Saturday, November 6, 2010
Instead of showing a very old sepia photo, I have a poor quality color photo of the 60's. The photo is a good one showing my Grandmother Mabel Brooks with her brothers and their wives. My grandmother is the second from the right in this photo. The interesting thing for me of this photo is the prank that is going on while they are posed. On the right side is Ivalea Wheeler. She was married to my great Uncle Elva Wheeler and you can see his bald head behind her and he is holding the cigarette. Behind him is one that I can't identify who his tapping Ivalea on the head with some object, artificial flower or something like that. As you can see she is turning around wondering who is doing that to her.
The story goes further than this as she is the one who had such flowery language. At that time in her life she would cuss a blue streak casually in almost any conversation. I can imagine the hells and damns that are coming out of her mouth right then as someone bonks her on the head. Cussing wasn't unusual once in a while from a few of them but most of that bunch didn't really make it a daily practice. She was the perfect one to tease to get a great reaction. The woman who played Carol Burnett's mother in the tv show "Mama" would be that same character. Later in life, Ivalea mellowed out and was an avid creator of quilts.
On the left, in the front row is Ellen and her husband Weaver Wheeler. They lived in Iowa Falls, Iowa. The next row back is Lee and his wife Esther Wheeler who farmed in the Macksburg, Iowa area. I am assuming the guy in the very back on the left is Elga Wheeler and I am assuming his wife is the one not shown standing behind my grandmother. The guy doing the teasing is unknown to me right now but maybe it will come to me later.
Here is the same bunch much earlier in their years. Elga, Elva, Mabel, Weaver and Lee Wheeler. One brother also lived in the Des Moines area and left the group behind. I bet someone can date that car for me and I will know the year.
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