This photo was taken in the fall of 1900 by Roby (Lucas) James. From left to right in the photo are Darius Lucas, Thomas (Tommy) Lucas, Charles Rinehart and Isaac Jerome Lucas. Thomas Lucas was the father of Marion (Lucas) Snyder. Thomas’ father was Isaac Jerome Lucas. Darius Lucas was the brother of Thomas Lucas. Charles Rinehart was the husband of Emmas Belle (Lucas) Rinehart, a half-sister of Thomas Lucas. Roby indicated on the back of the photo that the hunting party had been hunting for one week. I received this photo from Cloyd Rinehart.
The above photo is the front of a postcard sent by Sgt. Richard A. (Dick) Snyder to his parents in August of 1945 while Dick was serving in Europe in World War II after V-E day. The back of the postcard read as follows:
“Well folks! Have been doing a bit of traveling and am having a wonderful time. This you see is part of the glacier of ice on Mont Blanc. Am staying in a nice hotel and wish you all could be here to see the sights. Be seeing you and soon I hope. Dick.”
Mont Blanc, meaning “White Mountain,” is the highest mountain in the Alps and the European Union at an elevation of 15,781 feet. The mountain lies in a range called the Graian Alps between between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy and Haute-Savoie, France.
Actually, it does not appear that the post card was ever sent but Dick did write the following on the back: “Dave and I were in the Notre Dame. They were doing repair work and patching up the places where the snipers were rousted out. It is really a beautiful old church.”
The Notre Dame Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and among the largest and well-known church buildings in the world. It was built over 200 years and completed in 1345, making it 678 years old. It is still a functioning Catholic church and sits on an island in the river Seine. Every famous building has a famous story, a legend hidden in it. In the case of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the legend involves the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” which has inspired a number of movies and cartoons.
I apologize for the relative lack of substantive posts recently on this blog. Once again, the day job is getting in the way. I have been incredibly busy at work. On top of that, my long-time secretary unexpectedly quit several weeks ago, which was a big loss and we have not replaced her yet. So, I am doing the usual 110% of my job as well as about 20% of my secretary’s job. I also have a trial coming up in a week, which will involve a lot of preparation between then and now. So, I have just not had time to put anything real substantive on the blog for a while. I do have some ideas for things to put on the blog which you will hopefully see in the coming months ahead.
Helen Snyder has been very gracious to allow me to copy not only color slides but also a number of her photographs. I am going to post some of Helen’s photos later today and I think you will find them to be quite interesting. Thanks again Helen and if anyone else out there has any family photos that you think would be interesting on this blog, please e-mail them to me at email@example.com or let me know and I can make arrangements to copy them.