ancestors

Maybe someday, Father’s Day will be a little less painful for me. Missing him every day is a soft, bittersweet thing. But Father’s Day still brings back for me the sharp, immediate pain of loss.

Charles A.S. Heinle, and his father, Charles J. Heinle

Here is Charles A.S. Heinle, with his father, Charles Jacob Heinle. It is a wonderful, very modern sort of image; not posed, but capturing everyday life in a snap of a shutter.

Charles had a distance from his father, probably starting from around the time Elisabeth Steuber Heinle (Dad’s mother, Charles J’s wife) died, and Charles J. remarried very quickly (possibly for love, probably also because he needed help with the four children he’d been left to raise alone.) I don’t think my father ever fully forgave his father for that.

But this shot comes from a time before all that, when it was just father and son, spending time together outside on a summer’s day.

John Steuber and Charles A S Heinle

Here we have a picture of John Steuber, Charles A. S. Heinle’s great-uncle (the “S” in Charles’ name is for for Steuber!)

The picture is from an article from the called, “Forgotten Men of Atlantic City,” published in 1940. The 1885 City Directory of Atlantic City was reviewed, and the surviving men listed were discussed.

John Steuber was a partner, with his brother Louis, in a grocery store at Indiana and Atlantic Avenues. His other brother, August Steuber, had a grocery store (“Fancy and Staple Groceries”) on Kentucky and Atlantic Avenues in Atlantic City.