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Long before Archie and Edith Bunker, we had Bernie and Laurie Burch of Wadena, Minnesota. Bernie (1889-1985) had little interest in venturing away from his hometown or his daily routine. Outside of household chores and a weekly church visit, Laurie (1891-1981) had no real life, except perhaps for radio programs. They had no car. This house was a wedding gift to Bernie and Laurie in 1920. Aside from brief nursing facility stays at the end, this was their lifetime home. Only child Frank (1927-2009; see his reflection in the mirror) escaped this monotony to become an intrepid archivist in Washington, DC. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
Lucille Laura Triplett, 1916, 18 years old. Davenport, Iowa. View full size.
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James Cecil Upton with wife Amy Eddy-Upton and baby Rosalie. Claremore, Oklahoma 1938. View full size.
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Autumn 1964. Football fans at Leonia High School in Leonia, New Jersey. 35mm negative taken by me. View full size.
Tournament of Roses parade floats on display. January 3, 1965, Pasadena. Kodachrome slide taken by my dad. View full size.
This photo has no annotation. We do know that it comes from the photo collection of Bernard Burch, who was the mayor of Wadena, Minnesota around 1930 or so. The City Dray Line is still in business in Wadena today, providing waste management services. Just a guess, but this could be a waste water treatment facility under construction. More images from this series are available if there's interest. View full size.
I'm wrapping up my posts featuring my maternal grandfather with one or two more. Here was a guy who was involved in both early automobiles and aviation. He wasn't famous; never made much money. He retired to a small home in Burbank, California, where he died in 1983.
Here he is about 1912 in Galesburg, Illinois. This was a picture from "Bible class," according to his handwritten description on the reverse side of the picture. The funny thing is, Grandpa was an atheist. My mother has told me how he felt uncomfortable at an early age saying grace and going to church, like good Lutherans did back in Illinois.
See if you can guess which boy he is here. Thanks for looking. View full size.