My cousin, David Curry, sent this photo to me through Facebook a few days back. I think he got it from the newspaper in Vevay, Indiana. The picture was taken in 1929 at the Spring Branch School which was only a few miles outside of Vevay. I don’t know who the kids are—wasn’t around in 1929, but that big, tall guy standing to the right is my grandfather, Landon Curry.
Landon Curry was my mother’s father and if I had to guess, and this is only a guess, I think he’s the only person on my mother’s side of the family that went to college. He went to Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana which isn’t far from Madison. The campus is right there close to the Ohio River.
That school where my grandfather taught wasn’t far at all from his massive farm. I think my grandfather enjoyed teaching, but preferred farming. When I was born in 1954, he had given up teaching and turned to farming fulltime.
Back in the 1960’s, airplane pilots would fly over farms in Switzerland Country and a sales person with them would take photos of the farms from up in the air. They took one of my grandfather’s farm and, of course, he purchased the photo. It’s in a frame and I held onto it for years. Now, my son has it hanging up in his house. I like the idea that it’s being passed down to the next generation, being passed down to my grandfather’s great grandson.
I still think of my grandfather a lot and miss him. Last June, I wrote about him in CityBeat.
Before Cousin David sent me that photo of my grandfather, I had kind of forgotten that he had been a teacher. I always thought of him as a farmer, but more importantly, as a great Grandpa.
(Photo from David Curry)