Saturday, July 21, 2012
It is 1965 and it is summer. My parents belonged to a social group that played cards in the evening on Saturday nights every two weeks. They took turns meeting at one of the four couples' house and usually had a dessert before playing cards.
In the summer the group started having a cookout in the evening to give them time to enjoy the summer weather and a chance to eat with each other. From what I remember each couple brought a covered dish and the host couple supplied meat, bread and potatoes or whatever that made the meal a substantial feast. On rare occasions I attended some of these cookouts as I was the only young one still around among the group's families. I was a novelty because I was still in school and none of the others had their offspring in the state. They liked having the kid around once in a while.
The photo is taken in the back yard of Ted and Janice Nannens. You can see the farm lot in the back and it is early summer. The farm was north of the town of Murray, Iowa. Ted the host took the photo as he is not in the picture. It is an original black and white photo that was taken even though color film was available. I am sure the black and white was affordable at the time.
Most of them are my relatives. Dad is on the front left side sitting next to his first cousin Galen Burgus. Uncle Bill Farr sits at the end. Janice Nannen, not a relative, sits at the head of the table. She is the only person still living from this photo.
June Burgus, Galen's wife, sits on the front right side. She is one of the people who made me take an interest in anti;ques. Her house was furnished with early farm furniture. Most of her pieces were purchased at farm auctions for a quarter or sometimes a dollar. She collected Hummel figurines, glassware and other antique dishes. She also prided herself in being a great cook and did make some great food. I remember sitting at her grand old table filled with lots of food and having roasted duck. Sitting next to her is my mom and next to her is my Aunt Mary Farr.
I realize that I have many photos of family of the last 20 years sitting around the table for birthdays but this photo tends to fit the old days in the best way. Maybe another time I can get them organized and share the growth of our boys as the parties continued each year.
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