Today on Labor Day I have been thinking about the jobs that my Grandparents labored in.
I will start with my Grandpa Yoder. I remember him most as being a preacher. I think of him often as I use some of his books for my own study of the Bible. The big map in the back of this picture also reminds me of the trips I have made to Israel to either work on archaeological digs, or just on tours.
However, he had other jobs through the years like this one where he worked at the Lowenberg Bakery in Ottumwa, Iowa. I think of my Grandpa when I eat bread.
For more of his jobs see my post Grandpa at Work.
My Grandma Yoder worked as a nurse. I could not find a picture of her as a nurse, so will just post my favorite picture of her. She had a great impact on my career as I have worked in the medical field for most of my adult life.
I mostly remember my Grandpa Braman working at Interstate Nurseries. My grandpa would bring us roses, trees and other plants when he would visit. We always had a yard full of flowers. Still today I have some of the same type of roses in my garden as he would bring us.
My Grandpa also worked in the CCC (Civilian Conversation Corps) in the 1930’s during the Great Depression.
My Grandma Braman was a homemaker. I remember her most for the needlework she would do and also of course the many scrapbooks that she put together. I also remember her love of History and all of the genealogy work that she did on our family. I still refer back to much of her research that has helped me get in touch with distant cousins.
However, my Grandma Braman did have one interesting job outside the home. Along with my Grandpa they worked for Silver Star Shows for many years.My Grandma would sell tickets while my Grandpa would run one of the rides.
For those of you who follow my blog on a regular basis I think you can see the influence that all four of my grandparents had on me.
Originally written back in 2018. A few updates have been added this year.
They helped build America we have.