My Grandma’s Hands

Laemmlen, Elsa Mennonite Quilters

Elsa Laemmlen met with her Mennonite Quilt Group every Thursday.

I loved my Grandma Elsa’s hands.  They never stopped moving.  She stitched, she quilted, she appliqued, she crocheted, she knitted and when she just sat she twirled her thumbs.

In the winter months she stemmed raisins from their vineyards and she shelled walnuts from the dozens of walnut trees surrounding her home.  She’d sit in her gold chair in front of the TV next to Grandpa’s recliner and she’d put a tray on her lap filled with raisins or nuts.  A little space heater kept her feet warm while she worked.

When I was in Reedley a couple of weeks ago, I saw the last of the raisins drying in the sun in our local vineyards.  I took a handful and filled my pocket because there isn’t any raisin as good as one right off the tray on the ground.  I washed my pocket full yesterday, and I’ve been nibbling on them, thinking of Grandma’s hands.

Every Saturday Grandma baked–rolls, Kuchen with apricots or plums, hard little cookies or cinnamon rolls filled with nuts and raisins.  At Christmas time she’d bake German Stolen full of dried fruits and the nuts she’d shelled.  I loved watching her hands roll out the dough.  I’d snitch a piece when I could get away with it.  I loved my Grandma’s hands.

This is my Grandma’s kitchen in the early 1950s.  I can still smell the baking cooling there.  What I wouldn’t give to slip my hand into hers right now!

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Anna Maria Häring, died following childbirth in Biberach, 11 October 1837

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Anna Maria Häring is my 3rd Great-grandmother.  She and her family lived in Biberach, Wuerttemberg, Germany.  She was born 28 December 1805 and her husband, Georg Friedrich Schelle was born 3 February 1789.  They were married 11 October 1831, just 6 years before her death.  In that six years, she had 6 children, including twin girls.  Most of them died very young.  Georg Friedrich was a clock maker in Biberach.

Children of Anna Maria Häring and Georg Friedrich Schelle:
Karl Friedrich Theodor b. 1832
Maria Magdalene Justine Schelle b. 1833 (my 2nd GGma), d. 1897
Magdalene Veronika Karoline b. 1834, d. 1835
Anna Christina Louise Schelle b. 1834, d. 1835
Ernst Gottlob b. 1836, d. 1836
Anna Veronike Ernestine b. 1837, d. 1838

Haering, Anna Maria m. Schelle d. 11 Oct 1837 Biberach

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Martin Isaac “Mart” Bushman b. 9 October 1865 in Lehi, Utah

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Bushman Family History by Newbern Butt, p. 101

Martin Isaac Bushman (Martin B. 4, Martin 3,) b. 9 Oct., 1865, Lehi. B. Pd. degree,
BYU. School teacher, policeman, hospital attendant. Belonged to Seventies quorum;
mission to England, m. June 4, 1890, Manti Temple, Ruie Angelina Holden, da. of Giles
Bliss Holden and Almira Rebecca Tiffany of Provo. She d. 4 Mar., 1948, and Martin I ,
24 Sept, 1933, Provo, Utah.

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Ted and Bliss Bushman with mother Ruia

Children b. Provo, Utah:
Martin Clifton, b. 20 Apr. , 1891, d. 3 Feb., 1894
Burrell Arden, b. 29 Jan. , 1893, d. 6 May, 1896
Wade Holden, b. 26 June, 1895, d. 20 Mar., 1899
June, b. 4 June, 1898, d. 4 June, 1898
Bliss Leroy, b. 9 July, 1899 m. Eva May Murdock
LeRelle Giles (Ted) b. 21 July, 1902, m. Dorothy Lyman
Robert Lewis, b. 2 Feb., 1909, m Jessie Hunter

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Bliss, Robert Lewis and LeRelle Bushman

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Martin Isaac Bushman, Educator b. 9 Oct 1865, Lehi Utah

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Heart Throbs of the West Volume 12
The University of Utah and Other Schools of Early Days
Millard County

O. B. Burgland came here as a teacher soon after 1880. He was a more modern teacher and introduced new methods. Marinda Halliday also taught here a number of years and was the first woman principal after the introduction of new methods. M. I. Bushman served as principal of schools.

