Writer's Block=Needed Inspiration=Found in Throw Back Thursday=Decided to throw it way back to my forgotten hobby of genealogy and collecting the stories and pictures of my ancestors.
This week has found me looking at my family scrapbooks, which honestly hasn't happened in quite a while. I do love those monsters, even if they are each about five inches thick and account for years of my life in time. In each I have copies of all of the pictures that I have scanned, captions, stories, mementos, and some nice scrapbooky-decorations to boot. Those scrapbooks are at the top of the list to grab if I would ever have fear of a home fire. I have to admit that I used to take them to the basement with me when we would take shelter during tornado warnings. And I maaaaay have had nightmares about them sliding off a cliff into a fiery abyss. They might be important to me.
This recent journey into the past has reminded me that I have not been putting any effort into maintain my quest. During my spring break (and later this summer) I have a renewed goal of updating those books, scanning in some new items, recording new family events, backing up my info, and most importantly creating the latest revision to share. One of my biggest goals when I made this into a serious hobby was to share what I was finding with my extended family- I usually burn CDs with all of the files and pictures to give to everyone. It has been quite a while since I have done that, so it is now on the To-Do list. Help hold me to it :)
~1~Up this week- My Dad's side of the family.
~2~The Bogners. We can start with this couple:
|Opal Irene, a pretty lady.|
|Walter George, a handsome fellow.|
Oh-Henry and still am there once a week to lead a Bible Study. My grandparents, great grandparents, great-great, and great-great-great grandparents have ties to this church building.
~3~My grandparents were married for about two years before he left to serve in the Army Air Corps. He was primarily stationed in the Mariana Islands and worked as a cryptographer.
|Chicago was 7332 miles away from this spot.|
|This reminds me of MASH (I know, wrong war). My Grandpa is on the right.|
|Mass celebrated by Archbishop Spellman.|
4. My Grandma Opal was also from Henry. She was one of seven kids, and they were well connected in the community. For example:
|My Grandma is the lady holding the guitar, and her sister is next to her.|
She was always pretty fashionable lady, if I do say so myself.
Here she is with her two sisters and one of her four brothers. She is on the far right.
|Oh, the car, and the suits, and the pearls.|
|My Great-Aunt Lois, their friend Eveyln, and my Grandma in Chicago celebrating either VE or VJ Day.|
~5~Marriage- Check. War- Check. Farm- Check. Time for kids.
My Aunt Donna came first, then about five years later my Aunt JoAnne.
And when JoAnna was one year and one month old, my Grandmother had twins, my Dad and my Uncle Sam.
Three babies all at once. She was a strong lady.
|JoAnne, Sam, and Steve.|
|Watching their new Zenith TV. Grandma is holding my dad.|
|My dad is the ornery looking one in the middle.|
My dad enjoyed growing up a farm kid,
Thank goodness he survived childhood so that he could sport this fetching hairstyle for his senior picture.
|My sisters and I think he looks like Christian Bale's Theodore Lawrence in this shot.|
~7~Fast forward a bit and my mom met my dad. It took him a year (A YEAR!) to call her after he got her number...
...but they just celebrated 30 years of marriage and have raised three daughters, welcomed two sons-in-law and are ready for the next adventure.
My Dad has to be a pretty strong guy to have lived with four ladies and no boys in sight for so long.
But he is the kindest husband, most supportive dad, and best fixer-of-all-problems guy that I know.
Thanks for sticking with me through another Friday of random stories about my family. Don't forget that the things that you record, photograph, and document today will be priceless memories for someone in the future. Take a few minutes to add your story to the legacy you are leaving behind.
“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” ~Psalm 78:4
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