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1: Welcome to a pictorial representation of the lives of the ELMER and HELEN SCHALK family featuring BARBARA LINDA GARRY From their early years to being young adults. It all began when........

2: This Guy Elmer Schalk

3: Met This Gal Helen Moehling

4: that led to getting engaged....

5: ....followed by getting married

6: The candlelight wedding took place on 1/26/42 at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH DES PLAINES, IL. | The Groom | The Bride | The Couple

7: Joe Gebeck John Moehling Emil Framke Elmer and Helen Martha Moehling Engelking Gertrude Schalk Ratieke Henrietta Schalk Potempa Shirley Engelking....flower girl

8: Elmer and Hildegarde Schalk Groom's parents

9: John and Emily Moehling Bride's parents

10: Stanley Potempa marries Henrietta Schalk 7-12-52 | Karl Schalk marries Ruth Pagel 8-11-51 | George Ratieke marries Gertrude Schalk 8-2-47 | Elmer Schalk marries Helen Moehling 1-26-42

11: Adolph Moehling marries Margaret Koehler 7/10/37 | Wilbert Moehling marries Evelyn Koehler 6/11/38 | George Hogg marries Volley Betty | John Moehling marries Ruth Linneman 10/14/39

12: Alex Engelking marries Martha Moehling 8/18/34

13: Artur Moehling marries Norma Jensen June 1926 Ernie Moehling marries Lillian Brisco and later Rose Marks Mom was Maid of Honor

14: Grandpa Schalk drove a milk truck for Bornhoffs Dairy and would pickup other staples for his customers as requested (shown below with bread). Dad would ride along on holidays where some customers would invite them in for a drink. Both came home in a merry mood.


16: Grandpa's favorite chair in the corner of the dining room. He was not allowed to smoke his cigars in the living room.

17: M O E H L I N G | Arthur Helen Ernie Martha Adolph Grandma Wilbert John Grandpa George | George Art Adolph John Wilbert ? Ernie

18: Back row: Marty, George, Emily, Norma, Alex, Roger, Martha, Jack, Art, Margaret Front row: Helen, Shirley, unknown, Adolph

19: Arthur, George, Wilbert Alex Engelking Adolph, John unknown

20: Photos of Mom and Dad, some of these are from before she and Dad were married.

21: Dad was so proud of his first potatoes!

22: Des Plaines, IL. circa 1940's

23: The white church on the right in the above photo shows the original Immanuel Lutheran Church on Lee Street in Des Plaines, IL. The lower level of that building was the grade school and was in use during the building of the 2nd church (shown left).

24: Immanuel Lutheran Church dedicated in 1956

25: CHURCH One of our favorite church stories stars Barb. As a small child she managed to get her arm stuck in one of the cutouts in the railing to the balcony. The story continues with her wailing to be UNSTUCK. It had been mentioned by the pastor upon exiting the church. For several years when we were quite young, on Christmas day the children would march up to the front of the church to receive a gift. This gift was usually a bag of assorted fruits and nuts. Mom used to take her turn watching the wee ones in the nursery. This cut down on some of the crying and distractions during the service. Dad would take his turn being an usher and part of that function was to pass the plate for collections. He looked so serious and dignified. | GRADE SCHOOL All three of us attended kindergarten through 8th grade at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN GRADE SCHOOL located across the street from the church on Lee St. in Des Plaines, IL. The classes were small and at times there were two grades in one classroom. We were all involved in sports. All three o us were Scouts for short periods of time. Barb and Linda were cheerleaders. Mom drove us to and from school every school day as we always lived miles from there. We had to cross several railroad tracks each way. One day we were running late and Mom looked both ways and then drove around the gate....who was waiting for her? Mr. Policeman! We don't know if she was more embarrassed for being pulled over or that she had her coat on over her jammies and her hair was in rollers! | RECESS The school had a jungle gym, teeter totters,& monkey bars, There were various games played like Red Rover, Dodge Ball, Hide and Seek, Tag, etc. There was a cafeteria in the basement and during our time at school, the Mom's wanted a hot lunch program. They succeeded in getting one going by volunteering to "man" the kitchen themselves. So the Mom's would run the cafeteria by working several days per week. On rainy days or when it was too cold outside, recess activities were held in the gymnasium and cafeteria. Relay games and dancing were some of the indoor activities.

