Uncle Reggie was 16 yrs older than Mom and by the time she was 5 he had married and moved to New Orleans, LA. He and Aunt Gena lived there until Jennette Graduated High School in 1944. In 1945 they moved to Beaumont and lived there until he passed away in 1989. Uncle Reggie married Gena Panzica in 1920, you could look the world over and never find a lady any sweeter than Aunt Gena, she and Uncle Reggie adored each other, right up until the day she went to heaven in 1987. The only problem was (or according to her Dad and my Granny) they didn't belong together, when they started dating they had to slip around and finally ran away and got married, they moved to New Orleans and didn't returned to Brookhaven untill their 2d child was born, they had 3 children.......from what I was told, her father never forgave her or excepted their marriage. The "problem" she was Italian and Cathlic, he was Irish and Baptist, a mixture not excepted to well in the early part of the century. Her Daddy forbid her to see him and Granny threw a fit, because he was seeing an "Italian." But nothing they could say or do would keep them apart.
This is a picture of Aunt Gena's Family, .....The Sam Panzica Family....she is the smallest girl, wasn't she pretty....
Next is a picture of Aunt Gena on the right and in the middle is her Momma, Josephine, on the left is her older Sister Mattie in the 40's before Josie passed away.
This is a picture of Uncle Reggie in the early 50's with Jennette's 2 children. He looked so much like Granddaddy and had GD's personality...sweet.
This is a picture of Jennette when she was about 5, I am amazed how much she favors, my little Rissa.
This is a picture of Jennette in the late 40's when she came to Brookhaven to visit her Cousin, Betty Jean Panzica, it was made at the train depot you can see the Inez Hotel is in the back ground. The little bare footed girl in the front is my Sister Dean. Doesn't she look like she is pissed off at some one...lol...PS, she is wearing a dress Momma made her out of a feed sack....looks pretty good, don't it/
These next group of picture are made at the farm, I was so glad to get these because I don't have too many of the farm and none of the old barn. This is Jennette standing in front of the old barn....the barn in the back ground on the left is the old cow barn, it was spared during the fire.
This is a picture of her sitting on a rope swing hanging from the old wisteria vine in the front yard.
Behind her is one of the front pastures, where they grow corn....
I just love this one, notice Aunt Gena's stockings rolled down, this was made right after the corn harvest, notice all the dried corn stalks on the side of the lane.
These was made before we moved to the Farm.
Thanks for letting me share these picture with you.