Saturday, January 31, 2009

le family



(my great-great-grandfather and my WIFE!)

(my mom and the neighbor's cat, her grandfather, run over by a train)

(great grandmother and her father, my great-great grandfather--run over by a train)


(my grandfather and his mother-in-law, my great-grandmother)


(My mom in 1960)














A few odds and ends relatives and ancestors. Quite a few of my grandfathers on both sides were run over by trains.

16 comments:

kate et jim said...

Fred Oliver looks like he's in a Superman pose...

Your Mom is beautiful! You have her eyes.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

Fred thought he was superman, believe me.....

kcinnova said...

Okay, I'll bite: what kind of career did those grandfathers have, that they were run over by trains?

denis said...

my thoughts exactly kcinnova. what's the deal with that? do you suffer from trainphobia?


gary, is the whole getting run over by a train made up? i can see possibly one, BUT QUITE A FEW!!!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

I am not kidding about the trains. I love trains, actually. None of them worked on trains. I think it was a reaction to bad times, if you can read between the lines on that.
(OK, I'll lay out a theory---a death that looks like an accident, not suicide, therefore the family could collect something? Just a theory.)

Farmer*swife said...

It's always fascinating to look back on super old photos and find pieces of ourselves along the way.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

How cool that you have and can identify these pictures.

My grandfather's father was hit by a train. I'm not making that up.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

I think that it may have been not uncommon.
If I remember the story correctly, my great-grandmother bertha Davis lost her father to a train and 20 some years later lost her husband to a train and then 20 some years later lost her son to a train. Something like that, plus an uncle.

"Ice Pony Girl" said...

Oh my...Fred Oliver was hot!

Hey Gary....the yellow piggy was delivered on Thursday,

Baby Sierra is ill with her first cold, poor little thing.

As soon as she's well again, my daughter Jenni will take a photo of Sierra and the yellow piggy.

<;o]

Thanks
Ice Pony Girl

PS....STAY OFF THE TRACKS!!!!!!!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

Glad the pig got there, sorry it took so long, nearly 3 weeks! I shall be very careful indeed.

Hilary said...

Sounds to me that your family has a one-track mind. ;)

kate et jim said...

*Hilary - Now THAT'S funny! lol!

Maggie said...

so cool... i wish i had more old family pictures.

Lis Garrett said...

It's a good thing you all don't live by the train tracks then! You come from a REALLY good-looking family!

~ Sil in Corea said...

Definitely a handsome bunch of ancestors you have, me boyo.

Jessica said...

Very cool! :)