Travis’ Graduation Party

Sunday Evening, July 23

We felt honored to be invited to our grand-nephew’s high school graduation party.

His sister, Ashlea, decorated the cake.

Our niece Karen decorated with beautiful sunflowers.

The deck and backyard were set up for visiting with Travis.

My sister, Nancy, and her daughter (Travis’ mom) Karen preparing the food table.

Uncle, aunt, and cousins of Travis’ dad.

Hershey is interested in all the comings and goings.

We are enjoying seeing Travis’ cattle in the meadow at the homestead. Also the new fencing.

Travis’ Great Grandma Becker is on the right.

The young people were outside.

Travis’ sister Ashlea, his Grandma Becker, his aunt Chelsey, and cousin Jamie.

Enjoying the food

Karen and her friend Angie

I went outside to take a few pictures before the rain arrived.

Travis’ dad – Larry – making homemade ice cream. Travis’ Uncle Kevin watching.

More young people

Pretty flowers

Larry and Karen’s part of the house.

The entire house. My brother Steve and his wife, Brenda, live in the sandstone part of the farm house. Larry, Karen, Travis and Ashlea live in the frame part.

The sandstone part of the house was built between 1819 and 1821. It appears that it took two years to build because a board in the cellar says 1819 and another in the attic says 1821. The center – frame section – was added in the early 1900s. Karen found 1903 written in plaster when remodeling the interior before they moved in this spring. The frame section on the right was added in 1997.

  1. My great-great-grandpa John Hershey bought this farm in 1875.
  2. His son Jacob and wife Annie moved here in 1888.
  3. My grandpa Milton and wife Nancy began farming here in 1920.
  4. My dad purchased the farm in 1949 – when I was four.
  5. My brothers Dale and Steve took over the farm in 1980 and in 1992 my brother Clair joined the partnership.
  6. This spring my sister’s daughter, Karen, and her husband Larry purchased the farm and will be the sixth Hershey generation to own the farm.
  7. Their son Travis (the graduate) is their partner in owning the farm – the seventh generation Hershey.

A pretty sunflower near the old milk house.

Back to the party

My brother Clair and his wife, Kate, arrived with a special gift for Travis.

They framed the certificate my dad received in 1975 when the farm had been in the Hershey family for 100 years.

Our step-mother brought this crock as a gift to the farm house. I am not sure when she and Daddy got it.

Celebrating a few Hershey generations. Back: My brothers Steve and Clair, our nephew Larry, Travis, my brother Dale. Front: Me, our niece Karen, my sister Nancy and Larry and Karen’s daughter Ashlea.

Steve, Clair, Dale – former owners of the farm. Travis and Larry the new owners.

We added our step-mother to this group to represent my dad. Sometimes we wish Daddy could be here and see that one of his granddaughters, her husband, and grandson have purchased the farm. He would be delighted – as are we.

Two of my sister-in-laws – Kate (Clair) and Dot (Dale). They were standing in a shadowed area (and I wasn’t using a flash) so these pictures were dark and difficult to lighten. They improved greatly when I changed them to black and white.

Kate doesn’t like her picture being taken, so turned her cell phone on me. ūüôā

I like this picture.

Then we had a downpour and everyone moved inside the house.

I love this photo by Kate and asked for permission to post it on my blog – when my brother Clair escorted our step-mother to her car. She is 93 and still driving!


It was a delightful evening – celebrating Travis’ graduation and the transition of the farm.

Hershey Reunion

Sunday, July 16

The first thing we did – after prayer – was sing to the birthday girls – Kylee & Heidi.

Both birthdays were on the day of the reunion – Kylee is now two and Heidi is 8. The cousins are granddaughters of my sister, Nancy, and her husband, Marlin.

There was lots of delicious food

There were about 55 of us who enjoyed the beautiful afternoon.

This group decided to eat at their lawn chairs.

We enjoyed meeting two of the newest members of the family – Andrew and Stephanie’s Henry and Vince and Kate’s Hudson. They are both about a month old. Sorry, I didn’t take any pictures of them. ūüôĀ


This day always brings back memories of my dad – partly because this is his family, also because the pavilion was his dream.

Love having family at our place.

Supper & Fireworks

Tuesday Evening, July 4

Jere and Kristen made a delicious supper for us and Josiah – a thank you gift for helping with the chicken barn and fence.

Josiah and Jesse playing with Jesse’s new baseball game.

Jere started the fireworks before it was very dark – because he was tired from the many days of hard work in making the chicken house and fence. He did not want to stay up late. ūüôā

Jared helped with a few.

It looks like Ian acquired a “back problem.” ūüôā

Playing with sparklers

Making s’mores

That was a nice evening.

Fence Posts & Anthony

Tuesday Morning, July 4

Josh and Anthony looking at the new chicks.

