All Aboard – Chicago Bound

This is a snippet of a memory – I wonder if it’s true. My sister Ruth once told me that when our brother Bob was 12 years old, our father put him on a train going to Chicago and asked the porter to look after him and be sure he returned. I’m not clear whether this was in Boston or New York. I wonder………. July 20 would have been Bob’s 96th birthday, sadly he died at age 67 in June 1992. He is buried in the grounds of the Episcopal Church in Rutland Vermont, where he and his wife Lillian were married in 1953. Lillian is buried there also along with her sister Dottie and her parents. Rest in Peace Bob, Lil, Dottie, John and Cecilia

My Autobiography In 300 Words

I’ve started writing –  I was born in Boston Massachusetts on December 7, 1936.  My 3 older siblings had gone to school that day per usual.  My sisters Ruth and Nan were 6th and 5th graders in Payson Park Elementary School. They were called to the principal’s office and given the happy news that they had a new baby sister.  Ruth suggested that I be named Janet

IMG_0003   my mother and father, married on December 28, 1935

IMG_0002 Spring 1937  on our back door steps                     my mother holding me, my siblings seated from left to right Nan age 9, Bob age 12, Ruth age 10.     I need Ruth to remind me of the cat’s name – possibly Blackie

Born On The 4th Of July

My grandfather born July 4, 1874

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Alfred William Friend  born July 4, 1874  died August 4, 1957

The baby pictured above is my mother, born April 7, 1912.   holding her is her father Alfred William Friend.  He was age 38 and already the father of twin daughters born 1907, a year after he married May Belle Willis   They married twice in October 1906, a marriage in Boston and a marriage in Minneapolis.  Red tape when you move and get married at the same time.

More Family Photos

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A young dad – my grandfather Alfred W. Friend with his 3rd daughter Dorothy, a newborn in April 1912

 

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3 daughters, Elizabeth, Alice, and Dorothy.    With their father in Omaha.  1920 approx.

 

 

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Dorothy and Elizabeth taking photos on tour in England, summer 1932

 

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My mother Dorothy, Auntie,, Aunt Libby, hunt Alice

Me Janet, Kitty, Betsy, Bill, Bobby

 

 

  Grandma Friend as a young mother in Minneapolis Minnesota.  She is holding me as a newborn and one of the twins is standing beside us.   1912

 

 

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My grandfather and his sister (Auntie) outside our house in Belmont Mass   1951

Auntie died in 1952 at age 78    Grandpa died in 1957, at age 83

My Grandfather as a Young Man

 

2019_06_06_15_39_54.pdf000  I found this photo recently in my mother’s archive,  My grandfather is with his 3 daughters in 1923,  At that time the family was living in Omaha Nebraska.  My mother is the 11 year o;d on the right.

I have titled this to indicate my grandfather was young but that’s a relative term.  Actually he was almost 50 in 1923,  But my image of him has always been of him as an older man in his 70’s and early 80’s – when I knew him,

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Mrs Dalloway

IMG_5407Mrs Dalloway, written by Virginia Woolf in the early 1920’s.  I can’t help but compass this cover with the photo of my mother Dorothy and her sister Elizabeth (Libby).  The sisters were traveling in England and Scotland in 1934.

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