|Title||A Rock Creek Childhood: Recollections of Fred Winkler|
A Rock Creek Childhood: Recollections of Fred Winkler (p. 5 of 6: see 1000.124.01-04 and 1000
as told to Ellouise Schoettler, ANS Special Events Coordinator
for the Audubon Naturalist Fair, December 4, 2005
Elsie and Fred Winkler (circa 1920) [1000.124.05a]
This photo, near the greenhouse, was taken by Ernst Thalman. He was their mother's brother, who had recently arrived in American from Veltheim, Switzerland.
"When it was cold we played in the greenhouse where it was warm. Elsie and I just fit under the concrete benches where there were piles of soft earth. We would sit on opposite sides of a mound and dig tunnels toward each other.
That's our wagon in the picture. We had a rope swing in a large tree in the yard and we played dodge ball and other games.
When we got a little older we each had our own garden plot where we grew sweet peas. Only a few cars came down Jones Mill Road in a day. I remember when there was a wooden bridge crossing the creek so cars could get up the hill to Forest Glen. We could hear the boards bouncing and shaking whenever a car drove over it, 'Listen, somebody is going over the "rumble bridge.' "
In the greenhouse (circa 1922) [1000.124.05b]
"Pop often took us for a walks down Jones Bridge Road and the woods nearby. He talked to us about the local trees, plants and animals. He knew all the names. I was most impressed by the birch trees because of the startling color and the smooth bark. There were also walnut and ash trees. I learned to respect nature from him.
I was close to Pop. From the time I was young he talked with me and included me in the operation of the business. I sometimes went with him to take flowers to the wholesale market downtown on 7th Street. I particularly remember the sight of rows of skinned rabbits hanging up in the meat market. I worked with Pop until he was 75 years old."