Monday, October 13, 2014

Celebrating the life of Jack, John Eicher Weaver Oct 13 1943 - Aug 18 2014

From Rememberings of a 83-year old Grandma, Margaret Glessner Weaver, 1994, p52

"Jack (John Eicher Weaver) was born on October 13, 1943, at the Faribault hospital after a much shorter siege of labor pains than I had before Jim arrived. Rules for new mothers hadn't changed much, still requiring them to stay in bed for several days and forbidding them to use the bathroom. After Jack came home he was besieged by attacks of painful colic.
I rediscovered my parents album I now call "Peg and Pete's 1943-52 album, as it contains photos of the house they purchased at 425 SW 3rd St in Faribault, Minnesota in the summer of 1943, the year of Jack's birth.  They had rented 3 different homes in the SW part of Faribault from 1939 to when they were expecting their second child.  Jack was brought home from St Lucas Deaconess Hospital to this home. 
Jack Weaver, 3rd birthday 1946, birthday cake on couch in the living room Faribault MN

Jack with his older brother Jim, born Sept 1940, they were three years apart.  Here is the spacious side yard of the Weaver family home in the spring of 1947, 3 1/3 and 6 1/2 years. Lilac to the left.
 Jim and Jack Weaver by the side porch of the Weaver home, 425 SW 3rd St Faribault MN with lilac.
This is a fading Kodacolor print, and Jack's hair is a bright red. 
 Spring 1947 Kodacolor print from Peg and Pete Weaver's family photo album,  Apple tree with 1939 Dodge in the drive.  Note tulips in the garden and the grape arbor in the back of the home.
 Jack by the Christmas tree, 1948 Shoots and Ladders board game to the left , Crazy Ikes and other toys.
 1946 Rock Island Rocket at the Faribault Station.  Likely with Jack's paternal grandparents, Noah Elwood and Virginia Magee Weaver heading south after a visit to Minnesota, returning to their home in West Carrollton Ohio. Jack developed a long term interest in trains, train travel....and worked in the intermodal transport business over the years.
 Another view of the Rock Island Station in Faribault as Jack would have seen it in 1946.
1946 Virginia Magee Weaver, Noah Elwood's second wife, Paul Henry Weaver MD and Jack Weaver side yard Faribault home, note 1939 Dodge in the driveway.   This area of the yard became a traditional place to build small wood fires, and cook steaks and have picnics in the yard over the years. 
 Red head Jack Weaver autumn of 1949 on his red trike, age 6.  First Grader at Garfield Elementary School.
Jack Weaver 1949 with his dad, Dr Paul H Weaver AKA "Pete" to his friends in the side yard with Norway Spruce in the background.

 Page 54 of Rememberings:  "OUR COTTAGE AT PELICAN LAKE Although we couldn't afford it, in 1947 we built a cottage on Lot 11, Sunset Beach, Pelican Lake, Crow
Wing County, on a 100-foot lot that John Foster had sold us for the mere sum of $250, a lot that went back to Lake Markee at the rear. At that time and in our circumstances, that was not a mere sum. Bern and John had taken us to their Pelican Lake Cottage several times for weekend visits (See picture # 1, p. 13,1.). We loved the surroundings, the pine trees, the lake, the relaxed atmosphere -- AND THE LOONS! Introducing us to fishing in their heavy, iron boat with a 2 1/2 horsepower motor, we had no trouble catching a good mess of walleyes. Their cottage had no electricity, but a pressurized gasoline lamp gave excellent white light for playing bridge. We were convinced of the advantages of having a cottage at Pelican for bringing up children as well as for our own enjoyment.
Building the cottage necessitated procuring a loan of $5,000, which proved to be no problem when we applied to Roger Peavy at the Security Bank since he was acquainted with the area, enjoying bass fishing on Lake Markee when he visited the Cowperthwaits, whose lot abutted the one we were purchasing. The $5,000 was sufficient to pay for the cottage.
Our cottage's location cottage on the lot was determined by a handsome, tall white pine, which we decided to have next to the steps from our front porch. (See picture #2, p. Bp.) Because the area toward the beach had been recently bull-dozed, there were few trees between our cottage and the lake, only two clumps of birch in addition to the large white pine. Today that area is filled with tall volunteer white and jack pine, oak, maple birch and other trees. Our lot had no red (Norway) pine. 

Jack grew up coming to Pelican Lake.  He ended up purchasing 200 ft about a mile down the shore, first sharing the area with his 2 brothers, after a purchase of 90+ acres with over 1000ft of lakeshore in 1967, the land was later surveyed and separated for each brother and his families specific needs and wants.   He and Nellie Jane Williams Weaver, designed and built a new house, on the site where Harold Williams, Nellie's father had built a retirement home. 

