52 Photos Week 24: Paternal

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
OK, hope I did it right this time! My father's WWII photo (Armistead-1067) seems to be showing up, but in a weird format.

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This is my granddads brother Just Christiansen with his grandson just emigrated to Uk i

by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)
selected ago by Julie Donovan
How sweet!  Thanks for sharing Susan.
Susan, he sure has a sweet and happy smile, it certainly shows that he is proud of his new grandson.
thank You Caryl much appreciated
Thank You Alexis you are right he do look so proud with his smile, thank You Alexis for you kindness
This is a wonderful photo of a very proud and happy Grandpa. Thanks for sharing it.
Thank you Robin for your kind word
Susan, what a proud grandpa. His smile is as bright as the sun.

Thank you for sharing.
Thank You for the star Julie how sweet of you
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This is a 1920 photo of my paternal great grandfather, Thomas McCleery, trying to potty train his grandson, my father. He is showing him how his teddy bear is using the potty, so it would be a good idea for him to use it also. 

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Mach 4 (47.7k points)
Beautiful photo of your paternal great grandfather Alexis, you have so many wonderful photos Alexis I always enjoy looking at them.

The grandson is so cute with the teddy bear potty training

Amazing photo just love it
Thank you Susan for your sweet comment.
Precious!  I love this photo.  Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thank you Caryl.
This is the coolest photo!!   You DO have the best ones!!
Thank you Lynn, my grandmother thought this was funny.
What a special photo! They both look so intent on what is going on -- your grandfather teaching, and your dad taking it all in. I hope the Teddy Bear was a good teaching aid. Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you Robin, they do look serious about this.
The thing about your pictures, Alexis, is that a lot of times they are people "relating" to each other.  I feel like, lots of times, mine are just ppl lined up for a picture, LOL.
Lynn, thank you for the nice comment, but only my mother’s mother had a big family, and I like their lined up photos, as I get to see all of them.
Alexis, what  a cute picture. They are concentrating so hard on what they are doing.

Thank you for sharing.
Cheryl, this might be working, hard to know what children are thinking. Thanks for the sweet comment.
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This is the only photo I have of my paternal grandparents. My dad is in the back wearing the sailor hat he was about age 18. He is pictured with 5 of his 11 brothers and both his sisters.  It was taken in 1954 when Grandpa Henry was about 74 and Grandma Minnie was about 62.  

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (116k points)
I can’t se your photo Caryl
Not again!  I hope I fixed it.  Thanks for letting me know Susan. :)
What a wonderful big happy family, but I can not imagine cooking for all those boys. Your grandmother must have been a treasure. Thanks for sharing this great photo.
Gorgeous photo Caryl yes I se it now.

It is a wonderful photo
Can you imagine what it was like when all 12 boys were at home? I'd expect the two sisters were close -- it's good they had each other. Thanks for sharing this photo.
Susan, Robin and Alexis - thanks for your comments. I met Grandma when I was an infant but I don't have any memories of her.  I can't imagine how hard it was to raise such a large family.  She was born in 1891 and had her first child at the age of 15. My Dad was the last born when she was 48.  It was a different world then.

I like the lined up photos, as I get to see all of them. What a wonderful big happy family.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

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In the "maternal" week I showed you my father's family before and after their mother's loss. In the "wedding" week I showed you how my father ended married to his "step cousin". In the "hat" week I showed you my father wearing his uniform. Now, in the "paternal" week I think it's time to show you my father... with me!

This is not a very old photo, but it's one of my favourites, and I hope you like it too.

by Margarita López Gila G2G6 (8.8k points)
Cute photo!

Very cute picture.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

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This is my paternal grandfather Roy along with his brothers all in their uniforms for active service in Europe during World War 1. The man in the centre is my paternal great grandfather John Thompson Jr. He was born in Hobart, Tasmania, but raised in New Zealand.


His father - John Thompson Sr - a mason from Aberdeen, Scotland - died in unknown circumstances around 1866. Either he drowned off a boat (the Undine) owned by the Anglican Bishop (and since the Thompsons were Scottish, they would have been Presbyterians not english Anglicans) or he died in a mining accident on the west coast of the South Island.

by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (557k points)
Thank you for sharing this photo, Robynne. I was curious -- did all five brothers come home from the war?
No, Sadly. FOUR brothers came home from the war.

Herbert - the soldier at bottom right - died at Paschendaele in Belgium in 1917.

Thank your family for their patriotism. This is a great picture.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

Thank you for the answer. I so hoped the answer would be that they all made it home.
He would have died alongside my paternal great uncle - Harvey Lawrence Yuill, November 11, 1917 at Paschendaele, Belgium.
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My grandparents ... James and Alice Sims and my Dad John William Sims

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 1 (19.7k points)

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

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In honor of Father's Day, this is my Grandpa Thorniley and all his children.  L - R: Ruth, Robert (my dad), Frances (the older 1/2 sister who was raised in California by grandpa's sister because her mother died when she was only 3), Grandpa Thorniley, Sarah, and Christopher.

by Lynn Bensy G2G6 Mach 1 (16.5k points)
Lynn, I love your family, they all look so happy to be together.  Your grandfather has the sweetest face, and I think he looks a little like Andy Griffith.
Thanks, Alexis.  These ppl are related to you, too!  LOL  They are Sharp Descendants.  I never thought about the "Andy" thing but I could see why that might occur, LOL
It makes me happy that our paternal families are our connection.

