While going through my mother's photos, I found one photo album that contained some pictures I don't think I've ever seen before. I tend to believe it was the photo album that belonged to my grandparents, given the time-frame the photos were taken and the things in the photographs. Among the photos were a few from a sale my grandfather had when he sold off all his dairy cows.
In recent years, I was given a copy of a photo of my mother carrying the milkers while her sister pushed the milk cart.
The same aunt that appears in that photo told me that the following photos were taken after she had gotten married and left the farm. They were taken on March 10, 1949, which means my mother was still around home but, at the very least, I'm sure her parents knew that she wouldn't be sticking around much longer since she would be turning 18 the next month. That left just her two younger sisters to help around the farm. Given that he had dairy cows in addition to a crop in his fields and he'd be down to just two helpers around the farm. I'd imagine it was a bit too much for him to handle.
That day, my grandfather, Benedict Panther, sold off his dairy cows. If someone had just told me this, I'd think "Okay. So he sold a few cows. Interesting, but no big deal." But with the photos? Wow! It really lets me know what the day was like!
|Looks like quite the event!|
|The note says anyone showing up now would be a bit late! Look at that line of cars! All because my grandpa was selling some cows.|
|They averaged $199.50 per cow. Just look at that crowd.|