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I thought I’d follow up on yesterday’s post and DUVCW Tent 23 photo. Please take a moment to read the post and look at the entire photo here. I’m so taken by the veterans sitting proudly in the front row of the photo I thought I’d add some close ups of the men in today’s post.
Look at their medals worn with honor! I especially like that the man on the right has his uniform on.
The man on the right in this photo not only has his uniform on but also his hat! I mentioned yesterday that his daughter or granddaughter lovingly has her hand on his shoulder. In this up close view there are two hands on his shoulders.
These men are well into their eighties but I’ll bet they came together to remember fallen comrades and honor their memory.
I don’t know who the lady is. Perhaps the tent’s first president? But even today our members have the same medals for Tent President, Dept. President, etc.
If you can help me identify any of the men, the medals or uniforms I would appreciate it! Please leave me a comment! Thanks!
Easter this year was a quiet day. With my older kids in far away lands like California and Florida there were just four of us at the dinner table with me, my husband, daughter and dear family friend. I fixed a very traditional Easter meal with ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, pineapple up-side-down cake, you know the drill. So after our delicious meal my daughter took off for parts unknown, her bedroom to be exact and the three adults reminisced about Easters past.
Coloring eggs, eggs hunts in the yard, new clothes were all talked about and then we hit on everyone’s all-time favorite – the canned ham!! Yes we all had memories of our moms at the kitchen counter with that oval shaped tin. Watching her delicately but deliberately rock that metal key back and forth to get it off the side. Then the task of hooking that key on the metal tab of the can. As kids we’d inch closer to see this sight but Mom would tell us to stand back!! Who knew what would happen if this canned ham went berserk!!
I’ll bet you have, haven’t you? It’s happened to me! As I read their account of this wonderful genealogical treasure arriving out of the blue there’s this tiny little voice at the back of my mind that whispers, “Oh man! How come I don’t get my great grandmother’s diary or a family photo album filled with ten generations of photos all identified!”
Now I know we all cheer when a genealogist is contacted by a previously unknown cousin through their blog. Especially when that distant cousin has info about the blogger’s direct ancestors. Lucky dogs! We smile and give them a Hooray! when they receive a package in the mail. One that contains oodles of handwritten family letters loaded with valuable family information or the afore mentioned Bible. We marvel at their luck! We thank the genealogy gods on their behalf and quickly check our inbox for a similar message. I also turn a couple shades of green. I know, I know. Not cool but I wonder, “When is it going to be me?”
Then another small voice (who seems to show up at these times of envy!) reminds me of all the valuable family heirlooms I already have. Like
I’ve found a website that may just help all of us in our Holy Grail search of old family photographs. Dead Fred is a fabulous site dedicated to reuniting ancestor and their descendants. Run on a volunteer basis, Dead Fred, named after Germany’s King Fredrick III, lists more than 109,244 photos from around the world. These photos, all pre-1960, are donated to the site or uploaded by those in possession of them today. All pics are uploaded by folks who would like to see these photos eventually reunited with their proper families. Beside’s Dead Fred‘s 109,244 records they boast 17,980 surnames and 2,226 reunions, quite a feat since the site’s inception in 2001.
Not only is the viewer able to search photographs via surname, there is also a Mystery section for photos without any identification and an Annuals category listing numerous high school and university year books with photos.
If you are fortunate enough
I’ve been trying to clean out our basement. What a mess! We’ve lived here five years and have accumulated sooo much! It’s crazy but I’m trying to whittle our possessions down. Less stacked in the basement means less to manage.
So in the course of this adventure I find some genealogy papers tucked away in a bottom drawer, not seen by the human eye in several years. Why would I have some Frueh family papers in the basement and not in their binder? Good question, of which I haven’t a clue. But I enjoyed looking through everything again, especially this photo. As you can see if you squint, my grandfather is in it, some of his siblings, as well as my dad and a couple of his brothers. Lots of extended family. My guess is that this photo was taken in 1937 just before my dad married my mom.
The reason I’m showing this to you is because some clever person identified the people in this photo. See the other paper with names and arrows? Thank you very clever person! I would never, ever have known who some of these folks were, but since you put a name to each face I could look them up on my pedigree charts. Yay for you clever person!
So I have now added another thing to my to-do list. I NEED to make sure All my pictures are labeled. All of them! Which means if I start now I’ll be done by my 112th birthday. How about you?