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

1950, dining room at Faribault home, here is this author, then known as Tommy, Peg Weaver reading a kids book, me at age 3, and older brother Jack, age 7.   Grateful for the respect for books and stories we were raised with in small town Minnesota.  
1950, Jack Weaver painting with oils age 7.  Paul H Weaver, had painted with oils and had the easel in our home.  Art, books, music all part of our childhood environment.  

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