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Graduation almost 80 years ago

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

Middle School Graduation, Staten Island, NY

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Grandma Gertrude Yuill Schwarz , 1936

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.

 

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Daddy’s Little Girl

There is something special about the relationship between Dads and their little girls. My father and I had a very close relationship and when he died a part of me died too.  I cannot imagine the pain of the loss of your little girl. That is what happened to my great grandfather and the great aunt I never knew about until a few years ago.

I always believed my grandmother was the oldest daughter of three girls until I found a baby picture of my grandmother with an older  girl.

Evelyn and Gertrude Yuill 1923

Evelyn and Gertrude Yuill 1923

I asked my uncle who was this older girl in the picture with Grandma? Her name was Evelyn and she was the older sister of my grandmother . The girls were less than 12 months apart in age. Evelyn was the first born and the apple of her father’s eye.

William Yuill with his daughters in 1922

William Yuill with his daughters in 1922

However tragedy was soon to hit in 1923 and Evelyn died of polio. My grandmother was now the oldest daughter. My great grandparents went on to have two more beautiful daughters but Evelyn was never forgotten. When William Yuill died thirty years later in 1953, his daughter Evelyn was re-interred with him in Oceanview Cemetery in Staten Island, NY. William Yuill was reunited with his little girl.