Monday, September 29, 2008

Photos from 1928


Helen,Fran,and Johnnie Bender 1928.

My Grandma Fran grew up on a farm in Seattle, Washington. Her mom, Marie Aline Bannwarth, came from France to California when she was 14.Franny's father, Great Grandpa Bender, was from Bohemia. Grandma's parents met in Seattle. Grandpa Bender's father raised Arabian horses in Bohemia, but they left their ranch to escape Jewish persecution.Grandpa Bender played 4 instruments, and was in one of John Phillip Sousa's many bands. He played clarinet,trumpet,violin, and the French horn. On the Bender farm there was a lovely brown Jersey cow,and 4 horses, but mostly they sold wholesale chickens to the markets in Seattle.Great Grandma Marie was a beautiful lady. She was always helping people. Marie would let unwed mothers stay with her, because back then they had to hide in shame. Great Grandpa and Grandma had a fruit orchards, and acres of vegetables,but they did not sell the extra produce,and fruit, they would can,preserve,and give the extra away to people in need. To be continued...

3 comments:

kealani(sunnys kid) said...

coooool
i like our family.

Texas Mom said...

I've always loved hearing about family history and looking at old photographs. Your picture reminded me of the time when the PIXIE haircut was all the rage back in the 60's. My sister and I have a matching photo like yours... Ugh! I hated that short hair on myself.

gmarie said...

This Photo is beautiful. I haven't heard from your Grandma in a bit...she's a sensitive soul isn't she!