Ira Weaver Memories:
Perhaps the first recollection I have of this home was when Mother Weaver and a few of the Weaver children would cross-cut across the Weaver farm, the Noah Simmons farm and the west central field which led us into the back yard to be met by Grandpa, Grandma and Aunt Sade, as we called her, there was no uncertainty as to our welcome. And this was also true with the many visitors that frequented this good old home. Grandfather usually had a joke or two to inject into the conversation.
This homestead was the talk of the Middlebury community. Yost Schrock was born near Smithville, Ohio, March 28 1827.. Martha Plank was from near Wooster, Ohio. After their marriage they lived in Ohio three years then moved to Middlebury, Indiana and purchased the 160 acres, one mile west of Middlebury. Two children were born in Ohio and ten were born on the old homestead. Here the family lived, labored, loved and prospered.
Two children died in infancy. Aunt Sade died at the age of 32. She never married. The rest of the nine child married and established homes, most of them in the community at one time or another. Seven from the Schrock home attended school at the Pickrell School more than a mile by short cut across the fields. Mother Weaver often spoke of their little army going to and from school. They all received a good education and Mother Weaver could out spell any of her children.
The labors of Grandfather and Grandmother, together with the boys and girls, made possible the development of this successful home. I head grandpa relate how a neighbor reported that when the Schrock boys husked corn there was an ear flying continuously. I remember dropping corn three to the hill and three droppers and three to cover. I was being followed by Uncle Will and did he make me step. At the end of the field (80 rods) thru some argument, Uncle Will said he would throw me over the the rail fence. I said he couldn't. He did.
The old home was well kept, seemingly larger farm than any of the children acquired. There was a heap of living in this home. The buildings were located a little west of the center of the farm. A lane one half mile long to the north led to the road. This lane, as well as the north side of the farm was bound by osage hedge fence which was always well trimmed and kept so as to control it's growth and beauty. The home was wide open to the children of the community and the grandchildren and everyone, even the beggar along the way.
The grandchildren, who were many, seemed to visit the home in regular relays. What was the experience of Clayton Cripe, Clyde Cripe and Ira Weaver, was true of all ages of grandchildren. It was a happy occasion when the time came for this group to cross the field from the Pickrell School with dinner pails in hand to report at grandpa's for an evening of fun. I think we visited every place of interest, even to filling the huge wood box with sufficient fuel for days. The the call to come and get ready for supper. With the offering of thanks by grandpa in German, came the finest supper consisting of plenty of whipped potatoes, space will not permit listing all the foods. Always plenty of potatoes left over for potato patties for breakfast. Our dinner pails were filled with plenty of cookies, pie, pickles, fruity. Off across the field for the Pickrell school with a hearty invitation to return again.
TO BE CONTINUED
(Editor's notes: Mother Weaver referred to in paragraph 2 is Emma Schrock Weaver, 5th child of Yost and Martha Schrock and Ira Weaver's mother. Noah Simmons and Aunt Sade are unknown. Aunt Sade must have been one of the 10 children of Yost and Martha Schrock because of references made, but I find no one who meets her description among the 10 children I have listed in my genealogy program. Most likely Sade was a nickname.
Paragraph 4: Uncle Will is most probably William Schrock, 9th child of Yost and Martha Schrock.
Paragraph 6: Clayton Cripe and Clyde Cripe were the twin sons of Amos F. Cripe and Mary Jane Schrock, 6th child of Yost and Martha Schrock)
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