26: THE BOOK OF BARBARA JANE BORN ON JUNE 25, 1944 IN BELOIT, WI. This new family of 3 lived in Beloit, WI. while Dad worked for Fairbanks Morse.

27: The teddy bear in the upper left corner was named "Buttons". He got this name after he lost his googly eyes and Mom sewed buttons in place of them.

30: GRAND PARENTS Elmer and Hildegard Schalk | GRAND PARENTS John and Emily Moehling | GODPARENTS Martha Engelking Karl Schalk

31: Uncle Karl Karl | Aunt Hen | Grandpa Schalk | G and G Schalk | Aunt Gert | G and G Schalk

32: Barb in Grandma Moehling's arms, Emily, Grandma Schalk, George, Grandpa Schalk, Mom, Gert, Alex, Hen, Martha, Grandpa Moehling. Bottom row: Roger, Marty, Shirley, Karl | Uncle Ernie | Cousin Shirley | Uncle Karl

33: Grandpa and Grandma Moehling, Uncle Ernie in uniform, Mom with Barb, Aunt Martha and Uncle Alex, Grandma and Grandpa Schalk, Aunt Gert, Uncle Karl, Aunt Hen

35: Grandma Moehling would put our hair in French braids that were soooo tight !

36: The small building in the background is the smokehouse. In earlier years the family processed their meats, sausages and head cheese.....yuck !!! The boy in the photo with Barb is cousin James Moehling.

37: Pictures of Barb at the house on Lee Street in Des Plaines

38: This wooden chair was made by Uncle Karl.

39: Some Easter moments. Barb & Grandma Moehling

41: Linda Ellen came along about four years after Barbara Jane on 5/4/48. Born at West Suburban Hospital Oak Park, IL. Garry Allen arrived seventeen months later on 9/12/49

43: This little hat of Garry's is too precious! Wonder what kept it on his head?

44: Kindergarten Graduation Day This is the best depiction of the farmhouse from our childhood.

46: Christmas Eve was celebrated with just our immediate family. For several years, until we kids got "wise". Dad would usher at the early service while the rest of us would stay at home with Mom. Then he came home and we kids and Mom would go to the late service. Meanwhile, Dad would be playing "elf" and set up the tree and hang our stockings on a shelf in the corner of the living room. The folks told us that Santa had to get an early start since he had so many places to go and that's why the tree and stockings were there on Christmas Eve.

47: THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND MANGER | The green couch survived many, many years. The curtains had been there for many years even before we came to live on the farm. | Linda and Garry setting up the Manger under the tree. We had a baby angel in a chiffon type outfit that was also under the tree | Linda polishing her saddle shoes in the kitchen. We would also play Jacks in this corner....the kitchen was the happening place!

48: This is the Moehling farmhouse with it's original wood siding. The farm was built in the late 1800's. The wood siding was changed to a light brown asbestos shingle covering, however we are not sure when that took place. The address for the farm was P.O. Box 33 Later changed to: 750 East Rand Road Des Plaines, Illinois Phone number was 824-7391 | Below are the milk house and chicken coop. | Once in a while we would help collect the eggs from the roosting hens, and we paid for it by getting pecked. They were nasty! The coop was smelly! There was chicken poop EVERYWHERE!

49: MAIN FLOOR Our grandparents lived on the first floor of the farmhouse. One of the bedrooms was Grandma's sewing room. Linda remembers taking Grandma's embroidery threads and weaving them from door handles and drawer knobs to create a colorful web that we would crawl under. No one remembers getting into trouble but we most likely did. We lived upstairs. Barb and Linda shared a bedroom that was above the back porch Garry had his own room with bunk beds in it. We would open the drawers to his dresser to create steps...a creative way to get to the top bunk. Of course the dresser had an occasion or two to tip over. For a short time there was a gerbil in a cage, but like many do, he got out of the cage and "lost in the wall". Course you could hear him gnawing on something in the middle of the night! | BASEMENT A dark and scary place where we sometimes helped clean the chickens, or played in the coal bin, or hid in the back of the basement. That's where we would hide in a room where Grandma stored all the fruits and veggies that she canned. In the front area stood the washing machine...one of the old ringer types. On nice days the laundry would be hung outside on clotheslines. Sun dried clothes and bedding smelled wonderful! On cold days the laundry was hung from the rafters in the basement. Grandma also made her own lye soap and stored it downstairs. We grew grapes on the farm and Grandpa made wine that was then aged and stored in the basement. MAde for MERRY holidays. | ATTIC Another dark space but not too scary. The scariest thing up there were the wasps by the round window. The attic was unfinished with a solid floor. Since the walls were unfinished we lost things in the walls below....small toys and toy balls would roll too close to the wall and down they went. Odd pieces of furniture, Christmas decor, old clothes were stored up there. We had mice in the attic. Dad went about building A BETTER MOUSETRAP... he took a wire clothes hanger, put an empty roll from TP on it and suspended it above a bucket of water. On this TP tube he glued nuts. The mouse would get to the nuts and roll off into the water.

