My paternal grandmother was beautiful.
This is one of the early photos I have of her that was probably taken in Michigan …before she joined her parents in Minnesota. My Dad said that she used to travel back to Michigan to visit her friends every so often. She was 21 when she left Michigan.
This photo was probably taken about 1950. Note that my Grandpa dropped his hat and set the cream can down for the photo. I wonder if those are some of Grandma’s Hollyhocks in the background…they were her favorite flower.
This is me with my grandparents. This photo is probably from 1952.
Sadly Grandma would die on June 18, 1953. I was only 21 months old. So I have no real memories of her…only a feeling that we had a wonderful connection. She was born January 5, 1889 and died of a massive heart attack on June 18, 1953. She was 64 years 5 months and 13 days old.
Grandma was mother to 14 children ( 12 sons and 2 daughters). One died in infancy he (Einerd E.) was six months old in 1925. She suffered the loss of a son (Arthur) in World War II in 1944, he would be buried in a Italy at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno Italy. I wonder how traumatic that was for her? She was a midwife. Men would come and get her in the horse and buggy to help with the birthing of their babies. Sometimes that was sad for her also, my Dad says that if a baby was born dead or died shortly after birth that she would cry for days. She was a good cook. She ran her household like a General runs an army, all those boys had jobs and they did them without question. She smoked a pipe every evening and she loved Hollyhocks.