Eureka Country School

Eureka School, Fremont Township, Buchanan County, Iowa. This is the school my dad, Glen Williamson, attended for the first four and a half years of his education, from kindergarten to the second half of fourth grade! All seven children in Andrew and Rose Williamson’s family attended this school! And in fact, Andrew attended Eureka School in his childhood!Scan_Pic0032

Bessie, Floyd, Eva. Claude, Rose, Roy, Andrew,  Lewis is sitting, between Rose and Andrew. Glen had not been born yet or even expected! Eva & Glen

This picture is Eva and Glen about the time Glen would have started school.

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I think these pictures of Eureka School were taken in about 1948. The school building is being moved to a new location, that’s why it looks the way it does where there should be a foundation. I just wish I knew where it was moved to! Is it at a museum now? A museum would be the ideal location for this school!

DocFile (2) Left to right are: Glen, Floyd, Lewis, and Roy Williamson. Four brothers who all attended this school as children. There was one more brother, Claude, who also attended school here but he died as a young man, August 31, 1924. Claude was between Roy and Lewis in age. Bessie and Eva, the two girls in the family also attended school here!

This little document from Eureka School was a precious gift to me, given by my second cousin, Kay Hoffman, granddaughter of Bessie. It’s from the school year of 1902 and 1903. Julia G. Sowles was the teacher.

The president of the board was Andrew Williamson, my grandfather, who attended Eureka School as a child!  I assume Andrew’s brother, William, and sister, Jane, also attended here.

Eureka School was a good school! Here’s a short story my dad, Glen Williamson, wrote about the school, his teacher, and himself, at the time he attended school in Manchester.File Doc 3  This was taken from the book Corina/Glen Tracing Our Roots by Glen Williamson.

So there is some of the history of Eureka School, in Buchanan County, Iowa., where my dad and all his family began their education.

Halloween Birthday

Yes, I was born on Halloween day. When I was a little girl I dressed up like a witch every year for trick or treating! How could I be anything else? While my siblings were fidgeting, wondering how they should dress up, I was quietly making my tall, pointed, black hat, finishing off my costume of all black clothes, and Mother’s broom!

The only problem with having my birthday on Halloween, as I saw it, was that my siblings didn’t care about a birthday, they only wanted to go trick or treating! And that’s all I wanted to do too. I don’t remember ever having a birthday party. But we sure had fun and we got lots of candy!

Then I grew up and got married. At that time, in Jerry’s family, a party was held for each one on their birthday. So for my birthday, I made a birthday cake, and everyone came over from the oldest- Grandma, to the youngest- baby, Marilyn. The thing I remember most about that party was that my cake wasn’t big enough!

So the years have gone by. Our family grew and our kids loved to go trick or treating. I remember one year, 1970, we had a Halloween party and invited our neighbors and friends. It was a lot of fun. Everyone, including parents, wore Halloween costumes. Halloween party We played all the common Halloween games: bobbing for apples, counting the pumpkin seeds. In this picture, Carolee is trying to eat a donut hanging from a string! We even had a small ghost house! I can’t remember all the games we played, but it sure was fun! Halloween party, Carolee One of the mothers, knowing it was my birthday, baked a birthday cake for me! Surprise!!! It was decorated like a jack-o-lantern!

I’ve continued to have birthdays and Halloween has also continued. We live in a woods with a long driveway today so we don’t even get any trick or treater’s. Jerry always takes me out for my birthday supper.

Three years ago I had an unforgettable birthday! I turned 74! Yes, it was Halloween, but we were on the Norwegian cruise ship, Pride of America,  cruising the Hawaiian Islands! What a special birthday! Jerry and I were with Pam and Gene, daughter and son-in-law. They celebrated their anniversary! Kay, second cousin, was, also, with us. What a fantastic time we had! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Two years ago, I had another fantastic birthday! I turned 75 and we went to Iowa to visit my Iowa cousins! It wasn’t a birthday trip. It just turned out to be the best weekend for all of us concerned! Tim, our Canadian son, came down to visit us. We traveled to Chicago where Pam and Gene, daughter and son-in-law, joined us and we all traveled to Iowa to visit our cousins. It happened to be on my birthday. I had requested to, please, keep still about it being my birthday. Well, the first thing that took place was Leroy, my most favorite cousin in the whole wide world, bringing out a huge cloth bag and handing it to me, with a huge smile on his face!

I looked at Jerry and Pam. They both looked as surprised as I did! I slowly opened the bag and inside was a BEAUTIFUL AMISH QUILT! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Leroy!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Carolyn!  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Rose of Sharon quilt, hand-stitched by Amish ladies! Carolyn said she knew it was my birthday because of facebook!

Well, that wasn’t the end of my birthday! That evening we went to an Amish dinner! Oh, my! Other cousins joined us! FullSizeRender (79)  The only lights were kerosene lamps.  IMG_0216 (2)  My birthday dinner plate! Everything was so delicious!  FullSizeRender (84) My beautiful birthday cake made by one of the Amish ladies!

So, today I’m planning on a normal Halloween birthday! Jerry will take me out for dinner. I’ve already gotten some phone calls from some of our kids. The mailman must have chuckled when he delivered my birthday cards today! They were addressed to Grandma in various ways!

So begins another year in the life of me! I don’t feel 77! I don’t think I look 77! I know I don’t act 77! I am blessed!

How Do You Worship?

We, my husband, Jerry; daughter, Pam; son-in-law, Gene; son, Tim and myself, recently visited some cousins in Iowa. I wrote about this wonderful trip previously.

