Treasures From Grandma’s Photo Album

A week ago, we celebrated Christmas with my extended family. It was the first Christmas since my grandmother passed away last January. The major project was to sort through the old family photos and scan them. I love sorting through these old photos, reading the labels, and hearing the stories relayed by my aunts and uncles.

We have been through many of these albums before, but we still found surprises. Below is a picture of my great-great-great grandfather. He was a farmer and his clothes and tools seem to fit the bill.

jill's great-great-great grandfather posing on the farm

This picture is probably the favorite one of my grandparents. It was taken shortly after they were married.

jill's grandparents hugging

I am sure there will be more treasures found in the old photo album. Like any good farmer, my dad was most excited about the pictures of tractors. He could date many of the pictures based on which tractors or cars were in the frame. It is remarkable that many of the items in the background of my own pictures, not intended to be part of the story, end up being valuable clues when trying to figure out when, where or who.

I hope you all have a very blessed new year!


About jheem

I grew up on a diversified dairy farm in southeast South Dakota where I learned how to throw a hay bale, pull a calf, deal with death, and "name" the cows. I was in 4H and FFA, and was privileged to serve as a state FFA officer. In college, I studied animal science, focusing on beef cows, mostly because I figured they were less work than dairy cows....I ended up with a Masters Degree in ruminant nutrition and went to work for the University of Nebraska, first as a research tech coordinating data collection for a swine unit and beef feedlot on a research farm and then as an extension educator. In my current job, I focus on environmental issues related to animal agriculture (which is a nice way of saying I talk about manure alot). My husband and I live and work on a seedstock cattle operation in northeast Nebraska. You can learn more about our cattle operation by visiting my husband's blog at
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2 Responses to Treasures From Grandma’s Photo Album

  1. Donald Heemstra says:

    What side of your family is this picture from, Lillian’s or Marlin’s. ? I’m guessing Lillian’s


    Sent from my iPad

    • jheem says:

      Actually it would be Marlin and Orville’s great-grandfather. It is Grandma Anna’s grandfather according to the writing on the back. I don’t know his first name, but it says “Grandpa Klinger”.

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