Saturday, April 1, 2017

Blast from the Past April 1st 2017

This cute little boy is my husband's grandfather, the daring and possibly notorious John Wiley Redd.  The date on the picture was 1889.  I assure you, Wiley would not mind being called notorious, but actually, he was a great man. 
For several years, I've been scanning pictures from a box which once belonged to Ben's mother.  She's shown in this picture with her daughter Judith and her son Ben.  Their home in Leland is in the background.
The notorious Grandpa Wiley is seated on the left in this picture.  He's next to his wife Lydia.  Ida Mar, his daughter, is on the right holding her granddaughter Michelle.  Ben is standing in the back wearing a skinny tie.  This family spent a lot of time together and seemed to always take a photo.
Isn't this a great picture?  Ida Mar wrote on the back, "My missionary son." He had sent it to her from Kobe, Japan.
Ida Mar loved her only son, and he was definitely a cute little kid.
This picture was also in the box.  This is my adorable little boy, Sammie, who now has his own son about this age.
Sammie showed up in several pictures today.  I'm holding him in this picture.  Ben is on the left.  Davy is at my feet.  We were vising Ben's sister Judith in Baton Rouge while Ida Mar was in town, maybe for Dan's blessing.
They visited us in Baytown on several occasions and sadly the camera we used most often was a Polaroid.  David is standing in the center, with Sammie and Jeff on the right.  Cousin John is standing next to Dave.  Steve is holding Dan, and Michelle is holding Ben.  The Christmas tree and Jeff's age tell me this was December 1979.
This is Dan.
This is Michelle.  Ida Mar labeled most of the pictures, but I'd know these kids anywhere.
This is Steve when he was a little younger.  He was the oldest grandson and grew up to be a wonderful man.
Grandma Markham lived across the street from a park where Stephen enjoyed playing.
What a grin!

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