Monday, April 2, 2012

Good, Kind & Wonderful…

Orley Glenn Stapley 1897 

Laying on the chenille-covered bed in the beautiful bedroom at my grandparents’ house, I would gaze at the portrait on the wall…

The old, Victorian-age portrait had hung there as long as I could remember…

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…and I loved it.

The piercingly blue eyes would gaze back at me as I thought about this long-ago baby boy, so lovingly photographed…my great-grandfather I was never  able to meet…

Orley Glenn Stapley--baby, Phoenix 1 {cabinet card photo of baby Orley a year earlier—about 1896.  Noticed he’s wearing the same “dress” in both portraits!}

That baby boy was my own Grammie’s father.  Whenever I asked her about him, she wouldn’t go through his long list of lifetime achievements, she would simply say, with a sparkle in her eye, “He was always so very kind to me…and so funny!  He was a wonderful Daddy…”

The O. S. Stapley Family {Orley stands center back…what a handsome young man!}

Orley Glenn Stapley, born in 1895, did many good things in his life.  Marrying his high school sweetheart, he was the father of a large, happy family. 

The whole gang--the Stapley Family at Palm Lane house {Early 1940s…O. Glenn stands happily in the center of the family, holding my two-year old mother, Karen.  He passed away not too many years after this picture was taken—far too young…only 54.}

He was well-schooled, a very successful businessman, and served well and much in his Church…more stories for other days…

DSC08942_edited-1 {the newest page made this weekend for my heritage album}

But perhaps, the best thing that could ever be said about him—or ANY man—was said best by a loving daughter to her granddaughter many times over many years…

“He was always so kind to me...he was a wonderful Daddy…”

See you soon with something new…

Julie

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{Orley Glenn’s baby portrait now hangs in my parents’ house, and those piercingly baby blue eyes continue to captivate me…}

(pretty blue background print, photo corners & tag found on Crafty Secrets’ “Creating with Vintage Patterns” CD.  Metal pin & tag from the Tim Holtz collection. Victorian baby pin & baby shoes images found online)