My parents grew up in the early 1900s. (I was a late-in-life baby). As a result, I know many of the "old ways" passed down from Mom to me...canning, cooking, slaughtering chickens, sewing, driving a stick shift....etc.
One of the adjectives I'd assign to Mom would be Self-Reliant. She was also kind, patient, fun-loving, and flexible....but her self-reliance was something many folks wouldn't see readily.
My step-mom, whom I refer to as Mom, raised me after my mother died in a car accident when I was 5. So, many of my photos are of her family. Here are some of them.
This is Mom's mom taken on their family farm back in 1910. Back then, the chickens and ducks ranged free around the house and roosted in the trees at night. They were farmers, and had just a few livestock for their own use. The land was used to raise hay and grains for the local communities, and their front yard was used to plant vegetables and flowers. Mom's mom inherited the land from her father. He came the Central Ohio in the mid 1800s and bought several acres of the rolling terrain which was well-suited to farming. Before he died, he divided his land between his two daughters, and moved in with Mom's family to spend his remaining years.
Mom had 3 siblings, Nellie (above, on the right), Charles (the tall boy in back), and H. C (Harold Charles). Mom is on the left.
Here are the three older children (H.C. wasn't born yet). Mom is the baby, and this is the only picture of her in the early years with a bit of a smile. All the rest show her as a grumpy-gus -- not like Mom at all. The oldest is Nellie. She lived to be over 100 years old -- living independently well into the late 1990s. Nellie was charged with watching over the younger children, and according to Mom, this is why she's so grumpy in all the rest of the pictures - haha. Nellie did have a tendency to make suggestions to Mom, which always irritated her. Mom always called her "bossy", but she really wasn't from what I saw....the bossiness must have happened long before I entered the scene, and Mom was still sensitive to it decades later. But they loved each other dearly, and Nellie was always a great friend to Mom.
|Mom (right) and two cousins|
|Nellie and H.C.|
|Nellie going Finishing School|
|Mom's older brother Charles with his friends|
|Article by Nellie re Newspaper boys being honored|
|Mom, smiling again|
Mom went on, buying a house with money she saved while working. She bought a car, and carved out a nice life for herself in an era where women were 2nd class people. She had a long-term boyfriend while she lived at home, but they never married. They would go to the dance halls to listen to the famous Swing Bands of the day, and had lots of friends and fun times. But, he died of a sudden heart attack before he was 40. She didn't marry until she met Dad at age 51. This is when she became my mother, and it was one of the best things that ever happened to me.
So, as I said, I've been lucky. And truly Blessed. Happy Mothers' Day, Mom.
|Dad, Mom, Me, and Nellie (the baby is one of Mom's nephews)|