Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Michael and the Flood Waters

There are many who visit this page know of the spring floods we had at the home on Airport Road. Here is Mike, abt 1980ish, tip-toeing through the water. Well, alright, plowing through~!
The pond would be in the right hand corner.

Erma Josephine Kratochvil Wolfgram Boating

Nona, Ben and Brenda's mom, Erma. She would be happier with a fish pole in her hand but a boat was a good second.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Clara, Edward Kratochvil, Erma, Ezam Secor, Leah Jacques

Edward Martin Kratochvil, Clarabelle Inez Secor, on lap, Erma Josephine Kratochvil born 5 Feb 1911, and Ezam Secor.

Erma is the child of Ed and Clara. Clara is the child of Ezam and Leah Jacques. In Quebec where Ezam was born his name is spelled Sicard until they came to reside in Michigan about 1861. Photograph taken around 1912.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kratochvil - Secor Family members

Left to right-back row:
Edward M. Kratochvil, Al Lafontsee, Clarabelle I. Secor Kratochvil, Marguerite Kratochvil, Bertie Secor Kratochvil, Uncle John (to Erma) Kratochvil

Left to front-front row:
Erma J. Kratochvil Wolfgram (holding white dog), Grandma Josephine Svoboda Kratochvil, Aunt Cecilia Secor Lafontsee, Aunt Annie Lyman

Sunset nr Acme MI on Grand Traverse Bay

My current favorite sunset: except for some reason the yellows are not showing up as good here. Taken 17 July 2009 on US 31 leaving Acme heading towards Traverse City looking over East Grand Traverse Bay.

Wolfgram family..

Barb / Ben (1967)
Shawn, 7

Benny, 3

Rene, 2

Monday, July 13, 2009

Grandchildren of Erma & Ben

Grandchildren of Erma J. Kratochvil and Ben Wolfgram.
Left to right from the back: Steven (green shirt), Cindy (pink shirt), Tami, Jeni (blue/red collar), Shawn (white shirt)

In front of Steven is Michael, Rene (blue checked dress, then Ben (yellow shirt)

Cynthia W. Henderson 2008 Israel

Baptized in the Jordan River, Israel

Cynthia Henderson dau of Hugh and Nona Marie

The Ben's with the coon's

Ezam Secor and Leah Jacques

Bust shots of their wedding picutres:
My great-grandparents Ezam (Sicard) Secor and Leah Jacques. Ezam's birth name is Sicard but when he came to Grand Traverse county it somehow got americanized. Whether it started with him or someone who heard the Sicard (See-Car) as Secor (See-Core). Married 1880 St. Francis Church, Traverse City, Michigan

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Benny Vists The Moores 14 Dec 2008

Justin with 2 remotes, Ben, Tami

Mia a Chow/Boxer mix awesome dog!

My silver-haired daughter-in-law; Mike by the television doing what? when Justin has the controls. OH.. he is on the phone!!! Mia the dog keeping track of what was going on. Hmmm, Hey B? Where are you?

Monday, March 16, 2009

My Sister's daughter, Jeni and her family

left to right - back
Nicole, Steven, Jeni
left to right - front
Sara - Natasha

Friday, March 13, 2009

Brenda, Tami, Brittany, Justin Sketch Pixs

Second week of March 2009.
Justin and Tami Sketch from Face Book App

Brittany and Tami Sketch from Face Book App


Monday, February 23, 2009

Breakfast in 3rd Grade

About 8 years of age, my mom is working and my dad had gotten me up for school. I lived on Hope Street and went to the new Oak Park School on Garfield Avenue. I am sure most folks were having pancakes, french toast, eggs, cereal for breakfast but how boring!! My dad was not a cook but he was there, while mom was already at work, to make my breakfast. These were the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever had and probably the best I will ever have as 'dad made them'. Who would have ever thought something like this would be a favorite memory!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tami on Magazine Cover

Tami on a magazine cover! ;) A do-it-yourself online software!
Feb 2009

Nona and Brenda, Sisters Forever

It is 3:47 a.m. I am watching the movie The Family Stone. Sybil the mom is dying of cancer. Something triggered a thought in my head about my sister, Nona, who died 19 Aug 1970 of Hodgkins Disease after 15 years of dealing with it. I have written blurbs about her at Remembering Nona and Cherry County Playhouse.

I don't know what age I was in this incident, I second guess around 13ish years of age. We were walking down Front Street in Traverse City and I have no idea what we were even doing. I can remember the block where we were walking but not sure why were there. It could have been going to the movies but I just don't recall or to visit my mom at her work. Two things happened in conversation that day. She said to me, "I don't want to be a millionaire I just want to have a few diamonds" and "I don't want to be filthy rich, I just want to be a little dirty." Which I always remembered and said it over the years. The other thing that happened one would have thought might caused me to "stumble in the street" but it didn't. She told me she was only my half-sister that my dad was not her dad. I don't know what prompted this as you can tell I don't have many memories of this excursion. I just know I told her I didn'
t care she would always be my sister. We then hugged right there and then. In thinking about this I got up and got on the computer and had to write about it as tears roll in her memory.

She was as much a mom as a sister but that is in the Remembering Nona story.