Friday, December 2, 2016

Klopfenstein Christmas Dinner, Saturday, December 10th at Noon

Here's a photo from last December.  You are all welcome to join us, Saturday, December 10th at noon for Christmas dinner.  It's not too late!  Just email, call, or even text Perry or Carol to let us know if you can come.
Carol's cell:  309-242 4676

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Letter from Aunt Mary

I was looking for an old pattern book this afternoon, one that hasn't been used for probably 25 years, and found this sweet memory.

It's a letter from Aunt Mary.  Apparently I had requested a crochet pattern from her during a visit in early 1988.  Apparently Perry and Carol had a copy machine at home (for the business?) and she asked Carol to copy this pattern for me. You can tell that home copiers in that era were not common, by her comment that Carol "did a wonderful job" making the copy.  :-)

I think it's interesting how productive and artistic the ladies of that generation were.  She had so many projects going at one time. 

You can see her handwriting in the photos, but the letter is hard to read, so I'll type it in first.  Hope you appreciate it as I did.  

Jan 13-1988

My Dear Ann.

It was so good to see you when you were here.

I finally got your copy of the granny squares made.  Carol--Perry's wife--made it for me.  She came yesterday a.m. and picked up my book and brought it back in the afternoon.  She or they have a machine at home.  I think she did a wonderful job - hope you can read it and make your afghan.

If you ever have trouble let me know and I will make you a square.  

I finished the afghan I was working on Sat. eve.  Always glad when they are finished.  Carolyn got my other all white that I had finished last week.  Now I am going to work on my star quilt.  Have it altogether but the border.  Started yesterday.  Hope to finish it today.

Then I have 12 Dresden plate blocks made ready to sew on the white squares.  So I can be busy for awhile.  It's been cold so I don't go out very much.  Try to get to church if it's good underfoot.  Tomorrow I am invited to a luncheon here in town at Katie Meiss and hope to go if I can.

Good luck with all your afghans.

With love
Aunt Mary

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ada & Jerry's story !!! ....from Cleve

As an Illinois State University graduate, I receive a bi-monthly publication about ISU, as do most graduates.  It's interesting, informative, and has updates on various graduates and faculty members.   Every issue features a column called "How we met...", highlighting a married couple who first met on campus at Illinois State University.  I was pleasantly surprised recently to open to page 32 to see and read about Uncle Jerry and Aunt Ada!!   You will surely enjoy reading the history of one of the "favorite couples" of us all...... and a great, colorful photo of them, too!
(click on the picture to enlarge, for easier reading...)


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Marty K. makes front page of Gridley News !!

The Klopfenstein family is currently creating a long-term niche in the Gridley community -- as my brother, artist Marty K, is painting a life-sized mural on Center Street in Gridley.  As I understand it, he is painting this mural on the west side of "the old post-office" people will face East from Center Street to view it -- just 1/4 block up from the old grain elevator office.  This photo and headline covered the lower 1/2 of the front page of this week's Gridley Village Times!
If anyone can prove me wrong, please do....but I think this talent might have been inherited from the "Slagell" side (my mother, Catherine, had an aunt from N. Carolina who was a bona-fide artist).   You might want to click on the picture to enlarge it.  Anyway, congratulations Marty!!! 

Thursday, November 3, 2016


All the way from Morton, Il to Bloomington Il to Gridley, Il to Anderson, SC, to  Atlanta , Ga to Little, Elm Tx,  Klop fans watched as the Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series.  Jay and Ralph would have been thrilled to see the Cubs victory.  An added feature was that Ben Zorbist, Eureka native won the MVP.

An added benefit is that is was great to have some relief from the stress of the ugly political scene that we are face to hear/see daily.  As excited as Jay and Ralph would be to see the Cubs W, they would also be stressed over the 2016 election.  Nov 8 is coming soon.....Go into the booth...hold your nose and vote!!

2016 will be a memorable year....Cubs won world series and the Presidential election that has make profanity and vulgarity household words.

Monday, October 17, 2016

After the "cousin reunion" in Bloomington.....

Following the Gramm Cousin Reunion (see previous recent post), Uncle Perry's were kind a gracious enough to invite Kathleen and myself, along with Ada & Jerry, to their Gridley "homeplace" that same evening for a delicious meal of roast beef and all the trimmings.  Good fellowship followed, along with this photo (taken in front of the west living-room window). 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ya Never Know

Ya never know - A couple of weeks ago Joey got to see Dad & Mother in the Atlanta airport. This week he traveled to Dallas and got to have dinner with Rhoda. He says nieces and nephews are next! And maybe aunts and uncles, so beware!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lydia Laine Emch

Brandon, Maria, Anna, Timon, Jesse, Alice, Milan, and Jonas welcome little Lydia into their family.  She was born Sunday, September 18th at 12:14 pm and weighed 7 lb 15 oz.  We are thanking God for this wonderful blessing.  Lydia is our 20th grandchild.  Perry & Carol

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Multiple Family Members Reunion in SC

I am mailing a card to Chuck Hemmer tonight (hip replacement last week) and realized I never posted these pictures.  We had a neat though unusual group here in early August for just a few hours. It's always a treat to have family come through here, but it's usually from one side or another at a time - so to have family from both sides here at the same time was really a treat!  Uncle Chuck was here for several days, brought by his daughter Judy and her husband Stan.  And at the same time, Judy K. and her hiking buddy Pam (who coincidentally is also a distant cousin through Mom's side) were here for just a few hours on their way to Atlanta.  All those connections are quite a maze.  

