- From Bobbie Lounsbury, a granddaughter:
Grandpa, was a "Family Nut" so to speak, so may have been in attendance at the 31 Reunion ???? Would be easy to spot him if he were there. He and I were pretty good "Buddies' and I would frequently go out on the job's with him "Master Plumber" during Summer vacations when Mom, "Gladys" and I would visit Seabrook, ( Motto ) "If you can't lick 'em, brick 'em" from our home in Portsmouth.
Grandpa, "Arthur Sr." was skilled in many professions, but Plumbing,was the main one. Thru the 30s, 40s and 50s. He and Wife Lila, are resting in the Wilson Family lot in Portsmouth. If I remember correctly, Uncle "Gene" is there also. He was also a frequent visitor at the Seabrook Homestead on Railroad Ave. Grandpa "Plumbed" most all the Resorts and Family homes at Seabrook Beach. Some of which, are still in use even today. Very "Jolly" and good natured all the time and the only time I ever saw him get "Pissed" was when my "Half Brother Phil" ( My Mom Gladys 1st Marriage ) passed him a "Hot Soldering Iron" he needed under a house, " The Lead Melting Pot " had to be outside for obvious reasons, "The Hot End First" !! I could smell the flesh burning, but Grandpa's hand's were so calloused, that I'm sure it caused him considerable pain, but never said a word !! But "Boy" really chewed his "Ass Out" on the way home that night. A few minutes later, we stopped for Ice Cream Cone's "as Usual" and "All Was Well" Phil felt pretty bad after that, but Grandpa "Hugged Him" knowing it was just "Stupid" on Phil's part a "Good Lesson to be Had".
A "Big and Burly Man" , White hair and sometimes beard, Grandpa was a part time Scientist and Inventor. Many, many "Gadget's and Device's" to his credit. Laugh if you want to, but back in the 40s, he and I, actually made scale model "Rocket Ship's and Flying Saucer's" in his Metal shop, behind the house, while the "Women" were all visiting.
To his credit, were "Yes" Bowling Machines, along with Pinball, Marble "Tilt Top" game's, to name a couple that I can remember and helped with. Loved anything to do with Marble's, for some reason and would work for hour's and hour's on the variation's. "Bout anything you could think of.
For the Day, he was skilled in Electronics too. Made various "Recording Machine's" to record "His Music" on the Old Style Recording Disc's. Would gather what Friends he could muster up in the evenings, for recording sessions in the Dining Room. He was proficient at the Piano, Violin, and Saxophone, but his real love was the Accordion, and had several of different sizes. I would listen for Hours and hours, with my ear to the "Heat Register" ( Hole in the floor actually ) to the Up-stairs bedroom, where I was 'Supposed to be Sleeping" of them playing and singing all the "Great Old Song's" of the period. Such "Marvelous Memories". Thank You for bringing them back, lest I'd forget them. I shall probably dream of them tonight.
I look back at it all now and have to credit my love for the Mechanical Trades and Music, to those years we spent together, as he made such an impression and always giving me some sort of a challenge or another to sleep on.
Quite a "Joker Too". We'd go over to the "Light Meter" every now and then and put our ear's right on the glass, as "Grandpa Said" that, that was how he communicated with the "Alien's"! Told me that after a while I'd understand them, if I kept trying. Can't walk by a "Light Meter" to this day, without thinking of him. Put my "Ear to the Glass Too" when know one's looking. Ha, ha, ha.
In the "Early Years" and all the problems at home, It was "He" that kept Mom and I focused. A "Family Man" in the "True Sense of the Word" and so much a part of who I am today.
"Arthur Jr" or "Little Arthur" as Mom called him, (Mom's Brother), Wife Evelyn and Son Arthur III, and maybe a younger Daughter, lived just down Railroad Ave, a way's at the crossing where the B&M Train's ran under the Avenue. Don't know anything as to their whereabouts' today though. Last time, I think, was back in the early 60s. Not sure at all. "George" does not "Ring any Bell's" either ?