Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Have You Ever Made a 90 Layer Cake?

90 layers to a cake!
Oh my I can not imagine, but with good ole engineering it was done 
on September 7,  1905.
110 years ago.

this the birthday cake made for my 3rd Great Grandmother
by all her Grandaughters on her 90th birthday.

Last year we had my MIL's 90th birthday, there was no
90 layer cake, the only person that came from out of town was her son.
Not all of her Grandchildren came.
People now live to be 100.
But in 1905 people went to extraordinary measures to be at my
ancestors 90th birthday.

It is so interesting to read about they days gone by
hope you will enjoy this too.

her is my GGGGrandmother Catherine Sherer Hickman
on the front porch of her home with her sister and 2 brothers.
She is the woman on the left.

my Great Aunt wrote this poem on the back of the picture

The descendants on the front steps

they even had these made up.
Catherine's daughter my 2nd Great Grandmother died during childbirth in 1873, my Great Grandmother was only 7 at the time. But my Great Grandmother would have her dear Grandmother until she was 40. My Grandmother thought of her more as a Grandmother and we have many diary entries about her.

I think what touches me the most is that my cousin Fred and I had no idea the home 
was still standing.
A few years ago with a platte book in hand we went exploring and there it was, Grandmother Hickman's home still stands. It is not inhabited but to be able to stand where the events of 
September 7, 1905 occurred was very moving.

thinking of all the love that day, the cake on the front porch, the fire in the fireplace in the west room,
the songs they sang. I could still hear their voices as I walked where they once had walked.

Joining Ivy and Elephant for
What is it Wednesday


Linda said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely memory. My 90 year old mom is in the hospital trying to recover from osteomyelitis, but I will share your blogpost with her tomorrow when I visit her. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Susie said...

Ann, I love the way you know your family history. It is amazing to me. Then to find the old house. ...what a feeling that much have been. I know we all love our greats and grands....but I think people showed more respect back then. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Pat said...

Amazing that you were able to return to the Homestead Place, dear friend!!!
I get goosebumps just thinking of it!!!
A 90 layer cake!!!
There were definitely "domestic" engineers in your family!!!
I, too, miss the days when families gathered at the family "place" at least once a year!!!
The Irish side of my heritage always had the dads on string instruments
while I lead the cousins in "The Dance"!!!
Several years ago, one of my Cousins stopped to see my Dad enroute to a new job and home.
She reminded me of the 'sweetness' of our Youth. . . and "The Dance".
Thank you for sharing your family with us!!!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Amazing Ann & so interesting! I was reading out loud to my hubby who was leaning over my shoulder for a peek. Such longevity for that time, amazing in itself. What a fabulous idea to have a layer for each year, and they pulled it off, an architectural feat! So glad you found the home and have so much family history in your hands. The photos are all wonderful. Really enjoyed this. :)

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh my gosh Ann, that is so cool! I always love your posts on family, you sure have some great family photos in your possession. We have quite a few and it is so nice.
Thanks for sharing your family history with us.

Ann Rasmussen said...

When I was a teenager, my dad took me and my brother to Washington, Kansas to the Duston homestead where my great grandparents farmed. I so badly wanted to go into the house, but was told that is was infested with bees. I am allergic, so I didn't go in. And then the house was torn down to make room for more farm land. My brother and I and a cousin who lives in Washington still own that 50 acres. It is all farm land now, but is in the family. What about your ancestral home? How cool is it that is still stands. We you able to go in? You are a very good guardian of your family's heritage.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

How amazing! What a link to history. Once again I am amazed at the access to old photos and letters and objects you have in your family. How wonderful it must have been to locate this old house!

Nellie's Cozy Place said...

wow, what a neat post, all that family history. That cake is totally wonder
how in the world they kept it from falling over. My wedding cake was only 5 or 6 tiers and
we thought it was gonna fall
So nice you were able to find the old homestead and enjoy seeing it and remembering....
Thanks for sharing this..........
Blessings, Nellie

Ivy and Elephants said...

I am always thrilled when you share photos or history about your family. How exciting to stand on that spot, touch what they touched, hear their voices through the words they wrote, ... amazing. Thank you so much for sharing the cake and the homestead, both a real treat!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I love reading about your family adventures
wish my grandparents home was still standing

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