Was looking at the calender and I could not figure out what the date January 12th meant. A birthday? Party? Eureka… January 12 is my grandparent’s wedding anniversary.. This glamorous couple who married right after World War II on January 12, 1946. I love this wedding picture of them. It sits in my dining room and I love to look at the happy couple. My grandfather had seen a lot in the war and my grandmother had come home after being in Washington DC serving in the Women’s Army Corps. Life was coming back to a new normal for them as they were to embark on their adult lives.
Gertrude Yuill and Robert Schwarz (my grandparents)
As a side note, I wore these same pearls on my wedding day as the ones my grandmother has around her neck. A wonderful to connection to my grandmother who had given them to me when I turned 16.
Wedding announcement in the local newspaper
My ancestors were not famous or rich just hard working people who loved their families and worked hard to give them a better life. So today I celebrate Labor Day
Great Great Uncle Thomas Kennedy (bar tender)
My Grandmother (librarian)
Emily Nixon Schwarz , Jack Schwarz (plumber), Thomas Tyson Nixon (stone mason) and Emily Shields Nixon (governess)
George William Burke (firefighter) Babylon, New York
Henry May (highway supervisor)
Family Farm in Brooklyn
I have been naughty and not posting lately. No real excuses just life gets busy. Unfortunately, I missed posting my grandmother’s birthday! My grandmother had a life that began with much tragedy with her father’s untimely death in an automobile accident, many years of happiness and then tragedy again. I remember now the good times and they overshadow any of the bad. So today I wish her a happy belated birthday in heaven.
Granny (left) with her sister Pat (about 1930)
Delores Burke (1941)
In my treasures, I found three pictures of my great great grandfather Alexander Yuill who was born in 1869 in Yonkers, New York right after his parents arrived in America. The photos amaze me as they show the passage of time as he ages. The similar poses show the same brown ridge and chin . Especially how he grew a mustache and kept it into old age.
Alexander about 1890
Alexander Yuill photo dated 1943
I am still sifting through my treasures. At times it is hard to look at all these family mementos and not let the memories take over regretting all those loved one that I have lost. Such happy times are captured in these pictures. I want to climb in those pictures to spend another moment hugged by my mom and grandma. So I have been slowly , day by day, looking through my treasures and absorbing what I have found.
Today I thought I would share my grandmother’s middle school graduation in 1936. I did not think in the 1930’s that there were ceremonies for this event as I thought that was a more modern invention. My grandmother the pack-rat saved the program. She had double honors. I knew she was a smart lady.
Middle School Graduation, Staten Island, NY
Grandma Gertrude Yuill Schwarz , 1936
I love finding all these old pictures of a young grandmother. I cannot believe how beautiful she was both inside and outside. Wish I could talk to her again. There is so much as a grown up woman that I would love to talk to her about.