(Random Collection of Family Photos, here for preservation and backup purposes)
Some of these were mailed to me in an ancient form of photographs where you don't have an electronic copy, instead it is on a piece of flimsy paper that cannot be backed up. Some people used to put these in books and call them "photo albums". You probably have never heard of any of that since it is ridiculous to put photos anywhere but on the web. Anyway, I have scanned in these photos and put them here. Click on any photo below for the really large backup version of the scanned image.
My parents, Howard and Virginia Wilson, taken in 2003.
My sister's family, from left to right Nathanael Mark Hoffmann, Catherine Grace (Katie) Hoffmann, my sister Cheryl Hoffmann, my brother in law Mark Hoffmann. Picture probably taken around 2002.
The photo below is of my brother's family. From left to right: Ari Cassidy Echt-Wilson (girl on top of tire), Eli Joshua Echt-Wilson (little boy in swing), Ramey Echt, and Randy Wilson (my brother). Probably taken around 1997.
This is me, taken as a promotional photo for our corporate website in 2003.
A few images scanned of my grandparents, Ralph & Erma Wilson.
This photo immediately below was taken at DeeAnn & Gare's wedding. All of the people in the photo are the complete set of children, grand-children, and great-grand-children families of Ralph and Erma who are sitting in front. The only missing family is Ralph III (Chip) and his wife Robin and their two daughters. The photo below that one is Howard Wilson (son of Ralph & Erma) and his complete nuclear family. From left to right: Howard, Virginia, Brian (me), Ramey Echt (bride), Randy (Groom), Catherine Grace Hoffmann (baby), Mark Hoffmann, and Cheryl Hoffmann (Cheryl is Howard's daughter).
This isn't technically family, but where I was best man at my buddy David Buehler's wedding.
We had 3 dogs when I was growing up, a toy poodle that was gone before I was 2 so I don't remember it, "Arrow" which was a short hair, tough dog we gave away after a year because of behavior problems, and "Spike", the dog pictured below. His full name was Spikenard Wilson (all the puppies in the litter were named after spices, and there is a spice by the name of "Spikenard"). He was extremely friendly dog, good natured, always loved to play catch, loved the beach. He lived 17 years.
A picture of Brian Wilson (me) and Joerge Haake writing a research paper in Darmstadt, Germany, on December 1st, 1991. Both of us were working for GMD-IPSI, a german institute at the time. A few years after this photo was taken, Joerge and I toured Europe on motorcycles together for 3 weeks, my first Europe trip. Joerge bought a motorcycle with my money but in his name in Germany, and when I came home he sold it for me for about the same amount of money.
Various pictures of my nieces when they were young. The lower one is myself and Catherine Grace Hoffman (the little girl) standing out in a stream at the beach. About a minute after this photo was taken, police walked out on the beach, drew their guns, and arrested a man a few yards away from us while Catherine and I were still crossing the stream.
Erma & Ralph are my grandparents, and below them are my parents Howard and Virginia.
Three pictures from 1975, the first are the "cousins" of my generation, from left to right: Ralph (Chip) Wilson 3rd, Karen, Bruce Craig, Cheryl, Bruce Allen, Randy, Brian (me), Douglas, Greg, Dee Ann.
The cousins with "Grandpa and Grandma" (Ralph Wilson and Erma Wilson).
The Howard Wilson subset: Virginia Wilson and Howard Wilson and their three: Randy, Cheryl, and Brian.
On a plane ride sometime around 1992 or so, a young woman sitting next to me on a plane (about my age at the time) gave me this card, and struck up a conversation with me. She was wearing a "nun" outfit (sort of) and I think was Mormon and was returning from a year long "mission" (common tradition in the Mormon faith). It's a famous prayer, and I really like it, although I'm an atheist and if this woman is correct in her religious beliefs I'm going straight to hell when I die for sure. :-)
On January 7th, 2010 I moved from 425A Forest Ave, Palo Alto to the Pacifica dock house. On November 29th of 2010 the Backblaze business finally moved out of 425A Forest Ave also. At that time, here are is a photo of a collection of business cards I had accrued over the years of visitors to my home. These were all personal friends, nothing related to Backblaze.
