Thinking about my mom today;she was born Dec 9th 1928 and died September 21th, 1988. Since my birthday is in December as well, we’d always celebrate out birthdays at the same time. Usually this involved going out to dinner at Lawrey’s Restaurant in Los Angeles; it was her favorite. (Mine too)
Lawrey’s has since moved down the street and in it’s old spot is a new restaurant called “The Stinking Rose”. It servers garlic infused meals and is my son’s favorite place to have his birthday dinner. Funny how things work like that sometimes.
Here’s a picture of my mom on her wedding day, Dec 9th 1960 (dad was no dummy, always easier to remember one date and not two) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here’s an old picture ( maybe late 1960’s early 1970’s?) at Uncle Bob and Aunt Loraine Knickerbocker’s house in Minnesota. I’m the kid in the plaid shorts on the left, Uncle Dude is sitting in the chair surrounded by kids. Are YOU in this picture? Which one are you?
This picture took a little figuring out. The notes on the back say “Taken as they were leaving Preston July 7th”. The only Knickerbocker that I know of that lived in a city named Preston was Nellie Jane Knickerbocker, her husband Charles Snyder and their flock of children. They lived in Preston, Minnesota beginning about 1910. Nellie Jane was the second child of William and Helen so I’m going to say that this is a picture of William R. and Helen Burgess as they were visiting their married daughter sometime between 1910 and the end of summer 1915 when William R. passed away. So this picture is at least 99 years old ( or the original was – this is a copy I think).
I keep forgetting to add a little context to these pictures: William R. Knickerbocker and Helen Burgess are the parents of Clarence Knickerbocker. So, for me, these are my great-grandparents. I know for quite a few Knickerbocker descendents out there this would be a picture of your great-great-grandparents, and for some (say Bryana W. for example) these would be her great x 3 grandparents.
Here’s a previous post with William and Helen’s wedding certificate.
For most of the time I knew my Aunts Helen and Eleanor they lived together. In the 1970’s they had an apartment in Inglewood, CA very close to our house as well as being close to their other sisters: Luella and Mildred. In the 80’s all the sisters and their families moved to Yucaipa, CA ( we didn’t ). They both continued to live together until Helen died in 1986.
Here are a few very early pictures of Helen and Eleanor together when they were very little. The notes on the back of the top picture dates it to sometime around March/April 1905. Helen is the older of the two and is listed as three years old while Eleanor is about three months.
These images are digitized from the original pictures which are, as of this posting, over 100 years old.
According to the writing on the back of this picture, this was taken when Martha was about 17 years old so that places it about 1900.
Martha and Clarence Knickerbocker were married on 10 Oct 1902.
A nice picture of super cool Aunt Eleanor.
From Cousin Matt, two small pictures of Aunt Eleanor pushing some motorcycles through a river or very flooded street. She was a pretty awesome Aunt!
Some more pictures:
Helen Knickerbocker (1902-1986)
Eleanor Knickerbocker (1905-1995)
Luella Knickerbocker (1917-2011)
Mildred “Snookie” Knickerbocker (1920-1986)
Marjorie “Marge” Knickerbocker (1928-1988)
William “Bill” Knickerbocker (1907-1982)
Earl “Dude” Knickerbocker (1912-1984)
Donald “Bim” Knickerbocker (1922-1978)
Kenneth “Bob” Knickerbocker (1924-1993)
Here’s an earlier picture of the boys:
With the addition of their father Clarance Knickerbocker (1874-1959)
This picture is dated July 6th, 1948
My best guess is:
Martha Stuhberg ( It’s certainly Grandma Martha)