Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Friday, October 9, 2015

300 is Good!!!!

I started on Week 11.  I had to look it up.  I really didn't think that I could compete with the big ones who post so well and write so well, but I have hung in there.  I have stumbled a long the way and found life to be too busy to post.  I have always come back.  Not with the gusto that I once had but with the same interest that I had when I first began.

Family shots were my priority as I tried to organize and identify so many photos of my family's past.  The above photo is of my dad, creeping up on my two oldest brothers who are sitting in the yard.  As I look at it I am believe they are trying to get the boys to look at the camera and smile. The little girl is a first cousin that I have never met, lost because of a divorce, from family connections.  She and the guys are all older than me as I am not born yet in this photo taken probably in 1943.

The discoveries have been great, As I met blog deadlines I surprisingly found a photo of my grandparents visiting the Pacific ocean.  The took a train across the  United States to Oregon to visit their grandson. The boy is a year older than me and my grandfather died later in the year.  I never met him but Charlie was said to be a friendly old man.

I found a shot of two great great aunts.  They were my great grandmothers sisters.  I have only a newspaper copy of a reunion that my mom and others attend 70 plus years ago. The family name was Maxsun.
My Great Grandmother on my mother's side was Carrie Rosella Maxson Brown Driver

The two woman above are two of her sisters and the photo identifies them with their married names.  The woman on the left is Ida Roberts and on the right is Cara Brown. To have found this photo and it actually would be my Great great aunts is all amazing to me. 

Two other sisters were Jane Henderson and Ellen Boward.
There were also two brothers John Maxson and Walter Maxson.
That would make seven in total in the Maxson Family.

Because of this blog I was forced to find the facts and meet more family than I knew existed. 

Because of this blog I learned to tell the difference between my Grandpa Leroy Brown and my other Grandpa Charles Burgus. I use to confuse them and would put the wrong name on each.  This is my Grandfather Leroy Brown shown left.

 This is the photo of my Grandfather Charles Thomas Burgus. I never knew either one of them.  Grandpa Brown died of TB in 1937.   Grandfather Burgus died the year before I was born in 1949.

Sometimes my blog seems like a train wreck as I get started telling a story and it just plain derails before I am done.  I like that the purpose of the site is to share photos of the past and if one knows the history then you get to tell your story. I am so glad that I can post on the week 300.    Thanks for stopping by and check out the others who are posting on the 300th week anniversary.  Click on Sepia Saturday Posts and see what others are sharing. 


Sallysmom said...

You are so very lucky to find these photos of your family. I know you treasure them.

Postcardy said...

Your two grandfathers really look a lot alike. I never knew my grandfathers either because one died years before I was born, and the other shortly after.

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

I too learned to look at my photos by participating in Sepia improved my powers of observation greatly. Your family photos are terrific.

La Nightingail said...

I can see why you might have mixed your grandfathers up. They do look quite similar. I was only 2 1/2 when my Grandpa Jim passed away, & only 6 when my Granddad B. passed. I have pictures of myself with them, but don't remember them personally - a fact which makes me a little sad. Nor do I know much about the kind of men they were. I actually know more about a great grandfather, whom I never knew nor met, because he kept a written journal of a grand trip he took which reveals much about his character.

Nancy said...

Great photos to share, Larry. I like that in a way, you're keeping alive those who have died. Good for you!

Martin Hodges said...

I've been absent more than present too, Larry. But what a treat to find you still blogging and serving up great photographs and family stories.

Kristin said...

When I first looked at your great aunts, I thought 1 was your grandmother because the resemblance is so marked. I have looked more closely at family pictures because of Sepia Saturday too.

Jo Featherston said...

You have some great photographs to remember your family by, even those people you never actually knew.

Wendy said...

I found many of your comments so amusing - probably because I can relate. I know how it feels to get those ancestors confused.

Little Nell said...

It’s always good to see your name on the list of contributors Larry. I really enjoy your posts and this week is no exception; you’ve done us proud.

Lorraine Phelan said...

Aunt Cara's skirt design is so unusual.I love that old photos show us small details like clothing as well as context.

Tattered and Lost said...

I have always enjoyed your posts. A little bit of the Midwest to this West coast girl.

Love the shadows in the first shot with the cars in the distance.

And I can see how your get confused with the grandfathers; they look very similar!