Howdy, Mr. Parker. Albert Fritz of the Fredericksburg Customary—so good of you to take the time for an interview with me right now. I hear you might be new to our space, straight from Nottinghamshire, England. Welcome to our remoted nook of Texas!
How do you do? Pray don’t let my accent put you off—one may suppose me a bit standoffish at first. Being a butler within the 1920’s and 30’s for an vital determine in our metropolis required a slightly formal exterior.
Hmm…did this trigger you issues right here in the USA?
Since I traveled with my employer’s grandson, the best way was paved for us in NY city. Our time there and the lengthy practice trip supplied a style of the numerous dialects and personalities on this massive nation. However after we arrived in Texas Hill Nation, individuals absolutely noticed us as an oddity.
Nonetheless, they welcomed us with nice kindness—greenhorns like us wanted numerous assist. For one factor, it was practically winter, and we had no harvest to depend on.
The world’s isolation stunned us considerably. We knew we have been sure for an agricultural locale, however Loyal Valley is…ahem…fairly distant from any main metropolis. Our first go to to a church three miles away made all of the distinction.
From one member, we would buy an everyday provide of milk and cheese. One other had an ample egg provide, and a 3rd simply butchered, so we bought sufficient hams and beef to final the winter. Having dependable meals sources shut at hand, we entered our first chilly season.
Is that cows mooing—you should have developed your individual herd?
Oh sure, as quickly as attainable. You see, I come from a protracted line of cheesemakers. Quickly, we acquired laying hens, too. Let me present you our barn. See right here—even a small horse for Donnie, Everett’s son, plus geese and geese galore.
And on the market, behold the orchard Everett cares for. The bushes produce loads of fruit and nuts. He makes jams and butters to promote and has developed an excellent enterprise. To the South, you’ll word . . .
You may have a backyard—why, it’s huge!
Sure, with its produce and good pastureland for the herd, we’ve got the whole lot we want. If solely our individuals again in Nottingham may say the identical.
Ah sure . . . what a horrible time in England proper now, with the Luftwaffe bombing many cities. A lot hazard and destruction. I think about you hearken to the conflict report on the radio nightly?
Certainly. That plus newspapers and letters from buddies again house hold us knowledgeable. Who would ever have thought this conflict would final so lengthy?
Definitely not your American neighbors. Why, it’s been three years because the Pearl Harbor assault, and our boys nonetheless face such obstacles.
Certainly they do. I daresay, did you hear that? I imagine t’was my new prize bull, so I had greatest go and verify on him. A proper testy outdated fellow. He bears watching.
Thanks to your time. So glad to see how effectively you’re adjusting to your new homeland.
Maybe some did, however most accepted us instantly. We supplied an attention-grabbing diversion, I suppose, however this space is so remoted, they quickly got here round. Since we arrived simply earlier than winter and had no automobile, everybody realized our want.
After missionary work in North Africa, Gail taught English as a Second Language and faculty expository writing. She and her retired Military Chaplain husband of forty-four years stay in North Iowa the place they take pleasure in grandchildren, gardening, and historic analysis.
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