Monday, February 27, 2012

Matrilineal Monday: Where Was the Charles Guokas Jr. Family in 1940?

Geraldine Guokas Pape, Charles Guokas Jr., Jo Ann Guokas, Sara Wolfe Guokas Archibald, Charles Guokas III - 1949

I found a listing for my maternal grandfather, Charles Peter Guokas Jr., (1903-1967) on page 430 of the 1940 Morrison and Fourmy's Greater Houston (Texas) City Directory.  His spouse is listed as Melzina (the middle name of my grandmother, Sara Wolfe Guokas Archibald, 1907-1997), and they have three children.  Those would be my uncle, Charles Guokas III (1927-1999), my mother, Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape, and my aunt, Jo Ann (Sister Jean Marie) Guokas.  They are living at 2215 Shearn, and my grandfather is working as a warehouseman for Sou Warehouse Corporation.

To find their enumeration districts (EDs) for the 1940 US Census, I used one of Stephen P. Morse's search engines, Obtaining EDs for the 1900 to 1940 Census in One Step (Large Cities), as Houston is one of the cities available with this utility.  Shearn is common to four EDs.  I needed cross streets.  So in this case, I used the Google Maps link first to see what those probably were.  According to street view, there's no longer a house at 2215 Shearn (ironically, it appears to be a warehouse), but the nearest cross street was Hemphill, so I entered that.  This told me the ED is 258-98 for 2215 Shearn, the residence of Charles Jr., Sara Melzina (nee Wolfe), Charles III, Geraldine, and Jo Ann Guokas in 1940.

Not surprisingly, there are a bunch of other Guokases on page 430 of this directory.  My great-grandparents had both passed away by 1940.  My grandfather's younger brother, Roy Lee Guokas (1917-1959), was living at 1717 Shearn with his wife "Maxine" (probably Fay Lois Florence, as daughter Gloria was born in August 1941).  For this address, I had to enter both cross streets (Sabine and Colorado), as well as a back street (the fourth street that defines the rectangular city block on which your address is located).  I thought that was Crockett, but when I entered that street, it asked for another back street, so I entered Spring (one block north of and parallel to Shearn), and it gave me ED 258-105.  However, if I enter Summer (two blocks south of and parallel to Shearn, south of Crockett), I get ED 258-104.

Luckily, Morse's website also provides a link where "Clicking on an ED will show microfilm roll number and bring up a display of all streets in that ED."  I did this and confirmed that one of the blocks in ED 258-104 was that boarded by Shearn, Sabine, Crockett, and Colorado, which contains 1717 Shearn, the home of Roy Lee and Maxine LaVerne Hooks Guokas in 1940.  Mom says her aunt Eva Guokas Scott, Roy's sister, was also living at this address, with her husband Otis Scott Sr. and son Otis Scott Jr.

My grandfather's aunt, Pauline Cuniowskuna Guokas (1878-1953), widow of Joseph Guokas; her son, Adam Lawrence Guokas (1901-1966) and his second wife Frances Bryson Guokas (born about 1908); Pauline's daughter Marie Guokas (later Niscavits, 1905-1983) and son Frank Guokas (1909-1977); were all living at 1414 Bingham in 1940.  A Dora M. Guokas, an office assistant, also lived there, but I don't know who this is!  It could be Dorothy Marie McVey or Dorothy Mildred Allbritton, both first cousins to my mother, as they were both born in 1921 and thus would have been 19 and possibly working as an office assistant in 1940.  It will be interesting to find out.  At any rate, 1414 Bingham is in ED 258-106.

My grandfather's other uncle, Anton Guokas (1875-1947), is listed as Antonio Goukas (note the different spelling) in this 1940 directory on page 410.  He lives at 2018 Crockett.  I needed to enter one cross street (Henderson), and Steve Morse's utility gave me ED 258-98.  This is the same ED as my mother and grandparents. 

