First it was (James) Jim’s violin, he was very musical and played by ear. He played the violin and the trombone. He gave music lessons to neighborhood children…we know that from the Farm Diaries that he left behind. He also played for dances…a hundred years ago dances were a big thing and happened nearly every weekend. James is Far Guy’s Paternal Grandfather.
James X. and Tracie (Far Guy's Grandparents) Grandma played the piano. This photo was most likely taken in the 1950's. It was taken in the living room at the farm. Grandma is sitting at the piano.
The music skipped a generation…as far as I know none of their four boys played the violin. After Grandpa died, it sat in the case. Grandma said that it would go to the first child that would learn to play it.
Our daughter Trica took violin lessons and played for Grandma on many occasions. We had the violin repaired at the Nels Vogel Music Shop in Moorhead and they said it was the best sounding violin they had heard in a long time.
Trica Christmas 1982
For many years the violin sat in it’s case.
Recently our grandson Noah got the violin from his Auntie Trica and he is taking lessons. He plays by ear too. Hopefully it will keep being passed from generation to generation.
Noah X. 2015
Noah and his Great Great Grandfather share a middle name. Xaver, which can be spelled two different ways. Noah's is spelled Xavier. AND then there is Adam James who we cannot leave out when mentioning names and who you are named after.