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My dad scanned and sent this photo of my mom to me a couple of days ago. She must have been about 5 or 6 years old, so that puts the year at about 1944 or 1945. My mom grew up in a hamlet, yes we still have them in the United States!, called Freeman in upstate New York.

Wikipedia notes that

Freeman – A hamlet in the north part of the town [of Addison] on County Road 85.

The only road in the town is the highway that runs through it. The entirety of the town consists of my great-grandmother's small farm, which now belongs to my great-uncle, his wife's family dairy farm, a Baptist Church, an old one room school house that doubled as the volunteer fire department after the kids were bussed to school in Addison, and a couple of random houses here and there.

Across the road from my Grandma Taft's house is a crick (that's a creek for anyone who doesn't speak upstatese) and when we spent summers there, that crick was our swimming hole. One of my favorite memories as a kid was swimming with the minnows, except when there were so many of them that they filled our underwear! Eeeeewww!

It's been quite a few years since I visited my mom's hometown, but I get updates from family who still live there. It hasn't changed much at all since the time this photo was taken.

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  1. Anonymous Says:

    Awesome photo's. Thanks for sharing this. I saw your dad's that he posted yesterday. Excellent as well :)

  2. Gabriel Says:

    Loved the pictures, Carleen. I kept coming back to the blog, hoping I would find a WW post I could link to! :-)

  3. I love old photos. They are so neat. And that view . . . amazing!!

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