Ernest Michael Stangeland 1964-82

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Ernest Michael Stangeland 1946-64
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Ernest Michael Stangeland 1982-89
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Mike Stangeland living in government housing 1964   The day I turned 14 I brought my working permit from the county judge to Piggly Wiggly to apply for my first job. I worked there on and off for 5 years, became stock manager for the last 2 and ran the entire store except for the cashiers and meat market. It was very valuable work experience and I actually supported a family on the minimum wage which at the time was twice as high as it is today (2015).

 
Gail and Mike Stangeland high school graduation 1964   High school valedictorian photo, 1964

 
Mike Stangeland holding Shawn Stangeland at a Hudson family reunion on Fundy Bayou, 1965   Mike and Phyllis Stangeland on Pensacola Beach, ca. 1967

 
Mike in his library at the Gainer house in east Milton, ca. 1969   Mike at the Gainer house in east Milton, ca. 1969

 
Gail and I had a welcome home party for a friend who just came back from the jungles of Vietnam. He obviously had serious PTSD, his wife (in the background) committed suicide a few years after this picture was taken. Thier life together had been very hard.   Mike and Shawn Stangeland at the first family house on Gainer Avenue, Milton, Florida, Christmas 1970
The hair was long mainly to protest the Vietnam war and demonstrate that you were on the Liberal Democrat side.


 
Mike and Shawn Stangeland in the back yard of the Gainer house, ca. 1971   Mike Stangeland playing cards with family, Gainer house, ca. late 1970's

Mike holding Shelley Stangeland sitting with J.B. Hartley in J.B.'s front yard, 1971

Mike playing his first Martin D18 at the Gainer house, ca. 1973

 
Shawn and Mike Stangeland playing a board game at the Gainer house, ca. 1973   Mike and Shelley Stangeland, ca. 1976

Mike and Shelley Stangeland reading a birthday card from Shelley before opening her gift at the Gainer house, 1977 Mike's Christmas present from Gail, Butterflies of the World
Shelley, Gail and Mike Stangeland, ca. 1977

 
Mike building a foundation on the back of the Gainer house for a workshop/studio, 1976   Mike building Shelley's playhouse, 1978

 
Shelley Stangeland in the doorway of her play house in the back yard of the Gainer Avenue house, 1978   Shelley's play house built from waste pallets found in the dump, 1978

 

Buford Johnson, Charlie Collins and Mike Stangeland at the old Carter house, Bagdad, Florida, late 1970's. Charlie was playing the local county auditorium with his Grand Ole Opry buddy Bashful Brother Oswald. After the show I asked Charlie to come to our house for an all night jam session with the local musicians and he accepted. I asked him what he would like for refreshment and he said he'd like to drink Crown Royal so I stopped and bought him a bottle. It was one of the greatest experiences of my musical life up till that point, trading fiddle tunes with Charlie Collins all night long and sipping Crown Royal.


The High Point Ramblers playing at Bubba Hancock's wedding in Selma, Alabama, 1970's. Left to right: Ken Smith (banjo), Mike Stangeland (mandolin), a friend (guitar), Ray Smith (guitar), Bubba Hancock (bass)

 

Mike Stangeland and Walter Allen, I played with Walter Allen, an art professor at Pensacola Junior College, for a few years in the late 1970's


Shawn, Shelley and Mike Stangeland in the Gainer house, Christmas 1977 Mike Stangeland in the late 1970's

Mike Stangeland in front of his Dodge window van somewhere at a bluegrass fesitval in the late 1970's Mike Stangeland next to his Dodge window van somewhere at a bluegrass fesitval in the late 1970's

 

 
The High Point Ramblers warming up for thier next performance at a bluegrass festival somewhere along the Florida panhandle, late 1970's   Mike Stangeland with an old friend from the bluegrass world, can't remember his name, late 1970's

Mike and Shawn Stangeland building Shelley Stangeland's tree house in the back yard of the Carter house in Bagdad, Florida, November 1979

Mike Stangeland building Shelley Stangeland's tree house in the back yard of the Carter house in Bagdad, Florida, November 1979

The High Point Ramblers bluegrass band at Nichols Lake Bluegrass Festival. Left to right: Bill Indy (fiddle), Ken Smith (banjo), Bubba Hancock (bass), Ray Smith (guitar), Mike Stangeland (mandolin)

 

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