The Ladies Page

COUNTRY ECHOES


| September/October 1969



If someone had said, 'All of this is going to happen in the next two weeks,' I would have said, 'Impossible!' But it has happened and it is unbelievable.

It began with the wedding of a neighbor boy on a Saturday. It was quite an occasion because he is past thirty. The following day was the ninety fifth anniversary of a church where we formerly belonged. The service was inspiring, they served an excellent dinner, and we renewed old friendships and reminisced of days past.

When we returned home a Steam Engine Man was awaiting us. How surprised we were to find 81 year old Louie Trapp of Columbus sitting in our kitchen chatting with Dan. Mr. Trapp doesn't look a day past 60 but he is the youngest of six living brothers and sisters. I wonder how the other members of this remarkable family carry their years.

Originally there were fifteen in the Trapp family. Louie has a sister who is 83, a brother 85, a brother 87, another brother 90, and a sister who is 100 years young.

The family farm in Columbus was purchased in 1854. Mr. Trapp still lives on this farm and has been there all of his 81 years. The Trapps are a musical family who had their own band for about 40 years. The band was composed of six Trapp sons, Father Trapp, and two cousins. The father and sons could all play two or more instruments. The house had a music room where all practicing and rehearsing was done. Father Trapp instructed them. No money was paid to others for music lessons.

Our Mary asked our guest, 'How about practicing?'