Abby asked if I could take care of Anthony for a few hours during the morning, so we went over to Jere and Kristen’s to see how the post hole digging was going. (For their chicken fence.)

Jere, Josiah, and Cerwin

The post holes were dug and the guys were setting the posts.

Josiah and Josh

As you can see, Colt was the supervisor. ūüôā

Ian and Jared were pulling weeds while Jesse was around the corner washing the post hole digger.

Back at home – Anthony helped me clean the kitchen floor.

Then we went outside and filled bird feeders.

He likes to rake our red stones with the decorative rake I keep there.

Watering flowers

Filling the birdbath.

Cleaning the entrance slate

He was doing this when his mom came back about noon.

Rock Run Historic Area

This is where we concluded our day – after Conowingo Dam and the Italian lunch.

We were in Hartford County – Jarrettsville, Maryland.

We arrived here about 3:00 pm, so only toured the gristmill. There were several other buildings.

This mill was built by John Stump III about 1800. There are four stories.

Mr. Stump was a prosperous businessman and owned several mills and plots of land in Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore Counties in Maryland.

Following his death in 1816, the mill passed into the Archer family by way of Stump’s daughter Ann, who married Dr. John Archer, Jr.

John Macklem acquired the mill from the Archer family in 1904.

Then in 1929 the mill passed to Wiford Wilinson, who operated the mill until his death in 1954. The Maryland Department of Forest and Parks purchased the mill six years later. In 1965 the mill’s corn-grinding operation was partially restored for public demonstrations.

The springhouse was built between 1801 and 1804. It’s main purpose was to provide drinking water for the Rock Run Manson (which we did not visit).

Directly below the springhouse is a stone engraved with “In Memory of Joshua Cowgill Smith 1857-1911. I did not find out who he was.

After touring the gristmill, I finally learned how these millstones were used.

Let’s enter the mill.

I found this sign interesting.

I later came upon this sign.

The mill was gutted and rebuilt to its present configuration about 1900.

In its heyday it was a merchant mill and ground wheat into flour for the local and international market.

Much of its flour was sold to the Caribbean.

This was one thing I recognized – the platform scales. We used to have one of these when I grew up on the farm – for weighing grain and other farm products.

This Miller’s Office was on the second floor.

This is where local residents bought, sold, and bartered goods.

The local post office was next to the miller’s office.


I liked the deep windows.

There are 34 windows – which provided most of the mill’s interior lighting. Because flour dust is combustible, the mill usually only ran during daylight hours.

The state-of-the-art (at the time) Fitz Waterwheel was installed in 1900. It weights 12 tons.

There are 84 buckets – that when filled rotate the wheel.

The rotating wheel turns a series of gears, belts, and pulleys to turn the millstone inside the mill.

The turning millstone grinds the corn into corn meal.

The first time I saw this, the grain “funnel-like bin” was almost empty.

When I came back a short time later, it had been refilled.

The results of the grinding was being transferred into a moving “sifter” on¬†the floor below.

The fine grain fell into this bin.

The rest moved on to the next – not-as-fine sifter and fell into the next bin.

Corn – ground corn – finely ground corn.

It is put in bags Рand I expect sold to someone for use in making corn meal products or for feeding chickens.

There were other pieces of machinery on display.

We used to have similar grain bins in the barn on the family homestead. They are probably still there.

This went from one end of the building to the other. Probably something to do with the stability of the mill.

Deb and I finished the¬†tour before Cerwin and Roy,¬†and checked out the path between the mill and the Susquehanna River. After awhile we¬†began to wonder what happened to the guys.¬†We concluded that they were trying to figure out how each piece of equipment worked. ūüôā

Finally they showed up! ūüôā

The area is lush and green.

I walked into an area of the path – opposite of Deb – to explore, and returned to find her testing the light on her Dad. Hoping that I would eventually show up for a picture of the two of us.

Notice the bit of orange at the bottom tip of Deb’s camera? That is Roy hiding from my camera shot.

Now you can see him. ūüôā

I thought we were still laughing at Roy, but Deb reminded me that we were laughing because she just asked about my camera – for taking this picture – which she was holding. ūüôā

Some of the beauty as we walked along the path.

Shortly after getting into the Jeep, we came upon this furnace. Because of its proximity to the mill, I expect it had something to do with the Rock Run Historic Area.

We were soon back in Roy and Deb’s home territory, and after hugs and exchanging goodbye’s, we headed for home.


It was a relaxing, fun, delightful day. Thank you Roy and Deb.

Father’s Day Lunch with Jere and Kristen’s Family

Sunday, June 18

Remember when I posted a few pictures of the day Anthony and I walked over to Jere and Kristen’s – and their small barn looked like this.

This is what it looked like a few days later.

