Monday, April 23, 2012

The uncle I never knew


Cleaning out boxes in the garage yesterday, I came across this high school senior portrait of my mother’s younger brother, John Dietz.

Uncle John, for whom I suspect I am named, along with my dad’s brother John, died Sept. 18, 1938 at the age of 18 from head injuries suffered in a horseback riding accident on the family farm in Carroll County, Indiana. He was a handsome and intelligent looking fellow and I wish I had known him.

His mother died 12 days later in Central State Hospital in Indianapolis where she was being treated for some kind of mental illness. One of these days, I’m going to request her records to learn more about her condition and the circumstances surrounding her death at age 57.

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