Well, We have arrived!!! Wagon Ho!!! Finally we can do our thing!
For all of you who are not sure of the procedure...I will refresh the do's and don'ts.
We will NOT be posting our photos here...There will be a separate thread for them.
We will NO LONGER use the thread we have been using until today.
We Will have all our conversations and discussions here on this thread.
We do not have a sign up sheet...we will not keep track of anyone.
You can drop in out out whenever you choose to. Do the blocks at your own pace.
I will be posting a thread every Tuesday evening after 10 p.m. The photo page thread will follow.
We will be doing 2 blocks a week in the order shown in the book. Uhhh, you must have the book.
We will support each other, give advise when asked...please, no negativity will be tolerated...We are a fun, happy group...and want to keep it that way.
I will also be posting a weekly letter written by Laurie Arron Hird with her permission.
The letter is a follow up about the children in the book.
Please...If you have any questions ...just ask....
Now for the letter...
Week 01 Amyle Kafer, Carroll County, Iowa
Block--A Dandy Oct 3, 2011
Amyle's photo was the first one I remember seeing in my Lucky PonyWinner booklet. It was a cold winter day and my family and I were huddled aroundour wood cookstove while I was reading excerpts of the letters. I rememberthinking that the children must be shorter than they are today, since surelylittle boys would not have rifles!! But apparently little boys did have riflessince Amyle was only nine years old at the time. He won his precious "Bonnie" inthe year 1910. Amyle's full name was Herman Amyle Kafer and he was born December 6, 1901. (Youwonder why they didn't use Herman? No boy or girl name confusion there!) Hisparents were Noah and Alice Kafer and they were the parents of four children.Amyle, the eldest, followed by Verle Emerson (1905-1927) Alice Genevive(1908-1961) Donald Cecyle (1917-1994). The youngest, Donald, also went by thename Cecyle. Their parents did make things hard, didn't they! Amyle married sometime between the ages of 23 and 28, and his wife's name wasAlice, the same as his mother's and sister's names. (How confusing that musthave been!) Although we do not know when he and Alice moved away from Iowa, hedied in Los Angeles, California in 1968 at the age of 66. (At that time, I[Laurie] was twelve years old and was living only 30 miles away!) His wife Alicedied in San Diego, California (about 100 miles south of Los Angeles) on May 28,1992. There are no records of Amyle and Alice having children, so no littlebabies to enjoy riding "Bonnie."