Saturday, November 1, 2008
After lunch and it was time to go, you get walked to the door and to your car and we stand and talk some more. And then finaly off you go. Waves and then after you were down the driveway for a bit, we would then go into the house.
Then on a certain day during the week, the lady of the house got a call to see, if there was any visiting news. If you got out of your car [lol] you were mentioned in the newspaper local column. Mr and Mrs Meyer had visitors Emma and Ben Johnson. Or Mr and Mrs Meyer visited the Fred Johnson home. It is a gold mine to find columns of news like that in the old local newspapers. You get to see what associations they had.
Return visits were expected.
Thats how it was. Back in the fifties, sixties at Sunnyslope farm.
So sit down comfy like, have a little lunch and stay awhile. I picked up this good receipe for A nice Carmel Apple Spice drink last month. Would you like to try some?.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Any one in the family have any Idea who this is? I have always liked that picture, cause I have thought the oldest boy looks a lot like Steven Meyer.
I wonder if the Meyer ever had a hammock? Perhaps it is someone elses house. I always thought he was dwight, but if the young one is Dwight it could not be. Maybe the young one is not Dwight.
I just don't know and need help. Comment please.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
You can easily find the Schlaphoff/ Schlaphof family tree at ancestry.com. One poster is Ms.Mertens. I again thank her for the use of this photo which she graciously allowed me to do before.
Monday, October 6, 2008
The picture is not so good. I hope to identify each sister. That attempt is why you find scribbles, when it is enlarged. Eventually I will replace this one with a better one. It will have to do well enough for now.
Herman is on the left as you look at the picture. And William is on the right side. And all the sisters are in the middle. They did have other brothers, who did not live very long.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Here's the little 4H'er with his lamb at the Sunnyslope Farm. He may have been grooming his sheep. Or learning how to pose his animal. Or maybe Annie said she wanted a picture of him with his Lamb. I have seen through various pictures that she encouraged her boys in their activities in the 4-h club. I think too, that she must have been a good 4-H Leader. I am sure she guided her boys to do a good job in each of their interests.
The lad must be thinking his sheep will win ribbons at the fair. Dwight had quite a few ribbons in his collection box. He kept it up on the second floor of that old red barn you see behind the tyke and his sheep.
I am not sure who the lad is. It could be Lyle or Dwight. the little boy is grabbing at the sheep with his left hand, that could mean hand preferance . That might be something to point to Dwight. Dwight was left handed.
I don't know how many sheep Herman Meyer had on the Sunnyslope farm. I had gathered over the years that the raising of sheep was something special to Herman. I mean it was special to him because of his descendency from a shepherd. Johann Juergen Meyer of Neetzendorf -- [ And Radenbeck. ] Even some of the Luhmann family were shepherds.
After Dwight more or less took over the farm after Herman was retired, he kept on raising sheep. Raising sheep took less work than raising a dairy herd. But after a time he sold them all. Maybe there was a decline in the wool industry.
Over heard conversation leads me to conclude that this breed of sheep was a diferent variety than those of the normal farmer in the area. I couldn't say for sure what the breed was. I don't know either, if they ever mixed or changed variety of sheep breeds. You know how it is, unles the interest is there one just does not notice.
I had a pet sheep myself from their flock. His mamma didn't want him, so we had to feed him and raise him from a bottle. But I can't remember what kind of face he had. White or black. I will have to see if, I can find an old picture of Blackie. Tee hee. [ The name should tell me something, right?]
I was a little disappointed, when he took to butting. But well, I am sure I deserved it. Okay, I did try to ride him when I was little. I know shame on me. [About that time Steven Meyer was sitting on top of his huge cow that he had raised from a calf, so I must have thought it looked like a good idea.]come on were not the first group of children to do such a thing.
The 4- h club or his experience from raising them must have taught Dwight alot about sheep. He did a good job with helping me raise Blackie. Herman offered advice now and then.
It would have been nice if Annie had lived longer to help me too.
With her around, I bet I would have been in the 4-h club. I was never in it. Sylvia had considered it when the opportunity rose. The decision was somehow made not to have the family be active in it. There was always more important farm work to be done.
You know, I have no idea what kinds of sheep there are around the world. I should check on that someday. I guess that would be a good rainy day cruise on the internet.. I 'll have to see what I can find out about the breeds of sheep. I will let you know if anything pertains to the sheep raising at Sunny slope.
Now I see Little Women in the black and white version is on tv. I can't pass that up. I will be back later. Enjoy your evening.
Friday, July 18, 2008
A properly attired man doing his job.
Cheep, cheep, cheep. Here chicky chicky!
He sure does know how to get the chicks.
I think Annie was very good at taking pictures. They learn how to take nice pictures through the 4-H club. I couldn't tell you who was the chick attractor in the picture. Dwight, Lyle Meyer or someone else. Dwight was left handed. Maybe the way this guy holds the pan is an indicator that he is left handed.
