Uncle Charlie was a great uncle. He told great stories of his days on the farm and knew all sorts tales about the local area. He also taught me to drive which was not easy since I did not know a clutch from a baseball bat, but he did a great job and I am very grateful for his patience and persistence.
Imagine: He lived through the terms of of 18 Presidents, two world wars, from the era of biplanes to men on the moon and beyond. He was a witness to the twentieth century. And, of course, My dad loved to play Shafskopf with Charlie and Dolly. I remember much laughter and much German around those tables. Thanks, Uncle Charlie, for the great memories which I now get to share with my own grandchildren. Aufwiedersehen