Treasure's from Yesteryear

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I’m fortunate to have so many great memories of my family. I remember very well the stories we heard growing up about the old country, their travels to settle in the Pacific Northwest, dad’s WWII adventures, living and working the coal mines, and what it was like around here in the early 20th Century.

Between Christmas and New Years I had a wonderful stay-cation. I have an old suitcase full of pictures and documents that belonged to Grandma & Grandpa Fabre. My brother Steve dropped it off a couple of years ago, but until now it’s been sitting in a closet.

I spent a couple of days spellbound in discovery and scanned all kinds of treasures. Old pictures, my grandfather’s passport dated 1907 from Decazeville, France, letters from his cousins and a nephew in French, such wonderful memorabilia.

These two photos are among my favorites. They were taken in 1936 or 37 in front of the home Grandpa George built on Tobin Avenue behind Renton High School. They left Newcastle (and working the coal mines) and moved to Renton. Grandpa became a contractor and built many homes in the area throughout the 1930’s and 40’s.


?, Al Fabre, Pauline Fabre, George Fabre Jr., Celine Delaurenti, George Fabre Sr., John Delaurenti.

I need to do more research. I don’t remember the woman on the left but next to her is my dad, Al Fabre, with his accordion. He cracks me up, that’s his Renton High Letter for Track stuck on the front of his accordion. Next is Grandma Pauline, Uncle George, Great Grandma Celine, Grandpa George, and Great Grandpa John Delaurenti.

In this second picture it must be Grandpa’s turn at the camera because now we have Great Uncle Pete Delaurenti front and center looking rather proud with that big grin and his sister Pauline giving him a big affectionate smile. It must have been a good day.


?, Al Fabre, Pete Delaurenti, Pauline Fabre, George Fabre Jr., Celine Delaurenti, John Delaurenti.

As I look through these treasures from yesteryear, my mind is full of questions I'd love to ask.

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René Fabre

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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That is the closest I believe, we will come to a time machine. Old photos are gold to me !

Jan 06, 2012 12:25 PM #2
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Great photos and great family! Love hearing about it and their treasured memories :)

Jan 06, 2012 12:41 PM #3
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Rene...

What a wonderful story about the "melting pot" of America! Do you speak French? I have found that Ancestry.com is an excellent source for discovering hidden answers from the past.

Thanks for sharing part of you family's history with us!

Jan 06, 2012 12:54 PM #4
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Myrl: I had a blast going through that old chest... I still have more to discover. Funny, but it looks like there right out of a Master Piece Theater episode or Anne of Green Gables... Thanks...

Jan 06, 2012 12:56 PM #5
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Paul: Indeed, it was like traveling on a time machine. While I was on that journey of discovery I found out that both my Grandpa's built their own homes! Hard to imagine that kind of resourcefulness these days. Well, even if you could you'd probably never comply with all the regulations! :O)

Jan 06, 2012 12:59 PM #6
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Thanks Ben... I'm forever fascinated with late 19th Century and early 20th Century history. It's amazing to me that my Grandparents had horse and buggy, then Model A's, and lived to see us land on the moon.

Jan 06, 2012 01:01 PM #7
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Richard: Yes, a melting pot indeed! What impresses me is the live's they made regardless of challenges and obstacles. They created a meaningful fulfilling life with little or no money and shear determination. 

Jan 06, 2012 01:04 PM #8
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Rene' I love looking back how simple life was compared to today. I agree with you life was meaningful and fulfilling.... sadly nowadays it is more "superficial"....

Jan 06, 2012 01:12 PM #9
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Oh... Richard... I do not speak French (wish I did). I only picked up on the cuss words. Grandpa & Grandma spoke to each other in French, but they wanted us to be Americans so it was sort of their secret language. But, I remember Grandpa swearing in French out back in the shop in the garage or in the yard on occasion, I did pick up on those as a kid (much to my mom's chagrin!) :O)

Jan 06, 2012 01:15 PM #10
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Thank you for sharing. It's amazing how memories begin to flow when you have photos to help you remember.

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Andre: I know it wasn't easy, but they certainly carved out a life that was meaningful and full of compassion. I believe the won the day and got it right. I get your meaning and feel that way too, nowadays it seems to be a lot about, "it's all about me! Enough about you!"

Jan 06, 2012 01:52 PM #12
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Carl & Ceil: Yes it certainly is... like Richard said, it's like jumping on a time machine. My brain has been ablaze since and I catch myself wanting to ask so many questions.

Jan 06, 2012 01:54 PM #13
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That is such an awesome discovery. My family doesn't have much info on our history and past and it saddens me. You are very lucky you have these to keep and to hold dear in your memories. Thank you for sharing them, they are very wonderful. :)

Jan 06, 2012 02:06 PM #14
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Hi René, I had a similar experience with family photos a number of years ago and it can be so powerful in helping us associate to our backgrounds. I sure that you will spend many hours and solve many mysteries. 

Jan 06, 2012 03:27 PM #15
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Stacia: Lucky indeed! Most of what I find in this old chest I didn't even know existed.

Jan 06, 2012 05:06 PM #16
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William: Yes, I'm so looking forward to more time to go through this treasure. I've only just scratched the surface.

Jan 06, 2012 05:08 PM #17
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Rene, Those really are some treasures to keep!  I would recommend documenting everything that you and your family members can remember about these treasures! 

Jan 06, 2012 05:53 PM #18
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Rene,

I went through a box of old family pictures a while ago too, mostly around Queen Anne, Mercer Island and Alderwood.  Amazing the times we've seen and makes you wonder what the next generation will see. 

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Tony & Darcy... Actually, that's what I'm attempting now. I have 2 brothers and a couple of cousins and everyone else has passed on... So I'm rapidly becoming the oldtimer in the family :O) 

Jan 07, 2012 04:24 AM #20
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Dan: It is amazing... When I was a kid we use to cruise the loop and where Fred Meyer's is on Rainier Ave was a farm... I often think about the changes and how my kids perceive "the way it is"... I didn't have to move to the big city, it came over us like a sunami...

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