January 22, 2015

Don A. Wellman, named after  dad's brother, Don. Aunt Bess F;ach  always called him her "little Christ child"" well...I think those that knew my brother Don Wellman, will agree, that this picture says it all...ha ha.. ( wish I had found this photo 2 weeks ago to share it with him...) I will post comments from fb that were said.
Helen Page .."Looks like he had the "Don" nod even then :(LOL)
Darlene Hinkle "He already has the LOOK you described at the funeral!:
Colleen Lampe Lawrence in his day, all boys wore 'dresses' until they were potty trained. easier to change diapers. So, I THINK this is his BIG day! LOL, NOW, get those curls cut, Donnie. LOL Wish yuo had found it earlier and we could of teased him.

January 21, 2015

Chicago world's fair memories of the Wellman Family

My sister,  Helen and I were discussing the Chicago Worlds fair of 1893..and the never forgotten incident that occurred there between our great grandparents , Grandpa Christopher Wellman  and his wife Amana.   Apparently the story goes, that he left Amanda sitting at the fair and went home without her. . It was in horse and buggy days, someone from Lee Center area ,who knew her,  brought her back.Grandpa  had been last seen standing at the back of a trolly going by she said.  She was standing on a street corner, most likely very upset with Grandpa Chris. They lived in Lee Center at the time in the house we lived in.Also at this fair, is  when the White city at Grants park was built, also a ferris wheel.
 Amanda (Brown) July1 1829-May 19, 1923    Christopher Wellman June 10.1821- Dec 23, 1909

Then came the next Chicago fair of 1934 and my dad, two uncles and grandfather Henry "Hank" Wellman  went to the fair..this time, no one was left behind.!  ha!  .Here is a photo of them at the fair.


January 10, 2015

                                    Sandy Bluff School

First established  1840. A new wooden frame schoolhouse was built in 1845. On January 28, 1915 the school was completely destroyed by fire.and was rebuilt.    . There  were two cloakrooms, two halls, a library and a large classroom on the first  The Sandy Bluff School was located  east of Sandwich, IL. at the northeast corner of Sandy Bluff and Griswold Springs Roads. . 
Mom   began school around 1909 at the age of 4 yrs. , along with her siblings ,Lewis,  Frank, Ray, Ethel and  Leona, and cousins Florence Apple and others...they would walk 2 miles to school each day.( to Sandy bluff school from their farmhouse) Games they played were " Pom Pom Pull away, Mother May I, and I stole a million dollars, which included locking thieves in the cob house. "  Her teacher would  meet them on the lane going to the school house and would have then bring in wood  for a fire and then walk down the hill behind the school to the well to bring in  drinking water.  It was a combined class and she said older students taught her  more than usual as  she read and  she would pick up information from their well. She later would  attend  the Sandwich Community High School a year or two, which was not uncommon . She said many never went 4 years to high school.  . Mom said, "growing up with three lively brothers, made me a pretty tough kid  . It was at this school that mom and others would see their very first red Model T Ford being ( having a bumper seat)  driven by  some men politicking near the school house one day. While announcing the democratic candidates for their area over a speaker phone...the kids all yelled " Spiced cats and pickled rats are good enough for Democrats"...a saying I would one day tease hear about. putting it on her gravestone, .as she became an avid Democrat.. She never missed voting in a presidential election in 80 years.   Mom left  HS  after a couple years and took a secretarial course in Aurora Il.  after that she began work in a foundry In Sandwich Il where she met dad and they eloped in 1926. He boarded at their farm house and they hadn't told  our grandparents they had married, Uncle Ray  saw the marriage license in moms room and showed it to grandma, who then proceeded to announce their marriage.  After a year or so, dad would purchase the place where he would take his new bride to live the Wellman family home in Lee CenterIllinois.  

Mom had fond memories of Sandy Bluff School  , her teacher, and  the cousins that attended. I believe it now is a private residence.

