Thursday, March 19, 2015

Northfield, Minnesota in a book

 Glad to be here blogging.

I did a post on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 with the title
History of Madelia and Northfield, Minnesota with Jesse James Gang in old Newspaper 
Maybe you read it. Maybe not.

 Maybe the town in lower Minnesota is not unknown to you  readers. Actually I am not familiar within the town either only the  location which is lower than the twin cities and a bit west of the great Mississippi river. . And a bit of stuff here and there one learns about a town in one's home region. I thought I would take a few minutes more to mention the book  MORE THAN A DREAM  written by Lauraine Snelling that features the town of Northfield. She has a series of books  about the Norwegian immigrants who adapt to North Dakota by the Red River Valley.

 I have been Kindle reading through Amazon as many as I can.  I only had fours left for some of my selections and decided that if I could only read one;  I would read the novel  with Northfield location in the early 1900's.  The plot seems to  take place in the early days when there seemed to promises of telephones and electricity, and automobiles. A time when  one would think they had little time to read.  Ahhh, but that was not the case. They not only read but they studied and memorized.  And some were students as the case of our Elisabeth.

The women of these novels are fantastic. They have become Doctors and Teachers and proprietors of wonderful stores. At the same time as a career they have  wonderful husbands ans engage in so many social activities.  It's a wonderful perspective of these Norwegian settlers and their children in this Red River region. [It's not the same as Jane  Seymore  on tv,  who shared  her medical career with us]
IN this case its the doctor Elisabeth whose romantic life unfolds  as she pursues her medical career in the novel More Than A Dream.And at the same time were reminded of all the other members of her family that we have had the chance to know all about their lives in the other books of the series.

I'll See you later when I am not reading.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Special Wedding Photo Genealogy treat for Mothers Day

Isn't this a special treat. What we have here is a never before seen Wedding Photo of Herman and Annie. It seems to include the witnesses and Flower girls. This Photo is not enhanced. Perhaps on another day, I will. It locked up on me a moment ago.

Now who is everyone. I think that Herman's brother, Fred was a witness. I don't believe Fred was married then yet. And I think the other witness was one of his sisters. I hate to say with out checking first. If I recall correctly, I think both of his witnesses died shortly after.

Anyone recognize the faces in the photograph. Looking into the photo notice on the bottom right side a young blond. I bet she is Gertrude. I am not sure who it is on the left. I had not even imagined that she had flower girls in the wedding. How did she pick among her little sisters for that job. Perhaps just the youngest two.

I shall have to get out some dates of birth for her sisters and the exact date of this wedding to make this an accurate post.

I have also forgotten where I got this special Wedding photo?

For now enjoy this as it is.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh Young Dwight with his Chick.

I altered the picture. Somehow the alteration was too shiny for the picture. I tried to cover the bent part. I had the picture protected, but not enough. somehow it got bent in the envelope. Which I will regret to my dying day.

So unfortunately you see here with all it's noise and the scratch on the photo. Also, there is not enough contrast between Dwight's clothing and his chick. perhaps an easier way to fix scratches is to go to straight black and white. I do wish I had a good photo restoration program like I had before. [sigh]

You see here Dwight is slightly older than the last time you saw him with his chicks. He is still a successful farmer, just not as fanciful dressed.
And Now Dwight has selected a slightly Older chick.

I still love this photo the most though. I love the grass and his bare feet and that hat. Annie was definately going for a certain type of Photo result. I think she achieved it. It is adorable. Or they are adorable.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Air View - Photo of Sunnyslope Farm

Long gone now in this photo is the old victorian house, which held Herman and Annie's wing, and the August Seil's wing. Long gone too is the name as Sunnyslope Farm.

What we see here is the modern view of the current house, which was built about 1945-6 on the same spot that held the old house on the Sunnyslope Farm.

The View: Looking from East to the West at Sunnyslope was taken about 1979 or so. The chicken house seen in so many earlier photographs had by this time burned down to the cement. From our left to right we find the Hog building, which might be gone by now. We can see the newer buildings, the Cement Barn,and a Corn Crib.

