Saturday, February 20, 2010
at 1:11 PM
It seems that my grandfather Sam was a bit of a romantic. This comes as a surprise to me, knowing the rather no-nonsense Lutheran stock from which he hails. And yet, at the same time, it doesn't surprise me because my father exhibited some of that romanticism with my mother, on occasion. Sam met my grandmother Sarah, a sweet Pennsylvania German farmgirl, and started dating her sometime around 1912. They dated for four years before they wed, and each year, Sam gave Sarah a piece of matching jewelry. The first year it was a gold cuff bracelet. The second, a locket. The third, a watch on a pin. And the fourth was, of course, an engagement ring. In their engagement photo here, Sarah is wearing all four pieces of jewelry.
They were wed January 11, 1917 and began their lives together running a grist mill. (pictured above, year unknown)
They produced my Uncle Bill in 1919, then moved to another mill where my father, John, was born in 1922. Eventually they moved into "town" where Sam became a salesman. Unfortunately, Sam and Sarah only got to spend 35 years together before a heart attack took him from her when he was only 56. Sarah continued on, living to see 87 birthdays before she died doing what she loved to do best -- gardening.
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