COUNTRY ECHOES


| November/December 1977



R. R. 2, Brandon, Wisconsin 53919.

Somehow, when winter shuts us in we can settle down to a comfortable and relaxing routine if we don't fight the confinement too strongly.

Last week I met several people who have learned to make something absorbing and worthwhile out of their hobbies. The wonderful part of it is that husband and wife teams are sharing these interests.

First I want to introduce an 84 year old lady from Aurora, Illinois. Winnie Baumez was the Queen of the Steam Show held on the George Hedtke farm near Davis Junction, Illinois. She formerly played the piano in theaters in the days of silent movies. Can't you just hear that exciting music as the horses thundered across the plains? She was frisking about in a simple dress and white sweater when we arrived; still very pert at 84. Winnie's husband, Herman, was busy weaving baskets of reed which he acquires from a source in Connecticut. These are trimmed with wooden beads from Hong Kong.

Mr. Baumez learned his trade as a young man in Germany and has been weaving ever since. Formerly he used willow branches, but now sticks with reed. The cradles for dolls were most charming (in various sizes) and any grandma among you might want to contact him for an unusual Christmas gift for that special little granddaughter on your list. They reside at R. R. #3, Box 342, Jericho Road, Aurora, Illinois 60504. He gave me his card so I am sure he is eager to sell.

Wayne and Ruth Geeting (Grandpa and Grandma Happy) have filled their last six years with learning as much as they can about spinning and dyeing yarn with natural dyes. This couple lives at Route 1, Sterling, Illinois 61081. They are much in demand for demonstrations in schools, women's clubs, mother-daughter banquets, etc.