Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Remember Whenday #1 Granddad and Grandma Schiess family.

This picture is the only picture I have of my Granddad and Grandma Schiess.  It was taken in 1910 as my dad is in the wagon and was born in 1909.  His father died when he was only six and his mom died when he was 19.  The girls had to climb the ladder to sleep in the attic while the elder boys slept in the grainery located behind the horses.  This farm near Victor, Idaho, was homesteaded by Granddad and Grandma and is still owned by our family.  This was my stomping grounds where I grew up with a fishing rod in one hand and a gun in the other.  I think I explored every foot of the mountains in the background.

13 comments:

Gaelyn said...

The family farm looks like a good place to grow up. Great memories. Thanks for sharing.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---I love your story and photo, Bill. I have done alot of family history --and have enjoyed hearing the stories of my ancestors. That is neat that your ancestors made it to Idaho to homestead. Glad your family still owns the land. How special is that!!!

Thanks for sharing.
Betsy

Janie said...

What a great place to grow up. Your family has an interesting history.

Ruth said...

I wonder how many children would be happy with those sleeping arrangements on a long term basis? That is a long way down the ladder if you needed to make a necessary excursion in the middle of the night! Thanks for sharing your interesting story. Your life sounds very full and rewarding, and I love your header picture.

Pat said...

What hardy folk your grandparents were...to homestead and farm in Iowa. I assume they built their log cabin and grainery themselves. Great photo! Thanks for sharing.

Pyatshaw said...

Great photograph. I love these old ones--nobody ever smiles! It reminds me of some of the old pioneering westerns I've seen. It's great to hear of these things first hand, so to speak. You must be of a similar age to me--my father was born in 1905. Think I have a very early one of him as a baby..must look it out!

Mary said...

Fascinating photo and history, Bill--thank you for sharing them with us. The header photo is terrific; you have rich, first-hand knowledge of wildlife and their habits.

Hildred and Charles said...

Thank you for sharing memories of your pioneering family. Wonderful that your family is still on the farm. I do love your header! How typical of males, - and females for being stunned by such splendour.

Sally in WA said...

This is a great photo and story, Bill. I think it is wonderful that the homestead is still in the family. I hope you still get to go back and fish occasionally.

Thanks for sharing in Remember Whensday this week!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hi -- This was a wonderful family story and I am so glad you shared it on Sally's great meme. We have spent some time in Idaho (born and raised in Clarkston/Lewiston) and your pictures are great. Where do you go to see the leks? We visited on in Burns OR one spring.
That is the best picture I've ever seen of a displaying grouse.

Nice work.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Bill: That is one neat photo.

me ann my camera said...

A lovely fsmily photo with the large fwmily that sharesd the home included. i love old family photos. I spent many hours and years doing genealogy. Great header.
Ann.

Grayquill said...

This was a fun post - Few children today have the freedom and wonder of exploring mountains, wondering up and down a local stream or river for hour on end.
I have an uncle who is 93 years old and still lives on a farm in Mountain Home that he homesteaded. Son has been farming it but is ready for retirement. I think grandson is now taking it over.