|Circa 1940: Fort Williams Canada|
As a little girl looking through my dads old photo Album this photo would always catch my eye. Was it the Stern look on both of their faces or that they reminded me of the painting "American Gothic" By Grant Wood? What ever the reason was it prompted me to ask my dad about these two serious looking people he had kept a picture of. Dad didn't like to talk about his childhood much but I managed to get him to tell me that the people in the photo were perhaps the only adults from his childhood that showed him love and what a home was, their names were Thomas and Annie Kenrick of Fort Williams Canada, and they were his foster parents.
That was all dad ever told me about them, other then he loved them like a mother and father. It wasn't till I was an adult that I got dad to call the Children's Aid Society of Canada in hopes of learning more about my dad and who his birth parents were that they sent us his records. From the 5 pages they were able to share with us I learned his adoption had been finalized in January of 1933, 3 yrs after the death of his adoptive mother and the same year he had been made a ward of the court. From the age of 6 to 13 bounced from foster homes and Orphanages till 1940 when they placed him in the home of the Kenrick's were he remained till he was 17. I cant read the records without crying but they helped me to understand why my father never talked about his childhood, nor can I help but think it was because of the love my dad was given by the Kenrick's and others later in his life that he was able to become such a loving and caring man.
A few months ago I located the Great Granddaughter of Thomas and Annie Kenrick on Ancestry.com and was able to share the above photo with her.