the little guy on the bottom in the knickers is my dad who couldn’t have been anymore than maybe 4 years old so I am dating this picture around 1947? Now I understand why my dad and my uncle Joe were such big men.. My grandpa was also. I have learned that my grandfather was a very resourceful man and one that didn’t let impediments stop him.. Maybe thats where I get it from? When my grandfather was 6 years old he had an accident on a set of rail road tracks that caused the loss of one of his legs. I am told though, he never let that stop him from doing anything. I also learned that aside from being a glass blower, he was a sign maker and also owned a used car lot in 1953. It seems to me that my grandfather was a very accomplished man. He had a devoted and devout Catholic wife, had 4 wonderful children, many talents and owned his own business. He also must have had good quality morals and sense of family as these things were instilled in my dad, aunts and uncle and then passed on to us kids.
So, finally, the connection and missing link has been made for me. I know where I come from and who the patriarch of my family was..and I couldn’t be any more proud.