S: The BIG book about my Maternal Grandpa, John Erwin Reynolds
FC: The BIG book about my Maternal Grandpa John Erwin Reynolds By Jordan Janos Reynolds-Gleason Grace Lutheran School Grade 4 November 22, 2011
1: John Erwin Reynolds, my Grandpa \ by Jordan!Reynolds-Gleason Grace Lutheran School Grade 4
2: This is a story about my Grandpa, that I want to share with people. The five things I want to share about Grandpa John are:
3: *My Grampa, John Erwin Reynolds, was born in Millinocket, Maine. *This is the story of Grandpa’s childhood from 1933 to 1950 during the Great Depression and World War II. *Story of Grandpa's jobs, his skills as a Master Carpenter and Builder. *Geneology of Grandpa’s family and children. * Story of things my Grandpa taught me.
4: Charles Nelson Reynolds | John Erwin Reynolds, was born May 26, 1933 in Millinocket, Maine. Grampa’s father, my Great Grandfather, was Charles Nelson Reynolds. Charles was a logger for Great Northern Paper Company in Maine. He had 12 children.
5: Grandpa had 9 sisters, 3 brothers, and many cousins. All except 2 sisters have died, my Great Aunts Sally and Althea. His sisters used to tickle him all the time. With 9 sisters, his bed was in the hallway.
6: The Reynolds Home The Reynolds family home had no plumbing for water, bathtub or bathroom. All the children and the parents took baths once a week in a metal tub in the middle of the kitchen floor. Once their Mom heated water on a wood fire stove, all the children used the same bathwater.
7: The toilet was a hole in the dirt in a small shack in the backyard. In the Great Depression, they could not buy clothes so they would sew and share with others.
8: Story of Grandpa John’s childhood in 1933’s – 1950’s during the Great Depression and World War II. Grandpa had to bring in chopped wood for the fireplace and cooking stove. Then, take out and dump all the ashes.
9: Grandpa’s teachers were Nuns and the school was a small building with one room for 1st to 4th grade. There was no high school or college. Most of the students in Grandpa’s class were his sisters or cousins. Grandpa liked recess.
10: Grandpa loved to go fishing. There was no television, so Grandpa played outside all day. His family never had a vacation. There was no money in the Great Depression to go shopping, they got food by hunting.
11: Mom made a chocolate cake and silly hats to celebrate. Mom was a good cook. For snacks, they did not have chips, so they ate berries and picked fiddleheads in the woods. At Christmas, they strung popcorn to decorate the tree and cooked taffy for a treat.
12: Story of Grandpa John’s jobs, skills as a Master Carpenter and General Contractor. Grandpa joined the United States Air Force in 1950 at age 17. He was a Staff Sergeant and a leader for cooking. After he came out of the service in 1958, he became a Master Carpenter.
13: His first car was a 1949 FORD. He built many restaurants, homes, and repaired Grace Lutheran Church.
14: Geneology of Grandpa’s children. Grandpa’s first wife, Pat had 4 children: Lorraine, Donna, Shawn, and Eileen. I have never met two of these aunts, Lorraine and Eileen.
15: Grandpa’s second wife, Dawn has one daughter, Christina, my Mom.
16: Things my Grandpa taught me. Grandpa taught me how to fish. He taught me how to cook He taught me how to ride a tractor He taught me how to grow a garden He taught me how to paint a concrete wall.
17: "I'm so lucky as can be, the world's greatest Grampa belongs to me."