Monday, October 12, 2009

Nate's Uncle

OK, today I feature a picture of Nate Maas's Great Great Uncle Clarence Burrows. The picture was probably taken in Wichita, Kansas. From the looks of the car, it looks like it would have been taken in the 1910's. While Nate is my Arch-Rival, as he defeats me so many times in the Mystery Person Contest, I thought I would go ahead and show his picture since it is a pretty good one. I think Uncle Clarence looks like Alec Baldwin, what do you think?

12 comments:

  1. Does Nate know the circumstances of this great photo? Was it a very short parade? Enquiring minds want to know.

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  2. I love those comfortable looking seats in this fancy touring car LOL
    R

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  3. Looks great with no hood and
    flags. A parade of some kind?

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  4. Which one is the uncle, the driver or the chief?

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  5. Those old cars were certainly built for comfort, weren't they? (Compared to riding a horse, at any rate.)

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  6. LOL, PJM, he does look like Alec Baldwin. I had never noticed. GeezerNYC - unfortunately, I do not know the reason for the parade. It was a photo postcard left loose in an album of much older photos. It would be nice to be able to read the banner behind the indian that would have probably told us. Kariav - the driver is Uncle Clarence, I do not know the identity of the indian.

    My personal guess is that this photo was taken in the late 1910s or 20s. He died He was a bit of an enigmatic figure. I have plenty of photos of him, but almost none of him smiling. Uncle Clarence died the year I was born, so I never knew him. People that did know him say he liked to smoke cigars and spoke little. He and his wife only had one child late in life and the boy was born with a cleft palette. The boy went through a number of surgeries. The same week as the final surgery his son was in a car accident and died. People tell me that Clarence was never the same. Soon thereafter, he bought a cabin away from people in rural Oregon and lived out his years there.

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  7. What a quaint picture. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I just happened to find your blog and have enjoyed reading a lot of your posts. Love the old photos.

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  9. How sad, Nate. Sometimes our burdens are very hard to bear. Only in the last few years have I felt that there is a reason I've been given the particular challenges I've had in my life. At some point in our lives we all have our own Gethsemane where we ask for the cup to be removed.

    Thanks for sharing this photo.

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  10. Nate:

    I love the hat and the car.

    I'd love to know what your uncle was doing driving the Indian Guy around - was it a parade?

    What a sad story about his only son. I sent in a photo that has sort of a sad story attached to it, too. The thing is, that in those days, people took what life handed them; dealt with it; and moved on. They didn’t run around complaining, making excuses, or calling a “therapist” to “talk” about their problems. I don’t know if that is good or bad, but they sure weren’t complainers.

    I still see that stoicism in my dad today.

    PS - He DOES look a little like Alec Baldwin, but Alec is fatter these days.

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  11. I recently discovered your blog and very much appreciate what you post each day.

    The flags on the car are black; I think this may be a funeral procession. The fact that this was kept with other photos indicates to me that this is likely to be an important event to someone in Nate's family. The Native gentleman's presence just adds to the mystery.

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  12. I agree that this looks like a somber event, such as a funeral. This is a wonderful site! Thank you for posting this blog overall, and for the fun comments!

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