50: TOOL SHED This was a marvelous place for us to play! On one side wall were most likely all of the old license plates that had ever been on any of our vehicles. They were very rusty towards the door to the tool shed due to the elements....more legible further away from the door. There were fun things stored in the rafters. On work benches and walls were tools, and more tools. There were huge wooden ladders kept in the tool shed . One night while the folks were out, Barb and Linda got into a pickle....seems brother-dear had fallen asleep on the bathroom floor. The door was locked and as much as we yelled...he didn't wake up. So the sisters went out in the dark to the tool shed, where they found and dragged out the BIG ladder, somehow leaned it up against the house and woke him up. | BARN The shape of the barn was that of the letter "T". The main door opened to a tall area where big equipment could be driven into. Grains were stored on the lower and upper floors to the right. Bales of hay were stored on the upper floor towards the back. The lower floor to the back was a root cellar, and also a place for the cows to spend cold nights. Attached to the ceiling and over the open portion of the lower level....hung a giant rope. Of course it became a right of passage for us to use this rope to swing from one side of the barn to the other. Cinders from the coal burning furnace were spread along the south side of the barn...we all had well callused feet from running around barefoot. During the winter, huge icicles were created in the back corner of the barn and we knocked some down to suck on. Also in this corner is where Grandma grew rhubarb. | CORN CRIBS Another great playground. In the picture to the right you can see the wooden corn crib where we would try to catch the farm cats. It was also like our clubhouse It was a great hiding place during Hide and Seek. To the right of that corn crib stood a different type of corn crib. It was round and made from heavy wire with a metal top....not a good hiding spot! Grandma used a hatchet to prune lower branches from the trees around the island. One day we were following her during this process, when the head of the hatchet flew off it's handle and struck Linda on the head. Grandma felt horrible! Dad held Linda up to a mirror so she could see her bloody forehead. Dr. Cant "stitched" the wound by tying Linda's hair together. Then came ice cream!

51: Tool shed & Maintenance shed. Corn crib on right. | The tree on the left is in front of the farm house. | The barn is in the background. | Milk house is to the right of the barn

52: Grandpa Moehling giving us a ride on the tractor. Sometimes we would ride on the back of the tractor where a huge butcher knife would swing back and forth. It was also fun for us to ride in the wagon behind the tractor during harvest time. As the wheat was harvested it "shot" into the wagon through a metal tube. We would get under the tube and get buried in the wheat. We got covered and itchy from the chaff . | Garry is sitting on the cultivator, a piece of equipment that has several plow heads on it to turn the soil in preparation to plant. The main crops were corn, wheat and soy beans. A small patch of sweet corn was planted each year. It would be picked right before cooking...fresh and tasty!

53: Our Grandparents with us, probably dressed up for church. We went on Sundays and Linda can remember sitting next to Grandpa and singing her heart out even though she didn't know the words. Barb and kitty in front of the barn, Garry is in the doorway.

54: Mom's still got it!

55: Barb on the little trike. | Linda is ready to roll.

56: Here are Garry, Linda and cousin Margie helping Grandpa with some chores. One of our favorite pastimes, climbing on the truck. We liked to catch the barn cats, and sometimes got scratched a bit for our efforts. We would feed them milk and bread, There was a calico cat that we called the momma cat....she would have her litters under the back porch of the house.

