Archive for August, 2013

Pioneer Photos on Pinterest

Written by lindahubalek on . Posted in Blog

woman with long hair I have a plastic tub full of family photos with dates starting around  the 1880s. The Swedish photographer B.G. Gröndal moved to Lindsborg, Kansas  in 1887 to set up a studio, and took family portraits for almost 60 years.

I know the people in most of these photos, except for young couples that must have been friends with my ancestors. Of course the recipients of the photos knew who was pictured, so they didn’t bother to write a note on the back of the photo of who was pictured.

Many of these photos have been featured over the years in my books and blog. I’m always amazed at the details in the clothing—most of which were handmade, the hair, hats, and shoe styles of that era.

Now I’m hooked on looking  for photos of pioneers on Pinterest. I could look and “pin” all day—finding photos of women with very long hair, to families in front of their dugouts.

Unfortunately most aren’t labeled with who is in the photos, or the descriptions have been changed or erased as people add new comments.

It’s sad that we don’t know who is featured in this old photos. Most descendants don’t realize we may be looking at a photo of their ancestor taken over a century ago.

So I’m enjoy the photos for them, marveling at the people that moved west to start a new life on the frontier, and happened to be photographed along the way.

Back to Writing

Written by lindahubalek on . Posted in Blog, Kansas Quilter book series

Linda Hubalek's gardenAfter the cool weather and twelve inches of rain we’ve had the last part of July, I feel like August is going to slip right into fall.

My buffalo grass lawn, flower beds, and vegetable garden are looking lush and productive for this normally hot and dry time of year. I’ve really enjoyed the busts of color and produce I have around our acreage. Pictured in this post is zinnias with a patch of corn behind them. (I mix flowers and veggie’s together to make a unique visual scene to view from my porch.)

I take the summer off from writing to enjoy my outside flower and vegetable gardens, so our cool, rainy weather is shifting my brain to fall writing and projects. Plus school starts in a couple of weeks here in Kansas, so it makes me feel like I need to get back to a schedule of “ reading and writing” too.

I’m back working on the second book of the Kansas Quilter series now. This book is based on my great grandmother Kizzie Pieratt’s growing up on the Kansas prairie, and her moving to the Oklahoma Territory during the land rush era. Her son, my great uncle Ralph, had lots of stories about this time frame—don’t know if they were true or tall tales—but they make the perfect background for the book.

You’ll just have to wait and guess how the book turns out… But at least I’m back to work after the summer break so you’ll hear more from me now in my blog and social sites.

Hope you have had a good summer too.