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Thursday, August 23, 2012

On Leaving America - Part 14

Digging up Bones – Part 2

Still sorting through my files – hard copy. More old photos spill and flutter to the floor.
One of my dad is I haven’t seen in years. It’s dated 1929 – Aruba, an island in the Lesser Antilles in the Southern Caribbean Sea off the coast of Venezuela.
Standard Oil was building a refinery there. Dad was a welder and had signed on for a year. Good money to be made . . . a long way from home.

Aruba 1929 - Downtown

Not many places to spend money. Lots of room to build back then.

Aruba 2012

Dad  came home loaded and paid cash for a brand new fire-engine-red convertible.
Too bad he didn’t buy some land when he was there.

1 comment:

  1. Bruce, what wonderful memories! I have never been to Aruba but my middle daughter dated a young man from there when she was in college. She made the trip and absolutely loved it! Very, very different from America per Niki:>)