Bowermans and a new coat

Conrad Poirier [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Model T

Fanny (Grace’s mother) could make something from nothing. That may be hyperbole, but this story from Grace certainly makes it sound like absolute truth. If creativity wasn’t the main skill, perhaps good old-fashioned horse trading showed off her skills. Grace learned sewing from Esther (her older sister) and Fanny. That gave her an appreciation for well made good-looking clothes. Several of Grace’s stories show her satisfaction with their ability to create beauty from whatever came through the farm-yard.

I do my best to reuse, re-purpose, and make from scratch, but there’s only so much you can do with an old iPhone.

Grandpa Guy Havelick



Grace writes:

Bowerman’s lived one mile east of us on the farm just to the north of Kunkel Lake. When I started in first grade Galen and Bruce were in the seventh and eighth grade. They drove an old Model T Ford the 3 1/2 miles to school and would pick up Melvin and I. One day when it was real cold they had an old imitation fur coat covering the radiator to keep it from freezing.

Mama saw it for the value of making me a nice new coat for school so she traded an old quilt for it. She made a nice hooded jacket from it for me and then bought brown wool snow pants to go with it. The tan coat & brown pants made a nice looking outfit.

That was one of her many ways of “making something from nothing” that got us through the depression years.

Grace Letter 021

 Photo: Conrad Poirier [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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