The word prompt for the 15th edition of the Smile for the Camera carnival is “they WORKED hard for the family.” I rarely post “repeats” here at What’s Past is Prologue. However, I have to make an exception this time because I have only one photo that is perfect for this carnival, and it is one I have already posted. Other than a photograph at my father at a desk (he was an accountant), this is the only photograph I own of an ancestor at work. Since it’s such a great photo, I have to show it again:
This is my grandfather, James Pointkouski, hard at work as a truck driver/delivery man for Aristocrat Dairy in Philadelphia. For more about his occupation and the truck itself, see the original post from March, 2008, entitled “Got Milk?”
According to his children, Grandpop was a really smart guy who excelled in school. His dream was to be a draftsman. That occupation would have required some specialized training and education, but there was not enough money to realize that dream. Jimmy was the youngest of three children, and his parents were rather old at the time of his birth – his father was 41 years old and his mother was nearly 44! In 1910, it was very unusual to have a child at those “advanced” ages. By the time Jimmy was ready to go to high school, his parents needed him to get a job to help the family. Although both of his parents were deceased by the time my grandfather was 32 years old, it was too late for him to embark on a major career change – especially since he had a family of his own to care for by then. So it was that Jimmy became a truck driver. It may not have been his career of choice, but he grew to enjoy it and he took great pride in what he did.
I have another reason for showing off my grandfather’s photo today – today, July 6th, was his birthday! If he were still alive, he’d be 99 years old. Unfortunately, he died in February, 1980 at the age of 69. Happy Birthday, Grandpop, and thanks for working hard for the family!
[Written for the 15th Edition of the Smile for the Camera Carnival: They worked hard for the family!]