Monday, February 2, 2009

Elwood’s Courting of Edna Eicher- Rural School Teacher

Elwood captured the energy of rural Montgomery County, then farmland with small towns, like West Carrollton and Miamisburg on the interurban with his camera. Unlike Esther Eicher, he left very little written and many wonderful photos. I am grateful for this venue to share in some of them. Here is an early school photo, Edna Eicher, tall woman in white with rural school children, Miami Twp, Montgomery CO about 1905. Later his travels to the Black Hills and the hills and mountains and cites of the east were reflected through his lens. His curious and adventuresome spirit and openness to new ideas is something I still admire. And he lived until a ripe young age of 88. His second marriage continues to be an inspiration to someone who at 61 would enjoy finding a partner to share in my later years. Thanks for your give away Elwood. Your story still inspires from the other side! I think of Edna, calling in her students with a hand school bell. Our family kept one and it ring at Pelican Lake to remind us to come back for food during our youth on the sandy shores of Sunset Beach. Another story! The ringing of the bell. Never too old to learn something new.

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