Uncle Vernon’s Story (part 3)

I suppose it was while we lived on the Ivan place that I remember being with Mom at Aunt Nora’s (I think she lived with her folks and took care of them). Grandma or Grandpa Ehrhardt was dying and Aunt Bianka, Tillie, Nora and Mom and I were there. They passed away within 18 months of each other. I remember going to the funeral. We didn’t have a car, so Daddy rented one. I remember Mom changing Beatrice’s diapers in the car on the way home. I remember family gatherings at Heymeyer’s when the snowball bush was in full bloom. We would have snowball fights. I suppose that group would have been made up of Sommerers, Ehrhardts and Heymeyers.

7 thoughts on “Uncle Vernon’s Story (part 3)

  1. I wonder what it cost to rent a car then? Did you have to hitch-up the team to go in and get the car? How did you get the horses back?

  2. I just can’t understand them letting you grandchildren pick and throw those beautiful flowers. I guess I’m just a grouchy grammy. How many of you remember mother saying this: “When you have children to raise, they are your flowers. After your children are gone from home, then you can grow your flowers.” That’s what I am doing now, and I guess it would kinda bother me if my grandchildren (darling as they are) picked them and threw them.

  3. Just in! — from the patriarch! Snowballs bloom in spring. Grandma’s parents died 18 months apart. For one of the funerals, the axel of their car had broken (carrying too many kids??) Grandma’s sister Nora’s husband (Henry Heymeyer) was a salesman in Jeff City and always had a reliable, if not fancy, car and drove them to the rental place. (Shucks, I like the picture of hitching up the wagon to a team of mules and pulling up to Enterprize.) Cars usually got about 20K miles, but his 1939 Chevy got 100K miles on the first motor, and then several more hundred miles on subsequent motors. (Now isn’t that some great trivia!) Also, that year Cheverolet bowed to pressure from city folks and made a lever on the dashboard to switch the car’s horn from making a beep-beep sound for city driving needs, to one for the country, that “you could hear for a mile.” Now, where along that would Lloyd Sr’s 1960’s “ah-OOOO-ga” horn fall? Now lets talk about THAT car! Who remembers going to Brazito to buy candy with Uncle Lloyd?

    • Dear Mary Jane. i wish we could get your Dad and Uncle Mahlon and Aunt Bea and even Margie. Write an article on THE BRAZITO STORE. If we had any money, as little as a penny, We could buy ourselves candy. I remember one time we went to the store and we didn’t have any money and we didn’t go into the store, we stayed in the car. Mr Zelig’s sister came out and gave us some candy. I remember after Bea had been to the city to work and she came back for a few months, she was teaching me how to be Cityfied. She bought herself coke and proceeded to drink it very leisurely, and you dont drink all of it ,you leave a little, so as not to look uncouth.I wonder now how the Zeligs ran that store day in and day out with only the 3 of them.. . I wish I could remember their names.I am happy to know that the second generation was able to experience the store.

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