My Mothers Father ( My Grandfather) Albert had an older brother. His name was Freddie.
Freddie (left) was born in 1901 and Albert (right) in 1903. This photo was most likely taken in 1905 or 1906.
In this photo Freddie was breeched but my Grandfather was not. Breeching is when a boy child got his first pair of pants..or breeches..I say britches. Most boys were breeched around the age of five. Britches had difficult openings (buttons) so a small boy would have to become really good with buttons so he wouldn’t have any potty accidents.
My Grandfather was wearing a skirt. Skirts and dresses were very acceptable “childrens” clothing back then..dresses were not male or female..they were simply children's clothing. Dresses were very practical for children because it was much easier to change their diapers. Clothing closures were either buttons or pins. Brothers and sisters often wore the same dresses as hand me downs. Sometimes boys wore more chunky belts and trims..they often had long locks of hair that were cut when they made the transition from babyhood to boyhood. To make that transition you had to be able to do the buttons in your britches.
Here they are both breeched and wearing knee pants and socks that went up past their knees.
This is the last photo that we have of Freddie. He died September 29, 1911 from Scarlet Fever. My Grandfather either survived the fever or didn’t get it…he became the oldest living child and I am sure he missed his older brother very much.
Born Nov 27, 1901
Died September 29, 1911
“Dearest loved one we have laid thee in the peaceful graves embrace, but thy memory shall be cherished till we see thy heavenly face.”
My Grandfather remained an only child for over a year. In October of 1912 he welcomed his baby brother Walter.
I was curious to find out how many children died of Scarlet Fever. It seems between 7 and 10 percent of all the cases ended in death. Somewhere between 300 and 500 people per 100,000 got it..once you had it you were immune. It was very contagious. It is the same germ family that we are familiar with today as Strep Throat:(