Yes, it was a hard life. Yes, many failed.
But I think Grandpa did alllll right.
Men-in-front-of-cars is a constant theme in our family photos, and probably in all family scrapbooks. The tenor is always the same: this is not a car. This is an accomplishment.
This is the old family farm home - it would be remodeled over the years, but the window in the middle would be the one where Grandpa waved goodbye every Sunday when we left the farm for home.