This is the second part of Part 19 and is also THE FINALE on the book of "Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock"....I am not positive as to when these memories were originally written but I do know it was before 1963 when my grandfather died.
Nancy Schrock Priser was the eighth child of Yost and Martha (Plank) Schrock. She married Benjamin Frank Priser probably between 1875 and 1887. They had three known children John Wesley Priser (born: 11.23.1887), Fred Earl Priser (12.8.1892), and George W. Priser (2.22.1896).
Aunt Nan Priser Memories (Part 2):
(Written by Bessie (Schrock) Sherck)
The family was too large to all go to church in one buggy, so some always had to stay at home. My father had a sweet tooth and said if they left him home he would eat all the scarps (preserves).
She said she remembered the first binder Grandpa had and how hard they still had to work to get the grain harvested.
Aunt Clara had a little rocking chair and one day as she was rocking her doll, she said "Blessed Jesus allus faln nuner" (Everything falls down).
She remembered when Father and Mother lived with them and the door that separated their part had a big crack under it. Grandma had asthma and sneezed a lot. Carrie liked to go to Grandma's too often so she would lie on the floor and listen if they called her. When Grandma would sneeze she would say "Calling me Grandma? Well I come."
The young people in those days did not have so many places to go, so entertained themselves at home. They had games of hide the thimble, drop the handkerchief, and many others. They sang a lot too while someone played the organ, but when things would get too lively like:
Krinkly, cranky is the song,
Sing it and dance it all the day long,
From the top and to the toe,
Sing and dance it as you go"
Grandpa would come to the door and say "That's is enough", and it was.
I can remember about 4 o'clock every evening hearing Grandpa call "pe-pe". It was time to start chores when he called the chickens.
I am very fortunate to be living so close to Aunt Nan in these wonderful last years of her life and have enjoyed helping her collect these memories to be handed down to future generations. Her wonderful sense of humor and Christian spirit tell more than words of the atmosphere of Grandpa and Grandma's home and the influence of that home is still going on.
(Editor's notes: Again Nan Priser was Yost and Martha Schrock's 8th child. Her memories told to her niece Bessie Schrock Sherck who was Elias and Nancy (Hoover) Schrock's 2nd child. Elias Schrock was Yost and Martha Schrock's 4th child and one of Nan Schrock Priser's older brothers.
Paragraph 3: Clara was the 10th child of Yost and Martha (Plank) Schrock; Paragraph 4: Carrie was Yost and Martha Schrock's granddaughter via their 2nd son Elias, she was also Bessie's (author of above) sister; Paragraph 6: Issac was second child of Yost and Martha (Plank) Schrock).
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