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Roland Herse: 1930s

Roland Herse: 1930s

My dad's real father, Roland (Rollie) Herse, taken sometime in the mid 1930s, probably out on Silver Lake, Wisconsin. He & my grandma had been married just five years (& my dad was only 3 months old) when he died of kidney failure in November 1937 (a few days before Thanksgiving, according to my dad) at the ripe young age of 33. What I love most about this photo is the tan line from his watch.

 
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