Ellen Wheeler, b. 1899 and Weaver Wheeler, b. 1895
Weaver is the oldest brother of my Grandmother Mabel Zella Wheeler Brown Brooks. I don't know the date of the photo above but I do know they were married around 1914 and they were both young when they married. He was born in the Lorimor, Iowa area south of Winterset. I believe that he was one of four boys and my grandmother was the only girl. Weaver was my Great Uncle and his wife was good about recording their lives through pictures.
Here they are in a park with their three daughters. I have blogged about this couple before but I didn't know at that time that they had three daughters not two. Knowing Ellen, it may not be a third daughter and could be a friend of the girls. She was not into detail and would include anybody who came along in her Christmas pictures. Darlene and Veda are the only names that I know. If there is one more daughter, I will eventually find out for sure. I will just need to pay closer attention to see if it shows up among the stuff.
Great Aunt Ellen is wearing the wonderful hat. Her daughter Darlene is standing next to her and Darlene's husband Ed is crouching with their one daughter. Ed and Darlene Fischer eventually had three daughters in total. Two of them are above this group photo. Great Uncle Weaver is the third guy with the straw hat from the left. The rest could be Ellen's brothers and mother and the taller younger woman is a daughter, maybe Veda and maybe not.
This is a repost of an earlier blog. I don't know this as a fact, but I believe this is their 50th wedding anniversary, in 1964. It is written on the back that he is 69 years old, which meant that he was 19 when they married. She is 65 in this photo which made her 15 maybe going on 16 years old when they married.
Weaver was a farmer at first and as he continued to make money from the farm or farms that he owned, he bought and rented homes to college kids in the town of Iowa Falls, Iowa. There is a junior college there and he had numerous rentals.
As a new discovery, I found a diary of my mom's that described how her family lived near them in Hardin County when she was young. I don't know this as a fact and yet it was hinted that my Grandmother and Grandfather didn't have much money to live on. They farmed out one son, Marvin, to my Great Uncle Lee and my mom with parents and maybe another brother went to live with them for a while. The diary doesn't go into detail, but I would expect my mom was four years old, by the stories she told and that would have been 1923.
As I blog I find that I make new discoveries that totally nullify names and dates. I think it is best to go back and correct what I can and delete the rest. I find it to be a fun adventure, but after a while it becomes overwhelming to get a clear picture just by the scant writings on the back of photos.
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