My Roots Run Deep

 

Stories From My Family History

Little ONe by Pond

Namesakes?

Looking at headstones recently I came across a headstone for Ethel Richter Dodge. I had assumed originally I was looking through my files for Ethel Richter (not my Aunt Ethel but another Ethel Richter), who had married into the Dodge family. We unfortunately lost my...

Playing in the Creek

Having friends over for a holiday, we went down and played in the creek - and wandered through the woods. It quickly brought back memories of all the times we would go into the woods and play in the creek near the house - and even better the times we would play in the...

Recycling Bricks!

I still keep finding bricks as we walk around. They seem to be everywhere - with the latest showing up in the field where we have been riding 4 -wheelers around. Following the example of my parents, we have turned the field next to the house into a race track during...

First Generation

#52weekschallenge Mary Ford - my 2nd great grandmother was first generation in the US. Her father Frederick Ford (Voth) and possibly her mother Julia Smith immigrated from Germany - though some of the records list Julia Smith as coming from Iowa? Mary was then married...

Driving Fast… Zoom!

History One of my ancestors, Abraham Lincoln Richter (1864-1944), had one of the first cars in the area.  Abraham Richter was on the school board for Lake Shore school and owned land on the west side of Oakwood near where we live now.  Houses at that time were few and...

4th of July and Building

We are still keeping costs as low as we can, but of course unexpected costs showed up.  Things that the builder didn't mention - I wish I could say they were small - and a couple smaller things that we really wanted added.  The home arrived without wastewater...

Building a shoestring so far….

I can honestly say that building has been eventful so far and I do fill a little alone, as the one with the past history of having lived in the country before.  This isn't helped though by the fact that I moved off to college at 18 and have lived in a populated area...

Vaccines! and Nails!

Looking up the coroner's inquest data for Vermilion County Illinois in the historic data - last name McArdle, I was able to find 3 records.   One was my 2nd great grandfather Uriah who was run over by an oxen team saving his granddaughter. One was Charles: MCARDLE,...

Building on a Shoestring

We are getting ready to move home.  The plan had been to build in another year and a half, but we are looking at going ahead and moving a year early.   I had been looking at what we wanted to do for a while, pricing houses and looking at options.  To retire, we want...

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Sledding

Time to go sledding!  It finally snowed here! Time to go sledding.  Growing up we had a lot more snow than we have here in Kentucky.  I remember playing on snow mobiles, riding on the river, going on trips through the woods from house to house.  Friends would show up...

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The Illk Family

  The house I grew up in after 2nd grade was built by Abraham Illk.  Abraham Illk was born in Württemberg, Germany in 1834 and married Catherine Voth and had 8 children. He passed away on 1916 in Vermilion, Illinois, USA.  The stories I've heard tell that Catherine...

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Mice, fire, syrup and the past

The holidays are always a time to get together and tell stories about the past. Syrup My oldest drove in from VT (bringing syrup for everyone) and that spurred stories about my mother making syrup from our trees - in our yard - in Illinois.  She would collect the sap...

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In the Pond

Some of the first things we really noticed about my father as he developed dementia was his lapses in judgement. With a farm this resulted in more broken equipment... A wagon accidently pushed into a pond. The oil pan cover on a bulldozer being forgotten. We even...

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