MEDFORD, Ore. — A Eugene man is hoping Southern Oregon will have answers to his past. One photograph spurred a life-long mission for 79-year-old David Hahn. A cousin showed him the picture when they were young.
“When I looked at him, I fell off my bench because it was like I was looking at myself,” said David Hahn, Sr.
David’s father was never in his life. When he was a child, his brother took him to the movies and shed light on the reason why.
“He told me I was illegitimate, I didn’t what the word meant, but I didn’t like the sound of it and it made me cry and I ran out,” David recalled.
David now knows that man in that photograph is Jacob Buck-Master, his great-grandfather. By his side is his wife, Sharon, who is contacting family members and a genealogy website to help.
“If you look at the records, it’s hand written and very old, and so they come up with variations, like “Burkmice” and “Buckmice”, things like that,” Sharon explained.
The couple found several Buckmasters in Southern Oregon, but none of them are related to David. Though, they found David’s uncle, Al Melvin, who was in the hall of fame at Medford High School in the ’60’s.
“He found my uncle’s pictures and stuff and I have those now. He made copies of them, and so it wasn’t a complete loss,” said David.
David says giving up isn’t an option.
“I just want to know where I belong, that’s it,” David stated.
David’s wife says they have tried finding family members from his mother’s side. The next plan of action is to try his father’s side by doing some DNA tests.