his age - he was only 17, but wanted to serve his country - so he joined the Navy air force. We talk about patriotism so much these days, but I marvel at my dad's generation and their willingness to truly serve their country - not too many 17 years olds would do they same now days... He used to talk about his navy days - his plane going down - spending the night in a Japanese lagoon, hoping he wasn't captured - the friends he lost - the joy of coming home...quite an adventure.... Anyway - that's what I see in those uniforms he saved all these years - and I hope they can be appreciated.
He went on to be an aerospace engineer - and you can see it in all he touched - the meticulousness... he was an amateur photographer - and his notes are amazingly technical and precise... He was passionate about ecology and worked to capture nature precisely on film. I wish I could do justice to his photography equipment, but I am hoping there are those who have not gone digital, who will appreciate his extensive collection of lenses and equipment - and all his wonderful notes.
As long as I could remember, my dad had a love of Native American culture, and had worked with the Sacramento Tribal council for a number of years. ( In fact, growing up - I thought I was Native American!). During the 70's and 80's he left the aerospace industry to live with the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona - to work on various projects, including building a dam. He also worked on the Hopi and Navajo Reservations. Throughout the years, he collected an amazing array of books, artifacts, and some precious paintings and pieces of art - many that were painted for him or dedicated to him as thanks for his work.
Our family loved music, the arts, sports (like golf, tennis, bowling, fishing, baseball) - gardening - and the outdoors ... We loved Christmas and celebrations ...I grew up in the house, and my brother was 9 when the family moved in - so the house is full of fifty years of warm memories. I hope that many of the items will find new homes and help make some wonderful new memories! Thank you for the opportunity to pass on a little bit of of our history!
Knowing full well I cannot add much to this lovely recollection of Gemma’s childhood or the recounting of her memories, I shall try to be specific in listing some of the offerings we will sell at her family’s estateat 3149 Pope Ave, Sacramento, CA 95821 this Friday and Saturday from 7am until 6pm. Saturday will be half price then free items at four pm.
Add to Gemma's list: An amazing coin and bill collection from liberty dimes, standing liberties quarters, and liberty walking halves to silver certificates, sterling silver dollars, buffalo nickels, two-dollar bills and