Really? He spoke Latin? 

In the early 1920’s, my grandfather, Charles Vincent Ryan, met his wife, Edith Alice Lawton, at the Alhambra Dance Hall at Crescent Park in Riverside, RI. They both hailed from the Mt. Pleasant section of providence, Rhode Island and took the Alhambra Trolley.

 

Grandparents. Mom in the middle

My mother, also Edith Alice, was born in 1925 and her brother, Richard Charles, was born in 1927. They lived in various apartments in Mt. Pleasant. My mother and her brother attended Providence Public Schools. She was the recipient of the prestigious Anthony Medal from George J. West Middle School. This was awarded for academic excellence.

My mother attended Classical High School. Every evening after dinner, my grandmother and my uncle had a merry old time putting together jigsaw puzzles in the living room. Not so for my mother and her father. She would spread all her books and notepads out on the kitchen table. She reviewed every class explaining what was taught and all the notes she had taken. Many an evening after my mother, uncle and my grandmother retired for the evening, my grandfather would continue to study. He could speak Latin and converse in it with my mother ( you don’t speak Latin).

My grandfather was a painter for the City of Providence. He would joke with us that he had attended Brown, RISD, and Pembroke even though it was a women’s college. He had painted the inside of these buildings for many a year.

My grandmother, grandfather and my uncle proudly attended my mother’s graduation. I truly believe that one name was left off the roster, Charles Vincent Ryan.

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