Autumn in the air

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.


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