Sig Levy was born to Goldie (Benas) and Herman Levy on 31 July 1888 in Vallejo, California. Why Vallejo? As my mother told me, because Goldie escaped the Fresno heat to be with her parents in Vallejo. Is it really all that much cooler in Vallejo?
I think the first photo I have of Sig is this photo of Herman and Goldie and the first three of their sons in front of their home in Fresno. I'd guess this photo to be sometime in 1889 based on Sig's age.
|Goldie (Benas) and Herman Levy|
Leon, Herb, Sig Levy
This is one of my favorite photos of the first three boys - in fact, I have a pencil drawing of a photo from the same photo session framed and hanging on a wall. I treasure it!
|L-R: Leon, Sig, Herb Levy, c. 1890|
The family seemed to have a lot of fun together. Here are the boys after a day of swimming. Youngest brother Ben was apparently too young to join in the fun.
|Sig (top) Leon (left) and Herb (right) Levy|
A few years later Ben was able to join in the photo session - all four brothers together.
|L-R: Herb, Leon, Sig, Ben Levy|
And then some fun with dad.
|Back: Leon, Herman, Sig Levy|
Front: Ben Levy and ?????
And then the boys starting growing up and still posed for photos.
|Back, L-R: Leon, Sig, Ben, Herb|
Front: Goldie and Herman
And then they really grew up and formed a business together, Levy Bros. What a great time in their lives.
|L to R: Ben, Herb, Sig, Leon|
I love how often times they posed in age order.
|L to R: Herb, Leon, Sig, Ben Levy|
Then some drama occurred and the brothers went their separate ways. I don't remember spending time with any of the brothers other than Leon. But I know Sig and Ben stayed in contact because I remember spending time with Ben's two daughters. But, sadly, all contact between Sig and Herb (and maybe others) ceased and until I started on this journey, I really knew nothing about Herb, But I have since connected with some of Herb's grandchildren and great-grandchildren so I feel like the "brother curse" has been erased.
Sig was the last of the brothers to die. I remember it was just two weeks after his 80th birthday when he was gone.
And I don't want this day to go by without recognizing my own brother. I just love this thoughtful photo of him. I used to pretend I had an older brother - I'm sure glad that was just pretend and that I have a younger brother instead!
Here's to brothers!