Saturday, March 20, 2010
Nearly forgot today! This is my Father's Christening picture. John Sober Hummel was born October 10, 1912. He was next to the oldest boy born into a family that would eventually have eleven children. The family were farmers who originated in Pennsylvania. Hummelstown, PA in either Lancaster or Northumberland County (Dad used to tell me, but without researching, I'm afraid I don't remember which). Family members fought alongside George Washington in the Revolutionary War. My Father's family had acquired several farms prior to the crash of 1929 when my Grandfather speculated by acquiring more land. He ended up losing everything. The family was set out of their home by the local sheriff in the winter. The youngest brother, Ezra, had just been born. They were allowed to keep a few meager belongings, a team of horses, a wagon and a milk cow. Dad talked about finding an abandoned shack down by the river and how they boarded it up and moved into it. The baby caught pneumonia and died. Life for the family was very difficult after that. My father was taken out of school to find day labor to help feed the family. He had been a very good student who loved school and lived out his life regretting that he'd never been able to complete his education. He was a very hardworking man and he instilled a strong moral fortitude in his children. Life was hard and unfair for him, but I can honestly say that he lived it to the best of his ability and never took advantage of another human being.
Posted by C Hummel Kornell at 9:18 AM