Anton's estranged wife, Marie Theresa Kovar Guokas (1889-1973) , their daughter Alfrieda Guokas (later Smith, born 1916), and their son John Edwin Guokas (1919-1997), all live on the "ss [south side of] Bauman rd 1 e E Montgomery Rd." according to the 1940 City Directory.  I tried using the same utility as I did for the others, but this did not work, because Bauman was not a listed street.  That's because it was outside the Houston city limits in 1940.

I found Marie Kovar Guokas in the 1942 Houston, Texas, City Directory, on page 421, under last name "Goukas."  It said her address was 8300 Bauman.  Pulling that up on Google Maps, I could see that it was just south of the intersection of Berry Road.  Marie, Anton, and family lived on Berry Road in the 1930 US Census.  As it was a rural area then (Anton was listed as a farmer), I suspect that Marie stayed on at the family home with the children after separating from Anton, and it was later given the address 8300 Bauman Road.

On the 1930 US Census, this location was in ED 101-148.  On the 1940 US Census, 101 still designates Harris County, but the City of Houston has its own prefix, 258.  To determine the 1940 ED for the Bauman/Berry Road location, I used Steve Morse's Unified 1940 Census ED Finder.   There's a place to enter the 1930 ED, and then it gives you one or more EDs for 1940.  I then clicked on a radio button to select the 1940 ED Description (rather than the 1940 Census pages, which are not yet available).  Then, when you click on each of the possible EDs for 1940, you can read the description of its boundaries.  I believe 101-7 is the correct ED for the Bauman Road home of Marie Kovar Guokas, Alfrieda Guokas (later Smith), and John Edwin Guokas.

Finally, there's one more mystery Guokas in the 1940 City Directory.  A Mrs. Frances Guokas, with one child, is listed at 415 Fairview Avenue, Apartment 25.  I'm not sure who this is!  It might be Adam's first wife, Ruth R. Thompson Guokas, with whom he had a son, Books L. Guokas (born in 1926).  Another one I need to check!  This apartment building, new in 1940, is still standing at the corner of Fairview and Whitney, and its 1940 US Census ED is 258-181.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sentimental Sunday: Where Were Jewel Moore and Francis Gresham in 1940?

Mark's parents, Jewel Moore (1914-1994) and Francis Edward Gresham (1911-1990), were married on October 26, 1940, in Corpus Christi, Texas. I found Francis on page 212 of the 1940 Corpus Christi City Directory. He's listed as living at 623 Blucher and working as a lithographer at Beacon Printing Company.  No spouse is listed.

Before their marriage, Jewel was living with her older sister, Ivis Moore Mew (1905-2004).  Jewel is on page 357 of the 1940 Corpus Christi City Directory, living at 408 Sam Rankin and working as a stenographer for Nueces Hardware Company, Chaparral at Lawrence.  Ivis' husband, Benjamin George Mew (1879–1949), with "Iva" as his wife, is listed on page 346 of the 1940 Corpus Christi City Directory as living at 408 Sam Rankin.

To find their enumeration districts (EDs) for the 1940 US Census, I used one of Stephen P. Morse's search engines, Obtaining EDs for the 1900 to 1940 Census in One Step (Large Cities), as Corpus Christi was one of the cities available with this utility.  It quickly told me that the ED for Francis Edward Gresham at 623 Blucher was 178-14.  I was even able to see what this address looks like today with a link to enter the address to view it in street view on a Google Map (it's now a high-rise building).

Finding the ED for Jewel Moore with Benjamin George and Ivis Moore Mew at 408 Sam Rankin was a little more complicated.  Sam Rankin is common to five EDs.  I needed cross streets.  So in this case, I used the Google Maps link first to see what those probably were.  This home appears to be gone as well in street view, but the address appears to be between Comanche and Lipan, so I entered those cross streets.  This told me the ED was 178-15.

Francis' sister Ophelia Mae Gresham (1914-2005) is also listed in the 1940 Corpus Christi City Directory, at 432 Palmero, working as a teacher at Wynn-Seale Junior High.  Her ED is 178-32B.  However, she may have been married to Shelton Verdo Lee (1912-1944) before the 1940 US Census enumeration.  The couple is listed in the 1941 Corpus Christi City Directory as living at 1400 4th, Apt. 3, which MAY have been 1400 Santa Fe in 1940, and is also in ED 178-32A.

There are a number of other Greshams in the 1940 Corpus Christi City Directory who may or may not be related. Thomas E. and Frances J. Gresham lived at 924 Lexington, along with a W. E. Gresham and a Lula P. Gresham (the latter being a department head at Montgomery Ward).  That address is in ED 178-6.  I'll have to see if the 1940 US Census gives any clues as to whether or not they are kin.

There are a bunch of Wolfe kin (my maternal grandmother's maiden name) who should also be easy to find in the 1940 US Census due to listings in the 1940 Corpus Christi City Directory, but that will need to wait for a separate post.

© Amanda Pape - 2012 - click here to e-mail me.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm a 1940 US Census Blog Ambassador!

I'm honored to have been approved to be a 1940 US Census Blog Ambassador!

The 1940 US Census will be released to the public, at 8 AM Central time on Monday, April 2.  The National Archives recently announced the website that will host the 1940 census:  You probably want to bookmark that now so you can find it on April 2.

When the census is posted, anyone can access it free of charge, but it will just be images - it won't be indexed right away.  So what can you do to prepare for the 1940 US Census?

1.  Sign up NOW to be a 1940 US Census indexer and you will help create an index for all researchers to use.  In the meantime, you can get some practice by indexing other records through FamilySearch Indexing.

I have been a FamilySearch indexer for a few months now.  It involves downloading some software to your computer, then downloading batches, indexing them, and uploading them back to the FamilySearch indexing website.  It's been rewarding to see records I've indexed actually appear later on the FamilySearch site.  If you follow the detailed instructions with each batch, you will be successful and will help others access all sorts of records - lately I've been working with Texas birth records from the early 1900s.

2.  Initially, the 1940 Census WILL be indexed down to the Enumeration District (ED) level.  So, if you know the 1940 ED for an ancestor or relative, it will shorten your search considerably.  There are a number of tools available to help you figure out the ED (it's NOT the same as the 1930 ED).  The National Archives has a web page with links to various other sites and utilities for determining 1940 EDs.  I'll demonstrate some of these in future blog posts.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Follow Friday: Family Photo Reunion

Follow Friday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers and was suggested by Earline Bradt of Ancestral Notes. In it, one recommends another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource, and tells why they are important to the genealogy community and why others should follow them. 

I think you should all follow the Family Photo Reunion blog at
Photograph provided courtesy of
This blog is relatively new, started this past November by "The Archivist."  The Archivist says, ""I’m not related to any of the people in the photos you find here. I’ve been picking up old, identified photos at flea markets, antique shops, and garage sales for over 20 years now with the intention of putting them back into the hands of family historians. I’ve reunited hundreds of photos with genealogists from all across North American and abroad. If you find one of your ancestors here, and would like to obtain the original photograph, feel free to contact me."

I corresponded with The Archivist (who prefers to remain anonymous) and found out a little more about her and why she does this:

"I've been doing this for about 20 years now.  Not through a blog, but by sending out info to genealogical societies & such to let people know about the photos I acquired.  I've reunited over 300 photos now around the world; mostly to the US & Canada, but to many to European countries as well.  I sometimes stumble across artifacts with a larger historical value, and those have been donated to various historical societies and archives.  I've shared one grouping of photos with a Finnish film-maker, who used them in a documentary; and recently, with a town historian who is writing a book.

I think the impetus for doing this was an experience I had when I was a University student of limited means many years ago.  Someone in Florida had advertised in a genealogical society magazine that they acquired a family bible from Sweden.  I had just begun to trace my family history several years earlier and realized that this bible had belonged to my ancestors.  I contacted the person (who turned out to be an antique dealer).  They were willing to send me the bible for $1200 plus shipping.  It was a ridiculous price for an ordinary bible, albeit one from the 1870s.  The only reason they were charging so much was that I had a connection to it, and might pay the price.  I couldn't have purchased it if I wanted to.  I don't know what ever became of the bible.  

