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    Posted 1 year ago

    billretire…
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    Some more photos of life in Sweden, and Minnesota!

    1st is my Mother's Father', Store in Minnesota, he's behind the counter, with the hat!
    2nd the old Homestead in Sweden.(where my Grandmother's Father grew up)
    3rd my Mother's Father, and Store owner!
    4th my Mother 1925!

    Thank you for checking my Minnesota Family photos out, all comments are welcome! :^)

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    1. bobby725 bobby725, 1 year ago
      LOVE the store pic!!
    2. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Thanks, love these post and for our chatt about this :)
    3. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 1 year ago
      What a beautiful record of your family’s history! To be able to know what your ancestors looked like, where and how they earned a living, what kind of house they lived in, and even how they decorated the store for Christmas must give you a solid sense of being anchored and secure.
      I love that you have all this!
    4. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thanks Bobby, I was happy to be able to show this, we have so few of the Early Family photos left! So every one that we have, is that much more appreciated! :^D

      Thank you Elisabethan, these were a product of our chat, and you're very welcome! :^D

      Thanks so much Watchsearcher, I like the Pillsbury Flour sign in the back, there was a lot of baking happening around Christmas! The only reason that our Family has these Early Family photos, is because of our online Family Site, that I've been able to keep, and support, for over 15yrs now, and was able to meet so many Relatives, from all over the World, that I wouldn't have without it! :^D
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thanks so much for stopping by for a look at my early Family photos, and for the love that you gave,
      Pete
      Jenni
      Bobby
      Elisabethan
      Brian
      Thomas
      Watchsearcher
      and officialfuel, I appreciate it very much! :^D
    6. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      It's a pen and ink drawing keramikos, and yes my Mother's Uncle, who Married one of Her Mother's Sisters did it. When we would go to Minnesota to visit, we would always see our Great Aunt and Uncle, they were Married for over 75yrs, lived into their 90's. Our Great Uncle was a very good Artist, but was an Architect, by Trade! :^D
    7. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thank you all so much for the love that you gave for this post, it's much more than I expected, and I'm very grateful,
      welzebub
      keramikos
      Gillian
      MALKEY
      fleafinder
      Lady_Picker
      Radegunder
      Yougottahavestuff
      and usedcarlady, it's much appreciated! :^)
    8. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thank you for the love that you gave Leighannrn, it's very nice to get! :^)
    9. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Hi farmlady, thanks for stopping by for a look, and for the love that you gave! :^)
    10. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thanks so much for the love Designer, very nice of you! :^)
    11. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 1 year ago
      Awesome post! I look at the first pic and just can't imagine having had to live in that day and time. The second drawing is beautiful! You just don't see things like this anymore! Everything is computer generated it seems. and the other two pics are great as well!
    12. bobby725 bobby725, 1 year ago
      When I said -LOVE the store pic, I should have added--not a cell phone in the place!!!
    13. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      What a DELIGHTFUL post Bill -- thanks SO MUCH for sharing such fascinating bits from your own history with the rest of us all. :-) :-) :-) For the record I think the 'store' pic is my favorite too -- SO MANY interesting things in the background to look at and enjoy. Also for the record (as shareurpassion suggests) I also can't quite imagine what it really must have been like to live one's life back then...OH how the world has changed since then, not to mention how much more rapidly it continues to change to this day. All the folks in that pic would no doubt be amazed by (if not dreadfully afraid of?) all the stuff we now consider commonplace -- electric everything, indoor plumbing, vehicles/transportation, kitchen appliances, airconditioners/furnaces, telephones and TV sets (esp the most current so-called 'smart' versions of such) and SO many other things...

      And then there's those of us now that enjoy hunting/collecting all that crap seen in the pic which was commonplace then, and the likely great amusement those folks might find by discovering that we now proudly buy/sell/trade/display such stuff from 'their time' prominently in our own modern homes -- many things of which would never then have been considered anything more than utilitarian items and/or trash. TIME MARCHES ON, I guess...?? ;-)

      Thanks again Bill, for an absolutely wonderful posting!! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
    14. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thank you shareurpassion, I found/saw that Store photograph, not that long ago, well Family speaking anyway, maybe 8yrs. I knew my Grandfather had owned a store, but that was many years before I knew him, he died in 1963. After he died our Mother talked more about growing up in Minnesota, and little things, like what might have happened to the shoebox full of Indian Head Pennies, that he had shown her as a young girl in the 1930s, that he got from the cash register, whenever they showed-up. I would always wonder(maybe they're still somewhere in the Family Home, waiting to be found!) :^D My Aunt sold their Home, after her Father died, and moved out to California, for a couple of years, because it was too sad for her, without her Father, who she cared for! :^( It was nice to have her living near us though, sometimes I'd ride my bike to her Apartment, and have a cup of coffee, and some cookies, with her, and hear another side of the Minnesota Family, secrete info, for me a 9yr old, from my old Aunt in her forties! :^D I did miss her when she moved back to Minnesota though, yah sure you bet-cha!
      I know that have at least one small Painting that my Great Uncle painted, of a Lady standing in the middle of a stone bridge, with a distant Castle behind her, but boxed with Family things! :^)

      Yeah Bobby I don't even see an ATM in there! :^D

      Thank you Tim(AO), posting this brought/brings so many memories, back to me, and in My Family, I'm in the oldest living Generation, and that's why I've tried to keep some of these old Family stories alive, blood is one thing, but stories keep the memories of the People alive! My Great Uncle was born in 1885, and lived until 1984, he was 98, and knew horse and buggy, to mouse and keyboard, that must have been a fantastic life! :^D

      Thank you all for your comments, for your time spent, and love given,
      Shareurpassion, bobby, Tim(AO), and bb2 was here, much appreciated! :^)
    15. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 1 year ago
      Really Nice Bill.....
    16. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thanks so much Roycroftbooksfromme1, I enjoyed bringing back my Memories for everyone! Thank you for your love too! :^)
    17. FrancoA FrancoA, 1 year ago
      So many cool things to see in the store pictures. Thanks for sharing (from another (2nd gen immigrant). Mom’s side also came to Minnesota - they were strong and tough individuals.
    18. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      Thank you FrancoA, for your comment! Yes I guess you have to be pretty tough, in -40 temps. :^D I know that was another reason that my Father wanted to get back to sunny California, and he was tough! I guess not that tough! :^D

      Thanks for the love that you gave, FrancoA, and Vynil too! :^)
    19. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Bill - thanks for sharing your family history and pictures! I missed this because I tend to search jewelry, sorry - how could I miss this? Beautiful post my friend. I love the general store picture. Often people would sit around the stove in the store, and I think that's behind them. Get warmed up, drink some coffee, spend some money....
    20. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 1 year ago
      That's ok my #1 Mary, I have trouble getting back to my posts, let alone seeing/stopping by all the posts that I'd like to see! :^D Yeah when it's -40 out it's easy to sit around a heater and drink Coffee. . . lots of Coffee! My Mother would drink Coffee all day, I do too, but in California, when my Mother would make a fresh pot, she'd pour a cup and pop-it in the Microwave for a minute to make sure it was hot enough to drink! I guess you get that from living in Minnesota, and trying to drink a cup outside when it's 40below, Coffee Sickles don't go down to easy! :^D Thanks so much for your comment, and the love you gave! xoxo :^)

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