In the Spring of 1942, just a few short months after Pearl Harbor, my 10-year-old grandfather and his family moved 1,200 miles from Nahant, MA to Wausau, WI.
727 McIndoe Street, Wausau, WI
(Present day: Google Maps Street View)
Initially, the Boyer family rented a home in Wausau, just east of the Wisconsin River and near the train station. Shortly after their arrival, Ralph purchased a house for the family just a block-and-a-half away.
Babe and Ralph (and infant Glenda) stayed in the second-story bedroom at the front of the house, which included a small balcony over the porch; Dinon and his brother Darryl shared a second-story room at the east corner of the back of the house; and Grandma Henness had the third floor (minus the storage space) all to herself, including a bathroom.
A photo of my young grandfather and his toys,
including the blocks his Grandpa Henness made
The blocks he played with had been handmade years ago by his Grandpa Earl Henness for Babe (Dinon's mother), the only child in her family. Earl also made a large toy box for Babe, and both the box and the blocks were passed down to her firstborn, my grandfather. Today, that box is sitting against the wall of his family room, and inside are the same wooden blocks from this photo. Though still sturdy, they are chipped, dented and stained by four generations of children's play.
And the boys were responsible for keeping their room tidy.