The Big One

One hundred, that is.

My grandfather was born near Truax ,Saskatchewan, on March 26, 1911. His parents, Robert Rennie & Beatrice Sutherland, both children of Scottish immigrants, were homesteaders and my grandfather was the third of 8 children, whom they raised in a 16′ x 20′ house:

homestead
rennie children

The first 6 – my grandfather is on the right. I don’t think there are any photos of all 8 as children.

My grandfather had 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls, who produced 9 grand-children, who have cranked out, to date, 13 great-grandchildren. Here are my great-grandfather (who died at 96), grandfather, father and me, in early 1967:

4 generations

Most of the family, circa 1974:

kids at pne

Grandpa at 100:

John & Kids
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5 Responses

  1. Graham
    Graham April 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm | | Reply

    Dang, he looks pretty good for being 100 years old.

  2. protected static
    protected static April 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm | | Reply

    *shakes fist at Graham* Unhand my comment, thief!

  3. Chris
    Chris April 9, 2011 at 8:52 am | | Reply

    That’s pretty much what everyone says when they see him :-)

  4. Doug
    Doug April 9, 2011 at 9:16 am | | Reply

    Some folks are blessed, some are not. Choose your ancestors well. All the time I see people in their 50s who look 70 or older, and I see the opposite.

    Happy Birthday!

  5. Erin O'Brien
    Erin O'Brien April 14, 2011 at 1:49 am | | Reply

    Love love love this, Chris. All those peeps in that tiny house!

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