I have shown this picture to other people and they have remarked what a large chicken house that is. I have never given it much thought. It could be true, I have seen much smaller ones.
I have been wondering what that little house is off to his right. It could be his chick house or play shed for his toys.
His mother sure knew how she could raise a farmer. You gotta love her attention and love for her children. I think this is Dwight. I have not seen that many pictures of Lyle, when he was small.
Here is a well groomed closeup. Very victorian. Flowers and a single porch with white trimming. Where is the rocker?
I wonder, if this is the Martin home in Madelia, or if it is in Iowa. I guess, I shall have to check the census. Still, I won't be absolutely sure which Martin family it is.
Does it look crooked to you, it looks crooked to me?
As I was enlarging this picture, I noticed that plant that is in the middle in the lower edge of the picture. I wondered if it is suppose to be a flower or a weed. Then my eye traveled to her flowers and landscaping around the steps a bit away from the two on the steps. No kidding, but my thoushts were I wonder if the foremost idea was to take a picture of the plants and then as an after thought, she added in the children. Do you think? I know I have done that. Does that make me a bad mother. And sometimes you know how children are, some are such little Hams. It's impossible to take a picture with out them wandering in and hamming it up. Where ever they stand, it makes a bad picture. The back of them or whatever they are doing is out of sync with the picture, I want to take. So sometimes it is just best to have them sit and pose.
The little darling here is being really good, isn't she?.
I can only guess who they could be. Perhaps Mosel, McMullen, maybe Tierney?
Monday, July 14, 2008
For the Horses?
I am not sure who the riders are in this photograph. And it doesn't matter. The work horses that I remember they had on the farm in 1950's were called Jack and Joe. Sometime in 1950's they moved on to tractors. It was a big deal. Great Progress for them, because others in the neighborhood had already done so.
Mabel Johnson to the North West of Sunnyslope was into horses for riding. I don't know, if Fred was as a youngster. Also the Kelseys had horses for riding. I couldn't say who the mystery riders were. Possibly Meyer.
Note: I haven't dated the photo, yet, either. I am sorry it is a bit blurry. But part of the history, one cannot pass up.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Some description and examples here. Very gorgeous.
The stamped mark at the bottom is most like this one below. And the vase itself carries the basic design of the stamped design. In the others the curved lines are boaxed in or inclosed. In. this stamp it is not.
Notice the variety of that stamp. The closed boxyness of the design and the open swirl or swag of the design. I noticed also the boxy design has a stamp with a sideways v. Gosh what gorgeous dishes shown. I do have some very chipped sugar and creamers that might fit in here. I shall have to check on their stamp at a future date. I think it is my fault they got chipped. So gorgeous.
The others are so pretty with flowers and all. This vase is just a dark gray blue in nearly the same design as the insignia. I have not found the same vase on line yet.
The Mz Austria(1891-1913) marked on the bottom shown to be Moritz Zdekauer. He [Moritz Zdekauer] in 1884 purchased a factory in Altrohlau, Bohemia. The letters MZ have been maintained in the logo ever since, and still today at factory building. By1909 the factory was sold to C.M. Hutschenreuter [ the Hohenberg, Germany porcelain manufacturer] became the owner, and named it Altrohlau Porcelain Factories ... MZ Austria existed and depicts an era at the end of WWI. "By 1918 the Paris Peace Committee had created a new country" Bohemia became Czechoslovakia.
My research here has shown that it is from Bohemia, Austria. Which is fitting for it to be Anna Fogel or Vogel Seil. Czech Republic, Králický or Grulich [ hope that is spelled correctly for now.] I have not located the village on the map yet. It is a bit North on Polish border. I do know that Bohemia in Anna's home area to be now Czechoslovakia. I think she immigrated after 1900. I shall have to check records to be sure. I often confuse Greene county with Calhoun county, when I have to figure out, which one she lived in. So, I will have to refer back to records. But I believe it was Greene county, Iowa. I guess it depends on if she was living with August or with the Vogels.
The last time I used the image/ link in putting image from website on internet; I got a incomplete box. So I know better than to take census from the internet onto this blog at this time. I will edit the year, she immigrated in here. Some of the family lived in Illinois before moving to Iowa. August Seil was friends with Frank Vogel, before he married Anna. [Family of Joseph Vogel].
The Seil family, Annie and August William came from Dahlenburg. Annies mothers family the Korns and Coleman, Schmidt came from Gross Thondorf and Hildesheim.
We are not sure exactly where on the census the Vogel family lived in Illinois. I may have found it, I am not totally sure. I keep trying. As I try to find the Dohrmann family as well. No luck.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
|Prized Austrian vase from Germany|
|Seil side of Meyer family at Sunnyslope|