It was a while later I started buying the odd picture when I saw it in an antique store.  I seemed to have a knack for hunting down descendants of the people in the photos.  I just kept doing it.  So many went unclaimed, though.  That's why I like the blog so much.  I can keep the posting up, and perhaps someday a descendant will find it.

I used to work in Museum & Archives in Calgary, Alberta, where I also took Archives certification courses through the Alberta Society of Archivists.  There wasn't really a formal degree-granting program in Archival Science in our part of the world at the time, so this was the best I could do.   But for the most part, I've worked as a librarian most of my adult life, starting out in academic libraries, moving over to the public library system for a while; and finally, working as a K-12 librarian for several years before changing direction entirely. 

It's a fun and rewarding hobby.  I quite enjoy the little bit of research I do on each picture.  I also like to see what others come up with.  There are all sorts of resources that I don't have access to, that could help with the identification of these photos.  It's great when people step in and offer their assistance, offering details that don't necessarily show up in the usual BMD [birth marriage death] or census records.  It makes for a richer story."

I enjoy seeing the lovely old photos The Archivist posts nearly every day and reading what information she's been able to find out about it, either from information on the photo itself, or from The Archivist's research.  Sometimes I'm inspired to do a little further research of my own, just to keep my genealogy librarian skill set fresh (or because I have kin in the area where the photo was found or taken).  Recently I found information and a contact for one photo The Archivist posted that helped reunite it and some other family photos with a relative/descendant.

Check out Family Photo Reunion - it's a wonderful idea!  I'm tempted to check the three antique stories within half a mile of my home and see if I can find any orphan photos!  If you have pre-1920 photographs that you would like The Archivist to reunite with their families, please let her know.

[This post is also submitted - a bit late - to participate in 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin, a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more.  

The Week 1 prompt is Blogs. Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?]

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Those Places Thursday: 2093 West Lunt Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 1938

A while back I wrote about the house my dad, Frederick Henry Pape, grew up in at 2093 West Lunt Avenue in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, Illinois.  I scanned a number of Dad's photos that were taken outside of that house, and here are a couple of them, from 1938:

In the photo at left, Dad is standing with his older (and here, taller) brother Bob (Paul Robert Pape Jr., 1926-2008).  On the far left are their two younger sisters, Rose Mary Pape Dietz (1931-2007) and Marilyn Pape Hedger.  This photo was taken in February 1938, likely on the house's west side.

In the photo above right are Dad and his older sister, Betty Marie, taken in May 1938 on the front porch of the house.  Doesn't my nine-year-old dad look dapper in his suit and hat?

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: John Pape in the Kaiser's Army

I don't know much about this picture, except that the man on the left is my great-grandfather, John Pape (1851-1946), and that it was taken in Germany before he emigrated to the United States (which was around 1880), when he was in the Kaiser's army - so the photo was probably taken in the 1870s. The uniforms he and the other gentleman are wearing look a lot like the one halfway down this web page, on the right.  I have no idea who the other gentleman is - perhaps it's John's brother Anton (1854-about 1893)?  Haven't been able to find out anything about the photographer, W. Steffin, either.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday's Tech Tip: Archive of Americana database

 [I originally did a variation of this post for my library's blog, but I thought the information might be useful for family history research as well.  Many college and university libraries will let non-students/staff use their library resources, including computers, during certain times of the day or week.  Contact your libraries to find out their policies.]