 In 1948, here are Paul Henry Weaver (with his signature pipe) Jack and Jim Weaver in front of the Sunset Beach (Lot 11) cabin. Photo by Noah Elwood Weaver  P 47 P-P Albm
1948 Pelican Beach area, Jack and Jim Weaver in the sand, with Virginia Magee Weaver,  Photo by NEWeaver  p 47 P-P Album

Sunday, October 12, 2014

1945-1949 Weaver Family Faribault Minnesota Photos, by Paul H Weaver and Noah Elwood Weaver

 1946 Faribault Rock Island Train depot with Rock Island Rocket passenger train southbound. 
 In the 1940's here specifically in 1946, shown on page 30 of the P-P Album, the Weaver Grandparents, made their way from West Carrollton Ohio to Faribault by the Rock Island Rocket.  Other times, Noah Elwood and his wife, (Edna Eicher Weaver prior to her 1943 passing) and then Virginia Magee Weaver.
 1946, on page 30 of P P Album. Note Faribault Rock Island station, overhead light and semi phore and looks like water towels in the background.

Lake Mazaska Rice Co, Fishing trip, L-R N Elwood Weaver, Paul H Weaver, Claudia Horning, Peg Weaver and Dave Horning.  Note clouds in the background.  Wonder if that is the result of the lens filters my grandfather NEW experimented with.  He loved photography.  Labeled 1944
 1947 - 425 SW 3rd St Back Yard swing set, Jim Weaver above, Jack Weaver below garage and snow fence .
 1945, phone likely by NE Weaver, front yard at Faribault limestone home. Peg, Jack, Pete, and Jim.
 1947 Kodacolor print, Jack and Jim Weaver in east side yard Faribault -Spring Lilacs blooming.
 1947 Jim and Jack Weaver (note red hair) by lilac and porch in spring. 
 1947 black and white,  Jim above, Jack below with swing set. Note garage on left, and Gipson, later Andrews home across 5th Ave to the west.
 Spring 1949 with 1939 Dodge in the driveway, flowering apple tree and tulips in garden.  425 SW 3rd St Faribault
 1948 Christmas Tree Dining Room Jim , Paul H, Tom in lap, and Jack Weaver.
 1948 Christmas Toys Jack Weaver.
 1949 Jack Weaver, red head, with dad, Paul H Weaver, Norway Spruce in Faribault Yard.
 1949 Jack Weaver on trike by Weaver home sunporch by PHW  Kodacolor print
1949 Black and white Jack and Tom Weaver, David and Jane Agerter, Weaver home.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

1943-1946 Album of Pete and Peg Weaver - First and only purchased home in Faribault - Lake Mazaska Fishing- With Dave & Claudia Horning

 The limestone home was purchased in the summer of 1943.  Here is the front of the house at 425 SW 3rd St in Faribault in the winter of 1943-44. 

 1944 Living Room Fireplace with small maple table that is still with the St Cloud Weaver family, at Jesse and Amy's home.  Used for many projects over the years. Writing stamp collecting. Note 78 rpm record collection to the left, and magazine rack I remember having Saturday Evening Posts in it.
 1944 Living room with floral couch covering, Johnston Hall Seabury Campus Library, 3 glassed door bookcase, now returned to the Guild House by the Cathedral in Faribault, after a tour to Duluth and St Cloud with the Tom Weaver family. 
 1944 Weaver home living room looking north out the big window. Weber Baby Grand Piano, drop leaf walnut table in front by couch.  Far corner had a short wave radio that I would listen to Chicago radio stations and well as KDHL um pah music for milking cows in the morning. And WCCO with Maynard Speece for the livestock reports.   In the hayday of Radio prior to TV :-)
1944-45 Peg and Pete Weaver at dock, Lake Mazaska, with Minnows sign.  Goin' fishin" ? In a rowboat.  No noisy motors :-)

Dave Horning with cigarette, Noah Elwood Weaver and Peg Weaver with Lake Mazaska in the background.

1944-45  Peg Weaver and Dave Horning at Picnic table Lake Mazaska near Faribault Rice County
1944  Noah Elwood Weaver, visiting his sons family from Ohio.  He drove with his new and second wife Virginia Magee Weaver to Minnesota in the summer.  Here between 2 rowboats on Lake Mazaska I think.

Limestone Home - 425 SW 3rd Street - Weaver Family Home in Faribault 1943- 1976

1943 view from the west on 5th Ave S.  By PH Weaver 
In 1943 my parents purchased this large limestone home at 425 SW 3rd St in Faribault, built in the 1870s' by Louis de Carufel, a miller who had moved from Quebec in the 1850's.  Other owners included the Shaft family of the Shaft-Pierce Shoe Company, the Tim Powers Family who owned the property up to 1943.

In the sun porch, added in the 1920's by the Shaft family according to my mom, stood this fountain.  My parents had this removed.

