Anyone that knows me knows... I like to talk a lot, but that is not what this blog is about! Something else about everyone knows is that I love history, antiques, looking for treasures, and going through black and white photos. I love looking at photos and going back in time through the visual history of our ancestors. My paternal grandfather passed away 5 years before I was born leaving me a missed opportunity for WWII stories, stories of the great depression, coming from Illinois to California to live, etc. It also has allowed me to dig deeper into the photos of this man and his family and learn more, and also listen to stories from my aunts and uncles. I have always known that grandpa Stan owned a grocery store, after his service in WWII where he earned a purple heart, but I never realized what all that entailed.
The other night I looked at this picture that is amongst the other black and white photos on my night stand... I started asking questions and digging through some old newspaper clippings. Grandpa Stan had worked in butcher shops as a young man in Illinois and also came from a family that had owned a small cafe. The store he owned in Thousand Oaks was not just a grocery store, but a small meat shop as well. I have never felt connected to my grandfather until that moment, and I thought it was really neat that my newfound love for selling meat and being involved in the food industry is a family connection to tradition. I will post a few pictures of this man I never knew and maybe one day I too will own my own meat shop!