Monday, April 1, 2013
A New Photo To Fill in the Gap
This photo that I recently found among my great uncle's personal effects ranks up there among my favorite old photos. In it, it shows my great uncle as a baby being held in my great grandfather's arms while Lassie, the family dog looks on. I have many pictures of my great grandfather Victor and have posted a few of them in old posts. I guess because he and his wife Grace were still alive when I was old enough to remember them that they hold a special spot in my heart. But of the many pictures, I only have a few of young Victor between his World War I career and when his sons were already grown men.
Victor lost all his money in the Great Depression when the bank it was deposited in went belly up. In fact, he was in Texas when news first reached him of the banks imminent demise and he frantically called his wife back in Chicago to withdraw their money before it happened. Unfortunately his wife was in the hospital and in labor with the imminent birth of my grandfather. He came back home a broke man and had to begin his life all over. Perhaps that explains why there are few photographs of that era. By the time he was successful again, my great Uncle was off in World War II and my grandfather was in high school.
This picture was before all of that however. My great grandfather was trying his hand at farming and his first son has been born earlier that summer. Times were good and the Great Depression was still seven years away.