Saturday, March 29, 2014
My creativity today is focused on analyzing a family picture from 1942. When I first looked at the photo I really didn't appreciate what I had here in the way of family history. It is a diverse representation of four generations but with only one or two people on the many branches.
When I was younger and away from home, my mom had my two older brothers go through the photos in all the boxes. They were told to take what they wanted and of course they would take the ones of the era of their growing up. My years were 10 years later so many of the photos of the two older brothers would not be of anything that I would remember. Slowly but surely, my oldest brother, scans and emails to me images of the past. I wasn't born until 12 years later but they do spark my curiosity.
I am first impressed with the clarity and good contrast of this photo. It is a photo taken in Murray, Iowa where my Grandmother moved after loosing her husband in 1937 and where my mom and oldest brother lived while my dad was in the service. For shooting a photo with a box camera they normally will be slanted. The second thing that amazes me is that this is truly four generations of people. The generation steps aren't by one individual family but by the generations that you see here. If you were to visualize this photo, the tree would actually have one or more people represent on many different branches that sprout back to Grandpa Wheeler. Being a visual, I would really like to draw it out but I will spare you.
The picture marked Grandfather Wheeler is really my Great Grandfather Wheeler. He is the dad of my grandmother on my mom's side.
Elva Wheeler, we called him Elvie, is the son of the Grandfather in the picture and Elva is my Grandmother's brother. There were five boys and one girl in the family. That means he is a Great Uncle.
Kenneth sitting in the back is my Grandmother's son, my mom's brother. He is my Uncle Kenneth and I bet Uncle Marvin is the one laying in the grass next to him. There were two boys and a girl in that family.
The Ronnie, little boy, is my oldest brother. He is sitting there with his Great Grandfather, Great Uncle and his Uncle, maybe two uncles, in the background.
Shirley and Freda are second cousins to Ronnie and of course myself. Their father, not in the picture was another brother to Elva and my Grandmother. They would be first cousins to Kenneth in the background.
The achievement here is that I discovered a visual curiosity of a family tree. The other thing I enjoy is how good the photo is with all it's clarity and the historic cars and houses. The house still stands today, the one on the left, but it was turned into a one story. My parents met and married because of this house and the history of renters my dad's sister in the upstairs of the house. I think the garage and house next door are also still standing. Trees have been added but it still is all there.
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