|Title||A Rock Creek Childhood: Recollections of Fred Winkler|
A Rock Creek Childhood: Recollections of Fred Winkler (p. 3 of 6: see 1000.124.01-02 and 1000
as told to Ellouise Schoettler, ANS Special Events Coordinator
for the Audubon Naturalist Fair, December 4, 2005
Hermine Winkler and her daughters Margaret, Barbara and Helen on the front porch of their home off Jones Mill Road. [1994.01.08]
"My mother was quiet, efficient, and a very loving woman. She was a good cook. Pop killed the chickens and then she dressed and cooked them. We had most everything we needed on the farm but she bought some groceries from the store on Brookeville Road. I remember that she did knit. She had a sewing machine and she made all the clothes for the girls. I remember we got dressed up on Sundays and went to church."
Photo of two daughters reading [1994.01.09]
Photo of daughter seated [1000.124.03a]
Photo of frozen creek [1000.124.03b]
Fred's sisters, Helen, Barbara, and Margaret, enjoying a cooling splash in Rock Creek on a hot summer day (circa 1918) [1000.124.03c]
Margaret and Helen stood on the ice for a picture [1000.124.03d]
In 1917, the year twins Fred and Elsie were born, it was so cold Rock Creek was frozen solid.
"Living near the creek was fun. In the summer we cut poles and used earth worms for bait to catch small sunfish - we called them sunnies. I have heard that some people caught eels.
There was a swimming hole down near the trestle and kids came from all around to swim. In those days Rock Creek was half as wide as now and deeper. In winter ice flowed over the banks. Pop could get sand from the creek when he needed it to make concrete for the greenhouse. Now the creek has more silt than sand."