When my father sent me several documents related to our family history, he sent me a few photographs too. Two of these photographs made me think back, remembering times from my past.
This was my Dad’s cousin Harold, and his wife Grace. I only had the opportunity to see him a couple of times, but I remember him being a kind man, and he had a bit of a sense of humor. His wife was nice, and a wonderful hostess when we visited their home in Lubbock, Texas when I was in my teens. I still remember having the best hamburger of my life down there. It was really more of a steak burger, because they used ground sirloin. Yummy!
Harold had served in the military, and had been a prisoner of war. Every time I see “Bridge on the River Kwai” I think of Harold because I was told that he worked on it while in captivity.
The next picture was older; the memories that came to me with it were not of the young girls in the photo, but of some of the women I knew in it.
The people in this picture were misidentified in this picture a couple of times by my Dad. He originally told me that this was a picture of my great-grandmother and three of her four girls. He later identified it correctly as the four sisters. However, he had also identified the youngest (on the left) as my grandmother, but in reality, she was not the youngest; the girl on the left was actually her sister, Jessie Rae. My grandmother would then be on the right. The oldest girl would be Donna, who was Harold’s mother. The girl seated would be Jeanette.
Sadly, I never knew two of the people in the photograph. Aunt Donna had died long before we were able to visit Texas as a family, and my grandmother died when I was just a baby. I do remember Aunt Rae a little better. We had several occasions where we would attend family gatherings together. My memories of her though are not very distinct; bits and pieces of a Thanksgiving dinner or some other holiday gathering, but most of them relate more to the food or to the other children than they do to Aunt Rae.
With Aunt Jeanette though, the memories are quite vivid. I spent so many days with her. While she always seemed old to me, when I was a child I can remember going so many places with her. She would often take me with her when she would do to visit with Aunt Rae or other family members that were down in the Detroit suburbs. I would often stay the night at her house, and I would be there on occasion when out-of-town visitors came by. I believe the first time I met Harold was one of those times; I met his brother Glenn on another occasion when I was at Aunt Jeanette’s.
The final picture had no memories associated with it. It was a picture of family members I had never met before: My Aunt Bunny and her children.
I knew they were out there, somewhere. I was hoping that I would soon get the next clue to help solve the mystery of where they were. Little did I know that this picture would be a key clue to that solution.