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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-26-09 11:16 AM
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69. You're so right. My stepmother threw out a lot of my stuff,
while I was away at college and now I find that unforgivable. We still have a great deal of stuff in my Mom's house where I live now, and I sometimes go through some of it out of curiosity. My grandparents bought this house in 1938 and someone in the family has lived here ever since, so it's like an archaeological dig. One time I came across my grandfather's promotion papers in the Marine Corps, and one of them was signed by President Woodrow Wilson, another signed by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. when he was secretary of the navy. There are boxes of letters and we looked at a few once, and wrote down the addresses. My grandparents and my Mother lived in several places in the La Jolla area of San Diego in the 1920s, including directly above the cave store. We drove to the address of one of the other places expecting to see a house there but it had been replaced in the meantime by a large ugly apartment building. Since I never got to meet my grandfather, as he passed away 16 years before I was born, these letters, photos and papers are about the only way I have of knowing him.
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