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Paul D. Albertine

Castleton-on-Hudson, New York

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From the Louise Albertine Brooks Collection, courtesy of Peter H. Spectre

 

 

Please note that all comments are in the words of cousin Peter Spectre.  When the comment mentions his mother, that would be Vivian Brooks-Spectre and not my mother, Joanne Bennett-Albertine.

 

 

 

 

Front
The principal Albertine grave marker in the Old St. William Cemetery, Ware. The inscription is a nod to Joseph Albertine's father John Albertine.

 

Back
The other side of the grave marker. Dorothea M. Brooks was my mother's sister, who died young. I don't know whose child was Brenda Marie Albertine.

 

 

 

1
Margareta (Oppici) Albertine with her sons Louis (left) and John (right).

 

2
Joseph Albertine, seated, my mother's grandfather, born in Italy, the patriarch of the family. Standing at right is Louis, his son. Man at left is unidentified. The scene is Onset.

 

More on #2: The gent standing at left could very well be son John. My mother

couldn't say for sure because his face is in shadow.

 

3
Louise Albertine, my mother's mother, my grandmother, seated on bench. She was born Louisa Maria Rosa Albertine in 1884 in the North End of Boston not long after the family came to America. Known to her friends and family as Lou and sometimes Lulu.

 

I don't know where #3 was taken. Looks to me as if it were one of those

setup scenes in a photographer's studio.

 

4
Margareta Albertine with unidentified grandchild.

 

5
Margareta Albertine. Here she looks much like my grandmother and mother at about the same age.

 

6
Margareta Albertine, seated right.
Front: Shirley Albertine, her granddaughter, my mother's cousin.
Standing left: My mother's Aunt Nellie (Buckley) Albertine, wife of Louis.
The three women standing in back next to Aunt Nellie are Girard sisters; their mother is sitting, left.

 

7
Myer (Lubosky, Lubovsky) Brooks, right, my mother's father. "He had the bluest eyes," my mother said. "They could scare you."

 

8
Myer Brooks, seated left.

 

9
Myer Brooks, seated right, with cigar. A stylish gentleman, he told me he took great pleasure in dressing as a "sport" when he was young.

 

10
Louise Albertine as a young woman, probably in Ware.

 

11
Myer Brooks as a young man, probably in Ware.

 

12
Two families together, Levy and Brooks.
Back row, left to right: Fanny Lubosky Levy, Myer Brooks's sister; [don't know first name] Levy, her husband; MyerBrooks, holding his son James; Louise Albertine Brooks.
Front row: Gertrude Levy; Dorothy Brooks, my mother's sister; Vivian Brooks, my mother; Jack Levy.
Fanny was the oldest in the Lubosky family. She eventually divorced Levy. My mother said she was married several times. "She was a belle," she said.

 

13
Vivian Brooks, Right; Dorothy Brooks, her sister, Left.

 

14
Dorothy Brooks.

 

15
James Brooks, my mother's brother. "He was the cutest baby you ever saw," my mother said.

 

16
Vivian Brooks.

 

17
Myer Brooks with James.

 

18
Vivian Brooks.

 

19
Vivian Brooks, left, with unidentified friend. On the back: "VB & MS South Barre Reservoir."

 

20
On back: "Vivian Brooks 1919 age 13 (Sept.)"

 

21
Vivian Brooks.

 

22
At Camp Cook, near Ware, a popular picnic spot. "Some are Buckley's, some are Girards," my mother said. Shirley Albertine on right.

 

23
Myer Brooks, S&H Green Stamps redemption store, Trenton, New Jersey, December 1913. For a time my grandfather went from city to city establishing redemption stores for Sperry & Hutchinson Company. Eventually he returned to Massachusetts and opened his own men's clothing stores in Ware, Barre, and Fitchburg.