Here is how my mom describes the purchase in her memoir p47:"WE BOUGHT A HOUSE - 425 SW THIRD STREET Pete and I were aware that it was likely that we would have to move from the little stone house that we were enjoying. Our landlady's daughter, Ruth Kiekenapp, had married a Shattuck master, Ken Relyea. and they would be wanting our house since he was leaving Shattuck to join Farmer Seed and Nursery, Ruth's father's business. So we began to look for rental property. A Mrs. Jones, a real estate agent, contacted us about a big stone house that was for sale, emphasizing its formal dining room. We didn't think we were interested in buying a house and knew we weren't interested in a formal dining room. We were interested in a first floor bathroom. This house, on a very large lot, was very imposing. We doubted if we could afford it, but, being curious to see the inside, made an appointment for a tour. Pete's father was visiting us at the time and accompanied us for an inspection. ....... Pete's father's reaction to the house was enthusiastically favorable, especially when we found that the asking price was around eight thousand dollars. Visiting our banker, John Carlander, President of the State Bank of Faribault, to get a loan, he said. "Oh, that damn thing," when he learned what property we were considering.    Disgusted, we went across the street to the Security Bank where Roger Peavy offered us an FHA loan without any disparaging remarks. Following much deliberation, conferences with the banker and acceptance of our offer of seven thousand, we decided to buy the property.
After the house was vacated by the Tim Power family, in the summer of 1953 we moved to 425 SW Third Street. (See picture #5, p. 136....The first photo above is this photo) Our furniture didn't begin to fill the huge house In addition to a much desired downstairs bath, there was an immense living room, thirty some feet long, a sun room. dining room, breakfast room. two good-sized rooms behind the big kitchen and a large back hall: upstairs, four bedrooms, a bath and cedar closet; in the basement, with front and back stairways, furnace. laundry, recreation, fruit, and work rooms."
 View from east side in 1943.  Page 3 of P-P Album by Paul W Weaver

From Peg Weaver's memoir p 52   "The house, which was a hundred years old when we moved to Pelican, had been built out in the country by a Mr. Carufel, a French Canadian who had had a flour mill in or near Faribault. In the early nineteen-twenties, the house was extensively remodeled by W. S. Shaft, including the addition of the sun room and the copper roof. The front door had been made super wide so that pallbearers would have no difficulty carrying out Mr. Shaft's casket.
After Mr. Shaft's death, his daughter, Helen, lived in the house with her husband, Carl Stabbert, a Faribault dentist. Finding the property a burden to care for, they relinquished it to her brother, Stu Shaft, who, we were told, added the sun room fountain. Because a young daughter of Stu and his wife, Ruth Nutting, died while they were living in the house, they moved to a different stone house, the one    later owned by the Harry Bergs. I believe that the next occupants of "our house" were the Tim Powers from whom we purchased it."

1945 Peg, Jack, Pete with his signature pipe, and Jim in front of the house. Likely taken my Noah Elwood Weaver p 24 of P-P Album

1945 Thanksgiving in Dining Room Butler's Bill, Maxine and Bill Jr, Pete Weaver, Wanda Komachi (woman in high school who stayed with the family instead of going to Japanese internment camp) Jim Weaver   - (Note Right wall above, appears to be a portrait of Louis Carufel who built the house)

 Louis S De Carufel, miller and builder of this home.   In 1880 Census his family lived on South Street in Faribault.

 Gary Heath and Jim Weaver on stone bench in east side yard.
 Winter 1943 - 44 snow front yard at 425 SW 3rd St  P 8 P -P Album
1944  Claudia Horning, Peg Weaver and Dave Horning reheasing at the Weaver baby grand piano in the living room at 425 SW 3rd St
 From Peg Weaver, memoir Rememberings, p 51
"During the war when sugar was rationed, Claudia and Dave Horning persuaded us to use their recipe to make grape wine. Since we had small children who didn't consume their quotas, we could get an abundance of sugar. The wine turned to vinegar -- our only venture in wine-making was a fiasco. Dave Horning had come to Faribault to be the Episcopal church organist and choir director. We enjoyed Dave's and Claudia's (Dave's wife) company, chatting and fishing on Lake Mazaska. Singing duets with Claudia was wonderful. We had special feelings for what each was about to do when we sang together. I recall what enjoyment we had rendering Mendelssohn's "I Waited for The Lord" in church and "Whispering Hope" in a corny rendition for Lion's Club. After Dave was ordained into the Episcopal Ministry, they were transferred to Rapid City, South Dakota. "

p 66 "JIM, JACK AND TOM - EARLY YEARS THROUGH COLLEGE For his baptism each boy wore a pale yellow sweater and pants which I had knit. I was not a traditionalist -- no long christening gowns and baby blue outfits. The boys' Godparents were: for Jim, Peggy and Ken Agerter, Herb Morris; Jack, Bern and John Foster, By Berhow; Tom, Dave and Claudia Horning, Walt Rumpf "

Interesting that the Hornings were my God Parents, along with Dr C Walter Rumpf at the Cathedral. All I recall anyone doing for my spiritual growth, was Dr Walter sending me a $5 bill for my birthdays.  Always wonder what happened to the Hornings.  Never did hear from them in my youth.