On Sunday morning, we worshiped. However, we were all in different locations! The important thing here is that we worshiped. Lutheran, Methodist, Gospel Hall, Free Methodist, Christian and Missionary Alliance.

 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness. I Chronicles 16:29

Here we were, five of us in my family worshiping with seven cousins on this Sunday morning. So here is what our worship looked like: A Lutheran Gene and a Christian and Missionary Alliance Tim attended a Methodist Church with cousin, Lucky. A Free Methodist Jerry attended a Lutheran Church with cousins, LeRoy and Carolyn. Cousin, Kay, who is Methodist, Pam, who is Lutheran and I, who am Free Methodist all attended the Gospel Hall with cousins, Louis, Iris and Bob.

Were we able to truly worship? An absolute YES. God, who is Omnipresent, accepts our true and sincere worship, wherever we are.

It happened to be All Saints Day. Both the Lutheran and the Methodist churches honored each member, who had died during 2014, with a lit candle.

The architecture of all three churches was entirely different. The Lutheran Church was beautiful with very high ceilings and magnificent stained glass windows. There was a sense of reverence as one entered the building. Scripture readings were read and hymns sung before the sermon was given by the pastor.

The Methodist Church was a small country church with white clapboard siding, a few stained glass windows. Inside was the typical layout of pews facing the front with the pulpit and alter. Scripture readings were read and hymns sung. There was open communion. A loaf of homemade bread was broken open so each person took a piece and dipped it into the wine.

The Gospel Hall was a church building, neat and clean, efficient for worshiping and meeting the needs of the members. I felt welcome, even though as a visitor, I was an observer and could not participate in Communion. I could and did worship. Women covered their heads with a scarf or hat. Only men had active participation in the service, leading the singing of hymns and praying beautiful prayers of praise to God. A few requests were read out loud and prayed for.  Chairs were in a square, about five rows deep, with a communion table in the center of the square. Visitors sat in a section near the back of the sanctuary. On the communion table were a loaf of homemade bread and a pitcher of wine. The bread was broken into two halves and passed around as each person took a piece representing the body of Christ. Wine was poured into two glasses and also passed around for folks to take a sip representing the blood of Christ.

Three forms of worship all to the same God! All six of us, visitors, worshiped and felt the presence of God!

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into  the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Scan_Pic0026  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA                          These four pictures of churches are not the churches I’ve written about here. The first one is a very old church, The Church On The Green! It’s in Massachusetts and today is a Congregational Church. The second one is Stavanger Lutheran Church outside of Ossian, Iowa. The third picture is of a Baptist Church in Massachusetts. The last one is Midland Free Methodist Church of which I am a member. I’m showing them here to put my readers and myself  into a worshipful mood! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I took all of these pictures.

Happy Birthday to Me

A son, Tim, a daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Gene, my husband, Jerry and I all went on a weekend trip to Iowa to visit cousins. It wasn’t planned or intended to be a birthday celebration because my birthday happened to be on the weekend that best-suited everyone’s dates, but it turned out to be a great birthday for me! One of my best! Here’s how we drove to Iowa from Chicago. Our Buick has three rows of seats. I chose to sit in the very back. I wanted to sit there. The first picture is Tim driving, Pam sitting behind him.  FullSizeRender (81)  FullSizeRender (82)  This second picture is Gene in front and Jerry behind him. When we arrived at the home of “my most favorite cousin in the whole wide world” LeRoy and Carolyn Gray, Jerry and I got settled in. Pam, Gene and Tim were staying with my other favorite cousin, Kay and Lucky. Because this wasn’t  planned as a birthday trip I was hoping no one even thought about it being my birthday. But no…a large gift was waiting for me from LeRoy and Carolyn! An Amish made quilt! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Then we all went to a nearby Amish farm for dinner. Oh, my, what a dinner! More cousins met us there, Chuck and Mary FullSizeRender (91) LeRoy is sitting on the other side of Mary. Chuck and LeRoy are brothers. FullSizeRender (86)Lucky and Kay. Kay is my next favorite cousin! These are actually all second cousins to me. There were thirteen of us cousins at the dinner! Iris and Bob Duff, Pam and Gene Bazan, Tim Archer, Shirley  Pratt.                              As soon as we were seated the Amish lady, who had cooked our supper, brought out this beautiful and delicious birthday cake, she had made and decorated, for me! FullSizeRender (84)  IMG_0213 (3)Then the food was brought out…oh my! So much food and all so delicious! I took a small helping from each dish! IMG_0216 (2)  There was both beef and chicken, homemade apple butter is on my home made bread! Everything was so delicious!

It was a true Amish dinner with no electricity. A kerosene lamp was brought in and set at one end of the room! I’ve edited most of these pictures to make them light. FullSizeRender (89)  To keep flies from pestering us, a sticky strip hung from the ceiling! You can see it here in this picture!  FullSizeRender (79)  After we finally finished eating the main course, it was time for me to cut the cake! FullSizeRender (83)  It was so good! But then the nice Amish lady brought out pie! Two different kinds! I ate a small piece of black raspberry pie. I was stuffed…but it was all soooo good!

After we finished eating cook’s nieces and nephews came in to eat their supper! It was fun and interesting to see these young Amish kids! They were quite curious about us and especially about our phones with cameras! It was hard for me to not take pictures of them!

What a wonderful birthday I had! I entered the second half of my 70’s decade! That’s a little sobering…and I’m remembering my sister, Lorraine, who died, so suddenly, at age 76! But since I’ve never been 76 before, I’m going to enjoy it!!! Happy Birthday to me!