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Happy Father’s Day – Pop

It was the time of the Great Depression. Mom and Dad were just married, jobs were very scarce, and money was even harder to come by. Dad had been working as a hired hand on my Grandparents farm, but those wages were not going to support his new family. So Mom took $15 dollars to get her through the winter, and Dad took off for Minnesota to the Dunwoody Institute to learn how to be a printer (lithographer). It was a tough winter for both of them, but over the next 30+ years the skills that he learned that winter raised a family.

This picture is one of very few if not the only one I’ve seen of my father “at his stone”. Before there was Kinkos, before there were copy machines, and computers, and scanners, and all the high tech gizmos we have today, my Father manually laid out the type. He ran a printing press and a linotype machine. What we take for granted today with computers and word processors he did by hand – one letter at a time.

Thanks Pop. Thanks for being there for us and thanks for being my Dad.

Happy Father’s Day.

9 comments to Happy Father’s Day – Pop

  • avatar LuAnne Lizotte

    I love to read your posts, Keith. Our parents would be so proud of you. In actuality your profession and dad’s are similar just decades apart.

  • I think you’re right, Lu. what I do is indeed very similar to Dad’s profession. He blocked it out on a mechanical form, I block it out on a virtual page. He endured the unforgettable smells of newsprint and ink. I’ve spent many years working in mill environments where newsprint and plastics are produced. Believe me the smells in a newspaper office are much preferred. 🙂

  • avatar julie

    Thanks!!! Another picture of Grandpa I have never seen!!

  • avatar LuAnne Lizotte

    I think I took this picture! Look at the folder, it says Berke’s Studio. I think at least I put it in one of their folders. just thought I would add this little bit of trivia. lol

  • avatar LuAnne Lizotte

    Keith, I can Never, ever find the place to comment so I chose one that I did in the past. Why did you have to make it so hard? Any way you win, I tell you. We are going to have to buy ours from the Amish. They only want $16.00 a piece!!! Very proud of their produce!! I think last year they were $2.60 a pound but we had to have a couple, we NEEDED them. Theirs are early so any way this year you win And I am allergic to bacon anyway lol

  • avatar LuAnne Lizotte

    once again I couldn’t find the comment place so once again i will comment here like before. Soooooooo we went to the flea market today and bought tomatos for $2.25 a lb. fran bought $8.50 so we were walking towards the car and there was another Amish vendor with lovely tomatos for $1.25. We bought some there too because they were cheaper than the grocery store. We have already eaten 5 of them. They are so so delicious. tell me again how to do this

  • avatar LuAnne Lizotte

    Now i don’t know if Fran will ever plant another garden. The deer have ruined the cucumbers. We planned that we would have so many pickles that we would be canning and giving away pickles. the deer are killing the plants and eating the cucumbers. I can’t understand why the deer are so destructive this year. Oh well

  • avatar LuAnne Lizotte

    tomatos are coming in half green and yellow with a tinge of red. look terrible. so discouraging

  • avatar LuAnne Lizotte

    Our neighbor lady told us this afternoon that she saw a couple of deer playing down the “hollow” I said yeah they are probably saying, “Boy those Lizottes really have good tomatos and cucumbers don’t they?” Our wildlife has wonderful tossed salads. tears!