This Week’s Theme: Antique
I decided to share some antique photos with you this week.
This is a photo of my mother, along with other members of Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church, just outside Kidder, South Dakota. My mother looks like she is about four or five years old in this photo which would mean it was taken around 1921. My grandparents are in the very back row. You can see about half of my grandmother’s face, just to the right of center.
The town of Kidder hasn’t existed for several decades. But the church is still there. My grandparents, uncles and some other relatives are buried in the cemetery next to it. This is a photo I took in 1970 when we were visiting:
Here is a photo of the farm my mother grew up on, just down the road from the church. The land is still in the family — 160 acres, less a few (seven?) taken back for the railroad to come through.
Initially, my great-grandparents lived in a sod hut, but this is the house that was later built. It never had indoor plumbing or electricity and is actually very small, although it looks large in this photo which was taken before my mother was born.
That’s my grandfather holding up what must be my oldest uncle. My great-grandfather is on the left and my grandmother is on the right. My great-grandmother is the woman with the white hair. I’m not sure who the other folks are . . . probably neighbors.
In this last picture, my mother is the little girl looking away. She is standing next to her two older brothers. The adults are (from left to right) my grandparents and great-grandparents. (I’m not sure who the other man is.)