Herman and Amanda Born
My grandfather Herman was born on the farm near St. Thomas, North
Dakota on May 24, 1885. Two days before Christmas in 1913 he
married Amanda Peters of Kewaunee,
Wisconsin. He brought her back to North Dakota, built a
for her near Crystal, North Dakota, about two miles away from
his father's farm, and there they spent the rest of their lives,
farming the plains and raising a family of four boys and two girls.
From the time I was five until the time I was seventeen, we went
on vacation from Kansas every summer up to that farm. My grandfather
died in 1965, and I of course remember him only as an old man with a
thick German accent, but I now like to think of him as he appears in
this picture with my grandmother, which was probably taken about the
time of their marriage.
I have some glass photographic plates, probably taken before 1920,
of my grandfather's. Recently I have had them printed and have also
made digital copies of them. Click
here to see them.