Looking back over my family history files, I noticed that my great-grandfather died March 22, 1942 – sixty-seven years ago this month. I never met him or my great-grandmother (my father's grandparents); they both died before I was born.
This is a (not very clear) photo of the two of them with all their children, taken sometime around late 1905. Most of the pictures I have of my father's family are copies of copies of copies, so not the best quality. I'm not sure where the photo was taken, but they lived most of their lives in the String Prairie and Rosanky area of Bastrop County, Texas.
My g-grandfather, Frank Grohman, is the one with the mustache, on the far left. His wife, Mary Anna, is in the middle with their youngest child on her lap (that would have been Great Uncle "Veste," short for Sylvester – yes, that's a boy).
My grandmother, Emma Mary Grohman, is standing in the back, second from the right. She would have been about 22 at the time and probably pregnant with my Aunt Emma, her second child. She had married my grandfather in 1902, in Bastrop County. Her youngest daughter, my Aunt Ella, looked just like her; and so does Ella's daughter Jane. And the older I get, the more I'm starting to resemble her, too. Strong genes, I guess.