My maternal grandparents Rose and John Peshekerian were survivors of the Armenian holocaust, both having lost their parents to the Ottoman Turks. They met and married in California and later produced two daughters, one of whom was my mother. Both arrived in the United States with not much more than the clothes on their backs. In relatively short order, though(perhaps 15 years), my grandfather became a successful San Francisco real estate broker. This photo from the 1920s (exact date unknown) is an obvious expression of them having "arrived." Both are dressed to the nines; both formally posed as husband and wife. Rose died of cancer in 1949, at the age of 56. John lived to be 93 years old and passed away, alone, in 1976 in San Francisco, never having remarried. | Click image for Comments. | Home | Browse All Photos