Thursday, August 11, 2011

I am a French Farmgirl!

My maternal grandmother, Irene Jeanne David, was born in St. Emilion, France. She met my American grandfather, Walter Earl Osborn, in her town where he was stationed as a soldier, during World War I. You couldn't miss him, he was a very tall man, she was very short, maybe that's what caught his eye. They met as she was picking up milk in town for her family. They were married in the church and at the Court House, then she left her family and home for a country very far away. They both traveled back to the USA on the USS Heron, the men were on one level, women were on another. She didn't speak English and he and his family didn't speak French, but some how they managed.
They left my grandfather's home in Missouri and moved west to Southern California.  He used his World War I Bonus to purchase several acres in Oak View and years later he had parcels for his children. My family lived next door to my mother's brother John and his family, which was 3 parcels from my grandparents property. It was rural country living and that is where it began for me. 
I am a French Farmgirl!

Madame Marie, Irene Jeanne, Pierre, Eugene, Prosper

  
My Grandfather Walter Osborn on the bench


  
My grandparents wedding picture

My Great - Great Grandparents


 
My Great Grandparents are the couple in front on the left.

Here she is with a nephew, brother & sister Jeannine

Grandmere and brother
I just love this pic, look she is wearing lavender!



4 comments:

Three's 4 Me said...

I'm so glad you linked up today!! I hope you got my email from today!! I hope to see you again on Thursday! (Challenge prompt coming tomorrow!!)

Debra Hall said...

Hi There!! So glad you found me so I could come and visit You!! I'm your newest follower.....love your backstory!! ;)

Melody said...

I'm so lucky to get in on your French Farmgirl blog from the very first post!!! And, of COURSE!!, your text is in .......LAVENDAR!!! You are the bestest!

LadyLike said...

Wonderful post Deborah! Always love reading stories about families. Good seeing you today :-)

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