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
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
my mother and father, married on December 28, 1935
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
My grandfather born July 4, 1874
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.
A young dad – my grandfather Alfred W. Friend with his 3rd daughter Dorothy, a newborn in April 1912
3 daughters, Elizabeth, Alice, and Dorothy. With their father in Omaha. 1920 approx.
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
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 mother and her sisters and their dad. Omaha Nebraska? 1920’s
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,
a bit blurred but this is a photo of my grandfather in 1912 when he was in his mid-30’s.
A Smiling Graduate in 1995
I found this photo in an old calendar/book that my mother had. This happy fellow is one of my brother’s grandsons. We’ve never met.
Mrs 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.
My mother and her sister and a 3rd out for a brisk walk – photo from July 1934, Crianlarich Scotland
Church of Scotland in Crianlarich