Archive of Americana is a database to which many academic and some public libraries subscribe, in all or part.  It provides access to primary-source historical materials such as newspapers, government documents, and other publications.  The America's Historical Newspapers collections include issues from newspapers from all 50 states.  Many of the newspapers in this collection go through 1922, but my academic library also subscribes to a module through Readex, the provider of Archive of Americana, that includes the Dallas Morning News through January 1984.  Here's a brief demo on using this database for family history research - click on each image for a larger view:
My great-grandfather immigrated to Texas from Lithuania sometime after 1880, so I did a search (above) on his (unusual) last name and limited it to 1880-2012 (see the red box in the image above).

In the image at left, only five of the 132 results are visible.  Click on the "View all [whatever number] link in the bottom left corner (again, in the red box in the image).

This should (it doesn't always) bring up preview images from the documents that include one or more of your search terms.  If you see something promising, you can click on the preview or on the "View Article" link (see the red boxes in the image below).

When you find an article, you will find a number of tools at the top right of the page.  The "Article Bookmark" link opens a new window containing the OpenURL for the article. You can copy and paste this OpenURL information into another application.  The "Export Citation" link opens a new window containing a simple, text-only format of the citation information for the article. You can also Email the OpenURL link for the document.

You can zoom in or out, reposition the image in the viewing pane, view the full page the article was published on, and reset the image view to the default.  You can also open the article as a PDF, open it in a print-friendly view, and maximize (or minimize) the image view pain.

You can also add the article to "My Collection," a temporary saving space that's held until you log off.

Your search term(s) will be highlighted in yellow. There is a check box at the top left of the screen to toggle that feature on or off. 

The database has a very informative "Help" page that explains all of its features.

Give this database a try for your pre-1922 ancestors, as well as Texas family through 1983.  I was expecting to find my grandfather's cousin who lived in the Dallas area (and I did).  I did not expect to find this article (pictured left) about my grandfather, who never lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, but only in Houston and Austin!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day - 30 Years Ago Today

 Mark sent me roses, pictured above.  We've known each other for almost 33 years now.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Two Degrees of Separation

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun by Randy Seaver is:
Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation?  That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor.”  When was that second ancestor born?

 I can go back to great-great-grandfathers on both sides, born in 1845 and 1847, via my grandmothers, AND I have the photos to prove my grandmothers actually knew (and remember) their grandfathers (and weren't just held by them as babies, or born while they were still alive):

Above left is me with my dad, Fred Pape, and his mother, my Nana, Elizabeth Massmann Pape (1903-2000), taken in August 1983. Above right are Elizabeth (seated right) and my grandfather Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970, standing second from left) on their wedding day, September 3, 1924.  My great-grandmother Elizabeth Dienes Massmann (1876-1946) is also seated, and the other gentlemen standing are my great-grandfathers John Pape (1851-1945) and Frederick Massmann (1876-1948), and my great-great-grandfather, Nana's grandfather, Carl Massmann (1847-1929).

Above left are my maternal grandmother, "Nani," Sara Wolfe Guokas Archibald (1907-1997), me and my son Eric, and my mother, Geraldine Guokas Pape, in December 1987.  In the photo above right, which was probably taken in 1916, Sara is seated at the lower left.  Her paternal grandfather, Joseph William Wolfe (1845-1918), is seated above and to the right.  His son, my great-grandfather and Sara's father, Louis Henry Wolfe (1872-1929), is seated just above Sara.  The boy seated between the two men is Sara's older brother Lloyd (1906-1993)  - I have no idea who the boy in the background is!  Seated next to Sara are her sisters Neva Marie (1912-1995) and Edith (1910-2006).

My great-grandmother Addilee Shelton Wolfe (1890-1977), "Big Nani," died when I was 20, and was at a number of family gatherings, most evidenced in home movies, although the only photograph I have of the two of us is the one at left, taken in 1958, where she is holding me.  My mother is to the left and Nani is to the right.  Big Nani surely knew her grandmother, the elusive Leah Lucy Pickering (or Pickens) Barton Spikes (1835-1903), as they both lived in Winn Parish in 1900, but I have no proof.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Hotel Galvez Urn, 1926 and 2012

