Great Grandpa's Birthday!

This is a photo of my great grandfather, Joseph John Fleming. He was 82 years old at the time of this photo in 1957.

b. November 4, 1875    d. December 17, 1966
He was 91 years old.

I remember Grandpa "Joe," which is what we called him. I was 11 years old the last time I saw him. He was very hard of hearing at that time and we were told to look at him and yell! I felt so bad yelling at him, generally adults wanted children to be quiet. It was as if l was mad at him when I yelled.

Grandpa Joe was born in Blaine, Pottawatomie, Kansas on November 4, 1875. His mother, Elizabeth Downey was from Ontario, Canada, while his father, Thomas Patrick, immigrated from Kilkenny, Ireland. Thomas and Elizabeth married in Perth, Ontario, Canada in 1857. 

Grandpa Joe married my great grandmother, Laura Isabel Hohimer, from Fall River, Greenwood, Kansas, in 1900. Joe and Laura's oldest daughter was born in 1902 in Yale, Oklahoma, where the family settled. The next born was my grandpa "Hal," in 1904, also in Yale, Oklahoma. Lastly, in 1908 another daughter was born, in Saskatchewan, Canada!

My great grandfather's extended family lived in Saskatchewan, Canada. When jobs became tough, Joe went there to work as a laborer when he was 33 years old. Joe's address in the census stated he lived in Watson, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Laura and the two first born children where more than likely visiting Grandpa Joe for awhile when the third child was born.

In 1930 I found him working as a fireman in an oil refinery back in Yale, Oklahoma. Twenty years later his wife passed away and he moved in with his youngest daughter in San Luis Obispo, California. On occasion, Grandpa Joe came to spend time with his son and his family in northern California, which is when I would see him.

You will never be forgotten.

Born 140 years ago!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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