This page is not just devoted to my husband's childhood days, but also
to his Mother and Father, grandparents, and extended family. As I
find new photos, they will be added either here or to other appropriate
sections of my website. I chose the title because my husband DID grow up
as a true "farmer boy" much as did Almanzo Wilder, the husband of Laura
Ingalls Wilder of the famed "Little House" books. I've read these wonderful
books over and over again both as a child and as an adult. It harkens back
to a time when the FARM was the center of family life as EVERYONE in an
entire family had an important job to do in making the farm productive.
The hours were long and the work hard, but it also allowed a man
and his wife and family to stay home and be free from stress. Today "living"
as it is called involves long hours spent away from home and family
and too much commuting. . I find it sad to have seen the demise of the
small family farm as it was a WAY OF LIFE that I fear will never be found
again in this country.
MY WONDERFUL HUSBAND JERRY
I will soon be posting more photos of my
mother-in-law as a small child and her family. Below is a very nice photo
taken about 1931. This was a school yearbook picture taken in her Senior
Year at the Albany Academy for Girls. She was a Cum Laude and well-liked
by all her classmates and teachers.
My husband's Mother, Aileen Heath
shown at about age 18
Jerry's Mother, Aileen Heath as a
child...shown on second row at the far left. We are not certain of the
date at which this photo was taken but an estimate would be around the
My husband's Mother, Aileen Heath on far
left, her sister, Margaret, and brother Jerold. She had another brother,
William who was not yet born at this time. Again, we do not know the exact
date of this photo, but an estimate would put it at around 1919 to 1921.
Jerry's Mother Aileen, brother Jerold and sister Margaret...estimated
date around 1918 or 1919
Jerry's Mother, Aileen (with the hat on the right), her sister Margaret
and Uncle Larry. Again we can only estimate the date at around 1920.
Unfortunately, when my husband was six years
old, a major highway went through this much loved home. It was moved off
the foundation by someone else as his father could not afford to do so.
This led to a short move to Asheville, North Carolina in an effort to restore
his Mother's health as losing the home she so loved was devastating.
Later his father moved his family to Jackson
Valley, Pennsylvania He then worked as a farmer, and the family lived
in a very dilapidated farm home. Times were hard and money was scarce....yet
my husband, Jerry, and his four sisters enjoyed a way of life that is rapidly
disappearing from America today. When they first moved to Jackson Valley......it
was to an old farmhouse that once had been a general store!! It was in
very poor shape, and his father began making renovations as time and money
would allow. One thing they DID have was plenty of water!! There was a
spring right in back of the house, and his father built a spring house
to act as a reservoir for the pure, ice-cold water. When they first moved
there....food was kept inside this house, and it stayed just as cold as
food kept in modern refrigerators!! They shared the spring house with HUGE
salamanders..known as Mudpuppies or Waterdogs. Some of these salamanders
grew up to a foot in length! I expect today we'd think the water unfit
to drink IF it had salamanders in it!! But...just think...they kept the
spring free of insects and algae! (Neither my husband nor I can drink the
chlorinated "city" water of today without becoming ill from the chlorine!!)
Photo of Jerry's Dad and Mother (Aileen Palmer Heath Hawblitz) with
Jerry in center at about age two.
My husband's family was busy every minute of every day!! There was always work to be done. The family was up at about three or four a.m. and the FIRST task of the day....BEFORE breakfast....was milking and feeding the cows and cleaning the stanchions. Then there was a huge breakfast of pancakes, homemade biscuits with jelly or jam, eggs, toast and milk. YUMMY!! It's so sad today when I think of people eating "on the run".....never sitting down together for meals. Then..of course there was school. No, my husband didn't attend a "one-room schoolhouse"! It was a fairly new building, in fact, located in Leraysville, Pennsylvania....not too terribly far away. After school, the children came home, changed into old clothes, and often made home-made candy!! After eating a bite or two, it was back to the barn to help Dad with the milking. They sometimes didn't eat supper until 10 p.m.!! There wasn't much time back then for homework...and most of it was completed in school. Nearly all the neighbors were dairy farmers, so everyone shared about the same schedule. Yes....it WAS hard work, but also rewarding work. In that day...and in that time, vandalism and crime were nearly unheard of except in the large cities!! People were just too busy working!!! On Sunday, everyone attended some kind of church. There...the festivities were often held....church suppers, church picnics in the summer, Sunday School...and sometimes a special trip to town for the children!!
"On the bridge".......a photo taken in the 40's of "Mike", my husband's dog, my husband, Jerry, his sisters and a cousin. Can you imagine carrying pails of milk across this bridge without spilling any? Well...that's what was done!!
My husband's Grandfather and Grandmother taken on their Golden Wedding Anniversary
A VIEW OF MY FATHER-IN-LAW'S FARM IN SUSQUEHANNA
SUCH A NICE PHOTO OF THE ENTIRE FAMILY ON A SUNDAY...READY FOR CHURCH
From left to right are SUSAN, ANN, HILARY and
my hubby-to-be JERRY with his dog
A photo by the newer car on a Sunday. From left
to right...my hubby to be, Jerry, Ann, Susan, and Hilary. There is another
person in back that we do not recognize. If any Hawblitz family member
knows the correct name, PLEASE contact me. Thank you.
Many more photos will be added as they become
Thought you might enjoy this recipe! My husband
and his sisters often made this candy as an after school snack!! I've made
them, too...and THEY ARE delicious!!
PEPPERMINT CREAM WAFERS
2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of light corn syrup
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Boil without stirring to soft-ball (238 degrees). Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Beat until creamy and flavor with 8-12 drops of oil of peppermint. Tint with vegetable coloring if desired. Drop with spoon on to foil or wax paper. Make the patties any size you desire.