July 2006, we have sold our lot
in Waveland, Mississippi, and decided that we will not return to the
Mississippi Gulf Coast, except to visit family who are re-building. This was not an easy
decision. We spent 28 years in the Army, moving around the
country and the world. In 1996 we moved to Bristol, TN, where
we lived for eight years before moving to Bay Saint Louis, MS, in
January 2005. We can say without qualification that Bay Saint
Louis was the best place we ever lived and we were totally happy
with our decision to move and settle there.
This decision was not easy -- we made friends on the
Gulf Coast; the lifestyle was comfortable and welcoming; and, we
were building the house we had dreamed of for 20 years or more.
We took a serious financial loss -- insurance paid for our lost
household goods but the building materials and other items we had
purchased for the new home were not covered by builder's risk
insurance (which excludes hurricanes from coverage) and we lost
close to $60,000 of materials we had pre-paid -- that's $60,000 cash
that we cannot recover.
Our decision was based on two concerns: (1)
The Gulf Coast -- even with a maximum effort and all the luck in the
world -- will never again be what it was when we moved there; and,
(2) there is no certainty that another Katrina will not take the
rest of what we have -- and we are too old to start over a second
So -- as of June 2007 we are still living in an
apartment in Knoxville, TN. We have decided to settle either
in coastal northeastern North Carolina, or, in the upper Shenandoah
Valley near New Market, VA. We plan to travel to these areas
several times during the summer of 2007 and look for property.
Found a home.
This is the
latest installment in the saga of our wanderings after being wiped
out by Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina -- 29 August 2005 --
we moved (fled, actually) to Knoxville, TN, where Joe's parents
lived. Shortly after we arrived in Knoxville, Joe's father had
a stroke and died after a month, in November 2005. A few
months later Joe's mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
She lived for seven months and died in March 2007. We then set
about cleaning and renovating her house and settling her estate.
By the first of June 2007 the house was sold and the estate was in
probate -- we then started looking for place to settle.
In the fall of 2007 we decided to
settle on the Virginia Northern Neck. We purchased a lot
between the villages of Heathsville and Burgess, Virginia, and
rented a house in Wicomico Church, VA. As of the end of
December 2007, we are working with a builder to develop a house plan
and we hope to start building in March 2008.
Update: May 2008: We
are moving right along with construction on our new home on the
Virginia Northern Neck. Click on
this link to
follow our progress.
My mother died on 18 March 2007 after battling pancreatic cancer
for seven months. She was diagnosed with cancer in August 2006; by January
2007 the disease had spread to her lungs and liver and throughout her abdomen.
Joseph A. Schlatter, Sr.
My father, Joseph A. Schlatter, Sr., died on 29 November
2005. He was 90. Dad suffered a stroke on/about 5-6 November; he
lost the use of his right arm and leg and the effects of the stroke
progressed for three weeks. He died in his sleep early on the morning
of 29 November. My mother and I were at his side. Here is his
Zelma Cobb Golden
Rose's mother died on 23 October 2003 after a
three-year-long battle with Alzheimer's and the effects of diabetes and
Ernest E. Golden, Sr.
Rose's father died in February 1966 from
injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
You may have
received spam e-mail from an e-mail address ending in @schlatter.org. Beginning
March 7, 2003, I have received complaints from people I do not know who report receiving
porn solicitations and other spam with the return address of (something) @ schlatter.org.
I do not and have never sent spam e-mail of any kind.
You are receiving this e-mail because of a virus
contamination on someone else's computer. Certain viruses invade the address book in Microsoft Outlook or Outlook
Express and send spam to addresses in the address book, using one or more of the addresses
in the address book as the return address.
Thus, if you have received spam e-mail
from @schlatter.org, that mail did not originate from me -- it came from someone who has a
virus and who has my name in their address book. I have virus protection on my
incoming and outgoing e-mail and I scan my computer daily for new viruses. My
machine is clean -- someone else's is not and that's where the spam is originating.
Furthermore, we DO NOT USE schlatter.org to send messages -- our schlatter.org
e-mail accounts are catch-all accounts that
forward mail to our local ISP -- we do not
send mail from schlatter.org
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My current weather courtesy of WeatherUnderground. If you
want to see details of weather at my location, go to WeatherUnderground and
search for station KVAHEATH4.
From time to time, the old laptop computer that puts my weather data on the
Internet goes down, however, most of the time you can see my current weather and
my weather for the past day, week, or month.
As of February 2013, the WMR968 has been discontinued.
However, there are several manufacturers who produce home weather stations that
measure and record: inside temp and humidity; outside temp and humidity;
wind speed and direction; and, rainfall rate and total. Most of these
stations have the capability of feeding the data to a computer which then, with
appropriate software, will load the data onto an Internet site such as
WeatherUnderground, WeatherBug, or your own website. This company, Ambient Weather, sells home
weather stations by several manufacturers.
And . . . here's a photo from my webcam, looking out my front
window, across the road, across the neighbor's property, onto the Potomac River
(If it's night, you'll see only a couple of dots of light from my driveway
marking light and my neighbor's porch light):