Sunday, June 12, 2005

Third wedding anniversary

Picture of my parents on their third wedding anniversary on June 15, 1952. The photo was taken in front of their friends' apartment on the near north side of Chicago. Mom is pregnant with me!

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Dad and Grandpa Cornelius

Here's a picture of my father with my grandfather. He must have been on leave from the Army. Back in February I posted a picture of him with my grandmother. I assume the two photos were taken the same day.

I'm not sure why my grandfather is making such a face!

Friday, June 03, 2005

James Kostal

This is a photo of my great grandfather, James Kostal. I don't know a lot about him. He lived from 1862 to 1948 and was the second husband of my great grandmother, Josephine. Josephine had four children with her first husband -- including my Aunts Anna and Tonnie -- and then four children with James. My grandfather was the second oldest (and the only male) among the second group of four children. James and Josephine, who passed away in 1923, are buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Ravenna.

Second wedding anniversary

A few days ago I posted a picture of my parents on their first wedding anniversary. Here's a photo taken when they went out for dinner on their second wedding anniversary. According to the folder, this picture was taken on June 15, 1951 at "The Glass Hat Restaurant" in the old Congress Hotel in Chicago. I don't know if they went out for dinner on their third anniversary. Mom would have been seven months pregnant with me!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

William Seborn Cornelius

Here's an interesting picture with my great-grandfather, William Seborn Cornelius. He is sitting in a chair at the far left of the picture and I'm the shirtless little guy standing on the far right. This photo was probably taken in either 1954 or 1955 and the setting is my grandparents' farm near Madrid, Nebraska. Looks like we're eating homegrown watermelon!

My great-grandfather lived in California and came out to visit as his health allowed. He had a long, colorful life and lived almost until the age of 102. He was born in February 1861 (two months before the beginning of the Civil War) and passed away in 1962.

It would be fun to be able to talk with him!