|Me and my cousin "Bud", September 1, 1951|
I'm back folks! I finally completed my six day marathon work schedule. Just got up from my afternoon nap. I think I'll survive. Maybe go to bed early tonight and then by tomorrow I'll be good as new.
Anyone following my blog regularly know that I throwing a family reunion in a few weeks. For the past few weeks I've been posting teaser photos on my Facebook page. Mostly old, really old, family photos. Here are a couple I posted today. They are both of me and my cousin Edward "Bud" Tipton. Bud and I were born the same year. Bud and I are both bachelors (hint, hint) and both of us are smart, good-looking, and charm boys beyond all reasonable measure. Everyone in the family (at least I like to think so) loves "Uncle Ronnie" and "Uncle Bud."
|Me and my cousin Bud at his home 2009 - like me he is an avid (and good) gardner|
Hey, did you ever notice almost every family has a bachelor uncle. I had one on both sides of my family. On my dad's side it was his younger brother, Bruce. Yes, I had an "Uncle Bruce." On Mom's side of the family it was "Uncle George." Both men were delightful and loved by all members of the family and yet had no family of their own.
|Bruce Tipton - 1954 - Germany|
I remember Uncle Bruce very well. In fact, he lived with our family for awhile while he was a teenager because my grandparents had died before Uncle Bruce had finished high school. Uncle Bruce used to babysit me. Except for the time I crawled out from a second story bedroom and rolled down the front porch roof and landed on my head in the front yard when I was only six months old, he was a good babysitter.
|George Lincoln Hadfield, Jr. - 1944|
|William Hadfield - 1863|
As regular readers of my blog know, I also research my family history. I have many bachelor uncles and spinster aunts in my family tree as I am sure all of you do too. Here is a picture of my great-great uncle William Hadfield (he was my Uncle George's great uncle) taken during the Civil War. Great-great uncle William never married either. I wonder what life was like for the "single" man back in the 1860's. I wish I could have had a conversation with Uncle William too.
|Darlington Frederick Hannum - 1886|
As in most families, mine was very poor except for one branch of the family tree. That was my Great Uncle Darlington Frederick Hannum. "Uncle Freddie" (as he was known in the family - you didn't think he went by the name of "Darlington" did you? "Darlington" was his mother's maiden name) made his money in the Oklahoma Land Rush. He went to law school and lived and worked in Washington D.C. as a patent lawyer in the late 1800's. He was very well off and his money sprinkled down the family tree. My Mother at the age of 35 years old came into a small inheritance from "Uncle Freddie" which enabled out family to buy our first television, it was a 13 inch black and white Philco TV. Ironies of all ironies, we used to watch "Uncle Miltie" on TV.