Saturday, January 19, 2013

Miscellaneous photos from the tin box

This is my grandfather's mother, Emma, when she was very young. The photo was taken in Sweden but I'm not sure in what year. It was buried in the tin box, under a lot of other photographs and documents, in a tiny envelope that also contained her obituary.

This is a photo of Emma and her husband, Gustav Larson. I know very little about them other than their names, that they immigrated to the United States from Sweden in 1892, that Gustav was a coal miner and died before 1910, and that their five children were all born in Iowa.

I really love these older photos. There's just something very charming about them.

Both of these are pictures of Emma taken after her husband, Gustav, had died. In the photo on the left, she's pictured with her sons Emil, Gustav, Ancel, and Earl. Looking at the photo, my grandfather Earl is on the bottom left. The photo on the right is of Emma in her later years.

I'm not sure where this photo was taken but it looks as though the folks might be on the bank of a river. I noticed they're all on their knees and I wonder if this was after a baptism service of some sort. It might also be a sunday school class or some such thing. My grandfather on the bottom row, second from the left, with a penciled "x".

Another photo of Emma in her later years. 

And this is a photo of my mother's parents, Earl and Letitia. Grandpa called her "Letty", "Patty" and "My Sweet Irish Pat".  Grandma called Grandpa "Daddy" most of the time. They were married a little later than most people of their time and stayed deeply in love. 

Tonight I'm going to scan some of the letters and cards from the tin box and I'll share those with y'all tomorrow. 

I hope your Sunday is lovely!


  1. What a rich history. You are so rich. Yours is a priceless inheritance. I look forward to seeing more of this story.

    1. Thank you, Limner! I so wish I knew more about my grandparents and that I'd been able to spend more time with them when I was young.