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Dear Mr. Wendt: It seems we are a case of the blind trying to describe things to the blind...I don't have a lot of childhood memories either, but I'll share what I can. I'm willing to bet your grandfather may be my grandfather's brother? The names seem to run through the family and the dates seem about right. I don't live in New York State any more, so I can't go down to the town hall and start digging. Maybe, in my spare time (some day soon there HAS to be some!) I could try some online searches. My grandfather's name was Edward and he named one of his sons Martin. I think he died in the early '60's, and my grandmother died around 1955-56(?). I guess what I could do as I get time is to send you everything I remember about all of them one by one? I know that my grandparent's house was once a farm..there were still chicken coops and a big garden in the back when I was little. My uncles had beagles and I think I remember they used to hunt where the subdivision is now. I don't remember a lot about my grandfather Edward. He was not really the sort to get involved with a grandchild. I was an "only child" until I was 13, when my sister was born. My mother, Evelyn, Edward's
daughter died when I was 15, and my sister was 2. My mother's family disliked my father so much that after she died, they came to our house and took back the wedding gifts they had given that were still around...things like the percolator and waffle iron! Edward worked at Kimberly Clark and he used to spend a lot of his time drinking at the old Crystal Bar on Niagara Falls Blvd. I remember him coming home feeling no pain. In fact, his last gesture was raising a phantom glass to his lips, and then he died. My mother and aunt Doris told everyone he had come to God in the end and was asking for communion, but privately, their opinion was that he, unable to speak, was asking for one last shot of Seagram's! I'll try to write some more..as I can..