The Rudolf Laemmlen Farm in Reedley CA, 1955-1956: 100 Historical Photos

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-17My grandfather, Rudolf Laemmlen came from Grossgartach, Germany in 1929.  He and my grandma Elsa settled on a farm in Reedley, California, where they raised their four sons, Arthur (b. 1930), Henry (b. 1932), Wilfred (b. 1935) and Franklin (b. 1937).  Rudolf and Elsa kept in touch with their family and friends in Grossgartach through the years.

In 1955-56, Helmut Lämmlen, Rudolf’s oldest brother’s son, came to work on the farm and see how things were done in America.  When I last visited Helmut in Germany in 2009, he let me photograph his scrapbook of my grandfather’s farm and the work he and my uncles did there.

Here is a look back in time–a look back to the beginnings of the farm that was my playground as a child born here in 1959.  This farm is still in our family, still producing and flourishing.  I hope you enjoy this slice of history!helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-18Helmut’s passage from Germany 1955

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Cutting the canes

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-3Wooden trays for drying peaches

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-7Helmut hauling fruit

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-8The portable packing shed.  They are packing Kelsey plums.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-9helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-6Henry Laemmlen

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-10Wilfred Laemmlen

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-11Helmut Lämmlen

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-12helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-13helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-14Chicken coop.  Grandma sold eggs.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-15Franklin Laemmlen

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-16Irrigating

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-23The Ditch.  This is where I learned how to swim.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-25Spraying the peach trees in the winter.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-26helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-27Vineyards before pruning.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-28Inside the barn.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-29Picking oranges:  Frank, friend, Will, Helmut

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-30helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-31helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-32Horse-pulled vineyard wagon, pruning.helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-33The well and the pump.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-34Irrigation

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-35Muscat grapes

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-36Leveling the land for irrigation.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-37Muscats

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-38helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-39helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-40Ditch digger

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-41helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-42helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-43helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-44helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-45Henry scraping

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-46Franklin scraping

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-48helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-49Mexicans pruning

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-50Pruning

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-51helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-52Corn plantershelmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-53helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-54A new plow

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-58Henry Laemmlen

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-59Henry Laemmlen, Reedley High Graduate

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-60The chicken coops and the Mercury.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-61Grandpa’s horses, Sailor and Stargo.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-62helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-63Wilfred Laemmlen, oranges

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-64Grandma’s back yard

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-66Sailor and Stargo’s stall behind the house.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-68The garage and Buster, the fox terrier.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-70helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-71The ditch

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-72Spray rig with platform for sprayer.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-73The Clifton farm next door, purchased by Art Laemmlen.  (Where I grew up.)

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-74Helmut Lämmlen with orange tree.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-75Franklin leveling the land with the scraper (it was orange).helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-76The home I grew up in, next door to Grandpa’s.   42129 Road 52, Reedley

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-78Downtown Reedley

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-79Reed Avenue north of town.  (Before Reedley College?)helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-80School buildings

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-81Trench digger

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-82Reedley High School

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-83Reedley High School

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-84Reedley High School Stadium

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-86Post hole digger/ auger.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-87My childhood home next door to grandpa’s.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-88Spraying peaches in the winter time.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-89Grandpa invented and built this pruning platform.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-91Philippino workers.  They worked for our family for many years.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-92helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-94helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-95helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-96helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-97Fruit packing shed in town.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-98Pruning from the vineyard wagon.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-99Shredding the vineyard.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-100Irrigating

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-101Franklin, Helmut, Elsa and Rudolf Laemmlen

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-102Arthur Laemmlen 1944 age 14.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-103Franklin, Henry, Elsa, Rudolf, Arthur and Wilfred Laemmlen  February 1950

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-105Franklin, Wilfred, Elsa and Rudolf 1955

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956Helmut on tractor

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-57Rudolf with disc in the wine grapes.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-55Post card of picking cotton.

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-56Cotton bales

helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-20Emptying the cotton picker to go to the cotton gin.

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helmuts-photos-of-reedley-1955-1956-24Table grapes

 

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About annlaemmlenlewis

I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am currently serving as a Missionary in the Washington Yakima Mission. Welcome to my personal blog, Ann's Words, and my Mission blog, Our Yakima Mission. If you are interested in family history stories and histories, you can find those posted in Ann's Stories. Thanks for looking in!
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One Response to The Rudolf Laemmlen Farm in Reedley CA, 1955-1956: 100 Historical Photos

  1. Mary Anne Loveless says:

    Thank you for hearing, Ann!

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