By¬†Father’s Day it was almost finished for the peeps that were arriving a few days later.

Lunch is on the grill.

Almost ready!

Kristen has some pretty planters on the porch and deck.

Dessert was homemade ice cream.

That was a delicious treat on a hot afternoon.

Even most of the cows knew it was smart to be in the shade.

By the time we left they were all in the shade.


It was a great way to spend Father’s Day.

Today’s Truck Rally Feature – Thanking Our Family

Our family grew up attending the June Truck Rally since the first one in 1982 and began helping us when Cerwin and I became Rally Coordinators in 1985 Рand have faithfully been supporting us every year since then.

In June 1985 Jeff was 20 (today he is 52), Diane was 19 (today she is 51), Jere was 15 (today he is 48), and Deb was 10 (today she is 42).

There have been many changes since 1985. A few years after Cerwin and I went from volunteering with TFC to coming on staff in 1990, Gene & Rose Gehman became Rally Coordinators, then several years ago Jere and Kristen became Coordinators, and next year Randy and Karen Sauder will assume the responsibility Рwith Gene & Rose and Jere & Kristen as Assistant Coordinators.

One thing that has not changed is the support and help of our children and now grandchildren.

Jared, Ian, and Jesse enjoy going to Wal-Mart with me to shop for toys for the Children’s Auction. We do this a few days before the Rally. A sponsor covers the cost of these toys. Most of our now grown grandchildren have helped with this project through the years.

Friday night before the Rally: Jared and Jesse set¬†up chairs in East Hall for the Children’s Auction. Ian is also there, but hidden behind the stack of chairs.

Jere praying at the 6 am breakfast for volunteers before the early Saturday morning set up.

Our grandson Jordan (green shirt) is the Benefit Auction Coordinator. He does a lot of footwork in getting nice items for the auction – making this year¬†the best ever in profit for TFC. We had only one benefit auction that had a greater profit and that was when Rubbermaid donated a trailer load of Rubbermaid, so that is not a fair comparison. ūüôā

This was Ian’s first year as assistant at the auction table.

Jeff arriving to help support Jordan at the auction.

Nate arriving to help at the auction.

Nathaniel, Abby and Anthony arriving to participate in the Parade of Trucks. Abby’s mom, Diane, and dad, Mark, live in Maine so can no longer participate – unless they choose to make this a special vacation.

Kristen talking to Anthony. She sells evening barbecue tickets and is the main contact for any information/issues or when someone is looking for someone or something.

Jesse was pleased to ride with Grandpa in the lead truck (the chapel) for the Parade of Trucks. 171 this year.

I think one of Nelson and Nancy Martin’s grandsons joined Jesse, but I did not get a picture of him.

Grandpa and Jesse leading the Parade of Trucks at 11:00 am.

Nathaniel, Abby, and Anthony on parade

Cerwin and Jesse returning to the Fairgrounds after the eleven-mile parade – forty-five minutes later.

Nathaniel, Abby and Anthony returning

Our sweet great grandson,Anthony.

Our family helping at the benefit auction (left to right) Marlin Becker (our brother-in-law was a great spotter), Nathan, Chris, Auctioneers David White and Joel Heisey, Jordan and Diana. I missed getting a picture of our son-in-law Roy who was also a runner.

I also missed getting pictures of Gloria and some of the guys who helped. I think Todd Heisey and Zach Fahnestock both helped. Hope I didn’t miss anyone.

Jared, Jesse and Deb helped at the Children’s Auction.

Ian’s job was to file the auction tickets. At this point Jared had joined him.

Jere, Kristen, and Jesse at the Information/Ticket table.

Jeff (suspenders) standing with other truckers when Gene Gehman prayed a blessing on the drivers during the evening program.

Jere and Cerwin coordinating something on stage during the evening program and gospel concert.

Cerwin opening Sunday morning’s Rally Celebration worship service.

Thanks to Jared, Ian, Josh and their friend Sam for helping with the morning offering. If I remember correctly, Ian and Jared also helped with the Saturday evening offering.

Also thanks to Jesse for helping me hand out the Act of Dedication papers as people left the building for the Chapel Dedication.

Cerwin opening the Chapel Dedication when the audience of about 200 moved outside. He gave a bit of information on how this came to be the newest International Mobile Chapel for TFC. One of the reasons we have a new promotional chapel is a substantial donation given to TFC in 2016 by a friend of ours Рin her will.

This chapel (International Chapel #2) will be used for promotional work and to minister to truck drivers at truck shows, fairs, and churches in our area. The previous one (International Chapel #1) is in Ohio for the summer and fall and will be used in the same way.

Most of Jeff and Jere’s families were there. I see Jeff, Chris, Josh and Diana in this picture.

