Uncle Steve’s 99th

The 14th of July would have been Uncle Stephen’s 99th birthday. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about him (and Wainer’s in general) and wish I had more pictures to share. Here’s a picture of Uncle Steve and Aunt Dot ( Dorthy A. Crocker  22 Dec 1918 – 01 Sep 1989) . It looks like they are in front of the house on Island Ave in Maine, but I can’t be sure.

It’s a great picture of them both.

Also, if you’re interested, please donate to the Travis Mills Foundation in memory of Stephen N. Wainer. The foundation is a non-profit devoted to assisting wounded veterans.



William Wainer, More Pics

Recently Cousin Michael was asking on social media for more pics of Grandpa William Wainer. Click on the pictures to make ’em bigger. Download them if you wish. Here’s a few good ones:

Grandpa William Wainer - Mustache version
Grandpa William Wainer – Mustache version

This next one is possibly my favorite

Grandpa William Wainer - The swimmer
Grandpa William Wainer – The swimmer

1944 – Edward Wainer joins the Army

On September 21, 1944 Edward W. Wainer (1926-2010) joins the service. Uncle Eddie ended up serving in Patton’s Third Army. Here are a few pictures:


William Wainer (1887-1965)

Edward Wainer (1926-2010)

Annie Ostafyczuk (1892-1945)


Alice Wainer (1921-2010)

Edward Wainer (1926-2010)

Florence Wainer (1928-1974)


And finally


Peter Wainer (1929-2013)

Edward Wainer (1926-2010)


My dad looks all of 12 years old in this picture but will, in fact,  join the army in 2 years (13 Nov 1946).

The 1940 census is here

The 1940 census has come out. It’s has not all been scanned electronically yet and it will be quite some time until you can search by name. However, if you know what state, county, city and enumeration district to look in and you happen to be looking in a state that has been scanned, you can get cool stuff like this:

Wainer in 1940

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls. Maine, Somerset, Fairfield, Enumeration district 13-19A. Page 24.

There’s a bunch on interesting information here. One of the more interesting things is that the person labeled “Olga” is really my Aunt Alice. Her parents and her siblings called her Olga for much of her life. The original Olga died as an infant and when Alice was born, even though they gave her the name Alice on her birth certificate, called her Olga.

It’s also interesting to me that all the guys that were old enough worked in the pulp mill.