This photo was taken right around 1930. 80 years ago. It is the oldest photograph I have of my Dad. Also in the photo is his sister Marie. Yesterday my Dad went to Fargo to translate for the Nurses, my Aunt Marie is only speaking Finn from her hospital bed. I guess they both went to school speaking only Finn, so it comes natural to them. My father was son number ten, his sister Marie was daughter number one and the eleventh child. Two more sons numbers twelve and thirteen would come along before daughter number two who is my grandparents final child number fourteen.
I cannot even begin to comprehend having so many children, how would you adequately care for them all..just the cooking alone would have been a never ending job. My Grandmother seemed to have it all together and everyone had their jobs and responsibilities within the family. My Dad often says “ My Mother would only tell you once, and you better be listening.” Perhaps parents today should take a lesson:)