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Re: The Old House

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Posted by WallSal55 on June 23, 2003 at 13:16:20 from (

In Reply to: The Old House posted by buck on June 23, 2003 at 10:36:16:

Well buck, you have our family beat. My grandma
lived to be 99. Her house was the original house
built probably 1867--then moved later on to
another spot on the farm--where additional rooms,
basements, were added. The farm stayed in the
family 132 years. (My dad is still lives on part
of it. He has lived there 76 years.)
Parts of the farm have been in the family 136 years for 5 generations. (One passing down of the
farm went from the older sister (who took care of her parents in old age). This older sister helped raise my grandma and grandma being the youngest sibling (by many years) and her and grandpa were struggling starting out--decided to take up the farming part.
Her house had all the antique picture frames
with all the ancestors in them, the family bible,
heirloom furniture passed down. My kids (too
young to understand) thought it was more like
a museum, kind of creeped them out, I guess.
(ha ha).
Sorry, to say, the house was torn down. It
sat empty for 10 yrs. while grandma lived on quite beautifully in nursing home.
I was supposed to live there "one day" as was
told to me in childhood. But when it came down
to the wire, I had to choose between that and my
son would have to change communities. (My husband
was also one to consider--he would have to help
take care of at least 30-40 acres, but he wanted
the responsibility of the 3 acres we now have, plus his career.) There was tons of mowing there.
It was a gut-wrenching decision to make at the
Anyway, the new owners decided to tear down the
house and built a log home on the exact same spot.
When the couple let us walk through the log home, I came to the spot where the "old
living room" was, and said, "This is the spot
where I spent about 33 Christmases" and my dad
spent how many? I just intuitively knew.

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