Cotton’s Patch

The Blank Family of Warren is pleased to  sponsor a gregg’s garden. We are doing this in gratitude to the city in which we were raised and where we shared many wonderful family  experiences. We call our garden Cotton’s Patch, after Earl P. Blank (1901-1983) known to all as Cotton (second from right).

Cotton and his wife Elizabeth (nee Forkin) lived at 786 Atlantic Street for more than 40 years. It is where they raised four sons (also pictured: Michael, Howard, Jack and Bob) and watched over eleven grandchildren over the years. The house is right on the edge of the gregg’s garden target area. The houses on both sides of 786 have been torn down and 786 is vacant now too – probably destined to be a garden one day soon.
Sometime back in the ‘60’s Cotton felt the need for a little greenery of his own and bought a 10-acre “farm” in Southington. The only structure on the farm was the barn where his two horses lived, but for many years all our warm-weather family gatherings took place back in a clearing next to a very old Airstream trailer that had been painted army green.
That was Cotton’s Patch back in the day and we — the 11 cousins — look forward to enjoying Cotton’s new patch in Warren.
Barb and Josh Olson
Beth and Stephen Patrick
Dennis and Ann Blank
Doug and Sally Blank
Jack Blank
Maureen and Kevin Helm
Mary and Ken Vassis
Mike and Belinda Blank
Molly and Ken Henline
Scott Blank
Tom and Katie Blank

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