Meet my 2nd great grandparents! Fannie, as you can see, died very young. At that time there was a flu epidemic around and I believe her death (official cause of death was pneumonia) was part of that. Gard is her husband there and I don’t know too much about him to be honest. My great-grandfather (who I knew pretty well) didn’t discuss his father. My grandpa said that he wasn’t aware he had a grandfather but there was a man who they visited that lived by the river. He later found out that was his grandfather, Gard. His death is a bit of a mystery too. The family rumor is that it was murder due to gambling debts but according to his death certificate, it was drowning.
Jack is Gard and Fannie’s son. He also died very early of a car accident. It was actually a Bay City official who hit him but according to the newspaper, the man was exonerated of blame. I don’t know too much about Jack, my great-grandfather’s brother, except rumors. Our family rumor is that he tried out for a Tarzan movie (the silent film ones) but I don’t know how to verify that fact but it’s a fun rumor nonetheless.
The baby boy is one of the miscarriages from my grandmother (who is on the other side of this tombstone). My grandmother suffered from a few miscarriages and only two children survived. It was always a heartbreaking thing for my grandmother to talk about.
This is the other side of the tombstone. My great-grandparents are buried elsewhere but Bobbie (my grandfather) is then buried with his paternal grandparents. So, meet my beloved grandparents! Mary died young (to me) from cancer. I was close to her and I miss her still to this day. It’s hard for me to even talk about her without getting teary. Bobbie was one of the best grandpa’s you can imagine! There were sweets, being allowed to do things we probably shouldn’t, and stories we probably shouldn’t have heard. I loved him dearly and remember him as the laughing, joking man that he was in life.
Thomas is the other son of Fannie and Gard (there were three boys). I do not know much about him but my parents do remember him. My mother described him as a bit gruff, or well, old school compared to my great-grandfather (who was like my grandpa). But she admits she did not know him well as he lived out of state. My great-grandparents didn’t talk much about him either but I do know that they kept in contact with Thomas throughout their lives even though he lived far away.
There is a feeling of some bad blood between the brothers and their dad (Gard) but I never got a very clear answer on why that happened. I’m hoping more digging and letters to out-of-state relatives may be able to clear that up one day.