A young husband and father of 3 girls found himself homeless. The house they called home had been lost because there was no work, no paychecks, which meant no mortgage payments made to the bank.
|Albert in front of the home he lost.|
but they found a way to start all over.
Albert vowed he would never go into debt again. He lived up to this vow. They found an acre of land in this logging community of Vidor and paid $25 down. They paid $25 a month until the $150 for the property was paid in full.
|Albert & Nellie on their land in 1939|
|Albert's oldest daughter Helen in front of their home around 1940|
I often wonder what he would think of our wasteful culture. I think we could do with some motivation to try and live by their generation's motto:
I tried to follow that advice as I was renovating their home which became Nellie's Cottage. One such project was digging up bricks from his old patio and creating a landscape focal point.
I tried to use as many "found" materials for the renovation of his home as I could. We salvaged the original living room ceiling, kitchen floor, and cast iron kitchen sink.
I like to think he heartily approves of what I have done with his home!
Albert found a way to overcome a terrible trial.
I admire his courage.
I am amazed at his perseverance.
I am proud to be his granddaughter.
He not only was a hard worker and honorable man,
he was a survivor and
he knew how to start all over...