My parents come from large families. Since my Dad has eleven brothers and two sisters I have many Uncles.
This must have been taken at some family gathering. Cousin Verniel took the photo and shared it with me.
Uncle George on the left and Uncle Arnold on the right….looks like they brought out some sauna dressing room benches into the yard. Looks like they were at Uncle Ervin’s place just from the lay of the land. Late on summer evenings that woods would be filled with fireflies.
Uncle George was son number eight and Uncle Arnold was child number thirteen and son number twelve. My Dad was son number ten.
Uncle George was a farmer and a fixer. A piece of baling twine could be used to fix many things. He was a kind, kind man. He married Aunt Grace and together they merged her girls (she was widowed early in life) with four more children that they would have together. I always considered the older girls “real” cousins…one day one of them said to me “BUT I am not a real cousin.” Maybe not to everyone…but to me they were “real.” One was four years and one was two years of age when their Mom married Uncle George…so he was the only father they ever knew and they called him Dad.
Uncle Arnold was a farmer and a carpenter, he could build just about anything. He was a wonderful gentleman who always had a kind word or two. He and his wife Sharon have five sons. I know one reasonably well, the others I don’t know at all. They lived on the farm where my grandparents raised all their children, now their oldest son lives there.
This photo was taken in 1978. Uncle George would die in 1997 from cancer at the age of 74. Uncle Arnold would die in 1991 from a heart attack at the age of 59. Both of their wives are still living.
My grandparents raised a wonderful bunch of boys and girls. They were all hard working law abiding, welcoming, kind, honest people. There wasn’t one I didn’t like or admire for some quality. Not a carouser in the bunch….although they could make lots of noise at a couple of Shivarees I attended when I was little.