On the front left next to the gravel road you see freshly plowed large dirt patches. The first one closest to the road was the family vegetable garden with a large strawberry Patch. The one above that was a fenced in area that was for calves and sheep in 1960's. Later it became another vegetable garden area. I was told that in the victorian years it had been a garden area for William and Annie Seil. But it seemed sandier and was less fertile than the other rich earth of the most eastern garden plot.

On the right side near the road, the plowed area had been cultivated and planted by Dwight, maybe the ten years or so before this photograph. For years in the 1950's and 1960's it was sheep pasture. They ran in and out of the woods until sheep farming was finished. In later years Dwight had decided to farm as much land as he could. Here too was the view that the neighbors the Mosels/Reeds saw from their windows.

Everything behind the large grove of trees was farming land. Except for the grassy pasture area on the left, beside the barn. This was grazing land for the dairy cows who waded and drank from a narrow shallow creek which ran below the sunnyslope of north and west slanted hills.

This farm acreage was one fourth of the square mile. Directly west behind the Meyer farm was The Slew. It was owned by the Game farm. They raised and released their pheasants in that area. On the right [north] side of the slew was the cultivated and planted farm land of Ben and Emma Johnson. And a bit north was the farm land of his son Fred Johnson with his wife Mabel.

On the east side of The Meyer farm was land at one time owned by Mary and Albert Kaizer. His farm was taken over later by Jerry Sill. His family lived on the east side of the gravel road. Eventually the gravel road reached the end of the square mile. If one reached this end, one could then turn onto Highway 60 [located north of the Sunnyslope Farm] .

If you came west on highway from Madelia, the family farm was about 6 - 7 traveling miles. If you went to St. James on this highway it was maybe about ten miles. Then coming from the south from Lewisville village on highway 15 or the blacktop road and then to gravel roads, it probably was about three or four miles.

I think I shall have to produce a small map soon of the local neighborhood.
Perhaps too, a small discussion on the neighbors, is in order.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Casual Christmas day picture of some of the Meyers family.

Left to right. Herman William, JoAn, Steve, [Grandpa] - Herman Henry. Here the Meyers are in the happy after glow of the Christmas celebration.

Looking at the picture, I wonder what Grandpa Herman was thinking while looking at something.

Before or after little Herman's acquisition of that basketball, a hoop for it was put up by the corn crib.

I suppose you thought little JoAnn would be wearing a holiday party frock. You got to love those coveralls of hers, which I can say, made her as colorful and festive as the Christmas tree.

I have always loved little Steve with his Daniel Boone coon skin hat in this picture. His grin is priceless.

Lyle, Amanda and Mary had visited the San Antonio, the city of the Alamo and brought back the Coon hat for Steve. I wonder if that is howcome the family had a Daniel Boone lamp. I'll have to show it to you sometime.

The children didn't always get much, and they rarely asked for a lot. So when they did get what they had wanted, or felt the love, it did bring pride to their faces. I guess, they didn't always know what other children were getting!

Someday, I will figure out what year this photo was taken. I'll have to ask the cousin to see, if she knows when they went to Texas. It must have been around 1958 or 1959.

just me jo

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday Time to Tell about Lyle

And his friends. Who ever they may be? Maybe time will tell us.

Note: I should check Madelia papers to see if He or his football team were in any write ups.

just me jo

Friday, February 6, 2009

Monday Memories - Dwight R. Meyer

It's a good day to dive into memories of Dwight since his birtdate was yesterday. He was born on Feb. 8, 1918 to Herman Henry and Annie {Seil} Meyer. He was second born child.
The photograph has been behind glass, so it has suffered a little from that.

Would you know the little one pictured there is Dwight. Or would you think he was a little girl. Sylvia always said that his mother had him looking like a little girl. But then too that was the style back then.

Dwight was Annies last baby and she gave him all the attention she could. In her later years she suffered from some kind of diabetes problems. So much so that she lost some of her leg. I am sure he felt his early loss of her most of his life. Though she was there for his formative years. Later after she was gone, he and his family had housekeepers.

