In his ledgers my grandfather, Amos Claycomb, made an inventory at the end of the year. From 1917 to 1921 he lists a blind horse. I have never heard the story, but I’m surprised that he kept this horse. He farmed in Wayne, Nebraska.
There are two pages for each year. The horses are the first listed. I included both pages – there are interesting items on both pages.
This is the residence at Cedarhurst, home of my grandparents, Ruth Bressler and Amos Claycomb in Wayne, Nebraska. The photo was taken about 1920. I think the car is their 1919 Cadillac. I cannot identify the children or the horses, a failure I must admit. Update: the children on the horses L-R: William von Seggern, Jr., John Claycomb, and Bill Mellor. I wrote about the fate of this house here.
This is from one of Mom’s first visit to the Claycomb farm in Wayne, Nebraska, probably 1935 or so. John Claycomb, Barbara Claycomb, Richard Claycomb, Harriet Duncan, Frank Claycomb, and George Claycomb. Have to say, I just don’t recognize George – I put his name by elimination.
These are two of my father’s i.d. cards. One is his student activity card for Wayne (Nebraska) State Teachers College. It surprises me that it would cost $3.25 for one semester in 1933. Seems pricey. The other is his Michigan driver’s license for 1936. It’s printed on shiny paper – like photo paper. He was 21 and would be getting married that April.
I didn’t know my grandfather, Amos Claycomb, was a member of the Wayne (Nebraska) Country Club. Or that Wayne even had a country club in 1926. And then I notice on the reverse, that his was a social membership. That makes a little more sense. He was very social, and even athletic, but I never knew him to play golf.
This photo is printed on ordinary paper – a little heavier and off-white. Not photo paper. It’s my grandmother, Ruth Bressler, in her wedding dress. She married Amos Claycomb on June 15, 1912 in Wayne, Nebraska.
Front row L-R: John Tannehill Bressler, Dorothy Bressler, Julia Fair Bressler, Martha Harker, O. A. Harker, Jr.
Back row L-R: Ruth Bressler, John T. Bressler, Jr., Kate Bressler Von Seggern, William E. Von Seggern, Maud Bressler Harker.
Kate Bressler and William Von Seggern married in April 1911 – perhaps at the time of this photo. John, Dorothy, Ruth, Kate, and Maud of the children of John T. and Julia Bressler. Maud married O. A. Harker and their daughter is Martha.
“This certifies that Barbara Claycomb a pupil of the Public Schools of this county is especially commended for Punctual and Regular Attendance at School for a period of twenty days and is therefore entitled to receive this Award of Merit.” In the year that Thelma Peterson was her teacher and Pearl E. Sewell was the county superintendent of schools in Wayne, Nebraska, Aunt Barb received this award September 1927 through April 1928. The forms (N-200-H) were printed for Lincoln School Supply Company in Lincoln, Nebraska. Each featured a work of art. On the reverse the painting and the artist were described. Aunt Barb’s school was District #14 – a one-room school house with probably a dozen students.
In 1940 my Aunt Barb received her BA in Education for Nebraska State Teachers’ College in Wayne, Nebraska. She save the announcement, the program and mimeograph pages of the Commencement Week program with instructions on how to dress for the ceremonies and how to behave during them.
Quite an exciting time for a 22 year old farm girl from Wayne. I’m not sure of the timeline, but I think she went to Chicago to attend a business college after this. As far as I know she never taught school. Oh, the questions I wish I had asked her.