Sarah Duvick Stevens writes " I'll be sure my uncles see this. My dad and his brothers also attended Sandy Bluff. Then it reopened again for the next generation to house kindergarten. I did not go there but most of my siblings and several cousins did as well."
Karen Wellman Roth Mom loved talking about school. She still remembered poetry she learned. A favorite was There once was a girl who had a curl in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very good but when she was bad, she was horrid. With that she would stomp her foot down. She later bought a doll that looked angry and had that curl

Married 1926 

December 11, 2014

christmas village 2015

This is the Christmas village I love getting out each year. We made these from cardboard and lots of glitter one year  on a forum and had so much fun doing so...they are 4-6 inches scale and  each has ability to be lit with bulb, though I didn't set them up that was this year...  one is modeled after my own house herein Tampico....Can you recognize it?


This is a cloche I made for the buffet...always one of my favorites...



December 5, 2014

Christmas cookies and Jean....

Today was a fun day...asked my dear neighbor, Jean Gerdes , over to make Christmas cookies.  We had lots of laughs, played Christmas music , and decided our Santas looked like they had been in a fight with their swollen eyes.. but know the  grands and neighborhood kids receiving them, will not even notice the lopsided raisins.. Just as we finished, our good friends, Jan and Glenn Dunseth,  came by..just in time to sample some cookies and chat a bit. Sue Burger stopped by as well and was able to deliver some cookies for her grandkids as well....I imagine all this sugar will be putting lots of kids on "sugar highs" tonight and this weekend.  Like I said, it was a fun day!

November 18, 2014


In memory of Carole Hymer...

The Rose Beyond The Wall
A rose once grew where all could see,
sheltered beside a garden wall,
And as the days passed swiftly by,
it spread its branches, straight and tall...
One day, a beam of light shone through
a crevice that had opened wide
The rose bent gently toward its warmth
then passed beyond to the other side
Now, you who deeply feel its loss,
be comforted - the rose blooms there-
its beauty even greater now, nurtured by
God's own loving care

November 17, 2014

November 4, 2014

A drive through Franklin Grove Illinois..........fall time splendor. photos by Cindy Boyenga

  Photos by Jodie  Lahman

Photo by  Richard Hamilton Smith 

November 3, 2014

Halloween 2014

Flying  pumpkin man by JuJu Waggoner

October 23, 2014

best friends and moms

I have always liked this photo taken by Bob Popp on their visit to Illinois around 1989.Pictured are   Kathy Popp and her mother Mertyl Stark., mom and myself.   Kathy and I became good friends when we  both entered nurses training at KSB School of nursing in 1963  We were also  bridesmaids in each others weddings and  attended several of each others  children's weddings as well. This has not been always possible to do as  she and Bob live in Florida and distance a problem for frequent visits. One this particular day we both had our moms with us. What is so remarkable , each mom lived 100 years and Mertyl  just celebrated yet another year !   Kathy and I used to laugh at ourselves when we would  call  each other up on New Years Day...reporting how we  went to bed early and our moms stayed up past midnight to watch the ball drop and listen to Guy Lombardo's Old Lang Syne.   What a blessing to have our moms for so many years...and also to pick up the phone and chat as it were yesterday we last saw each other.  What does Old lang syne mean?  I looked it up and found that The title of the Scottish tune translates to “times gone  by and is about remembering friends from the past and not letting them be forgotten.   That says it all!  

I didn't know I even still had this! ...a real throwback from Lee Center Elementary School cheerleading days. That would be...1958-59 I believe. The old school house still stands but has deteriorated so much, hard to imagine things can change so. We had such great times as kids yelling out them cheers!

Red & white fight fight, red & white fight fight,

Who fight? We fight! Red & white fight fight!!

~~~~~~~~~~Lee Center Terriors~~~~~~~~~

October 16, 2014

  Helen made these pies,  using Donice's  recipe for apple pie. I have to admit...these pies are my favorite!

September 8, 2014

from Cindy to Nursing friends...

I want to share this with my many wonderful nurse friends .It was my greatest pleasure to have worked with such wonderful people! When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that we have worked with over the years, I know of them don’t remember us , But I do know that we give a little piece of ourselves to each of them and they to us...and those threads make up the beautiful tapestry in my mind that is our career in nursing.
"When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours." ~Author Unknown
In the words of Dr ES Murphy~ "Keep up the good work!" Photo taken at KSB  Pediatrics Dept 1980