Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Children of Harry L. Hastings

Three Generations
Leander Augustus Hastings
Harry Leander Hastings
Gerald Leander Hastings
Approximate date: 1905
Harry Leander Hastings with Frances Watrous Hastings (standing), and
twins Gerald Leander Hastings and Elizabeth Lucy Hastings.  Circa: 1905

Frances, Gerald & Elizabeth Hastings with their nanny.

Elizabeth, Gerald, Frances & Martha Hastings, 1906

 Gerald, Elizabeth & Martha Hastings

Twins, Gerald & Elizabeth Hastings
Elizabeth, Martha on hobby horse, Frances & Gerald
 Elizabeth, Gerald & Martha
Martha & Elizabeth
 Playtime with the neighbors, backyard in Worcester, MA
Written on the back of the above photo (by my Great Aunt Martha Hastings): 
"Bob Travers - Mary B. & Frances - Betty, Bunny Ring & Bunny Hastings & the two Ring brothers."
Never heard of a "Bunny Hastings", so no idea who the child on the far right might be!

Elizabeth, Frances, Martha & Gerald
Gerald Leander Hastings, born Mentally Challenged.
This is probably at Sagamore Beach, Cape Cod, MA.
Gerald was institutionalized at the age of eleven, this may be one of the last photographs taken of him prior to moving to The Walter E. Fernald State School in 1914, originally called the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded, Waltham, MA.  Living at this school, and working the land at this large campus, Gerald was killed when a tree fell on him on February 18, 1947 at 44 years old.
Harry Leander Hastings, Junior, also born Mentally Challenged
Born: 1-12-1912/Died at home: 12-24-1938. 26 years old.

There are no photographs of Gerald or Harry, Junior
as adults in any of the family archives.

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