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Here is 1 pic & a double exposure of my aunts when they were very young, playing or pretending to play the piano and the fiddle. They may have been hamming it up for the camera, as the family did not own one, so it must have been a visitor taking it that day. A friend and neighbor, known as Bennie Askelson, used to build violins in his log shack. My dad tells me he invented the 'askelphone' which was a violin with some sort of phone attached (like a gramophone, or a wind instrument). My parents now live on Bennie's quarter. The log shack still exists but there is not much left of it and the road is too overgrown to drive on. You can walk, as its not far, but there is too many bears in the bush so I have not checked it out in some years. Bennie didn't like to work, but he was always inventing something, and playing, building instruments. He would help my grampa and would refuse to take pay for it, as then it became work. These 2 aunts and my dad are all that is left of a family of 13. This fiddle in the pic, may be the one that my uncle George used to play, and now my cousin has it, although no one in the family has taken it up, except for myself, altho my youngest aunt plans to when she finally stops working 2 jobs at age 75! Tough Irishmen, women! To give you an idea of how long ago these things all took place, my grampa was in the Klondike gold rush, born around 1875, and my dad and his 2 sisters, the youngest of 13, are now 85, 77, 75. I love listening to the old stories and would like to record them when they are reminiscing.
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