Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy 85th Birthday Lloyd Broersma!

Today my grandpa turns 85! He was born on 3 February 1927 in Ireton, Iowa. His full name is Lloyd Julian Broersma. In Dutch tradition the names of the children typically are after the grandparents. Usually the the first son's first name is after the paternal grandfather, with the second name after the father. The first daughter is named after the maternal grandmother, and so on. One time when I was visiting with my grandpa he told me that his first name Lloyd (starting with the letter L) is for his paternal grandmother Luitske, and his middle name Julian (starting with J) is for his paternal grandfather Jetze. When he was growing up they were a pretty poor family, and the women told Lloyd's mom (Grace Gertrude Wichers) that she couldn't name her son such a fancy name since they were poor. She didn't care.

Here's a picture I recently found of him from when he graduated from 8th grade.

Broersma Lloyd 8th Grade Grad

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