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blue sneakers. Somewhat slight in stature but surprisingly strong, both physically and emotionally, she was the queen of her domain. Cooking was usually done on a big wood stove, except for during the hottest of the dog days of summer when she would use the propane stove in the summer kitchen that Pop built by enclosing a side porch. Her fare was simple country cooking. Breakfasts of bacon or sausage with pancakes or fried bread (French toast) and eggs fresh from the chicken coop. Dinners consisted of fresh vegetables from her garden plot, fried chicken (from her f lock), possibly a rabbit that Pop and I had caught in a simple box trap, freshly caught

whom I and my son are named (but always “Pop” to me), and Bertie Louise, “Bert” Kennedy (nee: Price), affectionately known as “Old Mom.” There is a simple and, I think, slightly humorous story behind the nickname. When I became verbal as a toddler, I called her “Mom” at first, but one day she smiled lovingly and said gently to me, “I’m too old to be your mom,” to which I quickly replied, “Then you’re Old Mom,” and it stuck until the day she passed away. She was a simple farm wife of the age, her gray hair kept in a bun during the day and in a single long pigtail for sleeping. Her usual attire was a simple f lower-print house dress with a bibbed apron and plain

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Late 19th c. 38”h, 44”w, 24”d

Pair of wrought steel garden settees. 55

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