Friday, July 9, 2010
Two Grandmas.........and Oscar.........Week 31
My older brother was told to take a bunch of the old photos home with him many years ago by my mother. Since he has learned to scan and post I am finding photos from him that I have never seen before now.
I have posted about my Grandmother Mabel Wheeler Brown Brooks many times and above she is standing among four of her brothers. There was another brother named Calus who lived elsewhere. I guess they didn't see him very much as he married a woman from Des Moines and they didn't associate with him or her. This is a rough looking bunch of people from my mom's side. They all lived in or near Winterset and Lorimor near the Madison County area in Iowa.
They area already identified but they are from the left, Lee Wheeler, Elva Wheeler, Mabel Wheeler, Weaver Wheeler and Elga Wheeler. What were the thinking with the double W name and also with the Elga, Elva similarity?
My Grandmother Brown lost her first husband and a few years later married the guy above. His name was Oscar Brooks. He was a grumpy character and I think I explained in an earlier blog that he sat and watched black and white baseball games, while spitting in a tin can next to his chair, his chew. I have notes on another picture where he went to in-laws and refused to get out of the car except to have his picture taken. That tongue thing is something he did all the time and I am not sure he is holding in a chew spit when he is sliding that tongue. My brother Rex is in his lap here and Ron is standing.
This is a prized photo as I don't have many photos of my Grandmother Burgus. She is holding my oldest brother Ron in front of their house in Murray, Iowa. This woman is where I get my British blood line as she was Grace Elizabeth Turner Burgus. Her grandparents on her mother's side were Abernathy.
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