My dad was a product of the depression. He helped his mother during this time and raised and sold vegetables to help ends meet. He knew how to stretch a dollar and was quite savvy when it came to finances. The photo above was taken in a television studio when he was involved with a commercial involving a product he sold. He sold Larro feed a product produced by General Mills in his early business years.
My parents were married in 1947. At that time my dad and mom worked for A&P stores.
I came along in 1948, being the first of 5 children and the only boy. I remember my father reading to me and telling me stories when i was young. When I was a little older (4 or 5) he would take me along with him when he worked. It was always worth my while since he would often stop somewhere and buy me a bottle of pop. I remember one time when he left me in the pickup while transacting business, I got into the glove box and found some chicken pills which I decided to sample. I remember my mom trying to gag me to get me to throw up. whatever I consumed. Evidently the pills weren’t dangerous since they didn’t need to take me to the doctor. Although I get up and crow every morning.
My sister Joyce was the next edition to the family. I’m in the Halloween outfit. We lived in a large house with our grandmother living on the main floor which she shared with the young family of 4. We also had 12 rooming girls from the college who lived upstairs. My dad and I were always heavily outnumbered by females.
By 1965 the family was complete with 4 girls and myself. I’m estimating dates a little bit on these images. My sister Marcia is pictured with mom and dad. I was in high school and worked for my dad hauling feed, fertilizer, and chickens. I had the privilege of vaccinating chickens as my dad debeaked them. I was not overly excited about working with chickens although I enjoy their consumption. Dad also did some truck gardening specializing in sweetcorn. He also had potatoes, tomatoes, radishes, kolrahbi, peas, carrots, beans, strawberries, and raspberries. We always ate well and ate healthy. We also ate a lot of chicken which would have been considered organic chicken today.
My wife and I moved back home for one summer. This was a photo of my dad at a party we had that summer. Pictures of my dad were rather rare in the early days particularly since he was usually the person operating the camera.
I’m not sure of the date of this picture but I know it was taken in my studio in Fremont so I’m guessing 1979-1980. I had completed college in 1970 with a degree in education. My sister Joyce also graduated with the same degree. Marcia got a 2 year degree as a medical technician. Beth did not opt for college and Brenda also receive a degree in education. My father paid for all our schooling including 8 years of elementary parochial school and 4 years of parochial high school. He was a devout christian as well as my mother. We were extremely lucky to have them as parents. My dad had a very strong work ethic. He seldom spent anything on himself even in his later years after my mother passed away.
My mom passed away in 1987. My dad never shared his feelings but I know this was hard on him. His whole life at this time was my mother and his work. All the kids lived out of state except one.
My father remarried in 1989. I’m not sure of the exact date. His 2nd wife had been a classmate of his in high school. My father passed away in 1999. He was still on the phone selling baby chicks the last month of his life. He was suffering from cancer and worked until he had no strength left. My father was a good role model, I learned a lot from him most of it through osmosis. On behalf of the whole family I want to thank you for everything dad!