We visited the small town and saw the spot where my Grandmother's house was. Yes, it had been right on the railroad tracks. My mom jokes that if you fell off the front porch, you'd get hit by a car on the highway. And yes, it is true. The house was wedged between the highway and the railroad tracks. Of course, back then it wasn't a well-traveled road.
|Century #1 today. (This picture is taken on the opposite side of the first photo.)|
|My mother next to her grandmother's grave site.|
My grandmother Prutsok, donning the shawl that she reportedly always wore.
She was born sometime around 1860-70 and died in 1926.
Around 1907, the family moved nearby when the town opened up a new mine. They lived in a house right by the railroad track.
My Grandma only went to school through the first grade and that was at 11 years old. She loved school but she was needed to work to help out the family. At the time, she said if she ever had children, she would make sure they went to school.
My Grandma remembers her mother's boarding house, the miners' strike, hungry families, picket lines, sitting on the porch listening to the World Series, the Great Depression, sons going off to war, and everyone helping everyone. She said, "Today we laugh and say we didn't know we were disadvantaged as we were so busy and happy." Grandma Levicki did follow through with ensuring her children had a good education. All of her children, and grandchildren, are educated.
My mother always tells a story about how they used every part of the pig except the squeal. They used the bladder for a ball and even used the pigs tail to keep the screen door from banging! She remembers stuffing cardboard in shoes where there were holes and how her mother took care of people during the depression, letting them run tabs at the store she ran. Mom says only one family ever paid her mother back.
|Here is a photo of my Grandpa and Grandma and all their children. |
My mother is the 4th one from the left in the bottom row.