Anyway - we met at our favorite restaurant, the Galley on Lake Hartwell, for a lovely dinner.  It was a short but very nice reunion.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Time for NEW POST! Anybody out there????

Here's a few new pictures of Gridley, family, and/or perhaps of just general interest.  Hopefully it will brighten up your day, just a little.....even bring back a few memories.

                   The old elevator, now long gone....on Center St., facing NW.

Ada's 50th H.S. class reunion
                  Jack Gramm's son, Christian, a huge supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz...

             Algebra class, 1963 with legendary coach and teacher, Harry Hill.
             Cleve on front left, Jack Gramm on front right.  Mr. Hill wore that
             checkered red/blue shirt day after day, it seemed.  That was his last
             year at Gridley High School.

Perry, 1952.  Remember the afghan???

                                                 Grandpa K, 1952

                         Jack Gramm with his mother, Aunt Ruth, at her 100th b-day.

                                          Some of us remember him!!!

                                 Unique Meiss Bros.' inherited health problem...

                                Where would any of us be without her ????

A final memory, mostly for Uncle Lynn.......
  Older brothers Jay (#10), Ralph (#3)
(Uncle Lynn was just a year away from being on this
varsity GHS team??????.....)

Monday, July 25, 2016

Final 2 week agreement at "the cabin" for Cleve's

As a follow-up to last year's photos, here are some fresh pics from this year's grand finale at the summer cabin we sold 3 years ago -- after 35 years.  The agreement with the new owners was "for 2 weeks each summer, for 3 years, we get the cabin".  That agreement ended 4 days ago after all 8 of our immediate family were there and we had "more fun than human beings should be allowed to have!"  It also reminded us of the grand time we had on July 4th  (3 years ago) with over 40 Klopfenstein's present.

                        Constant "King-of-the-hill" fun on the floating "lilly-pad"

                  Countless jumps & dives from the tree-stump diving platform
              Carter (11)  Caleb (14)  (neighbor friend Scout Schock) & Cooper (8)
The boys' diving form improves every year!
                      They've become experts at catching lots of turtles and frogs...

                 "Aunt Crystal" and Cooper on the all-Astro-turf lakeside front yard.

          Fishing was good enough to catch 5 of these beauties...a big fish fry was
          enjoyed on the last evening with Aunt Crystal's special Aunt Jamima batter.

                                         "synchronized diving" off the stump.
              A quick "post-swimming trip" to the nearby Dairy Queen.  The boys' other   Grandpa, Wayne Banwart of Champaign, joined us for 1 day & 1 night.

                           Even Grandpa K was bribed into taking one jump........

                         Cooper, always the comedian...."Frog legs for dinner??"  .....just

                     We celebrated birthdays for Aaron, Caleb, Kathleen, & Carter.

                  Cooper, as usual, sneaking a sugar cookie.  His mother & grandma never
                        found out!!!!!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Wedding 6/3/16

I thought y'all might appreciate a few pics from Andrew and Teah's wedding.  It was a beautiful evening - an evening outdoor wedding with the reception in a brick "barn" on the same site.  

You'll notice the leis.  Teah's father is Filipino/Hawaiian, and her aunt brought flowers from Hawaii for the wedding.  So, rather than wearing corsages, we each got a lei!  It added a nice touch.  (The men in the wedding party wore tea leaf leis instead of flower ones.)

I hope you enjoy the pictures.  Mike's brother did the photography.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Picture Sharing

When I was at Gloria's I looked through some of her pictures. There were multiple copies of some of the old ones, so I snatched a few. I'll share a couple now and more later. I don't remember if they've appeared on the blog before or not, but I figure if I can't remember, you won't either! Enjoy!

Judy, Marty, Stan, Gloria
This would have been Easter morning in La Grange Park. On our way to the Sunnyside church in Chicago. Oh, the stories we tell of that weekly stop and go ride to church on Sundays. 

Judy, Marty, Stan, Cleve, Gloria, David
This was Christmas morning, 1956. Notice the bar brace on baby David's shoes. He wore that for a few months to correct a dislocated hip. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Texas Trip

Dave and I spent a few days in Texas this week. The weather was hot, but the visit was good. We first drove to Houston to Paradise Springs to see Gloria. We found her happy and healthy and enjoyed our 3 days there.

She still enjoys her birds and I was lucky enough to get a full performance from both of them one afternoon. Cocky and Angel were pretty amazing with their clear talking and funny antics. Pretty impressive!

Gloria has a lot of friends and takes an interest in each one. Everyone smiles when they see Gloria.

Always ready for a party, as usual! There was a balloon release for a man's 100th birthday party, and Gloria took the opportunity for a little fun.

After we left Houston, we drove to Dallas to visit with Rhoda and Renae. As always, they treated us well and we were free to just sit back and relax. We spent most of the day Thursday in their beautiful pool.

And we ate at our favorite BBQ restaurant. It's become a tradition on our visits to Dallas.

Doesn't everyone need a nap after a big BBQ meal? We tested out some new mattresses at the Nebraska Furniture Store. There was a huge selection and the salesgirl gave us her best sales pitch...until she found out we were from Illinois. She pretty quickly moved on. No sale.

It was a quick trip and we have agreed that flying is the way to go in the future. Tomorrow we'll be on the highway for the 12 hours of driving it will take to get back to Illinois. Good thing I have a man who likes to drive!