Many years ago, in 1939, my Uncle Walter and his wife Aunt Ruth bought a farm. More accurately with the help of Grandpa Larson, they bought 300 acres of meadow along the beautiful Lake Champlain. Wally and Ruth arranged to build a barn and other such necessities, and had five children.
My father, Tony, was a city man, with his wife Viola, and in 1942 Uncle Wally asked them to join them on the farm. I was only 2 years old but as a few years moved on I did enjoy, and remember, life on a farm. However my father did change his mind, and returned to NYC and I went to kindergarten.
But things changed again. My parents, along with me and my two brothers, returned to the fields, and I returned to a 2 room schoolhouse. Three classes, 1-2-3 in one room with water jugs, and wood stoves to keep us warm in the winter. I don’t remember very well the kinds upstairs from 4-5-6. I was very happy, but my father was not. He moved back to NYC with Viola and my two baby brothers. I stayed until the end of the school year. After that, we only visited which was wonderful.
We started gathering together every five years, but COVID ruined the schedule but we are back in place.
I can’t name everyone but you can see there is a range in ages. Starting from my grandparents, Algot and Esther, there are now six generations!
We were all going to get our pictures taken, first by family branch.
Photograph of the Oldest. My two brothers are with me – and this picture shows my daughter taking charge of the photographing.
The tent was mainly for our delicious lunch which brought everyone together. But before and after lunch people did wander down to the beach. There were different ways of being out in the lake, and the people on shore spent a lot of skipping those smooth little rocks across the lake.
There was no more to say that beautiful day.
This was a grouping, by chance, of some of my family – from various generations – and Cousin Carole and Tom. No matter the age, they all had a good time.
Here was young Rory he was really happy with his new car!
Here am I, the oldest person, and the youngest person. I enjoyed that!