Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Baby Daddy

Okay, so here is my daddy when he was a little tiny boy.
Dad was born Richard Bradford Engelbrecht, September 19, 1924 in Bellevue, King, Washington.
So very cute.

And here is what he looks like now. He seems to have swapped the ball for a beautiful granddaughter. Smart guy!


Sunday, August 3, 2008

the real Bearnjoago!!

I was digging aroung in my geneology and ran across this old picture. I am 30 and Bear is 33. I like how happy we look. We are that happy now.. eternal focus can do that :)
Bear and I have an interesting past. We dated when we were 30 and 33 years old and then didn't see each other but once in 20 years. We were both available...again...and the rest is best! We got married. Who would have thought. Even after 7 1/2 years, there are times when I look at him and think, "I can't believe we are married!" Then I laugh, because we are.

Grampa Renick

This is Grama Jo's dad.
Grampa Renick was born Franklin Hamilton Renick, August 4, 1864 in Hartford, Connecticut. We have always been amazed at how much my little brother, Jay, looks like Grampa Renick. Actually, he really looked like him when he was younger and really thin... Still, there is quite a resemblance. He settled, with his family in Seattle, WA, where he became a Senator.
In a book called: A Volume of Memoirs and Geneology of Representative Citizens of The City of Seattle and County of King Washington - Including biographies of many of those who have passed away, had a picture of Grampa and quite a detailed write-up. The following is the write-up (please note that some of the sentences don't make sense. This, I believe is due to a page cut off):
The rapid growth of Seattle in recent years, the introduction of vast and undaunted. John Hamilton Renick, the grandfather, removed from made a great demand for property and has enlisted in the real-estate field many business men of marked ability and keen discrimination. As a member of the firm of F.H. Renick & company, his partner being John C. Watrous, Frank Hamilton Renick is successfully conducting real-estate operations, placing investments and selling property. He is also doing a loan and insurance business and his efforts are bringing to him creditable prosperity.
A native of Hartford, Connecticut, he was born August 4, 1864, and is of English and Welsh ancestry, the family having been established in Pennsylvania at a very early period. Robert Renick, the great-grandfather, was a soldier in the war for independence and served through the Mad River campaign, in which he won the reputationof being an intrepid fighter, brave and undaunted. John Hamilton Renick, the grandfather, removed from Keystone state to Springfield, Ohio, and there took up government land, becoming one of the first settlers in that portion of the state. Subsequently he removed to Bellefonaine, Logan county, where he reared his family of seven children. He was a Presbyterian in his religious belief and a Whig in political faith in early life, but when that party ceased to have an existence he joined the ranks of the new Republican party. His death occurred when he was seventy-four years of age.
James Henry Renick, his son and the father of our subject, was born in Huntsville, Ohio, in 1832, when he had reached adult age he married Josephine Sophia Dunklee, a native of Plymouth, New Hampshire. She was of English descent, her ancestors having come to America during the colonial epoch in our country's history. Mr. and Mrs. Renick removed to Hartford, Connecticut, and later to Brooklyn, New York, where they remained until our subject was eight years of age, when they went to Port Huron, Michigan. Some years afterward they removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where the father died in 1874. He had for many years been prominently engaged in lumbering and had sold large amounts of lumber to the government, doing an extensive and prosperous business. In religious faith he was a Presbyterian, was an excellent citizen and an upright, reliable business man. His wife still survives and is now in the fifty-ninth year of her age. She resided in Detroit, Michigan. In the family were four children, three of whom are living: Grace is the wife of S. T. McGraw, of Detroit, Michigan, a member of a very prominent family of that city. Carrie has become the wife of Frank W. Osborne, a prominent citizen of Detroit and descended from one of its oldest families.
In the schools of Concord, New Hampshire, and Buffalo, New York, Mr. Renick of this review pursued his education. For her second husband his mother married Egbert C. Bradford, the partner of her first husband. There was one child by that marriage, Walter G. Bradford. The family resided in Detroit and our subject attended the Bryant & Stratton Business College of that city, after which he became very active in the manufacture of lumber, also acquiring a practical and intimate knowledge of the business in all its departments from the purchase of the logs to the operation of the mills, the bookkeeping and the sales made.
On the 13 th of April, 1888, Mr. Renick arrived in Seattle with the intention of continuing in the lumber business, but an outlook over the business opportunities of the city decided him to turn his attention to real-estate dealing, in which he has since been successfully engaged. He was here during the great fire of 1889 and since that time has been an active factor in the rapid and substantial growth of the city, which emerged from the ashes to take its place as the queen city of the northwest. He passed through the financial panic successfully and has platted and sold several additions to the city. The business of the firm has grown constantly since its organization and they have become investors for prominent eastern business men and have acquired a high reputation for ability and trustworthiness.
In 1889 Mr. Renick was married to Miss Alice Caldwell, a native of California and a daughter of Dr. Robert G. Caldwell, now deceased. This union has been blessed with two children: Josephine Bradford and Grace Frances. The parents are valued and helpful members of the Baptist church. In politics Mr. Renick takes quite an active and influential part and is now treasurer of the Republican city central committee. He belongs to St. John Lodge, No. 9. F.&A. M.; Seattle Chapter, No. 3, R.A.M., and is a member of the Order of Foresters. While an enterprising and active business man, he is also interested in scientific research and investigation, especially along the line ornithology, and has made a large collection of the eggs of Washington birds. His study in this direction has resulted in furnishing the United States valuable information on the subject and he was the means of correcting a mistake made in the Smithsonian Institute, proving to them that the eggs which are labeled those of the black swift were eggs of the purple martin. His varied interests have made Mr. Renick a well rounded character. He is not so abnormally developed in any one direction as to be called a genius, but his business life, supplemented by study and research, by political work and the pleasures of social life, have made his strong manhood. His business reputation is unassailable and among his many friends he is popular because of his genial and courteous manner.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Boys