57: l | Another play room for us was the second floor of the milk house. We learned that we didn't need a ladder to climb up to the room, we would open the door and use the crossbars as our ladder. The upper space was storage for harnesses and horse gear. Mom was sometimes called "Red" by Dad. Here;s Mom working in the garden....carrots, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, radishes, strawberries, raspberries, cabbage, beets, celery, cucumbers, green beans, peas, rhubarb In the orchard were trees bearing plums and cherries. We also had several types of apple trees and pear trees. A golden delicious apple tree was not part of the orchard, but stood closer to the barn. Those were YUMMY apples! A clearer photo of the equipment shed with the wooden corn crib standing to the right of it. Barb is in the buggy with cousins James and Richard Moehling behind.

58: Across the road was a farm run by another Moehling family. However, the two families rarely saw each other....IT WAS A MYSTERY! Still is to this day, all we knew was that our Grandma Moehling and her sister-in-law did not like each other. One of our rules was to never cut across their property! As of 2012 the farm buildings were still there and in great shape. Mom's cousin, Irv Moehling had been the last owner. | NEIGHBORS At the corner of the property was a junkyard doing business as the Iverson Brothers. The junkyard was surrounded by a wooden fence. A loose board in this fence was a means for us to get into the junkyard as it was a great place to play. Loads of vehicles to climb into and on top of, including a yellow school bus. We would generally play in the junkyard until one of the brothers saw us and scared us away! Bob and Stan put up with us and there were times when they would treat us to a Coke. They had a vending machine in the front office area that held the old glass 8 oz bottles of sodas. There were goats in the junkyard and for fun Barb put Linda on one of them. Next to the junkyard was a tavern called the Rand Cafe later to be named Kelly's Roadhouse. During closed hours we were in there playing the jukebox and drinking sodas. Next to the tavern was a large house where the Kelly's lived. Mr. Kelly ran the tavern. The Kelly kids, Molly, Johnnie and Tassie were our partners in crime in some of our adventures. Another family, the Clavey's lived nearby. | Boots

59: Our farm was fun for us as well as a bunch of our cousins. Many of the extended family celebrations were held on the farm. We certainly got a lot of use out of the bicycles on the farm. There was The Blue Bike, The Purple Bike, The Adult Trike and The Lil' Trike. The red Adult Trike was homemade and had been garbage picked by Grandpa Schalk | One of Barb's birthdays with friends from school. Garry and Linda were allowed to attend.

62: Barb took dancing lessons and performed at several dance recitals. Mom liked to point out that there were usually costume faux pas. Can you spot them?

64: Miss Covington | Miss Covington | Linda can be found in each of these four pictures | This one is easy to find her.

65: Garry was on a baseball team...can you find him?

66: Most memorable teacher: Mr. Becker Favorite subject: English Favorite toy: Roller skates First job: Woolworth's Favorite color: Blue Wage: 85 cents per hour Favorite school chum : Everyone First date with Ronnie Held

67: BARB'S SCHOOL YEARS Her nickname during her early years at home was: BEE-BAH Her nickname during Nurse's Training SCHALKER

68: Favorite teacher: Mr. Heinz Favorite subject: Math and gym Favorite color: Green First job: Cinema candy counter Favorite toy: Tonka crane First wage: $1.10 hr Best friend: Mary Breither First date: Darryl Schellin

69: LINDA'S SCHOOL YEARS Nickname in her childhood was LLLLLLLinda Her nickname in High School was PUNKIN and SUNSHINE

70: Favorite teacher: I don't know Favorite subject: Recess Favorite color: Blue First job: Paper boy Favorite toy: Dump truck First wage: "I don't know" Best friend at school: Tommy Kehe First date: "I don't remember"

71: GARRY'S SCHOOL YEARS His nickname during his early years was CURLEY


73: Playgrounds of decades ago consisted of some of these standard items, slides, jungle gyms, teeter totters but the swing thing that's 6 feet off the ground was not the norm.....pretty scary! Other standard items were monkey bars, swings and merry-go-rounds.

74: No idea of where these pictures were taken. Walking along the waters edge was a popular pastime for us. Mom enjoyed looking for certain items along the shore. If we happened to be by the ocean she always hoped to find a glass float...one can buy them everywhere but she wanted to find one. Other places she would look for agates, sea glass, quartz and shells She also helped us to learn the art of skipping rocks on water.

75: These photos look like they are from Wisconsin or Michigan. Walking on the tracks we got from Mom. At the farm one of our regular adventures was to walk across the fields to the tracks of the SooLine railroad that bordered our land. Walking on top of stone walls in parks would find Mom on the wall right along with us.

