Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Adel Foltz Howard, Pearle Peterson, Mom.
Pearle, Mike and Adele are Dad's cousins. Pearle's father was George Miller. He had 8 girls and 4 boys and she is last one at age 94. Mom has been going to lunch's with "The Girls" since the 1980's. Another of Dad's cousins, Leona Foltz Sass, worked with Mom at General Foods and was part of this group and she brought Pearle in. Eventually the group ended up as just Mom and Pearle and then I started going and then Marilyn Rose. Pearle has an excellent memory and has a ton of family lore in her mind. I could listen to her talk all day long. Her daughters are also interesting people. Ardis lives in the old Peterson Place that her uncles, Bill and John, lived in at one time. They farmed together with Aunt Nelda for years. I remember going to their house as a youngster. Their mother was a short German housefrau always busy working. I can still remember the smell of cabbage cooking filling the house with the unique aroma but I never did eat the stuff to this day. Pearle's brothers dug many of the graves at the Limestone Cemetery and they did it by hand. In the winter they used charcoal to thaw the ground. One of them had a knack for remembering birthdates and would rattle off us Miller kid's dates off correctly anytime. Several of then lived together unmarried (on the river on Route 113) and farmed using big draft horses still in the 1960's. Dad, at 6'2 1/2" always referred to them as "The short Millers on the river." Pearle lives with Pat and her husband in Chicago Heights. Mike lives in Bonfield, IL and Adele in Lowell. IN.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Mike is my Dad's Aunt Lottie's son and Herbie is his nephew, son of Luther "Herbert" Foltz. He lives on the Foltz farm across the road from what was the Howard place. Martha Howard married Mom's brother Welty. Adele Foltz, Mike's sister, married Junior Howard. Grandpa and Grandma Arnold lived a mile north of Foltz's on the Taylor farm for some years. Both the younger Arnolds and Foltz's attended school at the Taylor school which was across the road and west of the farmhouse.The school was moved to the grounds of the Governor Small Memorial Park in West Kankakee. Farmer Taylor's daughter was one of my teachers at West Jr High School, located about two blocks east of the where the Taylor school is located. They came from Bonfield, IL.
Herbie is named after my Dad's uncle Herbert Miller. Herb's sister Lottie was Herbie's grandmother and resided on the farm Herbie has lived on all of his life. Herbie had five sisters and he is the youngest. Herb was the first one that I knew of to use one word for most politicians in the Kankakee area "REPUBLICAN-SON-OF-A-BITCH". His Dad and brothers were Republicans but he and my Dad were Democrats. He was of the funniest guys I ever knew. When his first wife died his daughter had to get on him at her wake because he was so noisey and loud. He always had a joke to make you laugh, surprise you and sometimes shock you. Family lore is he once shot up his TV when a Republican was "lying" on it. There was a little of him in my Dad and Dad's cousin, Buck Foltz. I found it always exciting to go to his little house ( the house had been his father's house). His father was Louis Miller and his mother was Mary, a very small lady crippled by arthritis and in a wheelchair in her last years, dying in 1926. They are buried in the NE corner of Limestone Cemetery while Uncle Herb lays in the SW part. Uncle Welty Arnold and his family lay in the west side.