About seven to nine months after my Grandpa Debs and his family arrived in Glendora, California, they bought a new house. It turned out that their Sponsor, Mr. West, was a home developer. Debs and his wife Willis bought a home in one of Mr. West's housing tracts in Pomona, California.
Debs and his family moved into their new house in early 1953. The house was brand new. Grandpa kept this photo postcard of their new house.
I really don't know the particulars regarding this photo postcard that was sent to my grandparents. And I don't know who Ernie Kearns and Bill Tillman were. An interesting thing about this photo is that it looks like it was taken after my grandparents moved in. Upon closer examination of this photo I noticed two little boys sitting on the front lawn. They're my two uncles.
This house wasn't very large. It was a 1,008 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 1 bath home. I found the home listed on Trulia.com.
Within the walls of this modest 1,008 sq. ft. home lived six people - Grandpa and Grandma Webster, Helena Quillin (Grandma Willis' mother), my mom, who was fourteen at the time, and my two uncles. Remember, there were only 2 bedrooms. I'm sure Grandpa and Grandma Webster got the master bedroom. So, who got the second bedroom? My mom thinks she may have shared it with her Grandma Helena. I guess my two uncles must have slept in the living room.
My Grandpa Debs was a very generous and kind man. He helped his relatives a great deal. A year or two after my Grandpa and his family immigrated to the United States, other family members emigrated from Brazil as well. These were my Grandma Willis' relatives. Where did they stay? At this very house. My mom remembers that at one time there were eleven people living in this modest little home. I really can't imagine eleven people living in this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home! I'm not sure how long they stayed at my grandparents' home. Probably long enough to get themselves established in the United States.
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