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Monday, February 28, 2011


1940...the last three in this picture are Tante Heiltje, Grandma Faber and Mom (Rosa Faber deBoer)
talked to Mom the other two ladies are Tante H's daughters-in-law...Pete and Bill Faber wives.
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.
The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.
And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.
Send this to those who would know, and love the story about Grandma's aprons.

My memories of Grandma were she always had an apron on... I remember her sitting on the porch doing beans for canning with her apron full of beans. She also sat with her lap full of apples and was peeling them...she always seemed to be able to peel them all in one big string.

When I was young and waiting on tables at convention, one of the things I remember is that I thought I needed really pretty ones. Now days most of them don't even wear an apron and rarely did I ever wear an apron doing the housework and cooking...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

winter wonderland in Wisconsin

view from my house

view across the street

visit with Mom..

Last night (2-20-11) mom was very clear and easy to visit with on the phone. Most of it was the “old days”….but it was nice to hear her tell the stories.

One that she told is remembering riding with her Dad ( Grandpa Faber ) on a horse and they saw a rabbit, so they rode after it to try to shoot it….when Grandpa shot they were both thrown off the horse and no rabbit for supper!!! I asked her if she ate rabbit and she said that no she did like wild meat. So that’s where I get it. HA!

picture of clothes on the line at the Pierson farm

We also talked about Grandma Faber and how hard she worked…I don’t think she had too much choice with that many little one!! Mom talked about washing clothes and that they had a washing machine that you had to crank to make the agitator work and no one liked that job! Later they had a washing machine that worked with a gas engine. Can you imagine washing diapers for so many little ones. For the daily clothes they didn’t have many so wouldn’t have been many of them, except for the number of people in the family. Once the older ones could do it they all helped with such things.
I remember when they lived at the Remsen place that June would wash clothes out in a old shed…I think she warmed the water out there on an old gas stove.

On this same subject I remember Mom and her set up in the basement for washing clothes and the two tubs to rinse them…one day I thought I would do it for Mom…glad I did cuz it sure makes a better chore with the automatic washers!!!

this is a picture from Holland
Another memory that I have is Grandma milking cows by hand…she would not sit on a stool..she would stand up and put her head in the flank of the cow and milk her that way…guess I would have to do it that was now too because I wouldn’t be able to get up or out of the way..if I had to in a hurry. “See Granny GO!!!”

She also talked about how her and Dad would go and cut trees for firewood. I know they would go to different farms and cut wood. She was telling of how they felled the trees and had to be careful to get them down on the right side of the fence line. Now days they have machines that cut the wood so easily..on a big scale anyway. Thinking of the danger that there was in all of this is scary.

to the left is the old "cob" shed where wood was stored and
and in the back you can see stacks of wood and also
old pallets that Dad and Mom used for wood
and took apart to build other fences

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Twelve years old!!

Wishing my oldest grandson
a very happy birthday and we'll
celebrate on Sunday! Love, Granny

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

65 years of marriage

Harold folk's Lowell C Krisher and Elaine Duesing were married on February 9, 1946 at Medford, Wisconsin.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Like the old days...

Elaine and I got together for lunch on Thursday..went to Famous Dave's.
After lunch Elaine wanted to drive to Oshkosh so she could find Menominee Park.. the 19th of this month she is doing the POLAR PLUNGE there.....all I can say is brrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
After a drive around the is beautiful in the snow and so is Lake Winnebago... we headed back to Appleton.
The one thing I wanted to do was go to a thrift store and look for a lamp... so we stopped SVDP and had a look around....I even found a lamp like I wanted!!!! and for a good price..less than shipping would have been on Ebay. (my old lamp was broken and I didnt' think I could fix it) :(
We stopped at Angels for dessert and decided that that would be where we would try lunch next time!!

looking pretty


Wishing my youngest sister happy birthday....she is in Arizona with my other sister celebrating..enjoy...
Vintage...I was talking about the decor!!!

Friday, February 4, 2011

faithful pillars

In the last two weeks we have had to pay our last respects to two of the Krisher aunts.

Appleton, Wisconsin

Marjorie Krisher, of Appleton, passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011. Marjorie was born on June 8, 1920, in Elderon, Wisconsin, to the late Edward and Lillian (Breaker) Foth. She married Alvin Krisher on May 16, 1942, in Appleton; he preceded her in death on July 31, 1992.

Survivors include children, Robert (Patricia) Krisher, Dennis (Marilyn) Krisher, Keith (Brenda) Krisher, Larry (Bonnie) Krisher, and Rebecca Krisher; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters and two brothers. She is further survived by several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Marjorie was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 20, 2011, at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, Tri-County Chapel, Menasha, with Mr. Charles Vaughn and Mr. Charles Thain officiating. Interment will be in Highland Memorial Park

Dennis, Becky, A. Marjorie, Keith, Larry, Bob
 (picture courtesy of Keith's facebook)

Going down memory lane...the first time I met most of this Krisher gang was when we were on our honeymoon...we came to Wisconsin and met a good portion of the Krisher relation. We spent a couple nights in Uncle Alvin and Aunt Marjorie's home. At the time Conrad was living with them.



Age 95, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2011
at Bethany Home in Waupaca, WI. She was born
December 30, 1915 in the Town of Goodrich, Taylor
Co., WI; daughter of John and Minnie (Oertwig)
Duesing. On June 25, 1938, Erna married Chester
Krisher in Medford, WI. He preceded her in death
on January 27, 2006. Chester and Erna lived in
Medford for most of their married life until
moving to the Scandinavia, WI area in 1994.

Erna is survived by:

Children: Evelyn Richtsmeier of West Fargo,ND
Edward (Karlene) Krisher of Braham, MN
Calvin (Laurie) Krisher of Scandinavia, WI
11 Grandchildren
26 Great-Grandchildren
1 Great-Great Grandchild

Sisters: Delores Aldis of Clinton, IA
Elaine (Lowell) Krisher of Tea, SD
Dorothy (Stanley) Slachetka of Medford, WI
Mabel (Jim) Aldrink of Plymouth, MN

Also survived by many nieces, nephews, other
relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John
and Minnie Duesing; a son-in-law, Wallace
Richtsmeier; a daughter-in-law, JoAnne Krisher; an
infant sister, Violet Duesing, and a
brother-in-law, Cliff Aldis.

While we lived in the Medford and Dorchester area we spent a lot of time with Uncle Chester and Aunt Erna. U Chester came over to the farm and helped with the haying on several occasions.

Aunt Erna was a good source of information of the family tree...some of which I did have written down but lost it in the fire. She had a lot of old pictures that I was able to copy.

We did get to meet with them on Wednesday evenings when we lived in the Dorchester area.

Lots of to hear what Kara and Alicia remember...a different perspective from a child's point of view.

Thankful for their faithfulness in their lives....want to be faithful to those coming behind.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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was he tired???

In the morning, yesterday Chris and Mason spent some time in the garage working of the four wheeler....when they came in Chris was watching him play in the living room....after a bit this is what Mason was doing!!

falling asleep on the job!!