1936 - Our mother wrote the names of the participants in this photograph on the back: "Uncle Bruce/Aunt Helen, Bruce Graves Jr." Bill believes this photograph was also taken in the early summer of 1936 probably around Mansfield Ohio. Uncle Bruce was wearing the same or a similar shirt in this image as he was wearing in the photograph of Bruce, Lida and Fred when he visited in Colorado in 1936. Based on the ages of Bruce, Helen and Bruce Jr. in the 1930 census, their ages in this photograph would have been about 41 for Bruce, 36 for Helen and 12 for Bruce Jr. Murry and Bill remember visiting Helen and her sister, Mae Longsdorf, with whom she lived in Mansfield, Ohio in 1948. We had a wonderful time driving to Cleveland with Helen and Mae for shopping, eating and learning how to walk down the up escalators in department stores. We also got to see our first major league baseball game with the Cleveland Indians, owned by Bill Veeck, playing the New York Yankees. The Yankees (Murry's favorite baseball team) beat the Indians that night 13 to 2. We got to see Joe DiMaggio (born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr.) hit a home run as did Snuffy Stirnweiss, the Yankees' second baseman. However, the Indians won the American League pennant in 1948 with an outstanding pitching staff that included, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Mike Garcia. That night Cleveland Indian's third baseman, Eddie Robinson, hit a monster homerun. We also saw history as we watched center fielder, Larry Doby the first black man to play baseball in the American League, also hit a home run. Helen and Mae subsequently
visited us in Denver and we had a grand time. Murry and Bill came to love aunt Helen as much as our father did and we especially admired her for her strength and courage to survive the premature deaths of her husband and son. When Bill, Barbara, Tracee and Kendall moved from Virginia to Iowa in 1973, they stopped to visit Helen and Mae and enjoyed Helen's special lake perch.