While I am trying to figure out what to add to Grama Jo's profile, I thought I would just slip in a little picture of myDad and Uncle Bob. Cute, huh! This was taken in Kirkland, maybe by their house on the other side of Market (if you are from Kirkland, you know where that is). Dad is the cutie pie to the right. Notice the shoes. Bob's are shiny and dad's are scuffy. I don't know if that means Bob got the shoes first, or dad just never polished his. I especially like the coveralls. Also, notice Uncle Bob's ears. They looked like that until the day he died.

Bob was born Robert Renick Engelbrecht on June 10, 1923. I don't seem to have his death date. Have to work on that! Dad, Richard Bradford Engelbrecht, was born September 19, 1924. I know dad was born in Seattle, so I suppose Bob was too. They have a sister, Carolyn Grace Engelbrecht, who was born August 7, 1926. She also has passed on and I don't have that date either. Get with it girl! I was in the car with dad once and he announced that he was an orphan. We teased him (what are we, chopped liver?) but as I look back, I can see that it must have been hard for him.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

This is Grama Jo

Josephine Renick Engelbrecht

This is my dad's mom.
Grama Jo was born 19 August, 1893 in Seattle, King County, Washington. She had one younger sister, my Aunt Grace. Grama and Aunt Grace grew up in Seattle. Their father, Franklin Hamilton Renick, was a businessman and a Senator. Many of the streets in Seattle were named after Grama's friends. The Denny's, the Madison's, etc. I remember spending time with the Carkeeks who have a large park named for them. They were big society people.
I remember Grama telling me that her parents never showed affection. Occasionally she and her sister would receive small gifts at their places at the table when they came in for meals. That was it.
I have memories galore of Grama Jo. Good ones and not so good ones. One thing for sure...she was some lady!
Okay, so this is harder than I thought it would be. I am not sure what to put here so I am going to start listing things I remember about Grama Jo. If anyone reading this thinks of something to add, please let me know.
1. I shared a bedroom for about 6 months with Grama when I was a little girl. I don't think I liked it very much as her bed was touching distance from mine.
2. Grama had the greatest laugh of all time. When she laughed her whole body shook. YOu had to laugh when she did.
3. Grama always sat in a straight back chair. Now that I am getting older, I kind of understand that. I sure didn't then!
4. Grama had long gray hair that she wound up around her head. Even in this picture her hair is done this way. I never saw her wear it any other way.
5. When I was really little Grama lived in Juanita in a tiny house. She had twin beds and I spent the night.
6. Grama always bought my brother Brad BLack Jack gum. I hated Black Jack Gum. She bought me Juicy Fruit!
7. Grama kept candy in her underwear drawer.
8. Grama made really great desserts.
9. Grama liked girls best. I think she kinda didn't like guys so much. It came from her childhood.
10. Grama always wore blue. My mom said she thinks that is because she has blue eyes and someone told her she looked good in blue. We have a picture of her in green and it seems so strange whenever I see it. Like the camera was messed up or something.
11. Grama often took the bus from Kirkland to Bellevue and even Seattle to shop. She never drove but relied on the bus (or my parents) to get her around.
12. Grama always wore a hat when she was out. I still have a few of them and really charish them.
13. Grama liked to shop at The Bon and Nordstrom. Well, Nordstrom was called Best and the Nordstrom-Best when Grama was in her shopping years.
14. Grama had tiny hands. When she died I was the only one her gloves would fit. Me and my friend Judie got them all!
15. Sometimes I still miss my Grama Jo.