76: Some of these pics are from the Royal Gorge

77: Garry was digging his way to China! Not only water, but rocks to climb!

78: The original tent stakes were aluminum and would bend in hard or rocky soil, so Dad made some out of steel. Those babies NEVER bent! | When we set up camp we wanted the door to the east and on sloped ground so water wouldn't rush into the tent if it rained. We dug a trench around the tent to divert running water away from the door.

79: One year we were planning on camping in the mountains. Our sleeping bags were lined with a fabric that made us cold in chilly climates, so Mom sewed some flannel "tubes" to use like a body sock to keep us warm at night....a good name would be TANGLE CITY We would wear socks on our hands as gloves to help keep us warm. | Early on when camping, we had sleeping bags arranged in a jigsaw pattern to fit in the tent. We got to use air mattresses later on.....every time we moved we could hear the air swooshing around from chamber to chamber. The folks tricked us.....they got us to blow up the mattresses like we were in a race to see who finished first....smarties!

80: SIGHTS OF CAMPING Campfires Starry Starry skies Bugs buzzing around the lantern at night. Bears going through the trash barrels in the campground. One of the camps in the mountains tried to out smart the bears by having in-ground trash cans. They couldn't be tipped over and you had to step on a pedal to open the lid to the can. Didn't even slow the bears down...they would hit that pedal with their paw...BAM! Breakfast would be served!

82: For several years there was a very unique sound in camp. Dad had created a connector that replaced a spark plug on the car engine that would hook up to a hose. The hose was attached to the valve on the air mattresses. While the car was running, it was also blowing up the mattresses. Dad usually had an audience of other campers to do a SHOW AND TELL. | SOUNDS OF CAMPING Wind in the trees. Rain on the tent. Hiss of the lantern. Snap, crackle and pop of the campfire. Someone snoring. Someone passing gas. Wood being chopped. People laughing. People talking. Animal noises in the middle of the night. The high-pitched whine of mosquitoes at night. The clank of pots and pans in the morning as Dad cooked. Scrambled eggs with bacon bits in them was a usual breakfast, or pork sausages with gravy to top the bread.

83: ACTIVITIES OF CAMPING Lots of hiking Lots of swimming At night sitting by campfire Reading Playing cards Chopping wood Washing and drying dishes. Who got to wash and dry was determined by the first and second persons to be dealt an Ace. Spending time by any playground Sightseeing There are many attractions, events, and tours around the country. As a family we were fortunate to see so many of them. As Mom said, "There's always something to do".

84: For many years, the day before vacation would find the car packed, suitcases packed and us sent to bed early. Dad worked a late shift and when he got home from work, the folks would hustle the three of us into the car.....and off we would go! Dad wanted to drive 500 miles that first day so we were on the road at midnight. Travel time was a bit longer back then because there were no super highways....it was strictly one lane each way. That means losing time when stuck behind a slower moving car or truck while waiting to pass. We carried along some things to keep us busy like books to read, games to play, coloring books and crayons. We can still smell those crayons as they softened and almost melted on the back ledge from the sun shining through the window. | O N T H E R O A D

85: JUST DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE.... AROUND THE NEXT BEND.... | As shown in the photo to the left, there was a car top carrier that Dad also made. It was a place for bulky items like luggage and sleeping bags. It was held in place with large suction cups and clips that went to the rain gutters above the windows. Anytime a large truck was coming towards us, Dad would holler to us to crank open the windows and hang onto these clips. Occasionally a clip would come loose and then we would have a scavenger hunt along the road to find the lost clip! STREET DANCE ....at times we were threatened with a Street Dance. It began with our misbehaving in the back seat....all Dad needed to do was take his foot off the gas pedal and step on the brakes and we would shut up! | A canvas water bag hung in front of the grill of the car. If the car over heated, we had an immediate water source. We usually stopped at a roadside table for lunch on our driving days. Once in a while we would stop at a restaurant...a treat! At one of our restaurant stops Garry was so hungry that he wanted to order two WHOLE chickens! BURMA SHAVE We kept our eyes open for these series of signs alongside the road.. They were humorous ditties that would make us laugh. Some were of a nature that went way over our heads but we laughed cause the folks laughed! We fooled them! | Three kids in the back seat meant that one of us had to sit in the middle. For the first leg of the trip, Linda always got to sit next to a window. Why? Because she would get herself so worked up that she would eventually get sick. One moan from her and Dad was rapidly pulling to the side of the road! When we were small and starting out, Dad had built a wooden table that fit between the front seat and the back seat. It was the same height as the back seat so we had a larger area to lay down or sit with our legs sticking out in front of us. Underneath this platform was additional storage space. Dad had also built some shelves to fit in the trunk above the wheel wells. These shelves became the pantry for canned goods

