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This is John Griffin in a promotional hydroplane race at Nita Lake in 1960. John was world champion in Class A, Class B and Class C hydroplanes for a number of years in the 1950's. He was teamed with world class mechanic Ray Cother, who built the Konig engines John raced with. These two men were an unbeatable team when they were at their peak. They were based in Tupelo and Grenada, Mississippi.
My grandmother Mary (Left) and her sister Marianne in Detroit, sometime in the 1930's. My grandma, her sister and brother Walt were put up for adoption when they were very young. When my grandma was around 15 or 16 she remembered she had a sister and went looking for her. This picture is around the time they found each other, taken in a photo booth downtown Detroit. After some reminiscing they remembered they had a brother. The three had one of the closest bonds between siblings I have ever seen.
Their names are so similar because my grandma's name was changed from Hedwigis when she was adopted. She likes Mary better.
Pennsylvania Railroad Dining Car 1940's. View full size.