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Pitchfork Manor: 1937

Pitchfork Manor: 1937

June 1937. "Art Simplot and family in front of their house near Black River Falls, Wisconsin." The prolific Russell Lee shoots the prolific Simplots. View full size.

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Do you feel a draft in here?

StefanJ, the tarpaper was to keep the wind from blowing through the gaps in the boards. I'll bet that the inside walls are covered with old newspapers, as well. (My 1920 farmhouse has newspappers shellacked on to the boards behind the newer drywall; makes for some fascinating reading!)

How YOUNG was she?

She was 27 and had SIX kids. I had NONE at this age. OTOH, my paternal grandmother had seventeen by the time she was 29!

Wall cover

The left part of the house looks like a classic log cabin.

But is that leather nailed on the outside wall of the center part of the house? And would that be for curing or as a plaster substitute? Or as a pre plaster board way of keeping the wind from blowing through the gaps?

[That's tarpaper. - Dave]

Please, Santa

Can my family get shoes for Christmas? They don't have to be new, but it would be good if they fit.

Poor But Proud

Poor in material things, but proud, self reliant, accomplished, healthy, happy, family-centered.


When driving across the rural West, especially Idaho, one often sees signs advertising the Simplot company, a major supplier of farm products.

I had no idea that "Simplot" was an actual family name. I had always assumed it was a corporate made-up name, like "Exxon" or "Wal-Mart."

Marcella and Gaylord

Looks like Marcella died in 1938, not 1937 as listed in the genealogy link. she was not even 3 years old. After second daughter LaFreda was born, the had another son, Gaylord, who only lived a week.

Absolutely amazing

In seven hours we went from an obscure 1930s photograph to seeing the obit and photo of one of the kids, not to mention the whole family tree.

That would have been "weeks and weeks" of research by a team of people 20 years ago.(Sorry, sometimes I'm just overwhelmed by this interweb.)

2nd Oldest Boy 2012 Obit

Irvin C. Simplot, February 5, 2012.

Baby Girl Marcella

According to the genealogy link (thanks Wally!) the baby girl being held by the mother died a few months after that photo was taken. Very sad. It wasn't until three years later the family had another child, a daughter, La Freda.

Still there

via Find-A-Grave


OK, I have to ask!

Were they trying for a girl?

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