86: Corn Palace Mitchell, S.D. Something else that Dad made was a container for their cigarettes that was suction cupped to the dash of the car. It fell off the dash one too many times and he chucked it out the window!

87: Wall Drug South Dakota Home of the Jackalope Traveling through South Dakota you couldn't miss Wall Drug. There were sooooo many road signs along the way to peak your interest that you just HAD TO STOP!

88: Upper left photo is from Knottsberry Farm. Dad taking a snooze on the bench of the picnic table was a regular thing. We could usually tell that it was around 3 o'clock in the afternoon cause Dad was either snoozing or getting us all ice cream.

89: Some earlier photos of us doing what we liked to do....climbing! Or traipsing through water. During one of these jumping from rock to rock episodes Garry fell in and got soaked. To dry his jeans quicker Mom hung them out of the car window while we were driving down the road.

90: We usually traveled in July and August. To come across snow in the mountains was novel for us and we would stop and have a snowball fight. Bottom photo shows us exploring a ghost town.

91: Milner Pass One of many continental divides....this one was in northern Colorado and part of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

92: BEFORE THE TREK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE GRAND CANYON One of the things we learned from Dad was to do the research. Weeks before a vacation he would have contacted many Chamber Of Commerce offices in our area of interest, for maps and information about the places we were going to visit. After waiting for all the info to arrive via the postal system, he would then spread all the brochures on the living room floor as well as the maps of states we would be traveling through. He would lay on the floor and with a pen mark our route on the maps to all of these fabulous places. Makes one appreciate the advent of the Internet for researching and gathering information.

93: Dad had done his homework and had made a list of provisions we needed to take with us on our walk to the bottom of the canyon. The hats were very important for shading one's face as well as keeping the top of the head a tad cooler. We were told that placing grass under our hats would make it cooler by a degree or two. Closed toed shoes and socks were highly recommended. We carried water in several of Dad's canteens from the Army...they were aluminum covered with canvas. The idea was to wet down the canvas and the evaporation process would keep the water cooler. Aluminum flavored water....Yum! | THE BACKPACK Items to be carried in the backpack were, flashlight, first aid kit, camera, snacks, the all-important toilet paper. You'll notice that Garry is the one wearing the backpack. Good job, Dad! Off we went! We most likely got an early start. The walking trail was also the same path taken by the folks riding down on mules. Every so often we would go around a puddle where the mules decided to take a pee...smelled great! The original plan was to walk to a spot called Indian Gardens at the bottom of the canyon. It was then decided that we would go further to the river. As we neared the river Barb decided that she "Couldn't go on!" She wanted us to leave all the water with her and to go on without her! Like that would happen! All of us continued across the river to a small motel called Phantom Ranch. We swam in their pool and they gave us box lunches. Heading back we carried additional water in bottles.

95: BACK AT THE TOP LOOK HOW DUSTY WE ARE IN THIS PHOTO ! Some kind soul who told us that they had been following our progress to the top of the canyon, took this photo for us after we exited the trail. Where did Barb;s hat go? She is holding it over her butt because her pants had ripped !

96: Disneyland in California was part of our six week vacation out west. Six weeks of quality family time! Dad stopped the car just after crossing the California state line to take this picture of us by an orange tree...we were very excited about getting to California. WE REACHED OUR GOAL | DISNEYLAND We have very few items from Disneyland. Some of the attractions are different or gone from the park, but we remember one really well. This ride was to represent riding mules to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. So we rode the Disney mules, yes, real mules, through the man made Grand Canyon of Disneyland. Having recently walked to the bottom of the canyon, we were glad that we hadn't ridden mules, because we were sore from riding the Disney mules.

98: KNOTTSBERRY FARM Linda's driving....LOOK OUT! Panning for gold. Drama in the street.

