The Sunny Side

Pics, flicks and notes about my musical friends and family in and around Old Town Eureka, California.
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My front porch in Old Town Eureka is known as The Sunny Side. Southern exposure, protected from the wind, it is an ideal place to sit and play old timey tunes and watch the parade go by.

Friday, September 05, 2008

My Uncle Fritz


The youngest of three children born in Hamburg Germany, Frederick Gsell was my mother's brother. He stayed with us in Pomona for about a month when I was about eight years old. He had been in the Merchant Marines all of his working career, a captain I was told. When I first met him at the dock in San Perdo he had just weathered a storm single handed in a big sailing yacht that he was delivering. He had the broken masts neatly lashed to the deck. The owner took delivery and handed my uncle Fritz a bundle of cash. He was quite a guy, loved drinking beer and frying baloney, carving wood and splicing rope while staying with us.  He'd go out at night doing who knows what. After he left Pomona he was never heard of again. I got this photo of him in my aunt Gussie's belongings. It's the only photo I've ever seen of him as an adult. Gee, I wish I could have gotten to know him. 

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