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Hello, I haven’t written for a while.   I have been dealing with another “polar vortex winter” up here in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania.  While I  shovel snow, chip ice, and clean the chimney;  I have been thinking a lot about my Dunn family, plus their  Bauman, Bouck, and Clark in-laws;  plus my Dunn, […]

Some Serious Study called for in Deland, Volusia County, Florida

Hello All, I last wrote about this my latest winter writing project which seeks to learn more about my Dunn relatives  and in-laws who moved from freezing  hills of Western Pennsyvania to sunny Florida.  This migration began in 1915 when William Bauman Sr. and his wife Margaret retired from the family grocery business  and moved […]

My Family Migrates to Florida

Hello All, In previous essays I have written much about my Dunn family, and their relationship to the Flueckigers who were farmers and seamstresses for Old Economy Village, in what is now Ambridge, Pa.  I have written a lot about my grandmother Bertha Flueckiger, who married Thomas John Dunn after he moved down from Pittsburgh […]

I’m Back!

Hello All, I have been out of the genealogy and farming writing business for a couple years (except in the dead of winter).  We are slowly retiring, and have been fixing up the house and farm for the future owner, a year of two from now.  I have turned 65, and I have basically worked […]

New Old Economy Volk

Hello, As always I preface with “forgive me”!  I do my best to keep up with the research at OEV, but I have a handicap.  We are farmers, and this winter and spring and early summer have exhausted this pair of ‘elder hippie’ farmers.  Perhaps this has been  one of the toughest winters we have […]

An Old Economy Village Kind of Spring

Hello, Since I have already apologized for not writing much about my Flueckiger family at OEV this winter, as I had promised; I don’t need to apologize again.  The Wild Winter settled down, only to be followed  the wettest Spring we have seen since buying this farm in in 1983.  But, perhaps things are settling […]

Lots of New Flueckiger Family, In-laws, and Fellow OEV Workers

Hello, As I wrote in my last few short scribblings, I truly have not had much time to write my proposed weekly essays during this “Hunger Games Winter” we have endured.  My frost-bitten thumbs have  healed enough to join my other 8 fingers in typing again.  It is amazing how tough it is to do […]

Sparse Writing Project This Winter

Hello, I am truly sorry I did not write many Fleuckiger family essays, which i had promised to do this winter; but we just had an unbelievable winter, and it kept me so busy that I didn’t have much time to write about my Swiss maternal and paternal great-grandparents, and their 4 children.  I did […]

Winter is Upon Us

Hello, I have not written since October.  Winter hit us early and hard.  I have, though, been able to do some interesting new research regarding my Flueckiger ancestors who worked for Old Economy Village.  I was also looking into my Dunn family, who moved to Ambridge when US Steel bought the former communal society, to […]

Summary of the Dunn Winter Writings

Hello, I was going to write this summary later in the week, but Winter just won’t let go up here in the mountains of South Central Pa.   So, I’ll do it today while the wind howls and the snow blows.  I have to wait until the compost piles thaws  so I can fertilize the orchard […]