My mom--Frieda--had five sisters who grew-up in the Thumb of Michigan. Looking at this picture makes me wish I would have had iPhone with video. These women had a real story to tell about growing up on a sugar beet farm from the time the oldest of them was real young to the youngest from the early 1900s to the early 1930s.
Their family of twelve siblings, including six brothers were real heroes who were the grandchildren of immigrants from Germany. They lived through extreme poverty, backbreaking work from the time they were children and the loss of both parents at a very young age.
They kept the family together after moving to Bay City. With the deaths of my mom and her brothers and sisters many if not most of the details were lost.
Theirs is a story that would have rivaled Little House on the Prairie. Their parents--my maternal grandfather and grandmother died way before I was born.