Thursday, February 6, 2014

Back in Time - Uncle Ed

Uncle Ed, Phyllis, Aunt Ida
near Pavillion, WY
date unknown
Uncle Ed was my dad's brother, and even though I didn't know him well, I liked him because he had my dad's smile.

My father and his oldest brother, Ted moved to Wyoming's Wind River Valley, drawn by the prospect of irrigated farmland. Their siblings (Ed, Sadie, and Charlie) stayed in South Dakota, and all were involved with agriculture.

Ed worked the family farm and remained there until his death. His son, continued to farm the land, as did his son; thus, my grandfather's land has been farmed by family members for over 100 years. Earlier posts about this farm can be found here.

15 comments:

  1. Looks like your uncle was full of personality

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  2. Not many share your legacy of keeping land in the family like that. What wonderful history.

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  3. Few have such a wonderful legacy of land in the family for over 100 years.

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  4. That's certainly a fun guy in that pic! You rarely see so much personality from the men in the old pics! Awesome!

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  5. A great picture of Ed. He looks like he would be fun. The picture shows so much -- fashion, the plain architecture of farmhouses, the dry farm ground of maybe the late 30's??

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  6. Uncle Ed...does look like he enjoyed life!!

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  7. Interesting that part of the family went to Wyoming and the others stayed in South Dakota. 100 years now that is something!

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  8. I do love your family stories. That picture says so much as others have mentioned. It's a point in history for fashion and landmarks. It says something about the climate and surrounds and the people but what I love most of all is the capturing of your uncles pure joie de vivre. He makes me want to throw my arms out and hug life back.

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  9. Looks like Uncle Ed is ready for a HUG!

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  10. Fun photo! Now I need to see if I can find Pavillion on the map. Are those mts. in the background? Looks like the little girl is wearing a coat with a velvet collar; do you know who it is? A cousin, maybe?

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  11. I love your old photos! I like the idea that they were "dressed" for Church or town or something other than everyday work. Phyllis has on the dressy coat and Aunt Ida is carrying a hat. These days it is common to see jeans and boots in Church and in a fine restaurant.

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  12. He looks interesting. My grandparent's land has been in the family for over 100 years too. Do you know they can get a historical plaque for that?

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  13. What a great legacy. My uncle farms the land his grandfather farmed, and now, my (female!) cousin is carrying on for the 4th generation.

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  14. I just love all these old photos you post!

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