I am not sure where they had the little pictures taken. Aren't they called penny pictures?

Here we see Dwight as a young man. Sylvia said he was spoiled so much that during early marriage years he still wanted to have a lot of fun. I think she spent a lot of time trying to keep him home. I am not sure exactly what that meant. But he must have had good fun with neighbors and friends from School in his youth.

Annie and his father were involved in the local school. In fact Dwight himself had to take over duties of the Fieldon Hall meetings. I remember he was secretary for a few years.
Minnesota Census indicated the lodger they had for a time was a teacher.
As a farmer he was a member of a creamery and other farm organizations. On weekends he would haul the cream to the creamery in Lewisville. He would take his children along and sometimes he stopped to see his brother, who ran a service station. When that happened he would leave behind his daughter to play with her cousin. Later he would pick up JoAnn or she would stay over night. Or he went to the pool hall. He played cards or observed others, who did. I am sure he was aware of little ears which had big eyes and big mouths, who would tell all about the visits to the pool hall.

Dwight and his wife, Sylvia played cards together and did this as they visted back and forth with neighbors and nearby relatives.

When Little Herman went before the draft board in the late 1960's he returned back by bus with his new friends. They stayed with Dwight and Sylvia nearly a year.

In the 1960's Sylvia and Dwight liked to Help the newly married couples out, whenever they could.
Pictured here was Glen husband to Judy who was probably taking the picture. Originally friends of young Herman. In fact Sylvia and Dwight considered the possibility of taking care of their daughter Glenda. That is a long story.

Nearly about the same time maybe for a year or two before their nephew Jerry and his freind, who went to Vietnam came by to stay too.

Their home was always welcoming to everyone.

People knew when work time occured and visited accordingly. Here we see Dwight in his work attire. He liked them for all his heavy duty farm work. I don't think he liked a tight belt and and pants. I am not sure if I ever saw him in Blue Jeans.

He is pictured here in very later years going along the sidewalk which seems to be cracked there. In 1970's Sylvia convinced Dwight to remove the deep raspberry red Rose and Bridal wreaths there which faced the driveway. The rose went to a spot across the driveway near the chicken house. I think the Bridal Wreath bush disappeared. Sylvia developed her big flower bed. For many years in the 50's and sixty's that space was shaded by a huge maple which was east of this new patch of garden along the driveway. It was cut down sometime in the late sixties. You can see it was a long driveway. Lined on the north side with evergreen and big maples on the south side of the driveway. On the other side of the maples was the lawn and fishpond which were original plans of landscape by his ancestors still intact. I am sure Dwight would never have considered altering it in anyway. He did add apples at the east most end by the gravel county road which ran by the farm place. He had supported his sons' efforts to sell for FFA by buying the trees and other merchandise that his son sold over the years.

They still had their strawberry patch and big garden futher southeast of the house.

Dwight would help pick strawberries and vegetables. He didn't help pull weeds out of her flowers all that much because he had the big vegetable garden to weed. He helped by hauling her piles of weeds away. Or bringing in a little topdressing for her beds.

He had milking chores and often after his father had passed he did help Sylvia the pick up the eggs under the chickens. Egg cleaning with automatic egg cleaner washer. Feed the chickens, and prep for the cleaning of the chickens. Though their children helped with that, unless they were old enough to take care of their own animals and feed his for FFA or able to drive the tractors in the fields. Since Sylvia did not drive he helped deliver the chickens, once they were cleaned.

When time was crucial in the fields especially during haying, the children brought lunch to their dad in the fields. I have often wondered if it was her way to get the kids out of her hair for a few minutes. Because once there they usually stayed to do something or found something to do on the way back.

Dwight also supported his wifes efforts with her quilting. During the long winter months as they were retired empty nesters he would help her cut her quilt blocks. And when the time came he would help her set up her quilt racks for the tieing of the quilts.

This last picture could have been taken when Dwight had developed alzheimers.