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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sepia Saturday = Bill Brock

Bill Brock 1926 - 1988
This cute little guy is The Mister's dad.
We don't know anything about the photo and it is only
marked "Billie" on the back. My guess is that he is
about 4 years old here. He was an only child, born to
Harry and Geneva in 1926, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
He was a successful business man turned
Baptist minister and the father of six children.
With The Mister and I starting to 'date' when I was
only 14 years old, I was priviledged to know him
not only as The Mister's dad, but as my pastor, and
he 0fficiated at our wedding. He was chairman
of the board of trustees at our alma mater, (also
where Taylor attends) and when he died, had
a men's dormitory named after him.
He was such a kind, wise man that I'd love to
have his council in my life even now. And I
do wish he had lived long enough to know
his grandsons. Even though he's been gone since
1988, he is still loved and missed.
And you know, I can see a little of The Mister
in that little boy's face! :)
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30 comments:

  1. He sounds like such a fine man. It is a marvelous photo. I have a photo of a cousin of mine that is sitting on bench with a background like that.
    Thanks for stopping by by Sepia a couple of Saturdays ago.

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  2. He is a cute little guy and I love his ears...I am a sucker for big ears on little boys! His swept over hair on his forehead is charming.

    I can't help but wonder what it was like for him to be a single child and then go on to have SIX children of his own!

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  3. WHAT A UTE LITTLE BOY AND WHAT A GOOD MAN! YOU DATED WHEN YOU WERE 14? MY MOM WOULD HAVE KILLED ME! I HAD TO WAIT TIL I WAS 16 BEFORE I WAS ALLOWED TO DATE! Come say hi :D

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  4. Julie ~ well, that's why I put date in quotations....it was really more like passing notes in the high school hallways and sitting together at lunch. :) No real dating until he could drive. ha!

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  5. What a cute picture! And I'm happy to see the reference to Grand Rapids - only 20 minutes away from our home!

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  6. i was very close to my father in law too. I soo loved him--such a big barrel chest to contain his gusto laughs, full of life. The incredible optimist with 7 kids!

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  7. Ah, great memories on your Father-in-law! You are blessed!

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  8. What a darling boy... like a little boy blue! What an amazing legacy! What a blessing to have known and loved him.

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  9. I love that photo! We have one of my dad just like that. I'll have to dig it up and email it to you. I think my dad was younger tho, his face was more round and chubby-baby like...

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  10. very cool betsy...love how it all ties in there...enough connections, you and the mister seem lined up quite well. smiles.

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  11. Loved the picture! Don't you just love looking at old, old photos though? I sure do! I have a picture taken in 1919 of my Dad's three sisters -the oldest was probably about 10 at the time and the youngest sister (baby of a family of 7 boys, 3 girls) was close to two years old and it is a sepia pic -just so precious to see all three of my beloved aunts together and how much my children as well as my grandkids resemble them too! Happy New Year and Peace!

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  12. 'Tis a most grand photo, Betsy. And Brian's right, y'know. I don't really have any in-laws( I don't count th' brother in-law )and can't really fathom being an only kid. Maybe that helped him to grow as a father with a big family of his own?

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  13. That is very touching, Betsy. I can feel the admiration ooze from your words of praise, seriously.

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  14. Subby ~ you may be on to something...maybe he had wished for siblings and so had a big family of his own. :)

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  15. Betsy~ if'n he did, I'd say it all turned out pretty well, wot? HUGS m'dear!

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  16. He looks like a mischievous little boy, yet so innocent that butter wouldn't melt in his mouth.

    My mother told me that when I was 4yrs I used to catch frogs and eat them. Groo! I don't remember doing that!

    Ribbet . . .ribbet . . .ribbet . . . croak . .

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  17. Keith ~ you ate them live? Oh no!

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  18. How sweet,,,he sounds like a wonderful man,,,,bet the Mr. is alot like him!

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  19. What a wonderful tribute to your father-in-law. We should all be that lucky!

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  20. The picture is cute and your chosen words are very profound. I can feel the emotions.

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  21. I, too, knew your husband's father and can attest to his wisdom. Since your alma mater is also my alma mater, we have more connections. In fact, I was in the same class at our alma mater with your husband's oldest brother. The world is very small!

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  22. Elaine ~ yes, it certainly is! And, I didn't know you were in Lynn's class!

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  23. What a lovely photo!!! And such a treasure to hang onto!!! You made me grin with this post, and your warm words...such a happy, and wonderful post!!! I love these Sepia photos!!! You have a treasure trove of memories and beautiful photography!! So glad I met you in 2009!!! You are a real friend, and I'm truly looking forward to getting to know you better in 2010! Love you! Janine XO

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  24. Reminds me just a little bit of an old photo of my dad and his brother.

    Always interesting to know what became of the child in the picture.

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  25. I look at his face and picture the aging man and, perhaps, his son, yor husband, "the Mister". Such a cute name. Do you really call him that or merely as a pseudonym for the blog?

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  26. Love this post, Betsy. He must have been one charming boy! :) I love learning about yours and your hubby's fam. :)

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  27. Cali Girl ~ "The Mister" is just a pseudonym for my blog. But I picked it because 'he' really does call me "Mrs" instead of my first name. :)

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  28. His swept over hair on his forehead is charming.

    Work from home India

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  29. I do see that resemblence. Such a sweet post and a great picture. Makes me wish I had some sepia photos!

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