Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Maybelline Family's unsung hero, from the Greatest Generation, my grandfather, Preston Williams.

             Evelyn, Billy and Preston Williams in Chicago, 1925.

On Nov. 26, 1923, though Preston and Evelyn were unprepared for a Child, their son William Preston Williams Jr., Billy, was born.  Preston was crazy about the child that brought sunshine back into his soul, and not since the Great War had he felt a desire to "make something of himself."

However, when the pressure of daily responsibilities became too oppressive for him he once again turned to alcohol for self medication as the torture of Post Traumatic Stress disorder clouded his thinking. 

Like so many men from the "Lost Generation" his fear of cheating death and survivors guilt caused great anxiety and a need to run away from those he loved the most.

Read more about Preston Williams and his struggle to survive in a changing world that he felt, "left him behind."  

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