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This 1990's picture is of the farm my parents bought in 1952 and where I (we) grew up. The pond came in around '68, the pole barn about '80. Through many changes, their goal was to care for and improve the land. The farm has been subdivided now, but the main buildings remain. Many happy memories do, too. July Fourth weekend was a big deal until both parents passed.

—Jan Bash

I like the picture very much. The 1964 picture shows me the farm just as it was the last year I farmed it before going in the service. I see the crops I had plus the ground I had plowed or was plowing for wheat. I also see that some of the buildings are in poorer shape than I remembered. All in all, it brings back many memories.

Thank you

Patrick M. Smith

—Patrick M. Smith

This farm has been in the family since 1908. My great-grandfather, Daniel Robert Carr, purchased the farm. My Grandfather, Cloyce Oliver Carr, passed it on to my mother, Janet Rose (Carr) Carson. The farm is located 2 miles West of Grand Rapids, Ohio on SR 65.

—Brad Carson

This photo taken 1988. Owned by my grandfather and grandmother. James Otto and Eunice M.Edmond. I will try to get exact date of purchase, believe 1936-1938. They Raised three children, Otto W, Mildred R. and Forrest L. I am the 2nd son of Otto W. and Ruth[Rogers]. I remember spending many days at this place as a child and as an adult. Having lived only three miles away, we spent days there helping my grandfather farm crops and raise cattle. After grandpas death[Oct 9 1972]I helped my father with raising crops until property was sold after grandmothers death. Lots of good memories with family and friends.

—Richard A. Edmond

This picture was taken in 1988.

—Richard A. Edmond

This photo was taken in 1978. I also have a photo taken in 1968. Then, only three trees were in and around the yard.

James Otto and Eunice Edmond purchased this property on August 29, 1958. Otto and Ruth Edmond moved to this property in the summer of 1960 or 1961. They raised seven children; three girls and four boys.

The house had two bedrooms and one bathroom. The property was deeded to Otto and Ruth Edmond in December of 1975. An addition on the south or left side of the house was added in 1976. I purchased the home in 2006.

—Richard A. Edmond

I got the photo and spotted my two sisters playing in the sand box! Thank you.


This home was built in 1929 by the Wurm brothers according the the hand-written note found on an interior board found under the porch roof.

"When better homes are built, the Wurm brothers will build them."

This home was replaced by another home that appears to have been destroyed by fire probably due to the amount of burned lumber found on site.

The home was owned by the Snyder family until 1992. One of the Snyder family members had their 1948 wedding picture on a swing attached to an apple tree that still produces apples today in October, 2010. The larger barn has since gone but the other two are still here.


This is a picture of the family farm once owned by Reid and Effie Harmon in northern Iredell county of NC. They were my grand-parents(my mother's parents)and have passed on many years ago. The old house and log barn were built in the late 1800's and are still standing but are in very bad condition now. It has been over 30 years since I have been on the property but this picture brings back some fond memories. This is the place where my grandfather taught me how to ride a bicycle and where I got to drive a farm tractor for the first time. I also remember the room in the house that grandmother set-up as her "Old Timey" room. It was filled with real old 1800's house-hold items like spinning wheels, candles and oil lanterns, wooden rocking chairs and tables filled all kinds of old things. Pictures hung on each wall of ancestors I never knew. A old flint lock musket hanging over the open fire place was my favorite and I wish I had it today.
Time never goes backwards but it would be neat to be able to go back one more time to enjoy a meal around grandmother's table and then after lunch on a cool afternoon go set under the shade of the big oak tree and share stories and jokes with all the cousins, aunts and uncles. I hope we can all do it again someday in heaven.

—Dennis Ford

St Anthony’s Catholic Church was founded in 1848 but the present structure, which dominates the small community of Padua in Mercer County , Ohio, was not built until 1879, Ohio. My grandparents, George and Elizabeth (Reitz) Gengler, and their children became members of the parish in 1904 when they moved from Trinity, Indiana, to their newly purchased farm on Route 49. One of the great adventures of my young life was to live with my grandparents, my Aunt Celeste and Uncle Leo every summer in the midst of the Great Depression. Except for their 1933 Chevrolet sedan, staying with them was like living at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Century. They had no electricity, no running water, no telephone, no radio. Of course they had a ”modern” hand cranked Victrola which they kept alongside their original Edison cylinder phonograph. My grandmother cooked and baked with a large cast iron stove heated by wood and corn cobs. The drinking water had to be fetched from a well water pump that was located near the barn, a quarter mile away. She used cistern water to wash the clothes in a wooden, hand operated, rocker washer and them rung out with a wooden hand ringer. At night we read by a coal oil lamp and slept on a straw filled tick.
St. Anthony’s Church was the center of the community’s social life. Attendance at Sunday Mass was a must, preceded by Saturday Confession by all who expected to receive Holly Communion. It was one of the many Catholic Churches in Mercer county that rang the call to recite the Angelus every day at 6, 12 and 6. One was expected to stop all activities, bow ones head and say a silent Angelus prayer. Kitty-corner across from the Church was the Kremer General Store which had two hand cranked gas pumps facing route 49 intersected by St. Anthony’s road. Down the block on St. Anthony’s road the baseball field always attracted the local men for a game on Saturday or Sunday afternoon. It was my uncle Leo’s time to relax from the daily routine of farming and enjoy the camaraderie of his friends.
St. Anthony’s and my grandparent’s farm will always be remembered as one of the highlights of my youth.

—John F. Brunner MD