Something very important happened
110 years ago........How can that be?
I can never think of a Saturday Derby
Day without thinking of my Maternal Grandfather
He was born May 5, 1903
"Pa" as he was known to me.
Born on a farm
His father farmed and was in politics
Times were hard and he was only allowed to
finish 8th grade so he could get a job.
But I never anyone more intelligent then Pa.
He ran off to the Christian Church Parsonage
in 1922 and married Grandma
they were 19.
In 1925 they had my Mother
their only child
They moved to Detroit MI
where he got a job with GM
They lived a good life even during the depression.
I loved to hear stories about shopping trips to
Hudson's department store.
|Leicester Court Apartment Detroit Michigan|
They did have to move to a smaller apartment for
awhile and when work at GM was slow Pa
did repair work for people in the apartment house.
He always worked hard.
By 1939 there was an opportunity to move home.
He bought his brother in law's
Shell gas station
He was on the corner of 6th and Madison from 1939-1973
It provided a good life for my Grandparents
He was a good Christian man
He was the first person in his Masonic Lodge to earn a 33 degree
He and Grandmother were Grand Lectures and traveled around
the state. They had many friends, took trips, had frequent dinner parties.
But there was plenty of time to spend spoiling my
brother and I.
Saturdays were spent going to see them.
I got to have a Coke out of the Coke machine!
We parked at the station and walked up town
to shop. Those are my favorite memories.
My Mother said he mellowed over the years
Christmas 1969 I asked him to pose with my Chatty Cathy
And of course he complied.
Mom thought he would of never of done that before.
My Grandmother died in 1984.
Mom was worried about him but he did great.
He mastered the microwave very well!
He enjoyed modern conveniences.
He said once
"the good ole day? You can have them, I think NOW is the
His vision was leaving him, but he developed his own
way of being independent.
When my Mom retired, they 2 of them spent
so much time together. How many people get enjoy
their parent when they retire?
He watched As The World Turns
and he would keep me updated on it.
He knew I wanted a Hoosier cabinet, so he bought one for me
and had it delivered.
During rough times when I bought a car with no radio
he made sure one was installed for me.
What ever I needed he was there in mind and heart.
He lived at home until he was 91.
One thing I loved was when Telemarketers
started he got one good.
After they gave they spiel he said
"Ok, I will buy your product, if you come to my
Tupperware party Tuesday night"
I still laugh about that!! 90 and sharp as a tack.
The person never called back!
I admire he so
All wrapped up in one word
Oh how I miss you.
Headed to 1515
think I will drive by the gas station and see if your there!