Friday, May 30, 2008

Long Ago And Far Away

This is Great-Grandmother Clara's village in Switzerland. She left as a child in the 1870s and travelled to Canada, as her father was attached to the Swiss Embassy there. We don't know how she met Great-Grandpa Otto, also from Switzerland, but they were married and travelled with his parents on the train from Chicago and they all settled here together in 1881. They farmed just over the hill, mostly almonds and peaches, and lived in a small house they built, with a barn and windmill. She must have thought back to her childhood in the little village in the Alps, so different from a pioneer's life in southern California in the 1800s, perhaps so far removed it seemed like someone else's life.

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