Obituary for Martin Isaac Bushman
PROVO–Martin Isaac Bushman, 67. former Provo city school teacher and police officer, died Sunday night at the family residence, 133 East First North street, as the result of a paralytic stroke suffered a year ago. Mr. Bushman Mr. Bushman was born October 9. 1865, at Lehi, a son of Martin B. and Lucinda Goodwin Bushman. He came to Provo in 1886 and later graduated from the Brigham Young academy.

He then served as a teacher in the Provo public schools and surrounding districts for 19 years. While a teacher he initiated and sponsored school hikes and school ground activities. He served as an officer on the Provo police force four years and for the past 17 years had been an attendant in the Utah State hospital.

He was an active member of the L. D. S. church. He married Ruia Holden June 4, 1890, in the Manti L. D. S. temple. Besides his widow. surviving are three sons. Bliss L. and Ted Bushman, Salt Lake; Robert Bushman, Provo; four sisters. Mrs. Emmeret Archibold, Salt Lake; Mrs. Florence Zimmerman, Lehi; Mrs. Annie Miller, Cardston, Alberta, Canada Mrs. Vera Trunker, Lehi, and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. in the L. D. S. Third ward chapel, with burial in Provo City cemetery, under the direction of the Berg mortuary.

DUP Obituary Scrapbook
Mr. Bushman was born October 9. 1865, at Lehi, a son of Martin B. and Lucinda Goodwin Bushman. He came to Provo in 1886 and later graduated from the Brigham Young academy. He then served as a teacher in the Provo public schools and surrounding districts for 19 years. While a teacher he initiated and sponsored school hikes and school ground activities. He served as an officer on the Provo police force four years and for the past 17 years had been an attendant in the Utah State hospital. He was an active member of the L. D. S. church. He married Ruia Holden June 4, 1890, in the Manti L. D. S. temple. Besides his widow. surviving are three sons. Bliss L. and Ted Bushman, Salt Lake; Robert Bushman, Provo; four sisters. Mrs. Emmeret Archibold, Salt Lake; Mrs. Florence Zimmerman, Lehi; Mrs. Annie Miller, Cardston, Alberta, Canada Mrs. Vera Trunker, Lehi, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. in the L. D. S. Third ward chapel, with burial in Provo City cemetery, under the direction of the Berg mortuary.
DUP Obituary Scrapbook

Bushman Family History by Newbern Butt:
Martin Bushman earned his PhD degree from BYU. He was a school teacher, policeman, and hospital attendant. He belonged to the Seventies Quorum, and served a mission to England. He married Ruie Angelina Holden June 4, 1890 in the Manti Temple. She was the daughter of Giles Bliss Holden and Almira Rebecca Tiffany of Provo. She died March 4, 1948. Martin died September 24, 1933 in Provo, Utah.

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Grace Helen Smuin 1950s College Scrapbook

My Mom, Grace Smuin met my Dad, Art Laemmlen when they attended UC Davis in 1948-49.  Grace was from San Gabriel, southern California and Art was from Reedley in central California.  Grace transferred to UCLA and Art to UC Berkeley.  They were secretly engaged for 3 years while they finished their degrees at these different universities.  Here is my Mom’s scrapbook of her college years:

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A visit to Reedley–my Grandma’s kitchen:Smuin, 0017Smuin, 0018Smuin, 0019Smuin, 0020Smuin, 0021Smuin, 0022Smuin, 0023Smuin, 0024

Grace’s roommate, Shirley McFedters:Smuin, 0025Smuin, 0026Smuin, 0027Smuin, 0028Smuin, 0029

