Years ago, when I was first into genealogy, I took the time to interview, Aunt Midge. Actually she would a a great aunt to my husband. Midge visited her grandparents in Bradner and told me some of her memories. It is important to remember time and place with memories. Midge was ten when her Grandfather Smith died. She was probably in her late seventies or early eighties when I interviewed her. Still, I found her account interesting and gives a glimpse into her grandparents. Midge's stream of consciousness that day.
Grandpa Smith was quite tall and had a long white beard. In his large garden out back, he raised vegetables and berries. Grandma Smith was short and heavy. Grandpa called her "Duck". She was a wonderful cook. Her bread would melt in your mouth. Midge remembered that Grandpa Smith would to "the boys" about fighting with General Grant. One evening, after dinner, Midge spent with her Grandpa on the porch, which ran the full length of the house. "I was siting on Grandpa's lap after a chicken and dumpling dinner and saw a caterpillar under the porch. Grandpa held me by my feet while I leaned over the edge. Grandpa asked, 'Is it a snake or a curlyhead?'
Orison Smith on Timetoast--A timeline of his life
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