Friday, January 15, 2016

Uncle Brud's Travel Kit

Uncle Brud, 1913, aboard the
S.S. Kronprincessin Cecilie
Uncle Brud traveled a great deal for a variety of reasons. As a young man he spent time away at college learning all of the accounting skills that made him a successful banker.

Brud was very health conscious and  seemed to be on the "sickly" side so he spent time at sanitariums/health resorts like the one in Battle Creek Michigan.

And he loved to travel for adventure such as the great American west and a trip to the Panama Canal and Cuba in 1913, a year after the death of his father J.W. Moran.

So when I look at Brud's travel kit, I wonder about all of the places it's been that we'll never about.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Brasfield and Moran, 1924-25

Found these two photographs and few others stored in a Loveman's Department Store Box and were annotated for Kent from his mom, Ria Moran.  The first photo features Richard Brasfield, Nathan "Bub" Moran and his young sister Louise.  Taken late 1924 or early 1925.  I'm guessing that Richard is Richard Duane Brasfield, son of Roy West Brasfield and Johnnie Costen Bobbitt, born in 1919. He married Ruth Anne Bowlin in 1942 in Nashville, TN. He studied medicine and became a physician specializing in Cancer Research at New York City Hospital.  Dr. Brasfield passed away in 1970.  

left to right:
Richard Brasfield, Marion Louise Moran and Nathan "Bub" Moran

The second picture was taken in the side yard of Moran Place, about 1925-26, and features Bub and Louise Moran. Bub and his sister were very close.  Even when he was away at college and early in the military he kept pictures and letters from his sister Louise in his footlocker.

Loveman's Department store.