Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The Way We Were Wednesday - Great Grandparents

This is my father's mother's parents, my paternal-maternal great grandparents.  He was a sandhog, a tunnel digger who specialized in "soft soils." In simple terms, he ran crews that hand dug tunnels in muck and sand.  Often working in compressed air.  Subway tunnels, car tunnels, and later in life water inlet tunnels into the great lakes.  He started in England, worked across the eastern USA, did a job in Mexico City 107 years ago.  He died around the time I was born.  My great grandmother died in 1977, for several years she lived with my grandparents on the farm. I got to know her very well.  She was born in Swansea on the south coast of Wales.  I have been to see where she was born.  Only once, I heard her speak Welsh - it frightened me.  I'd love to hear her again.  


  1. Anonymous3/04/2020

    That's funny about you being frightened by great grandmother speaking Welsh. I guess you were quite young.

    1. Young, and I had lived a sheltered life. Saw tv news in Irish last night, that is different

  2. The photo is priceless and the memories, too, especially your childhood reaction to Welsh.

  3. when you visit squire john gray this year, listen to him speak.

  4. Hard workers, the pair of them.