It’s hard to imagine my dad as a little kid.
I’ve seen pictures. I’ve heard stories.
But it’s the documents created during his lifetime that give me the most insight into what made Daddy the person he was.
My dad was born during the Depression, the firstborn of four children. His father left when he was quite young, having “run off with Maury’s wife”. After a messy divorce, my grandmother, Frances Lois Mangels married a man my father adored. So much so he wanted to change his surname from Mueller to Brenke.
So imagine my surprise when I saw the name of the family’s 1940 boarder: