|Photo of Broadfoot family, fall 1914, courtesy of family of John Broadfoot|
used with permission
"Uncle Tom Broadfoot from Westerly, Rhode Island came to vist us for a while. (He was Dad's brother.) For a pastime, he caught tarantulas, put them in a can and sold them to the University of California. I used to watch him pour water down their holes and that fascinated me...."
I'd bet my grandfather used the money to pay his room and board. I hope her did not use it to buy alcohol as he did in later life.
I do know that Uncle John and his family moved to California in late 1912 or 1913 after a visit back to Scotland.
In 1913 my grandparents lived at 7 Vose St. in Westerly. It was a crowded household. In addition to themselves, my grandmother's parents David and Annie Aiken lived with them. David and Annie live in their own place in 1920 according to the census)
Tom and Annie had two children by the fall of 1914, my aunt and godmother Annie (born in 1907) and my aunt Ada (born in 1913). My father was not born as yet.
It is hard to be sentimental about my grandfather as he died before I was born but I do think that this little tidbit about tarantulas is a story worth knowing about. Not everyone's grandfather hunted tarantulas!