The next time I complain about some fault with our old house remind me to look at this photo. The people pictured above are relatives from long ago.
I believe the fellow in the coat seated right is my maternal grandfather’s older brother Dennis, the others are members of his family. Dennis’ wife Jennie is standing in the back far left. The others are their children, beginning with Minnie, the tall girl named for our mutual grandmother (my grandfather’s grandmother in my case) who arrived from the Netherlands as a baby in her mother’s arms. A distant cousin posted the photo a while back and I found it while seaching for my roots.
Dennis and Jennie were first generation Dutch-Americans, their parents having migrated to the States in the mid-nineteenth century. They settled in Kent county in Michigan in the western part of the state. Their ancestors were god-fearing Dutch Reformed Protestants and Mennonites (the Amish today), and they farmed.
I don’t know whether any of the descendents of these people remained Evangelical, my Grandpa certainly didn’t. Grandpa never attended Church, he believed in FDR who helped him pull himself out of poverty via Public Works projects in the 1930s.
I asked my youngest granddaughter Joy if she had a beau and she posted the photo below. Okay, I know this little Jersey is a bovine and Joy’s favorite. I believe the fields behind Joy are part of the agriculture area of Virginia Tech otherwise known as “Moo U’ among the NOVA city types here in VA who don’t know where milk comes from. Joy is graduating in May with a degree in Agricultural Science and she knows how to milk a cow.
The United States formed the Land Grant Universities in the mid-nineteenth century (Morrill Acts of 1862) to expand opportunities to the growing population and meet the needs of Agriculture, Science and Engineering. I believe Virginia Tech is one.
Upon finishing her degree, Joy is taking a year off to work on a dairy farm, but plans to return to school for an advanced degree in Veterinary Science or some other area of animal research. She tells me Virginia Tech is one of the top research institutions in the world.
On other topics…This morning, David took my ‘recalled’ Toyota into have its air bags fixed. We’re heading out in a week to my daughter’s farm to attend a baby shower and need a safe vehicle.
The shower will be held near the center of Virginia so all the folks who know and love Rita can drive from NOVA, the Eastern Shore, Charlottesville, Richmond and elsewhere in the Commonwealth to attend.