Hiking in the Cinque Terre

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

U.S.S.R. I

Moran Baxter, Major Watt Espy, Sr., George Grimsley, July 1959
This trio from Alabama is preparing to embark on a Roquemore Goodwill Beef/Dairy Tour to Russia and the Ukraine with other agribusiness leaders. A fairly large delegation toured the U.S.S.R. in order to inspect farming methods and share knowledge. M. W. Espy, Sr. is my grandfather.

My daddy, George H. Grimsley, Sr. represented education.  My future father-in- law, Moran Baxter, represented agriculture.  And Mr. Major Espy represented the business and banking sides of American culture on that trip.  - Karen Grimsley Baxter
I remember when they went. I started working with Mr. Espy Oct. 1959 and he talked about the trip constantly.  - Edna Whitehead

Major on the left

Walking towards Red Square and St. Basil's
Red Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The words 'Red Square' in Russian are Красная площадь or Krasnaya Ploshchad. The word Krasnaya actually has two meanings in Russian: Beautiful (the archaic meaning) and Red. And, the square itself was actually named using the archaic meaning, thus actually making it Beautiful Square. However, over time, it was switched to Red, although there's no link between the name and Communism. The square was etablished in 1493 but given the name Krasnaya Ploshchad in the 17th Century. St. Basil's was constructed in the mid-16th Century.

That must have been a new camera Granddad Major was using!

Kremlin walls, towers and government offices. The word 'kremlin' means fortress. Kremlins are actually found in many towns and cities in Russia. These fortified complexes were built to keep out enemies and provide a symbol of power. The Moscow Kremlin "embankment" was first inhabited by Slavs in 1090.


  1. I like this set of pictures - it's interesting to see that the only thing that's changed in 50 years is the style of clothing! I'm headed to Moscow in 2 weeks, I'll be teaching English there. Check out my blog, Nomad, if you have the time!

  2. I like your blogs. I have even added one of your blog links to mine. Good luck w/ teaching English. i taught EFL four years in Thailand and one year in Uzbekistan. Russia ought to be very interesting. Post lots of updates and many photos. BTW, i have some good friends in Moscow if you need some help. Two of them are young ladies about your age!

  3. Karen Grimsley BaxterNovember 24, 2015 at 6:39 AM

    My daddy, George H. Grimsley,Sr. represented education, my future father-in- law, Moran Baxter, represented agriculture, and Mr. Major Espy represented the business and banking sides of American culture on that trip. What you have done in chronicling the history of your family as well as Headland and Henry History is just awesome. Thank you thank you thank you! So enjoyed seeing daddy and Moran and Mr. Major.