While the 1950s and 1960s saw the Schellhardt family tree grow with the births of grandchildren and 1979 wrapped up with birth of the last grandchild (me, #33!), the 1980s signaled the start of a whole new decade and saw our family explode when many of the Schellhardt grandchildren grew up, got married, and started families of their own. There were lots of weddings and lots of babies born in the 1980s - 31 great-grandchildren were born in that decade – with almost a third of them born in 1985 and 1986!
For me, the 1980s was a time of ring bearers and flower girls; first crabs and First Communions; Cooper sharp cheese and Nabisco cookies; watching Charlotte’s Web in a basement on Penn Avenue and coloring in a basement on Morris Drive. It was ham and cheese sandwich runs to a nursing home after dinner and stops at Jack Frost on the way to Oreland. It was Halloweens, and Christmases, and Easters spent with aunts and uncles and more cousins than you could count.
But like everything, where there is life, there is loss. The 1980s saw the deaths of our family matriarch and two uncles and we watched an aunt battling a terminal illness that would eventually take her at the beginning of the next decade. December 1990 was effectively the end of the family of my childhood. After that, it was time to grow up.
But in the 1980s, all of that was still in the future. When I look at the pictures in the 1980 photo album, I just see a family who was busy living and growing.
Do you have any photos from family events in the 1980s (even if it was your own branch of the family)? If so, please consider contributing them to our site! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (wish list – pictures of weddings and/or holidays and pictures of grandchildren/great-grandchildren with Nanny)