Remembering Frank Nieland (1879 - 1962)
as told by Lorraine Nieland Starman,
"I remember one time going over to Uncle Frank's
place and seeing a groundhog they had caught and had in a metal
barrel. It is the first and only time I ever saw such a critter.
Frank was known as "Foxy" and I cannot tell you why.
He was not a tall man, none of the children from grandpa's first
wife were. The height came from the Koesters.Our grandfather bought
into equipment to do the threshing of oats and since my dad and
mom moved onto the home place in August of 1926, we were part
of the "threshing ring". Uncle Herman [Nieland] who
married later and lived on another of grandpa's farms was part
of the ring as was Uncle Ben [Nieland]. I remember Uncle Louis
[Nieland] before he and Martha [Braun] were married and taking
a nap on his bed when Dad was helping him with some farm task.
I was very young. Uncle Louis was still a bachelor and lived on
the 3rd of the farms grandpa owned. I think there was a house
built on that land shortly before he and Martha were married.
We used to go to Grandpa's house and all take food to celebrate
Grandpa's birthday. That was the house in Breda where Anna [Nieland]
and Jake Wittry moved with their family later on. Grandpa had
a player piano and we used to play it. I remember singing "My
Little Margie" and cousin Walter [Nieland] was there. He
was still single and I thought so handsome."
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