Ernst Farm, c. 1905

Mom (BettyLou Ernst) remembers the farm a generation after this picture was taken:
(Grandpa was John M. Ernst--John Matthew Ernst; wife Anna Sophia Meyer Ernst (1873 - 1935). Her parents were John C. Meyer and Anna M. Schnoor Meyer.)

   "In this picture Grandma and Grandpa (to Betty Lou) Ernst are standing on the lawn with the twins and with Uncle Bill sitting in the buggy to the side. The twins are wearing the flat hats popular for little boys at the time. This shows the upper left back window where I slept as a child, four poster bed with four big feather ticks in which you could sink right down. There was another feather tick on top. There was an oval convex frame on the wall displaying Grandma's wedding veil, slippers, and gloves with beads hanging on the wall. Walls were all the most beautiful wood, dark red mahogany color; down the hall a huge bedroom (Grandma & Grandpa's) with figured and/or carved wood paneling. Downstairs had the screen porch leading to living room or kitchen. The porch was used for churning butter with a hand stomper. Cookstove, table and a butler's pantry led off the kitchen; flour bins and sugar and dishes. That opened to the right to the living room door, with a potbelly stove. Ernst

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   Gas lights were on the wall, not kerosene, that would have been too smelly for grandma. To the left was a big dining room with a breakfront and big table; I was never allowed to touch any of those things. Grandmother was very particular. Third door was to the parlor, with oriental carpet, velvet drapes and a big piano. Grandma played the piano. She was smallest in the family, about 5-8". The parlor window is the one downstairs to the right. She took me into the attic, I loved to look in there; furniture, trunks, and an old doll in the trunk that she took out and showed to me. I didn't get to hold it. Cellar (door to left) where vegetables and canned goods were stored; also where Grandpa made wild grape wine; I can still smell it, it smelled so good. We played croquet on the front lawn. By then there was a railing around the porch."

   "One summer I was staying with Grandma, maybe age 10, and a whole band of gypsies came up the road, all walking and playing some kind of music. Grandma ran out and grabbed me and carried me in the house because "Gypsies steal children, you know." She then ran out to the road to get them to go away. I would have loved to have gone out to look at them."

   "They had woods and a stream on the farm. Grandpa took me out and showed me how peanuts grew. To the right were orchards, mostly peaches, all kinds."

   "Grandma and Grandpa bought a farm for each boy; only Bill hung on to his due to the 1920s-30s depression. Bill got very fat-very round. Maybe there was only one farm shared by the twins."

See a more 'dressed up' photo taken later. The twins look even more annoyed. Grandma and Grandpa have tidily hung curtains on the clothes line as a background to the photo, to obscure the farm "mess".