The photo above is of a planter urn outside the north entrance of the Hotel Galvez in Galveston, Texas, taken on January 8, 2012.  It's the same as the urn in the photos below of my grandparents, Sara Melzina Wolfe and Charles Peter Guokas Jr., on their honeymoon in Galveston in late July, 1926.
(close-up above right)
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ALA RUSA "Genealogy is Bigger in Texas" Preconference - part 5

The fifth and final presentation at the American Library Association (ALA) Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) History Section's genealogy preconference at the Midwinter Meeting in Dallas on January 20 was by Sue Kaufman, Manager of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research of the Houston Public Library.  Her presentation about the Clayton Center, the "Gem of the Gulf Coast," was what I was most looking forward to when I attended this conference, since my mother's family has long (late 1890s) Houston roots.

I was happy to hear from Sue that anyone with a Texas drivers license can get a Houston Public Library card.  I will be in Houston in mid-April for part of the Texas Library Association conference, and I plan to spend some time after the conference ends on Friday and before I head home on Saturday doing research there.

Sue noted that their collection is physically organized by geography, but that Dewey Decimal numbers are in their online catalog.  She also said they now have at least one thing from every county in 30 states.  She also stated they have about 20 five-drawer cabinets of unindexed family files.  Fun!  I'll have to see if any of my kin are in those!

Here are a few other things Sue talked about that I'll be checking on my upcoming trip:

Sue mentioned that the Clayton Library Center has a very active Friends group.  They gave the Center more money than it got from the city budget!  They also manage the original Clayton house (pictured in Sue's slide to the left) 40 hours a week.

The Clayton Center is now a partner with FamilySearch in a number of activities.  They particpate with other genealogical libraries in a program to digitize genealogy and family history publications in their archives.  They are now a microfilm affiliate site, meaning you can have microfilm from the Family History Library sent here.  They will also be assisting with indexing the 1940 census that will be released on April 2.  Other projects include digitizing Houston-area funeral home records and vaccination records.

© Amanda Pape - 2012 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

ALA RUSA "Genealogy is Bigger in Texas" Preconference - part 4

The fourth presentation at the American Library Association (ALA) Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) History Section's genealogy preconference at the Midwinter Meeting in Dallas on January 20 was by Aaron Holt, an Archives Technician with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Southwest Region in Fort Worth. Aaron, a 19-year veteran of NARA,  spoke on "Native American Holdings at NARA Ft. Worth, with Specific Emphasis on the Five Civilized Tribes - Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, and Cherokee."

Aaron's presentation was quite detailed, and he provided four handouts, including a list of the microfilm available at NARA Southwest.  Here are some interesting points from the presentation:
  • Most Native Americans have a minimum of three names, and those names can change.
  • NARA can't translate a Native American name.
  • NARA can't add to or take away from the information in their files.
  • "Indian Territory" varied over the years - most recently it is Oklahoma, earlier it was Indiana.
  • 99.9% of Oklahoma Native American records, plus those of Texas' Alabama-Coushatta tribe, are at NARA Fort Worth.
  • When doing Native American research at NARA, one of the first questions one is asked is the family's tribal affiliation.
  • An "Old Settler" is a Native American who voluntarily went west in the 1820s rather than being forced to go later.
  • The first Cherokees to move west settled in western Arkansas, then later in Oklahoma.
  • The Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes are closely related, and members of those tribes may be found on each other's rolls.
  • Some Native Americans practiced polygamy, so a female head of household on a census might be an additional wife of a man listed earlier.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Happy 83rd Birthday, Dad!

My dad, Frederick Henry Pape, was born on February 4, 1929, in Evanston, Illinois.

These photos was taken at least 82 years ago, in 1929, when Dad was a baby, probably in the yard of the house at 2093 West Lunt Avenue, Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Hotel Galvez, Galveston, Texas - built 1911

View of the Hotel Galvez from the seawall in Galveston, Texas, January 8, 2012.  My maternal grandparents spent their honeymoon here in July 1926.  Stay tuned for a future post on how I figured that out.

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