This is what Jon wrote:Connie,
Thanks so much for sending the photograph of my grandfather. My cousins and sisters and my mother have been to your blog and are very excited to see the photo.
Arthur and Rose had two children, Osmund Wisness who was a doctor and is now 90 years old. He was married to Jane and they had 5 children, Steve, Craig, Mark, Paula, and Barbara. And my mother Sylvia Wisness who is now 80 and married to David Storvick and had 3 children, Kristin, Jon, and Sarah.
As far as the war photo goes Arthur was a clarinet player in the army band, he did not see combat. My favorite memories were visiting on holidays and listening to Arthur play the piano, he was a fabulous piano player and could improvise and play ragtime and show tunes. He was a music teacher and later a superintendent of schools. He died while I was in grade school.
As always it is a pleasure to reunite a photograph with family…I just love that part! Iggy was instrumental in this reunion..he found me the phone number..I called and left a message..can you imagine what you would do if a stranger called you and said “ Hi, My name is Connie and I think I have an old photograph of your Grandfather.” Luckily Jon returned my call a day or two later.
I would like to add that Arthur has the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen in an old photo.
Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
Update: November 26, 2010 I received a lovely letter from Arthur's daughter Sylvia. Here is part of what she wrote:
Dear Connie, I am thrilled to see the picture of my father, Arthur Wisness in Army Uniform in 1918. He played clarinet in the Army Band, he was an educator in the public schools. My daughter Kristin sent copies of the picture to Osmund's children. I plan to frame this photo and give it to my son Jon, he was so excited! Many Thanks, Sylvia
how do you get all these photos? you are amazing!ReplyDelete
This is just wonderful Connie. I agree that Arthur has very pretty eyes. It would be interesting to know if any of the relatives look like him.ReplyDelete
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Not only does he have intense eyes - I like his hair cut!ReplyDelete
A clarinet player in a military band - I suppose I could of suspected that he'd be in a band but I didn't - and that was a pleasant surprise! I enjoyed Jon's description of the man - he seems to have been quite "the entertainer".
:) (pun intended)
You are doing a wonderful thing! :)ReplyDelete
Wonderful photograph. He is quite handsome compared to others of his day.ReplyDelete
It would be great if Jon could provide a music clip for you to add to the Full Circle report.ReplyDelete
I have been catching up on old photo's and some of the stories give me goose bumps.ReplyDelete
It's wonderful to hear about the connections you have been able to make for the real people who knew and loved this man. After learning a little about him he sounds like an honorable and noble man who loved his family and provided for them. We need more people in the world like him today. As I get older I wish I had more information and photos of my ancestors.ReplyDelete
Sorry I haven't been around blog land for a bit. I choose a good day to come back though, wonderful news and a wonderful post! :-)ReplyDelete
What a fantastic blog!ReplyDelete
Yeah Connie & Iggy! I get goose bumps everytime a match is made and it is even greater when the response comes back and we get to know the person behind the photo a bit! Another great day! ~AbraReplyDelete
Wow, what you are doing is amazing! Photo's take on such a special meaning for people. After my grandfather (Opa) passed away, my cousins and I started noticing all the photographs around the house and searching for more - like the photo's would help ensure we remembered him.ReplyDelete
love this concept, it must be so much fun!ReplyDelete
Congratulations Connie - and Arthur is very handsome. Now, if only I was 100 years older... ;-)ReplyDelete
This is one of the better old photos I've seen and you're absolutely right about his eyes. That's the first thing that caught me about this entry.ReplyDelete
yeah... the eyes are very dreamy... he was a good lookin manReplyDelete