Over a year ago, I wrote a series of posts about Theresa (Tracy) Paak, the daughter of my great-great-grandmother’s only brother. Theresa was the mother of Professor Lawrence, who has been kind enough to send me photographs and information about his branch of the family. If you’ve been following along here for some time, you might remember my posts about Theresa Pake, the middle child (of five) of my great-great-grandmother’s brother, George.
You might remember that after the disastrous fire that destroyed the family home, Theresa went to live with Oliver and Una Pickard. Mrs. Pickard was Theresa’s Sunday School teacher. I wrote about the Pickards in George Paak’s Legacy, Part VI: Who Were the Pickards? What I discovered in my research was that the Pickards were married young, remained childless, and began their careers as nurses, both living and working at the State Hospital (psychiatric hospital). Eventually Una became a private duty nurse and Oliver a postman.
I really tried to imagine this couple and what they were like because they proved to be so important to Theresa’s life. The other day I got my wish to see what they looked like when Professor Lawrence sent me photographs.
Una was 18 and Oliver 23 when they married. Could this be their wedding portrait?
Here is Auntie Pick, as she was called, in uniform.
And Oliver, or “Uncle Bob,” in the classic “man walking down the sidewalk pose” (yes, we’ve seen it a couple of times already with other people in other photos).
Here is a photograph of Theresa herself taking a photograph of her foster parents.
Here is “Uncle Bob” with Theresa’s son Richard, or Dick, in Wisconsin. This is Professor Lawrence’s brother.
There was some confusion in the censuses over the address of the Pickards, but I think they lived in the same house for years at 1846 Oakland Drive.
And many years later. The house is no longer there.
As a bonus, here are photographs of Una’s parents and of Una as a baby.
She looks the same as a baby as at eighteen!
Here are the other Pake/Paake/Paak/Peek posts: