Summer is on the wane and fall is in the air. Hours of daylight are gradually diminishing and trees are losing their abundant green color. These flowers serve as a reminder of warmer days.
Labor Day has me remembering that most of my ancestors became (or continued) the occupation of farmer once they immigrated to the USA. A few are recorded in the census as “stone masons.” My great-grandfather, John Schwans (recorded in Germany as, Johan D. Schwaans) is listed as being employed as a Drechsler. Finally, I have learned what that means: literally, “wood turner.” In other words, he was employed as a lathe operator. I imagine those skills served him well as he homesteaded in South Dakota and built a house, barn and other farm buildings.