I can locate Chris, Jeff, Diana, and Gloria (you may not be able to find them). It might be easier for you to see Jordan (blue) and Josh (light blue) next to the car (right).

Jesse (on ground) and Jere listen in the shade – next to the building – along with our friends Louise and Galen Martin and Sam Rittenhouse (who stayed at our house on Saturday night). I am not sure who is in the navy shorts.

Following the chapel dedication Cerwin and I and Chaplain Jake and Jane (left) were anointed and commissioned to oversee this International Mobile Chapel.

There will be more details on this in future posts. Bunny (anointing Cerwin) also anointed Dan (yellow) and Melody (navy) as¬†he will become TFC’s President & CEO on July 1.

Gloria (grey – near left) and Diana (partially hidden on the right) collected meal tickets for Sunday’s buffet lunch at noon – following morning worship with the Perrys and the chapel dedication.


We are blessed with a loving family. THANK YOU! We love and appreciate you more that you will ever know.

A Day With Anthony

Friday, June 9

What fun to spend most of a day with our great grandson, Anthony.

Our first job was to work on our tiny garden – which consists of two tomato plants, a cucumber, a pepper, oregano, and mint tea.

I pointed out weeds to Anthony and he willingly dug them up.

As we worked our way around the garden, we stopped to cut some mint tea – a favorite job of his.

Then we had to do more weeding, so he pulled my wagon to the other side of the garden.

After a snack for lunch, we decided to walk to Jere and Kristen’s house – a one mile excursion. We wanted to watch Great Grandpa and Jere work on a small barn that Jere and Kristen and their family were turning into a chicken house.

I showed him how to play with his shadow.

We stopped to visit¬†my¬†sister-in-law¬†Brenda and¬†niece Karen (who just moved into the farmhouse a few weeks ago). After Anthony said hi to everyone, we settled in Brenda and Steve’s sandbox for awhile.

We were there when Steve and Brenda’s youngest son Tristan left for Alabama – where he is settling after spending several months as an intern with a prison ministry.

He learned to like¬†the south, so after his term with¬†We Care was completed,¬†he¬†found a job in the area. Steve and Brenda’s oldest son Kurt and his wife, Alix, live on Prince Edward Island. Tristan told me that the home place is almost¬†the center point between¬†his and Kurt’s house. I think one is something like ten miles farther.

After the sandbox, we visited the chickens on the second floor of the old barn – where my parents raised chickens.

I gathered many eggs in this part of the barn when I was a young girl.

Our next stop was to visit Travis’ cattle.

We could barely see them, so I used my flash as you can see by their eyes.

They soon became interested in us an came out into the sunlight.

This one was very interested in us.

Anthony loved walking by this feeding area in the dairy barn complex.

Corn was looking good in this no-till field. (Remember this was June 9 – two weeks ago, so it is much taller as I post this today – June 25.)

About the time we got to the Lehman farm –¬†half a mile into our walk – we could see¬†Jere and Great Grandpa arriving at Jere and Kristen’s place. They used the Lehman’s field lane to get to the chicken barn.

Before long we met these three friends (a Lehman grandson, a friend, and our grandson Ian) celebrating the end of school.

A field of buttercups near Jere and Kristen’s house.

We found two pretty mushrooms on the edge of Jere and Kristen’s yard.

As we walked up Jere and Kristen’s lane, we met these three again. They came back to Ian’s house for a fishing rod. This is what¬†the end of a school year should look like. ūüôā

By the time we got there Jere and Cerwin were removing the old roof from the barn they were updating. Jere was using a post to knock it loose.

Jesse and Jared were removing things that had been inside the old shed.

Popsicle time

Back to work

Pretty lilies on the way to the swing set.

You can see the Hershey Heritage Farm in the background – where we were looking at chickens and cows.

It’s interesting to walk with a three-year-old boy as there so many things to discover.

We also stopped to watch some farm equipment in the field.

Some Lehman cows

Looking back on the barn project.

Anthony wanted to walk to the top of the hill to see some cows at the Lehman farm.

We had to stop and examine these bird tracks Рmaybe from a Canada goose who lives next to the pond.

I thought his pants would fall off from the weight of all the “pretty” stones he found and stored in his pockets.


Three-and-a-half-hours later we arrived back home. I love having a little person in my life!

Birthday Breakfast

Friday, June 9

This was our first time to eat at Corner House Grill.

We ate here before Рbut when it had a different name and owner.

I had my camera along, but forgot to take pictures when we were inside.

This breakfast was for my sister, Nancy’s, birthday.

I was taking care of our great grandson, Anthony, so it was great fun to have him along.

I took a few¬†small toys,¬†so after eating his pancake, he played while Nancy and I caught up on each other’s lives. I took this picture when we got back to her house, just to document that we had been together. ūüôā