Alexis, you are right. He does look like Andy Griffith. I love the picture.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

He had a head FULL of hair until the day he died.... age 88!
Cheryl, yes, to Lynn he looks like her grandfather that she loved, and to us he looks like someone on our television that we grew to love. Thanks for agreeing with me.
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William S. George (1814 - abt. 1899), father of 10.  I just spent the whole day in an airplane with two.  Ten?  My hat is off to this ancestor.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (486k points)

Ten is a lot of kids. My husband is the youngest of 12.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

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This photo is one of my favorites of me with my Dad. It was in the Spring of 1953. He often called me "Chickie". I miss him a lot.

I remember the car but not the kitty.

by Robin Shaules G2G6 Pilot (228k points)
edited by Robin Shaules
Robin, what a dear photo, and being a cat lover—I think your kitty is precious too.
Thanks, Alexis. We always had cats (and the resulting kittens), as well as dogs, and a menagerie of other animals, as I was growing up.
Robin gorgeous photo of your dad and you and cat you look adorable Robin, gorgeous cat. Your dad look very sweet

Thank You for sharing
Thank you, Susan. You are always so kind. My dad was very special.

I have a picture of me and my dad very similar to this picture. I love it Robin. You two are so sweet together.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

I remember that picture -- I think you posted it a few weeks ago. At the time, I commented that I had one similar. Aren't Dad's great?!
Robin, I love the beautiful dress. You looked like a little princess! Dad was smiling like a very proud man. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories.
Thank you, Frankie! And he treated me like a princess too.
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My paternal grandfather, Victor, rocking late 20s-era fashion.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 5 (56.5k points)
What a handsome young guy! I like the car in the background too. Thanks for sharing this photo.
K., what a good looking guy, and his hair is rocking too!

Nice catch on the car Robin. I love your grandfather, K. He is very handsome.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

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This is my Great Grandfather showing his canaries to his son Eddie taken in 1908, probably by his son-in-law, my grandfather who helped him in his photography business. My grandmother was the eldest of 7 when her mother died her father remarried and Eddie was the eldest son of the second family.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 3 (30.4k points)
edited by Christine Frost
Thank you for sharing this photo. It is so charming.
Great photo!
Wonderful photo!

This is a very cool picture.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

A special bonding moment between father and son. Love it!
Gorgeous photo Christine with your granddad showing the bird to his son the photo are wonderful
The comment I made is the one above this. I was confused and had to come and look.

 Thank you fsdollar
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This is a photo of my father's father's father, William Elton Gardner, the namesake of my father and brother. It was taken probably in Saguache county, Colorado (USA) sometime around 1900-ish. The finger on the side is my cousin's.


He was an educated man. He grew up in Illinois, and graduated from the Western Illinois Normal School, in Macomb. He moved to Colorado before 1900, when he was married in Grand Junction. He lived in the Carneros valley for some years. He was a sheep rancher; also in 1915 he was vice president of the wool-grower's assn. He then moved to Saguache, and served as the county superintendent of schools, and as a representative on the state assembly, and as a county commisioner. He moved to Center, Co. around 1930. I'll try to add more info to his bio tomorrow.

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 3 (38.2k points)

I live in Illinois and have friends that went to school in Normal.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

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This is the only picture of my dad holding me. An aunt sent it to me about 2 years ago.

by MaryAnn Thomas G2G6 Mach 1 (12.3k points)

I am very glad that you have a picture of you and your father. Thanks for sharing this great photo.

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Fighting a war for your family seems paternal to me.  Here is my grandfather in uniform(WWII) with my grandmother and dad.

by Randall Gardner G2G6 Mach 1 (11.5k points)
This is a very poignant photo. It really caught my eye. Thank you for sharing it, Randall.

Fighting a war is very paternal, and patriotic.

Thanks to your family for their service.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

Lovely photo.
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My dad Robert Sutherland and me in Sebastopol. 1958

by Janice Sutherland G2G6 Mach 1 (18.7k points)

What a cute picture. If he was trying to make you, laugh, he succeeded.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

This photo is adorable of you and your dad really cute.

Thank You for sharing
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My 2nd Great-Grandparents, William Charles Hake and Emeline Davis, along with their six children.  My Great-Grandmother is Ella Mae Hake (back row, second from left).  This photo was taken after the 16 of Jan 1900 when William Hake died, when Emeline and her family were still grieving. Evidently, she asked for it to be photoshopped.  This picture always gives me pause. Maybe it was a common practice in those days?

by Pamela Culy G2G6 Mach 1 (13.7k points)
edited by Pamela Culy

Kind of a spooky picture, Pamela. His ghostly picture appearing in the middle of all of the family. I don't believe I have seen another picture exactly like this one.

