past faces

frank fenning

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frank, 1897

My great-great-grandfather Frank was a dapper little man who was thrifty, hard-working and good at suing people, and  the more I learn about him the more colorful he becomes.  Reconstituting the facts of someone’s life — the dates, names, and places — is one thing, but rediscovering and reconstituting the stories that fill out that life is quite … Continue reading

frank, 1899/1925

My great-great grandfather Frank apparently had some pretty good luck in the courtroom. He went to civil court (at least) twice (according to published fact and family lore) and both times won considerable damages in his suits against sizeable corporate bodies. One of the most storied of Fenning family stories is the story of one … Continue reading

frank and jacob, ca 1930

frank and jacob, the older brothers of anna and celia, rocking here in a souvenir picture of some kind, illustrate the notion that sartorial know-how and snappy dressing run in the family. though jacob (the younger brother, on the right) was relatively well-off in his career as a real estate man, frank, my great-great-grandfather, did … Continue reading