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Keene - Gregory family & related ancestral pages

Updated January 20, 2009

About Our Family Research

For the better part of my life I have been interested in photography from my first Kodak Instamatic camera to the latest use of digital cameras and editing. I have also considered myself the "keeper of pictures". I don't know why I started, but I remember once recovering "family pictures" from the garbage can that were headed for the dump. I always knew that they would be important. Maybe it was an ancestor tapping me on the shoulder and telling me to recover those precious memories, and maybe it was just my heart wanting to hold onto the past in one of the only ways I could. Whatever the reason, I always try to protect the images of our family members from being lost due to neglect and also consider it part of my family obligation to learn as much as I can from these photos and to share the important ones with everyone that expresses an interest. Labeling and digitizing these old photos has become a passion of mine. On this site, you'll find just a sprinkling of some of the group photos that are memorable.

Also, several years ago, my mom and I had been gathering information to use in putting together our own family tree. I could see her passion for learning more and sharing stories and I felt her desire to dig deeper into the past than anyone in our immediate family had done. Also, in the early 1980's, my Aunt Bunny (Veronica Haupers) showed me the actual (onionskin) discharge papers from my great great grandfather Maximilian Grodzki. For many years I had hoped to get a photocopy of that for my own descendants. Then, after nearly 20 years (Aunt Bunny had long since passed away...), I renewed the connection with Aunt Bunny's son, William Haupers, and he allowed me to take the actual discharge to Kinko's for beautiful color copies. Bill passed away just around Valentine's Day this year, and his presence will be sorely missed. He had great stories of life "on the force" at the Chicago Police Department and great stories about family members that will now have to be remembered and passed down as best we can. God bless you Bill... I hope his sons take up his torch of family history that Aunt Bunny started and keep alive the stories that made both her's and Bill's life so rich.

So, enjoy a small trip through memory lane by taking a peek at our family photos and maybe searching the family trees for someone you know. I hope your stay is pleasant!

Joe Keene

Family Photos
  • Marlin Spellman's family (174 KB)
    April 2000
  • Scattering Wilbert Manuel Gregory's ashes (504 KB)
    The family gathers together at "Willie's Corner" just prior to scattering a portion of his ashes into the sea in the place he loved and lived at for many years, just south and west of Ensenada, Mexico near "La Bufadora" or "The Blowhole".
  • Family gathering in Escondido, CA (479 KB)
    Here we all our sharing dinner with Larry Bates and his mother, Martha Bates in mid April 2000
  • Scattering Wilbert Manuel Gregory ashes... (241 KB)
    Deep down in Baja, California, Mexico, in the place that Wilbert "Booger" loved so much, his son Mike, daughter-in-law Cindy & grandson Jason scatter his ashes back into the sea... March 1997
  • Grace Narcissa Thompson High School Diploma (375 KB)
    From Marlin Spellman comes this copy of Grace Narcissa Thompson's high school dilpoma. she graduated it looks like 9 May 1911 on the original photo copy. Thanks Marlin!
  • Fred & Annie Hights family photo (225 KB)
    From Aunt Pat comes this nice photo of the Hights family.
  • Gersch - Steffen - Michalski - Gubbins (143 KB)
    Let's see, did I miss anyone???? This is one of the neatest photos we have in our family that shows our ancestors all gathered together for some occasion. I believe that everyone pictured here has passed away, except my Aunt Marilyn, who is the baby here in Irene Steffen's arms and also Cuzzy (Irene Lolita Gersch) pictured at the back of the room. This occasion may have been Marilyn's Chirstening or it may have been some other occasion, but I am so thankful they all had the forsight to stop for a group photo!
  • The family of John Hester & Narciss Whisenhunt (191 KB)
    From Aunt Patsy comes this photo of John Hester and family
  • Katie & Mattie Nutt (245 KB)
    From Aunt Patsy comes this photo of her grandma Katie Nutt-Boyd and grandaunt Martha "Mattie" Nutt
  • The Boyds & Nutts in a group photo (489 KB)
    From Aunt Patsy comes another photo of the Nutts and Boyds
  • The Whisenhunt Kids in 1972 (364 KB)
    Pleas & Media Whisenhunts family that remained in the early 1970's (8 of 12 kids). This picture was taken about 2 years before Allie died.
  • The Whisenhunt's (177 KB)
    From Aunt Patsy comes another early photo
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