Thanks for sharing this great photo.

We have a similar photo in the family, but done so well you can;t tell great grandpa had been added - he died and the whole family was together so they took a pic and left an empty seat. I'll try to find it.
I would love to see your picture SJ!  Then I wouldn't feel like my family was all that weird. :-o

I have a similar one, great grandmother shows up in the back row, the family left a gap and the photographer added her in

There was a whole genre of "spirit photography" where a ghostly image of the deceased was added to a picture of a living person, there's a somewhat famous picture of Lincoln's wife with a ghostly image of Abraham behind her.  But that was largely done by charlatons as a hoax, whereas I think everybody knew what was going on with your picture.

I have a picture of my grandfather's uncle in an open casket and family members lined up behind him.  That's the only picture I have of that uncle (he died in his 20's). Sometimes when children died young in the late 1800's they would rush to a studio to get a picture of the child, propped up in a life-like pose, so they would have a picture to remember the child by.

Thank you, Janet, for sharing your photo.  I'm feeling a bit more reassured that it wasn't all that weird to include a dead person in a photo of the living.
Thank you, Rob, for sharing your knowledge.  I have a vague memory of my grandmother telling me something similar about "spirit photography" when I was young but didn't recall our conversation until I read your reply. I love how the WTers are so generous with sharing their knowledge.  I learn so much from all of you!
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This is the only photograph taken of my paternal gr. grandfather James Urquhart, taken in 1913 to commemorate the return home of the ''Turra Coo'' He is standing fourth from the left of photo with the white beard.

by David Urquhart G2G6 Mach 3 (34.6k points)

WOW - that is quite some story about the Turra Coo. And to imagine that your great grandfather was there for all of the activities.

Thanks for sharing this great photo, and for the story.

Thanks Cheryl,

Sadly, the photo is not a good one as it's from a newspaper article.
But on the bright side, you still have a picture of your great grandfather! Thanks again!
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52 Photos Week 24 Paternal


I couldn't find a picture any more paternal than my father-in-law, Wallace Glenn "Popsy" Hess.

He was the father of 12 children. Only one child died at birth. Every three or four years, they would have a family picture taken, and they would try to stand in the same place each year.

Popsy was a hard worker, sometimes working three jobs at a time to support his family. He was the Chief of Police and the Water & Sewer Superintendent at the same time. My husband was the baby of the bunch and said he didn't really get to know his father until he retired because he was working all of the time. Popsy was involved in the Mason Lodge, and was the Treasurer for the County for more years than I can remember.

All of Popsy's children were responsible individuals. They started working when they were in 8th grade and starting paying for their own school supplies.

He instilled patriotism and respect in his children.  He taught them to pay it forward. Five of his seven sons became volunteer firemen, with a couple still serving. One was the Chief. Several of his grandsons are following in their father's footsteps. One of his grandsons is the current Chief. 

His grandchildren are now nurses, doctors, police officers and alderman. They all deeply respected their grandfather, and he was deeply mourned by the entire city when he died.

The funeral home was packed for over 5 hours with a continuous line of people from the entire county coming to pay their respects.

Unfortunately, when Popsy died, so did the family. He was the glue that held them together. My father-in-law was very paternal. He went to every Indy 500 race with all of his boys for several years.

I was very lucky to have him in my life, and I miss him very much. He died in 1988.

by Cheryl Hess G2G6 Pilot (292k points)
Cheryl wonderful photo Imagine having 12 children

Thank You for sharing
What a great example Wallace Hess was for his family, and such a wonderful large family. Everyone was lucky to have him, but that is true of many families when the one that is the glue is not there anymore—everyone goes their own way. Thank you Cheryl for sharing his story.
Thank you Alexis!
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This a terrible picture of me and my dad smokin' cigarettes. I don't smoke but I liked bummin' from him. But what is really great about the photo is he is bringing boxes of genealogy from Texas. "Do something with this son" He told plenty of tall Texas tales like about Uncle (Col.) Sam Robertson and Pancho Villa.Funny thing - 99% of those tall tales were true. And I was the only one listening. http://www.wikitree.com/photo.php/d/d2/Thomas-8857-13.jpg

by Allan Thomas G2G6 (6.5k points)
edited by Allan Thomas
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Here's my Dad, me and our dog Cappy on top of the Nuremburg Sportzplatz, 1954 while he was a 2LT assigned to a US Army Anti-Aircraft Artillery unit with the occupation forces in Germany.  I always remember my Dad was right there where i could reach out and touch him.  I have written a lot of stories about our exploits.

by L. Ray Sears G2G6 Mach 2 (21.6k points)
Great photo! Beautiful dog. Thank you for sharing this.
Wonderful photo L. Of your dad you and your gorgeous dog,

The dog look like lassie

Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo

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