1917 Art Nouveau Style Ink Drawing By My Grandpa Postcard
1917 Art Nouveau Style Ink Drawing By My Grandpa Russell L. Swigert of Grandma the year they married almost 100 years ago! Drawing dated 4-1-17. Grandma was Alice Marion McPherrin Swigert. They were farmers near Galesburg and Knoxville Illinois. Grandpa took art lessons by mail. Their farm had corn (Dekalb ... Grandpa sold Dekalb seed corn to his neighbours), beans, alfalfa (straw bedding for the animals), certain plants for rope during World War II, hogs, dairy cows, chickens. Mum (Alice Joyce Swigert Westerfield Elliott) remembers the alfalfa smelled good. I remember 'helping' Grandma gather the eggs and finding stray eggs and 'helping' Grandpa feed the hogs. Grandpa and Grandma dated in a horse and buggy! Mum remembers when they got electricity! The farm house was painted white and had a lot of rooms and passage ways. The kitchen dining room had seven doors! I remember sitting on Grandma's lap (she told me to be quiet) in her wash room off the kitchen dining room next to her wooden wall crank phone listening to her neighbours talking on their party line. Everyone said I inherited Grandpa's artistic talent. My Aunt Janis Ella Swigert Jamison Smith is my mum's sister. They attended a one room country school house! Mum remembers riding her bicycle down the dirt road with the dirt flying behind her!