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Old 05-19-2009, 01:19 AM   #1
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When your youngest living family member turns 59 years old today, 11 children, we know that we are getting on in years. I would like to share some of our heritage with this already gathering of wonderful folks.

A brief preview; http://www.life.com/image/50532026

Life Magazine did a story of myFamily back in 1953. I am looking forward to sharing this with you all.
May have to put in a blog here, depends on what our webmaster has to say.
More to come, T.

Some history of my Dad and Mom;

Frederick Daneil Rugg was born December 8, 1912 in Upper Darby, PA. His family moved to Medford, MA where he attended high school. He lettered in basketball there and carried with him for many years a small 1/2" golden basketball on the end of a watch fob.

He attended First Baptist Church in Medford, whose affiliation brought him to the Old Orchard Beach, an American Baptist summer camp where he served as a lifeguard at the swimming pool in 1929.

At a combined church event, he met Annie Christie Briggette who had immigrated with her widowed father and her siblings from Nova Scotia eight years before. The spark of love exploded and they eloped to a Justice of the Peace in Nashua, New Hampshire and were
married on September 26, 1932....... Annie was 17, Fred was 19. As far as I know.. no one has ever accussed them of being rash.

After a hidden marriage for a short time, they settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where they began their family. Fred was at that time working as a drugstore clerk, making the whopping wage of $12.00 a WEEK!!

He starting working for a trucking company, driving truck and then moving his way into the dispatch office. He went to school at night, including some studies at Tufts University. He
studied transportation.

During the II World War, he was to be drafted into the Army with the rank of Captain. Because he had six children at the time the Army would not accept him. He turned to the Federal Government for an assignment and he was sent to Central and South America as
the Transportation Facilities Advisor for the construction of the Pan American Highway.

When the War concluded, he was asked to establish a trucking and warehousing operation
in Caracas, Venezuela for the W. R. Grace Shipping Company. He accepted only as long
as Grace would bring the family to Venezuela as well, which they did.

Civil unrest ran most Americans out of Venzuela in 1947 and the family returned to the USA to settle in Andover, Mass. Frederick remained in the transportation field until he caught the California "bug". In 1952 the family embarked upon a cross country trek which will be
the subject of the next segment.

More to come, T

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Old 05-19-2009, 08:43 AM   #2
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Well you certainly have peaked my interest Fred. Bring on the story.
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great photo..... looking forward to reading your story
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