 

24
Albertine cousins on the beach in Onset.

 

25
Vivian Brooks, left; her friend Marguerite Fitzgerald, right.

 

26
Front, left to right: Shirley Albertine, Dorothy Brooks, Vivian Brooks.
Rear, left to right: Fred Bombard, MyerBrooks, Ruth Albertine.
Fred Bombard was the son of Mary Albertine and Frederick Bombard.

 

27
Dorothy Brooks, front.
This photo and numbers 28 and 29 were taken at the Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus convent school, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The time was not long before Dorothy died.

 

28
Dorothy Brooks, front.

 

29
Dorothy Brooks, middle.

 

30
Vivian Brooks, first communion.

 

31
Vivian Brooks, right.
On back: "South Barre Reservoir"

 

32
Tootsie Albertine, left. John Albertine's daughter.
Shirley Albertine, right. Louis Albertine's daughter.

 

33
Vivian Brooks on the beach in Onset, before she was married.

 

34
Shirley Albertine showing off her new hair style.

 

35
Shirley Albertine with unidentified baby.

 

36
Dorothy Brooks, right.

 

37
Dorothy Brooks, on the day of her confirmation, Sisters Faithful Companions of Jesus convent school, Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

 

38
James Brooks, my mother's brother, on the fire escape at Converse Hall, University of Vermont. I also attended UVM, though several decades later; my dorm was just down the hill from Converse Hall. James -- Uncle Jim to me -- only attended UVM for a year and then transferred to BostonUniversity. I stayed and graduated.

 

39
James Brooks.

 

40
Family gathering at CampCook, Ware.
Myer Brooks, back row, far right. Next to him, Nellie Buckley Albertine. In front of him, second from right, his daughter Vivian Brooks. On Vivian's right, her mother, Louise Albertine Brooks.
The gent in the second row, left, with his cap sideways, is Louis Albertine.
The rest are various Albertines and Buckleys.

 

41
The house where Girard Albertine, son of Louis Albertine, grew up,

Clinton Street
, Ware. Girard was my mother's cousin and great friend. My mother couldn't identify the people in the photo -- too small.

 

42
John Albertine, my grandmother's brother, in Onset.

 

43
Nellie Buckley Albertine, my mother's aunt, wife of Louis Albertine. "She was a very severe person," my mother said.

 

44
Shirley and Girard Albertine. Girard's first name came from his mother's last name.

 

45-49
These photographs were taken at Green Harbor, Massachusetts, on the SouthShore between Marshfield and Duxbury. The extended family was there at the time of the funeral of my grandmother's sister Mary Albertine Bombard, wife of Frederick Bombard. I'm not sure who owned the cottage -- probably the Bombards.

 

45
Girard Albertine

 

46
James Brooks standing. Shirley Albertine in hammock.

 

47
James Brooks

 

48
Family gathering, GreenHarbor, 1921.
Myer Brooks, row two, left, in tank top. Louis Albertine Brooks next to him.

 

49
Interior of the cottage at GreenHarbor.

 

50
Louis Albertine Brooks (left), MyerBrooks (middle), Vivian Brooks (right).

 

51
Young Frederick Bombard, son of Mary Albertine Bombard and Frederick Bombard, in front of the family home.

 

52
Mary Albertine Bombard, Frederick Bombard, and children.

 

53
Frederick Bombard, husband of Mary Albertine Bombard.

 

54
Mary Albertine Bombard. "She was the belle of the town," my mother said.

 

55
Frederick Bombard. On the back: "Watching the horses work out in the wee hours of the morning -- B"

 

56
Frederick Bombard in front of his gasoline station, Fitchburg. "My father bought him the lease," my mother said.

 

57-59
The back of each indicates they were taken on the beach, East River, Onset.

 

57
Front, left: Girard Albertine.
Front, right: Shirley Albertine.
Back, left to right: MyerBrooks, Louis Albertine, Louise Albertine Brooks.

 

58
Left to right: Louis Albertine, Louise Brooks Albertine, MayerBrooks.

 

59
MyerBrooks and Louise Albertine Brooks.

 

60
Frederick Bombard.