I have probably over posted this old black and white Thanksgiving photo; however, it is one of the precious few that presents the members of my Hughes family in 1955.
How I remember these family gatherings at my Grams and Pop Pop's apartment at 168 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. When Dad parked the car out front, we would be greeted by Pop Pop at the door with hugs, laughs and smiles. On the entrance wall, just inside the door, was a huge (at least it was huge to an eight year old) picture of a pretty ugly man...lol Pop Pop called him "Grandpa Snazzy."
Up the stairs I would run to find Grams busy in her kitchen....the delicious aroma of turkey and pumpkin pies filling the apartment. The dining room was sandwiched in the middle of the second floor. The table set with old dishes.....an off white with green ivy scrolling around the edges.
Great Grandma Hughes (Elizabeth Olesen Hughes) would be sitting either in her bedroom at the top of the stairs on the second floor or already in her chair in the livingroom.
Grams and Pop Pop had the best toys that kept two youngsters busy. The one I remember most was a metal roller coaster that Ken and I would wind up and watch the little cars move along the track....up and down and around.
When I tired of that entertainment, there was always the pantry in the kitchen. I could spend hours in there playing with the various cans of food and cooking/baking equipment. Mostly, I just liked spending time with Grams. She was always full of life and laughter.
When I think of Hughes holidays past, love, laughter, and the best food ever made comes to mind....could these be just the memories of a young girl....I think not. They were shared by everyone who gathered at Grams and Pop Pop's table.
I hope you all make some of your own memories this holiday season
Featured in the Hughes Family Thanksgiving 1955 photograph:
-Front Row: Linda Lee Hughes and Kenneth George Hughes
-Second Row l to r: George VanGilder Hughes, George Henry Hughes, Barbara McGoey Hughes, Martha Stark Hughes
-Back Row l to r: Sarah VanGilder Hughes, Faith Hughes Roolf, Edward Norman Roolf, Jr., Elizabeth Olesen Hughes holding Jeffrey Charles Hughes, John Aiden Hughes
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