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Carolyn Gray writes :
The first photograph shows my Grandfather, Oscar Frank Gray, and his father, Eli Frank Gray,
standing in front of the Shanklin Post Office, which was then under construction.
The second photograph shows St. Cecilia’s Church in Ryde under construction.
Both Grandpa Gray and his father worked on its construction.
The plaster moulding tool held by Eli Gray looks to be something only a skilled plasterer would be able to use. The
foundation stone of the Post Office can be seen behind them. It was laid by Mrs White Popham on March 16th 1899. The
building is now a local convenience store.
The 1901 Census shows Eli and Mary Gray, with their 6 children, at Stag Road, Lake. Eli's occupation is a Plasterer Journeyman; Oscar
is a Plasterer's Apprentice.
The 1911 Census shows Eli and Mary Gray still at Stag Road, Lake.
Carolyn Gray, Ontario, Canada