Monday, 25 July 2011

Bernard's Birthday

Once again, 25 July has rolled around and so I will tell you a bit more about my Uncle Bernard.  It seems really appropriate to talk about him, not just because today is his birthday, but because he was born in Lehigh, Oklahoma, just like my Mom and her father.  And we're going to Lehigh next, aren't you excited!?

Thanks to ancestry.com I am able at times to reach back into the past and find pieces of the puzzle that was the life of my ancestors and family members before I was born.  For example, in the Shreveport, Louisiana phone book for 1938, Bernard is listed as living at 1810 Cresswell.  His occupation is a salesman; he will have been 18 years old.  What he sold, I don't know.  That was also Grandmother's address.  Her beauty shop - her life long occupation so far as I know - was on 444 Olive in Shreveport.

Interestingly, that is also the occupation and address given for his brother-in-law, William, Mom's first husband.  So Mom and her first husband lived with Bernard and Grandmother back in 1938. 

In 1937, Mom and William had an apartment of their own and Bernard was a salesman living with Grandmother.

In 1939, Mom had her maiden name again, manager of Grandmother's Beauty shop and it was now located at 130 Lister, which was also their home address.  Bernard was still a salesman.

I often heard about the beauty shop on Olive, but never the specific address.  And of course with Google maps, I can 'go' look at those places.  How cool is that? 

Happy birthday to Bernard!

3 comments:

Terri said...

Isn't ancestry.com fun? I got to poking around on that several years ago and finally decided it would have to wait until I was fully retired.

Shelley said...

Terri - It does become an obsession that takes up a lot of time, at least at first. Now I'm tinkering around the edges and trying to make sure I share all photos and documents I have. Sure, it makes money for Ancestry if people want the original, these things will mean nothing to Bill's children and as I have none of my own, this seems the best way to share them as widely as possible with people who will enjoy having them.

Aesthetic Alterations said...

It seems like you've been enjoying a fantastic vacation! I hope every single day left is divine!