One hundred years ago today my Grandmother Hilda gave birth to her first son. She and Grandpa named him Wilbert Samuel. The oldest son, the first of fourteen children.
My Grandparents had been married fourteen months before Wilbert was born.
This photo is from 1919.
By summer of 1919 Wilbert was seven years old, Hugo was five, Jalmer was three, Ervin was two and baby Oscar was born May 31 1919. ( He helps to date the photo!) By this time my Grandparents had been married eight years and they had five sons.
I always think my Grandmother looks tired in this photo and I bet she was.
This is one of my favorite photos. Uncle Wilbert is cutting my Uncle Hugo’s hair. You just had to make do…I suppose you could always wear a cap. Wilbert was the barber and cut everyone’s hair..well at least all his brothers hair..when you have lots of brothers you get lots of practice.
My Uncle Wilbert married my Aunt Senia ( Who is still alive, but lives in the Nursing Home.)
This may be their wedding photo.
My Uncle Wilbert died in February of 1990. He had the flu and was recovering in the hospital and died. He was 78 years old. I had many opportunities to have coffee with him and visit…I wish I had written down some of his stories.
Uncle Wilbert and Aunt Senia had three beautiful daughters.
My Uncle Wilbert was like all of my father’s brothers. They were all strong men physically and emotionally, steadfast in their faith and good fathers with a keen sense of humor. Salt of the earth.
One hundred years..I often wonder what it was like back then. My Grandmother was a midwife later in her life. I imagine that she was tended to by her mother and sisters for the birth at home:)