The picture below is my brother Randy Wilson and Sharon Seyfarth. Randy is a junior in high school in this photo.
There is a lot going on in the picture below. In the center is Randy Wilson graduating from high school in 1983 or so. From left to right front row: Virginia Wilson (Randy's mother), Stanley Latshaw (Virginia's father) and directly behind Stanley is Miriam Latshaw in white, then Randy in mortarboard, then Ralph Wilson (with shoestring tie - Randy's grandfather on his father's side), and Erma Wilson in red top. Directly behind Randy and Ralph is Cheryl Wilson (Randy's sister), and the tallest person in the picture next to Cheryl is me - Brian Wilson. I'd also like to point out the woman in the upper left corner who seems very unhappy.
Below is Stanley Latshaw on left in grey suit and Ralph Wilson on right in black suit both Grandfather's of Randy Wilson in center.
This is Brian, Randy, and Cheryl with the grandparents Florence and Stanley Latshaw. This might be one of the only pictures I have of Florence, she passed away in 1975 of a stroke when I was only 8 years old.
Below is a page scanned out of an old photo album. The date given is Christmas 1970. The top row is Cheryl, Randy, and Brian. The next row down shows not only our family, but I think that is Carol (my aunt - Virginia's sister) and Wade (her husband) and in the other picture is also David (my uncle - Virginia's brother) and Judy (David's wife). I'm not COMPLETELY sure which is which, I think Wade is in glasses? Aunt Mim (Miriam) is there also. I remember this Christmas.
In the last row of pictures directly above this text is Stanley and Florence, and Brian (me), Randy (middle) and Cheryl on far right. I'm not sure who the younger one on Florence's lap. Probably one of my cousins?
Below is the only picture I know of of John Latshaw, Stanley's father. John Latshaw is my great grandfather who passed away in 1959, years before I was born so I never met the man.
In the picture below, the front says "September, 1982 - Just out of hospital (blood poisoning)." On the back of this picture is written "Stanley Latshaw - September 1982. Just got out of the hospital for blood poisoning episode (removed wire from chest area)." Filling in some of the story here, Stanley had an artificial valve put in his heart, which back then involved this massive scar down his ENTIRE front chest and stomach area. I'm guessing some of the wire sutures were left over and caused issues. My father would always tell stories about Stanley being told to "take it easy" by his doctors and immediately return to working on the farm the day after he got home from the hospital.
Below is a picture of Stanley Latshaw's farm, where my mother Virginia grew up. The address is: 132 Miller Rd, Bechtelsville, PA 19505 and here is a Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/RYVwwUinp9EiSR6u5 If you scroll down it is the same identical photo with notes from what I remember. Remember that you can click on these images to get a higher resolution version.
Same picture as above, but with red notes I added. Remember that you can click on these images to get a higher resolution version.
The picture below is a repeat, but is basically standing at the "B. Frontdoor"
looking at the "G. Big Barn Two":
The picture below is from a different angle and has the "H.one story tall egg factor" building closest to the camera. The farmhouse is off picture to the left.
Below is Stanley Latshaw on his tractor. The picture is dated July 1984.
Below from left to right: Wade Peacock, Carol, John Manila (in back), Virginia Wilson, David Latshaw, Miriam Latshaw in blue top, the child in front is Jon Latshaw (son of David Latshaw), Carol in back in white turtleneck, and on the far right Stanley Latshaw.
Below is the Latshaw nuclear family, from left to right: Carol, Stanley, Virginia, Miriam, and on the far right David.
The Latshaw family tree from Ancestry.com (screenshot of: https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/182925691/family?cfpid=232383920932 ) is below. Remember you can click on it to zoom in:
The tree below is focused on Stanley Latshaw and all his brothers and sisters:
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