Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sentimental Sunday: 40th Anniversary for Orvall Gordan Spearman and IsaBelle McConnachie

Here's my maternal grandmother's brother, Orval Spearman (24 Jan 1912 - 10 Mar 1981), and his wife, IsaBelle McConnachie (14 Mar 1911 - 12 Jul 2010), celebrating their 40th Anniversary on or around October 26, 1971.

To be honest, I'm pretty sure my family didn't attend this shindig - that anniverary was the same day my youngest sister, Lauren, was born, and we were all at home waiting for that news!  

However, I do remember going to family festivities much like this.  The adults who attended these family functions were most likely my relations, but when everyone was called "Aunty" or "Uncle" - I was a bit confused by the actual details of the relationship.  

There were always kids running around, having fun and getting into trouble.  There were enough kids that we always had a few kids within our age group with whom we could play.  

Most important - genealogically - I remember playing with all these kids whom I lumped into the category "cousins" - whether they were 1st or 2nd or whatever cousins.  I knew and understood how I was related to my 1st cousins - but I really did not understand how I was related to these 2nd or 3rd cousins.   Sometimes I didn't even know we were related, and sometimes I wondered - but I never asked!

It was only as I started taking an interest in genealogy, and looking at the family tree that my sister, Nadine, had created, that I understood just exactly how I was related to these folks.    Or that we were related, at all!


This is a scan from a negative in the possession of my Mom from Regina, SK. 

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  1. I love that this event was held outside. I've got several photos like this, but they are all indoors!

  2. What a great picture and a lovely cake. 40yrs is definitely worth celebrating.
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)