Wednesday, May 16, 2018


This is a picture of my great grandfather Charles (left) and his brother Tom (right) and was recently given to me by someone whom I have never met but read a story that I wrote several years ago on my great grandfather's family. It isn't a scanned copy but an original copy and given to me because she felt it should be in my family. It is times like this that motivate me to write more about my ancestors so that perhaps in the future, it might reap benefits to me.

Charles was born in 1901 and spent the next 70 years living in the same Iowa town. He is one of three of my great grandparents (out of a total of eight) whom I was never able to meet. He was a factory worker and lived a solid blue collar life until he lost a lung due to cancer. He then retired until the other lung caught up and went the way of the first.

Tom was two years younger than Charles and left Iowa when he became an adult and lived for many years in Detroit as a grinder for one of the auto manufacturers. Then sometime in the late 40's or early 50's, he opted for a change of pace and moved to Texas where he worked in a machine shop until his death of a heart attack at age 53.

So both of these men had blue collar roots but they were decked out for this picture. They were both married in 1928 so I'm guessing this picture of them dates to some time before that when they were in their early to mid 20's.


Susan said...

What a great picture! It is a very small world, isn't it?

Kelly said...

How nice that you were given the original photo! I never knew any of my greats - only my two grandmothers.

I like the photo.

Bob said...

What a gift! You seem to openin more and more doors to your ancestry.

Ed said...

Susan - And it keeps getting smaller the older I get!

Kelly - I keep warning you, its addictive!

Bob - It certainly has been a gift that has kept on giving!