Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Grandpa Walkers

Brother Don would have been 4 going on 5 when this picture was taken in the summer of 1934.  Mother was standing behind sister Vivian and I'm trying to hide in the cedar tree. Dad obviously took the picture with his "fold-out" Kodak camera. Mother was the second of nine children in the William and Anne (Turner) Walker family that consisted of 3 girls and 6 boys. She had considerable experience in taking care of kids before we came along. Grandpa Walker had a successful early career as a house mover and carpenter in Seward before buying this farm out in the hills some 7 miles east of town in the mid teens. We are standing in front of the house he built salvaging some of an existing dwelling. He also built a barn mostly out of native lumber, a corn crib, machine shed, chicken house, smoke house, etc. This is the house and farmstead where Mother lived at the time she and Dad were courting and got married in 1920. A few summers after the picture was taken, I would spend at least a week staying at the Grandparents "helping" with the harvest and doing various chores.
Brother Don also spent some time at this farm as well as with Uncle Clarence's whose oldest son Kenny, was about his age. They lived on an adjoining farm and did much of the farming together. Yesterday we had occasion to stop by the old farmstead after not having seen it for a number  of years. I had remembered the picture of Don standing in front of a cedar tree, so took this one of him. I realize it is not the same tree but Grandpa had panted several in the yard after the house was rebuilt and I'm sure this is one of them. There is a 77 year time span between the two pictures. A lot has happened during that time but Don's cheerful personality has remained in tact.

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