Lyle was over-protected as a boy because his parents had lost a baby boy in 1890. His parents built a house on 30th Street in San Diego and owned most of the block. He learned from the school books of his parents - the McGuffey's readers and almanacs - and attended school, graduating from San Diego High in about 1912.
Here is a picture of Lyle as a boy of 4. Check out the hair and the outfit.
He succumbed in November 1976 to colon cancer, and his dear Emily joined him soon after in June 1977. Their deaths pained me, but became the catalyst that made me examine my own life and beliefs, and firmed up my life's goals.
We always called him "Gramp" and we always went over to "Gram and Gramp's house." I think my mother called him Dad and my father called him Lyle.
His legacy was threefold. One was financial - the real estate holdings that he built up over his lifetime provided a decent retirement for him and Emily, and for my parents, and an excellent inheritance for my brothers and I. More importantly, the legacy of kindness, love, thrift, and happiness provided a wonderful example to his grandsons. Lastly, there was the wonderful stash of family history material - papers, books, photos, movies, and memories.
I miss him greatly. I wish that I could have him back for just a month or so - to ask him questions, to hear more about his family, his life and experiences, to thank him for loving me and molding me and providing the impetus to study genealogy and family history.
Thank you, Gramps for your rich and diverse ancestry. I know you would enjoy knowing about your ancestors beyond the ones you knew - the German immigrants to New York and Pennsylvania, the English immigrants to New England and New York, the Dutch and French immigrants into New York, etc.
Who do you miss the most? Who had a wondrous life in your family? Who loved you and molded you? Tell me about them - please? Better yet, tell your children and grandchildren about who you miss most.
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