|Westerly High School Yearbook, 1935|
"Just Like My Old Man"
Family stories can be a lot of fun to tell especially when you suspect that you are the only person in the whole world that knows about them.
My late father told me that he had a part in his high school play but he didn't get up immediately and show me his Westerly High School Yearbook to see the photo so I can't be absolutely positive that this is the right picture but I can tell you that this picture appears in his class yearbook. I just found it online.
In 1935, my dad was a senior in high school and the only person in his family to finish high school. My grandfather, also named Tom, sent his two daughters, Annie and Ada, to work and that left my uncle, his disabled son, to be put to work part time with an 8th grade education (source: 1940 census).
My grandmother died in 1934 of heart failure, leaving my grandfather alone. He had a drinking problem and was not consistently employed. He died in 1937.
So, I am sure the whole family went on this Thursday night to see my father in his school play. Dad told me that when he walked out on the stage with white hair and fake beard, my grandfather stood up and said, "He looks just like my old man!". Everyone laughed.
It was many years later that my second cousins in California sent me a photo of my great grandfather in Scotland. I do see that this man does look like my father in the class photo. What do you think?
|John Broadfoot, 1923, just before his death, in Scotland|