Saturday, April 10, 2010
As I search through the piles, I found this photo of my Dad and Mom, Jesse and Zella Burgus. They were age 41 and 40 in this picture. It was taken in the old house, that stood on the farm when they bought the farm in 1953. The house was an old T shaped farm house, with two stories. The one end was probably the first part of the house to be built as the one room kitchen had a six and a half foot ceiling in it. Above that kitchen was a single bedroom. I believe the next two story wing with normal ceiling heights was built later.
The photo was developed in November of 1959. They are sitting in the north end of the kitchen next to a doorway that takes one upstairs. The window looks out to porch with square columns.
Here is a picture of the house. They were called a story and a half. The edges of the sides of the rooms upstairs were all 4 or 5 feet tall and the roof slanted in as a part of the ceiling. I have posted this photo before but the boys are of myself and brother Dwight in the front row. I am the youngest. Behind us is Rex and Ron.
The house was torn down in 1959, in the spring after the crop was put in, and a new ranch house was put up in it's place. My folks picture was taken apparently in the winter before the house was to be torn down.
Here is a photo of my dad almost forty years later. He is standing in the Union Cemetery located in southern Iowa north of the town of Murray. Around him are all stones of the relatives. The standing stones behind him are my Great Grandparents graves. I do now have to go there and visit as I don't know any of the other stones. My Great Grandfather had 13 other brothers and sisters and I bet a lot of them are right there also. The families of Burgus, Abernathy, and Turner all lived in the area and attended a Union Community Church. A lot of those names were leaders in the little church and all three of those families are my relatives. The name Burgus survived as they married Abernathys and Turners.
I am not an only child but I sometimes feel that way as my two older brothers live in the classy states of California and Arizona. The other brother died a year ago and I have all these photos. I found this batch yesterday and am starting to sort and store in photo boxes. It is hard as I don't know who will ever care to have them when I am done. As for my own satisfaction of knowing the family tree, I will trudge on to victory. It will be a few years before I have them sorted but it will be a fun journey.
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