Friday, June 16, 2017

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my paternal uncle taken at the home of his maternal aunt in Galena, Maryland in October 1994.  He was 40 years old.  Judging from his shirt and the pin on his sweater, it was around Halloween.  His shirt reminds me just how much he loved animation.

James Odgers
1954-2007

Monday, June 12, 2017

Photo of the Day

This is a photo of my paternal uncle taken on Christmas day in the mid-1990s at my father's home in Bear, Delaware.  He is holding a glass ash tray.

James Odgers
1954-2007

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's A Kodak Moment

At any given family function, you could find my paternal uncle with his camera telling someone, "It's a Kodak moment," and then take their picture.  He loved capturing the fun moments of family time.  And as time goes on I appreciate it more and more.  For one, it puts faces with names and photos with different events.  Not to mention all the photos are a family historian's dream.  But most importantly for me, I get to see things from his perspective, whether I was at the even or not.  I see what moments and events he found was worth capturing and remembering.

This is a photo of him at a picnic at his sister's (my aunt's) house in Bear, Delaware in 1993, maybe Memorial Day weekend.  His camera is in his hand, ever ready for that next Kodak moment.  Maybe someday I will find the photo he just took or was going to take and will be able to see this moment from his perspective.

James Odgers
1954-2007
This is YOUR Kodak moment, Uncle Jim.

Accrued Pension Form of 13 September 1909

This Accrued Pension Form is found in the Civil War Pension File of my paternal third great-grandfather.  My third great-grandmother filed t...