A card from Elsa Laemmlen visiting Grossgartach, family home place:Smuin, 0030Smuin, 0031Smuin, 0032Smuin, 0033Smuin, 0034Smuin, 0035Smuin, 0036

A map to the Laemmlen farm in Reedley:Smuin, 0037Smuin, 0038Smuin, 0039Smuin, 0040

Grace’s parents, Frank and Ruby Smuin (center) and I think Frank’s sister, Hattie and her husband, Doc Pugmire.Smuin, 0042Smuin, 0043Smuin, 0044Smuin, 0045Smuin, 0046Smuin, 0047

Marilyn Smuin, Grace’s sister:Smuin, 0048defaultSmuin, 0050Smuin, 0051Smuin, 0052Smuin, 0053Smuin, 0054Smuin, 0055Smuin, 0056Smuin, 0057Smuin, 0058Smuin, 0059Smuin, 0060Smuin, 0061Smuin, 0062Smuin, 0063Smuin, 0064Smuin, 0065Smuin, 0066Smuin, 0067Smuin, 0068Smuin, 0069Smuin, 0070Smuin, 0071Smuin, 0072Smuin, 0073Smuin, 0074Smuin, 0075Smuin, 0076Smuin, 0077Smuin, 0078Smuin, 0079Smuin, 0080Smuin, 0081Smuin, 0082Smuin, 0083Smuin, 0084Smuin, 0085Smuin, 0086Smuin, 0087

Wilfred Laemmlen, Ruby  and Frank Smuin, Elsa and Rudolf Laemmlen, Frank Laemmlen, Marilyn Smuin:Smuin, 0088

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Rudolf Laemmlen Obituary October 1992

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Laemmlen, Rudolf Obit Fresno Bee 10 Oct 1992

Rudolf Laemmlen   (13 July 1899-7 October 1992)

REEDLEY– Services for Rudolf Laemmlen, 93, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at First Mennonite Church.

Mr Laemmlen died Wednesday.  He was a farmer.

Surviving are four sons, Arthur and Henry, both of Reedley, Wilfred of Sanger and Franklin of Santa Maria; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Cairns Funeral Home

Remembrances may be sent to Mennonite Central Committee, 1010 G. St., Reedley, CA 93654.

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Charley Turley Heals Bro.Smithson’s Son

Charley Turley was born 4 October 1899 in Snowflake, AZ.  He is the son of Alma Rubin and Delilah Jane Willis Turley.

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Charles Herman Turley “Charlie”

One evening Ann and her daughter got in the car with Charles [Turley]. They rode for awhile and were about ready to stop when something whispered to him to go up by Bro. Smithson’s house. So they rode up there. Just as they were coming up to his place they saw Bro. Smithson and he asked if Charles would come in and help administer to George, Bro. Smithson’s son.

His boy had been thrown from a horse a week or so before and had hurt his back so that he had no power to move. His parents had to move him where ever he laid on the bed. They even had to feed him and change his clothes for him because he couldn’t move to do it himself.

Brother Smithson administered the oil and while he was annointing, something whispered to Charles, “When you seal the annointing, command him to rise.” He did not heed this whispering and while he was sealing the annointing again it whispered, “Command him to rise.” But he never did.

After they had finished and he started to go home he was halted by some unknown power and again, the third time, he was told to command George to rise. He turned white and was weak. He turned to Brother Smithson and said, “Have you and your wife faith enough that a miracle can be performed in your house?” They said yes.

So Charles walked to the bed. He placed one hand under George’s head and the other under his back and shoulders and said, “Brother George Smithson, in the name of Jesus Christ we command you to arise and be made whole.” When he arose from the bed he said he felt so full of the spirit of the Lord that he felt like shouting and praising God. He put on a pair of boots, his overalls, his shirt and coat all by himself and walked 3/8 of a mile to Sunday Meeting.

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