I always wondered who was in this old photo. From reading the old farm diaries and from other old photos I finally have a really good guess. Sadly the diaries from the early part of 1917 are missing.
This is the old barn at the farm.
James X., Marvin (Far Guy’s Dad), Tracie, Francis, Mattie, Bill and Bryan. Mattie and Bill are the parents of Francis, he was an only child born in 1914 the same year as Marvin. Mattie was James X. sister and Bryan was their brother. Bryan worked at different farms in the Osage area in 1916 and 1917 ( perhaps longer than that). I always thought Bryan lived in Iowa…the diaries are proving some of those assumptions have been in error.
Mattie and Bill lived in Harrison County Iowa until 1939 when they moved to Tekamah.
So in 1917 they would visit Minnesota from Iowa. How would they travel? By train? No it looks like it was a road trip. What an adventure that must have been.
Francis and Marvin (right) cousins born in 1914. Francis in October and Marvin in August. From the smiles it looks like they were fast friends! These boys would become men who were friends their entire lives. Francis died in 1981 and Marvin in 1994.
I am slow in getting diary entries transcribed lately. It is a work in progress. Here is a peek into farm life in 1917.
19 Thursday Sprayed potatoes finished hog fence, set post west of the barn. Gave Maurice Robinson music lesson
20 Friday Finished fence by barn, post holes in pasture fence, sawed posts
21 Saturday Set posts, hoed cabbage, plowed beans