This is the last photo in my Grandpa Debs Webster’s 1952 photo album, which holds the photos documenting their immigration from Brazil to the United States. I suppose you could call this photo album a "photo travelogue" of their immigration story. Ya, it’s pretty cool that Grandpa put this together!
Thankfully, my Grandpa Debs wrote something around the edges of this photo to tell us a bit about it. At the top he wrote, "Thanksgiving 1952." And at the bottom he wrote, "San Diego Casa do Jay" which means Jay’s House in Portuguese. Jay was related to Grandma Willis by marriage. He was an in-law to one of Willis' sisters.
Grandpa Debs and his family arrived in the United States on July 7, 1952. So, this would be their very first Thanksgiving in America.
I can't say for sure if this was my Grandpa Debs' first Thanksgiving in America though, as he was the son of my "Traveling Dentist" Great-Grandpa Frederick Webster. For all I know, Frederick and his family happened to be in America during Thanksgiving at some time.
|Thanksgiving in San Diego, California - 1952|
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I don't know the names of everyone in this photo, so I’ll just tell you who the people are that I do know. Grandpa Debs is standing. In front of him is my uncle. Then, left to right is Grandma Willis, Helena Rohwedder Quillen, my uncle, and my mom shielding her eyes from the sun.
I’m sure my Grandpa and his family had a lot to be thankful for on that Thanksgiving Day in 1952, as our family does 60 years later in 2012.
And now I’d like to wish all of you, my wonderful readers, a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with fun, family, and delicious food!
Thanks for reading!
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