Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Way We Were Wednesday - Ben

This picture was taken in the early 1960's at my Aunt Edith's wedding.  This is my father's uncle Benjamin and his second wife Alma.  My grandfather had some colorful brothers, my grandfather was one of the quiet ones, Ben was even quieter.  When his brothers were holding an illegal poker game upstairs, he was hosting bible study downstairs.  Then there was the time the house next door was raided by the police and the "working girls" from next door starting jumping into the upstairs windows and fleeing out through the back door.   

I knew this was Ben's second wife, I didn't know until I sorted through my parents records after they died what happened to his first wife.  In the 1930's she died of appendicitis.  

Any quiet ones in your family.

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  1. No, not really. I think your other uncles sound more interesting. Did they have a connection to the working girls next door?

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  2. Aside from perhaps being customers.

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  3. Loved this post! I am a sucker for stories like this. I think my dad's brother was the quiet one.
    Unfortunately, I have all but lost touch with many of my relatives. Traveling and time are merciless.

    XOXO

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    1. My grandfather kept a pool table at the farm, and his brothers would come out from the city to play. I did get a chance to meet many of them.

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  4. nope, both mother's and father's sides are both noisy.

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    1. And you are so sweet (until riled.)

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  5. Not ONE frickin quiet uncle in my family... and few fun ones either.

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    1. I don't think I will ever be called the fun one.

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  6. Oh yes, lots of quiet ones, loud ones and weirdos -- just like every family!

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  7. My father was a quiet sweet man, naturally. When he drank (daily) he was a loud sweet man. My mother's sister is quiet. So was my maternal grandmother. I take after them (shut up!). Both sides otherwise are quite boisterous.

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  8. Both parents had large families so everything from mild to wild.

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  9. I love old photos like this!
    I do want to give them humorous titles though. Like Mikright

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