and to the Holstein Cemetery.
The best part of the Holstein visit was with Mom’s nieces (our cousins) and their families. The nieces are Mom’s brother’s children. The youngest lives on the family farm that as children we frequently visited. This visit really was old home time.
We spent Saturday night in Carroll, Iowa. Sunday morning we quickly went through HyVee and picked up a dinner-to-go, carrying it with us to Lake City, Iowa. It was Mother’s Day Sunday and the perfect day to spend some time with Uncle Roy Sam.
Again in Sis’s words; “Thank you for sharing a stream of memories with us while we toured the cemetery.
Also, it was interesting to tour Lake City with you to see if we could find the old neighborhoods and our past homes.
|Too bad, so sad that the garden was gone. I know that I don’t want to do all the work needed to do the canning and cooking Mom did. The old swing set sure looked little. All of these places are certainly much smaller now than they were in the 50‘s!|
Even when we take family for granted and have Uncles whom we do not see often we learn new family knowledge and open lines of communication when we visit. We gain details which are etched into memory and the personality of our family heritage. These family stories link us to our past and make a bridge to our children’s future.
You are the relatives who are an invaluable commodity because you have the better acquaintance with our grandparents. We look at people who belong to us and though your recollection we see the past. Some of us in this next generation are eccentric, impetuous and wayward, but all we are truly the Johnson clan, the Johnson network and Johnson tribe.”
|Sis and I searched the cemetery and located the grave.|
Backtracking a short distance up Highway 71 to Audubon we stopped by the hospital where Mom worked during the 1950’s.
We found both houses on Division Street. However, the farm house (Albert the Bull is standing about where the lane to the house was located) and the house on Circle Drive are no longer standing.
After dropping me off, sis and Mom finished their journey back to Higginsville, Missouri. This was an unforgettable trip. So very glad we went and took Mom for wonderful visits.