The other page of ancestors pictures was from Dad’s side of the family, The Moores and Chambers. I figured the best way to get more fun old pictures was to ask for some for my birthday. It worked…
I got a photo album chock full of prints. Several pages of family history and notes on each picture. Mom really outdid herself this time, ain’t your parents retirement great!?
I also got a CD of the pictures. They were not professionally restored, so I saw all the imperfections that a century of wear and tear can do. Yeah, They were in pretty rough shape, especially the first two. So I restored them (unprofessionally restored, if you will). Considering I have near zero artistic talent they cleaned up pretty good.
Their Sunday Best. This photo was taken in Cleveland, Ohio at an Amusement Park on a Sunday outing circa 1920. The Houlistons were quite mobile and had moved several times since you saw them in the last picture, in Mexico.
Reading from left to right, meet the Houlistons: Lois (pronounced like boys), Beulah (my maternal grandmother), Alfred Ronald, Alfred Lovejoy (my great-grandfather), Mary and Minnie Douglas Ronald (my great-grandmother).
In The Volunteer Aids Detachment. In 1918 my grandmother, Beulah, was 16. She had dropped out of school, never to return, and had joined the VAD (Volunteer Aides Detachment) in support of the war effort. The picture was taken outside her home in Canton, Ohio.
The Houliston Women. A photo dated November 18th, 1951 showing Minnie Houliston and her three daughters. Left to right, Mary, Minnie, Beatrice and my maternal grandmother Beulah (who was usally called "Billie")
The Blashill Grandparents. Here we are on my Mother's Father's side of the family. Meet Edith Meribah Johnson Blashill (nice teeth!). Born November 1, 1871 in Holly, Michigan. Died March 8, 1945. And James William Blashill. Born January 8, 1872 in StrathRoy, Ontario Canada. Died November 13, 1943. They were married on October 18, 1893. One thing I don't know is the date of this picture, but was probably taken in the 1930s.
Cecil and Billie. Every time I seee the name Cecil, I think of a "Seasick Sea Serpent". Silly, but what can I say? This picture was taken on the lookout at "Eagle Crest" near Holland Michigan about 1942. Cecil had built Eagle Crest on the shore of Lake Michigan, a nice old vacation house. Unfortunately when it had to be sold the family didn't have the money to buy it. Too bad as it would be worth a lot of money these days.
When I was a child my family often rented the house next door for a week or two in the summer. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from summers at the shore of lake Michigan.
Cecil and Barbie. In the summer of 1930 the Blashills and their new daughter Barbara Jane vacationed on Crooked lake Near Ann Arbor Michigan.
To this day my Aunt Bette still calls Mom "Barbie." It only sounds strange when I write it out, refering to my mom with a name made famous by a famous doll.
Baby Barbie. The proud Blashill parents holding my (2 month old) mother in the summer of 1929 in front of their Ann Arbor Michigan home. It's odd but I can actually see the face of my mother yet-to-be in the baby's face.
Christmas 1940. Eleven year old Barbara, and seven year old Bette pose with their dad Cecil and their new dolls.
Christmas 1940 # 2. In this picture Mom poses with the girls. Bette, never one to suffer in silence is obviously displeased with something... Sixty-plus years later, who knows…
Grandfather's Siblings. My grandfather and his brothers and sister. Probably taken at their Mother's funeral in 1945.
Standing: (L-R) Cecil William Blashill, born in Brussels, Ontario, Canada April 24, 1898 died January 8, 1962.
Margaret Edith Blashill, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. October 4, 1907 died January 9, 2000.
Seated: (L-R) James Bernard Blashill, born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. September 12,1904, died October 6, 1951.
Stuart Johnson Blashill, born in Brussels, Ontario, Canada September 13, 1895, died December 7, 1965.
The Blashills, 1939. Probably 1939, taken in their house in Buffalo, New York. By March of 1941 they had moved back to Eagle Crest in Holland, Michigan.
Maternal Grandparents. Taken at the Townley Studios in Ann Arbor Michigan around 1953. Beulah was about 51 and Cecil about 55.
Cecil Blashill. I don't remember Grandpa Blashill as he died when I was about 5. The only memories I have of him is his hairbrush which I still have and use daily. And the memory of this photograph hanging in my folks house. Their print is quite large, measuring over 2 feet in height. There is something about this picture that I have always loved.
The Mining Crew. This has to be my favorite picture of the bunch. Great-Grandfather Houliston (at center, leaning) with the rest of the Las Esperanzas mining crew. The mining operation was in northern Mexico west of the Rio Grande River.
Las Esperanzas, Mexico. Sometime around 1900 The Minnie and Alfred Houliston Family moved to Mexico. Alfred took a position running a Mining Office in Las Esperanzas, Mexico, which is on no modern map. It is thought to have been near Sabinas, Mexico and may now be called Baro Terran. My grandmother, Beulah, can be seen as a baby being held on the lap of a Mexican servant woman.
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