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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Feeding the Chickens

Great Aunt Jennie and Great Uncle Arno. Feeding the chickens.

Jennie was 45 and Arno was 30 when they married in 1907. She had a son and daughter from her previous marriage. I'm assuming that their father died.

This photograph is most likely taken in Boulder, Montana where she and Arno resided until she died in 1937.

Her given name was Phoebe Jane and her twin sister was named Telith'a Anna (Annie). They were four years younger than my grandpa William. Their brother Benjamin died while a toddler.

Ten half siblings were born after their mother remarried - their father died from Typhoid while serving in The Civil War. I know there were other twins, and more childhood mortality. Bernetta, their mother, died at the age of 42.

William, Annie, and Jennie - probably in the 1920s



Arno, Jennie, and her lovely daughter Lulu.



Daughter Lulu in a hat. I recently learned that Lulu died in 1999 at the age of 105.



Jennie on her front porch reading the newspaper.


Jennie has been a popular name. My grandmother on my dad's side was a Jennie. My husbands grandmother was a Jennie. Even our middle daughter is a Jenni.

Well . . . all this because the chicken photo caught my eye this afternoon.

18 comments:

Gattina said...

How interesting I love to read old family stories. My uncles family started a new life from Germany to North Dakota in 1830 ! but the clima was so bad to keep a farm that they moved to Wisconsin where they stayed. The hat is terribly sexy, made me think of Camilla !

WT said...

Howdy stranger, I'm thinking all that stuff was current last time you posted. ;)

Cathy M said...

What wonderful pictures. You're so lucky to know so much about your family.

Susan said...

We have similar pictures (only with cows instead of chickens!) but nobody seems to know who everyone is. That's so sad to me. So it's a really good thing that you are writing all this down.

Junebug said...

I love old photos! That hat is really something!

Moi said...

Wow. I'm amazed at how many pictures have been preserved and how well. Love them.

Rayne said...

Wow! These photos are so cool! I love that you know the history behind them, too.

jettied said...

Lovely walk threw your history!!! love old photos!!1
I just love when You stop in..You always put a smile and a chuckle on me!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful mothers Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LadyStyx said...

Amazing what shows up when something small catches your eye.

Peter said...

A great glimpse of your family Pamela.

Diane said...

It's great that you are telling this story - for us of course, but for your family especially. My aunt penciled in the names on all the backs of the old pics before Grandma passed away and history was lost.

kitten said...

When we read our local paper this week it had pictures of an old school that s no longer there and 1/2 of the students were kind to my mom.
This piece of History is great!

MarmiteToasty said...

love em love em love em all...... oh how lucky you truely are to have such beautiful old family photos......

Fanks for sharing them.... I love social family history :)

x

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

I LOVE your family history posts!

And I would totally have loved to have been Lulu! What a gal!!

lisaschaos said...

I love your family posts and I would think if these people can be aware of your honoring that they would feel so happy and proud to not be forgotten! :)

Sounds like longetivity runs in your family. :) It does mine too, although my great-grandma was only 96 when she died in 1998.

Karmyn R said...

I think it was pretty cool she married at 45 to a YOUNGER man.

Desert Songbird said...

Just catching up - sorry I'm late!

Amazing family history. I can't trace back past my grandparents; war has destroyed of my ancestors and the history of them.

ChrisB said...

I love reading about your family and those photos are amazing-your family does seem to have the longevity gene.