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Old 01-24-2008, 09:48 AM   #31
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My Grandfather was a coal miner in Norther Ontario until he joined the war. He made is way up from grunt to Regimental Seagant Major. He was sunk on the way to Italy then rejoined the campaign in Sicily. In Italy he won The Military Medal for bravery under fire as well as a few lesser medals. When he returned he became a cop in Toronto until retirement.

He was a great man and I miss him dearly. My first born son is named after him.
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Love this thread, especially since there's so much Canadian ancestory involved.

My paternal grandfather did a little of everything, but was a chauffeur for a good part of his life. He made $10 a week when my father was just a kid. Broke his jaw fixing a flat tire. He used to bore us to death with pictures of Nova Scotia when I was a kid - now I'm looking forward to actually visiting there.

My maternal grandfather came down from Canada when he was 13 years old. Didn't speak a word of English. Only had 2 good qualities, really - he didn't allow any derogatory insults of other races and he was a good gardener. Was a miserable, weekend drunk, though. Made family life a horror.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:59 AM   #33
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Maternal g'dad opened his own gas station/mechanic in Beverly Hills, CA before there was anything special about the place. He then relocated the business to Solvang, CA.

Paternal grandad was an engineer for Johns-Manville in Lompoc, CA.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:06 AM   #34
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sad to say but my Dad's dad moved this way while in the service.....his family is from Indiana. I found this out a couple Years ago and sad to say I kept it a secret for as long as I could
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:15 AM   #35
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sad to say but my Dad's dad moved this way while in the service.....his family is from Indiana. I found this out a couple Years ago and sad to say I kept it a secret for as long as I could
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:16 AM   #36
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Wow. Thanks for all the great responses. Pretty interesting stuff. I hope y'all enjoyed some of the remembrances!
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My maternal grandpa fought in WWII over in Europe and got a purple heart(never got too many of the details). He then worked in a paper mill the rest of his life.

My paternal grandpa only spoke french and had a logging business(skidders, logging trucks, etc...). He also owned a convenience store that my grandma ran.
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:26 AM   #38
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How many here could get there GrandFathers to talk about their service time? Neither one wanted to talk about it in my family but put them in a room of Vets and they got all chatty
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:30 AM   #39
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My maternal grandfather was in the Navy during the PTO. Afterwards he was a fireman for the city until he was 62(he took early retirement thinking he wouldnt like long...He is currently 85 and still kicking ass lol...Every damn holiday(easter xmas etc..)for the past 10 years he says I have one foot in the grave he cracks me up.

My paternal grandfather died when I was 4, I dont really know much about his earlier days, but did know he owned a bar in the Bay Area, would drink like a fish lol...
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How many here could get there GrandFathers to talk about their service time? Neither one wanted to talk about it in my family but put them in a room of Vets and they got all chatty
Once I was in the service, they talked to me about WWII. Some pretty amazing stuff.
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Not sure what my paternal grandfather did over here once he emigrated to the U.S.; I'll have to ask my dad. My PG was born around the turn of the century, so I think he was too young for WWI and too old for WWII. However, I do know what he was back in Sicily: he was a Carabinieri (sort of a policeman). They used to be pictured on the tall yellow bottles of Galliano, but I don't know if they still are. I assume they went through Ellis Island, and I know that he brought his full regalia uniform with him and it was stolen as soon as he got here. "Welcome to America!"

My maternal grandfather was a painter and paperhanger by trade, as is his son (my uncle). The teo of them probably painted or papered half the houses north of Boston (Eastie, Revere, Medford, Malden, Everett, Somerville, etc.,.). I think he also missed the window of military service (either that or he talked himself out of WWII somehow, because I don't think he was in the military).

Both grandmothers were domestics, I believe. (It's possible one or the other did odd jobs at some point, I'm sure.)
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My maternal grandfather was in the Navy in the Pacific during WWII, then he narried my grandmother when he got back. He mostly spent his time working construction, and high steel projects across teh country. In the 60s he got involved in some radical Indian Movement groups, and in 73 he was at Wounded Knee shooting at feds. He eventually drank himself to death. My paternal grandparents dide before I was born. Oddly enough, my great-grandmother outlived them all (she outlived 7 kids)...
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Love this thread, especially since there's so much Canadian ancestory involved.


My family came out of New York, then ended up in Canada, then gradually came back to the US...
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Maternal Grandfather was a Master Diver who dove on the rescue of the Squalus. He was from Tennessee and ran way with his 8 year old sister when he was 14 years old because they were being abused. He joined the Navy at 14 by lying about his age and was pulled out of retirement twice to train divers during the wars. He raised his sister and put her through college. If anyone's seen "Men of Honor", Chief Sunday (Robert D) was pretty much my grandfather (without the heavy drinking).

Maternal grandmother is from a very prominent family in NH. I think she was always a housewife/mom. I have no clue how she ended up with my grandfather with no real formal education but they loved each other.

Paternal Grandfather was a Italian Sniper in WWI and came to this country in 1918. He landed in New York but heard there was work on the railroad in MA so headed up and settled in Leominster on French Hill. His main job was working for the gas company but he worked as a ditch digger and various other jobs. He was also an excellent farmer.

Paternal grandmother was a shrewd woman. She used to run a Sunday kitchen out of her house where she would serve pasta, beer and wine. She would charge a little money for it and she saved it. She put 9 out of 12 kids through college with that money.
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My family came out of New York, then ended up in Canada, then gradually came back to the US...
Many Loyalists immigrated to Canada before and after the American Revolution.
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