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    Posted August 31, 2014 by
    Gloucester, Massachusetts
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    When grandparents were cool

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    My grandparents were “cool” when they were young because of their love of life and their love of entertainment.

    My grandfather, Edward Bamford Leaman, was a son of a squire and the eldest of 17 children and a carpenter by trade. He came to America from Canada shortly before he met my grandmother. He loved to dance soft shoe in variety shows and enjoyed speed skating and martial arts. He was also a lightweight boxer.

    My grandmother, Ellen Elizabeth Herrick, was one of five children and also was an English major earning a college degree from Salem Girls Normal now known as Salem University. She enjoyed singing and playing the piano. Their children grew up loving entertainment and used to put on variety shows in their garage charging a small admission. They enjoyed sharing their musical talents and dance abilities with their neighbors and friends.

    My grandparents loved sharing their dancing, singing and artistic talents and have been passed their love onto their 80 plus descendants. Most of their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren have become artists, musicians, singers and/or dancers. My love of dancing and my son’s artistic talents were inherited from my grandparents!

    Photographer unknown. Approximate date 1911.
    Brenda E. Olson, CNN iReporter
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