C. E. and Louise Wall 50th Wedding Anniversary, March 1950. Notice the telephone at right. Photo provided
By Charles Wall
These are some things I remember about my grandparents C. E. and Louise Wall.
They were married in 1900 and lived in a log house at first. They passed away in the mid 1960's. Grandma had a cookie jar when I was a boy, and she still had it when I had children. I suppose that many grandmothers have cookie jars. That is probably part of the job description.
My grandparents lived close to us on a farm. In the 1950's when I was in high school, they had 20 beef cows. I would go to their place and help them feed their cows every evening. They had two small hay feeders made out of railroad ties. Each would hold one bale. At that time we used small round bales that weighed 60 pounds. My grandparents did not like the dehorning of calves, and I don't particularly like it either. They bought a Polled Hereford bull, even though at that time the beef qualities of Polled Herefords were not as good as horned Herefords. One of our neighbors called Polled Herefords "muleys." For my FFA project I bought two Polled Hereford heifers and put with their herd. That way my calved did not need to be dehorned.
My dad had several hives of bees, but farm work took too much of his time so my grandparents took over the bee and honey business. Grandpa would rob the bees. Sometimes I would help him. We had veils and other protective clothing. When it came time for the fair, Grandma would help me prepare a honey exhibit. They used a special one-pint honey glass jar. There were four different classes of exhibits: white comb honey, white extracted honey, amber comb honey, and amber extracted honey. I looked in the Payne County Fair catalog for 2013 and they still have the same exhibit classes for honey.
Theo Goldenberg worked in the men's clothing section of Katz Department store in Stillwater. His mother would sometimes come to the store and visit with the customers. She would speak German, and Grandma Wall could speak German. Theo told me that his mother always enjoyed it when Grandma Wall would come, and they could have a visit in the German language.
As my grandparents became older, they wanted to fi nd easier ways to cut the grass in their yard. We tried the hay mowing machine. It cut it good, but often times it was not available because the tractor was doing other farm work.
Mary Jane and I had some sheep, so my grandparents decided to build a sheep fence around the yard, and bring the sheep down and keep them in the yard. They hired Isaac Kent, and Iowa tribesman, who build a good fence. Then the sheep could mow the yard. In the summer if it rains (like this summer), the mosquitoes get numerous. During a drought they are not so bad.
My grandparents lived in the lowlands near the river and the mosquitoes are worse there, especially in the evening and at night. When Grandma would go outside, if mosquitoes were present, she would wear a light coat. I remembered that so when I go to that part of the farm in the evening this summer, I take a coat to wear. Maybe I should put on the protective clothing we used when we were working with bees!