99: LAST DAYS AT THE FARM 1959 Barb is still reading. The teeter totter and high bar in the background were made by Dad....he used iron water pipes. That thing wasn't going anywhere!

100: 1959...the big move to 15 Leon Lane West Prospect, IL. Mom continued to drive us to and from grade school until we entered high school.

101: Our house was the hangout for the neighborhood kids. Holidays and family events were held at our house. Mom was great at making sure that the family got together on a regular basis.

102: 1962 The folks in Miami after winning the prize when they purchased a 1962 Comet.The car was called Brownie cause it was bronze in color. It had a 3 speed stick that Mom hated!

103: MOM IN THE KITCHEN A very familiar sight! A favorite feature of the kitchen cabinets was the cutting board that slid in and out. A very handy feature and pictured in the photo on the left. That's Boots again! Shortly after moving to the house in Prospect Heights we lost our power during the winter. We used the gas oven as our heater as we ate in the kitchen.

104: With the toboggan at Deer Grove State Park Linda's grade school friend Mary is in the middle. | THESE NEXT PAGES ARE PHOTOS FROM THE 60'S During this 10 year period Dad took photos and had them processed into small images that were then put into the ViewMaster. The following photos have been through several processes to get them to printable form. So many of these photos are not clear however will still represent memories of this decade of our family's lives.

106: Mom with Grandma and Grandpa Schalk | Barb's capping ceremony | Linda, Barb, Garry and Mom

108: Ice Caves

109: Another bear story titled MOM AND THE BEAR Mom was the only one at the campsite...inside the tent. When she exited the tent she saw a bear at the table looking for breakfast! She clapped her hands and yelled and the bear started moving away. She then grabbed a pot and spoon and created a ruckus to scare it off.

110: Eye Of The Needle

111: Black Hills, South Dakota

112: Earth Quake City

113: Starved Rock State Park, IL. Prairie Dog Town, South Dakota

114: The Mau's were long time friends of Mom and Dad's They owned a grocery store in Sheldon. WI. | Quite the water tower

115: The Mackinac Bridge in Michigan opened in May, 1957

116: A distant first look at the Grand Teton Mountains. | This little chapel had a picture window behind the altar so the congregation could view the majestic Teton Mountains Very inspiring!

118: We let Garry do the rowing.

119: Old Faithful in Yosemite | Devil's Tower in Wyoming

120: Washington/Oregon coast Here we are doing our treasure hunting...Mom is still looking for glass floats and we are searching for any cool stones or shells.

121: While Mom liked searching for cool stuff by the waters edge.. Dad would try to capture photos of animal life, but these little ground squirrels were awfully quick.

122: HOLIDAY PHOTO Every year Aunt Hen would take a Schalk family portrait during the holidays taking advantage of the fact that we were dressed up and presentable. The technology back then required several BRIGHT spotlights in order to take an indoor shot like this....we were all blinded and a bit tanner by the end of the photo session. | THE NEXT SEVERAL PAGES ARE FILLED WITH MISC FAMILY PHOTOS | Ginny, Perry, Dad, Grandpa, George, Karl Barb, Hen, Mom, Grandma, Gert, Ruth, Steven Garry, Donna, Marilyn, Linda, Keith, Ken

123: MOEHLING FAMILY at Garry ad Cindy's wedding. Adolph, Wilbert, Margaret, Evelyn, Martha, Emily, George, Alex, Mom, Dad, Rose and Ernie...seated.

124: 50th Anniversary

125: OUR FAMILY Linda, Helen, Elmer, Garry, Barb | GRAND DAUGHTERS Kristy, Jennifer, Julie, Lisa | We three all got to say a few words to those gathered to celebrate 50 yrs. | Our extended family with Cindy, Bill and Ray

126: Feeding the chickens. Below shows Mom holding a cat standing next to Johnnie, her brother. | This is just one of many favorite photos. The photo below shows Mom and coworker in the Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School cafeteria. What it reminds us of is that very special episode of I LOVE LUCY where Lucy and Ethel "lose it" on the chocolate packing line that speeds up.

127: FOUR GENERATIONS Mom, Barb, Grandma Schalk & Kristy the first grandchild and first great grandchild of the family. | Somewhere in Florida Mom took a ride in a bi-plane. Dad chose to stay on the ground.

128: John Moehling marries Emily Schwake 10/9/01 | Elmer Schalk marries Hildegard Remus

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