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An Old Economy Village Kind of Spring


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 down now.

I have done a lot of research about the hired workers of  OEV; men, women and children who worked with my great grandparents and their children from the mid-1870’s to the early 1900’s.  With my two collaborators, we held a seminar on the workers of OEV.  Over 30 people attended, and we had contacted a half dozen fellow worker’s descendants, who shared their research and family members with us.  We are starting to think about having a New Old Timers Club.  The  original Old Timers were mostly direct descendants of OEV workers, and they held public re-unions and re-enactments well into the 1960’s.  I will write more as this story unfolds.                                                         Thom Dunn Marti

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