These are the earliest known pictures of Dad - 1944.
The family picture on the right shows his little sister, Elaine, the young boy
is one of his brothers, either Richard or Ronald, and his parents,
Bernard Edward and Pearl Margaret Cooper. The picture on the right, of course,
is Dad and his Mom. Three of these pictures may have been taken at a park that
the family has always gone to at Lake Michigan.
Sometime around 1948, Dad went to Duke as part of his
Naval military training. While there he was a taxi driver.
I wasn't told of the
specific details but in his fourth
year in the Navy, they wouldn't give him commission, so
he quit and walked across the street and joined the
Dad's in the Army now!
Picture taken at Robert and Shirley Arlington's
place in Durham, believed to be taken in 1949. Shirley
is Mom's sister.
was based out of Butner, NC when he joined the NC Army National Guard. Knowing
that Butner will disband and relocate to (Reedy Creek Rd.) Raleigh, after marrying
Mom, they moved to Raleigh's Pace St. That was a lucky move as the original Krispy Kreme
was only two small blocks from the apartment they were renting. (The
Krispy Kreme relocated across Person Street in the late 1960s).
In 1953 they moved to Ramseur St., and Dad would often bring work home.
In 1960, Dad purchased the Dodge Pioneer station wagon and took
the family on weekend outings to Kerr Lake.
Dad unpacking the station wagon. Dad was a Boy Scoutmaster for some boys while he
was working in Butner and had access to a cabin in the woods near Kerr Lake. On
this particular weekend, he invited an Army buddy and his family to join us.
The white car is a Ford two door 1960 Ford (Galaxie Starliner), very
similar to the Army vehicle he drove me home in during my first years
at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, NC.
Over the years, we would make trips to Gary or
Hammond, Indiana to visit and stay with Mom's family. This
summer of 1964 picture of Dad's parents was taken at Dad's
brother Melvin and his wife Rosella Cooper's house in
Norridge, Il. (a suburb of Chicago) for Grandpa's
birthday. He is believed to have been born in 1898.
Two years after this picture was taken,
Grandpa passed away.
I pass you on to another family website, most, if not all
of Dad's family changed their last name to Cooper. If I understand
correctly, Cooper was the original German name before the family
moved from German to Poland during the Hitler era and adopted the
Latkowski name. Again, as I understand it, Grandpa Bernard moved
to the USA in his younger years and worked as a truck driver and
supposedly hauled horses to Florida in the Prohibition Era.
will see the name Cooper intertwined on this website as well
as Dad's niece's (or my cousin) Danny Copper's family page.
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