If this Maplewood History blog were a wagon it would have been stuck in a rut for about the last month. The touch screen on my Lenovo All-in-One computer began to act up about the beginning of April. Thus started a chain of events that I won’t even try to repeat here. Mostly I just want to forget them.
That computer would have been two years old this November. Needless to say it was out of warranty. The touch screen eventually malfunctioned so completely that not even the experts at the Micro Center could get past it. It rendered a once great computer useless. I have replaced it with a Dell laptop and if it doesn’t get a lot faster pretty quick I’m going to have to take it back to the Micro Center folks as well. Enough of my problems. If you own a computer I’m sure you have many of your own.
I came to an appreciation of old photos of Maplewood families in a roundabout way. First I was curious about the old buildings. I didn’t think much about the families that had once lived and worked in them. In 2008 I put together our community history book for our centennial. For the first time I took a hard look at the people in the photos. Even met some of them – like Millie Durban and Elmer Wind Jr. The photographs that they kindly shared ignited my interest in the people in them.
For about the last 8 years or so I’ve posted a lot of them in my blogs and before that on the City of Maplewood’s Facebook page. It seems that the more of them I see the more interesting they become to me. Even though they are no kin to me they seem like my ancestors. I think they are in a way. As one of my readers commented this story of Maplewood is the story of America. He’s right. I never thought of it that way until he said it.
Last December Larry and Jean Wiss McDaniels were kind enough to let me copy their family photos. The Wiss family once lived on Hazel in a home that is now gone. The memory of their time in residence there would be gone as well were it not for these photographs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Much thanks to Larry and Jean for sharing them with us.
See also: Maplewood History: The Hero from Hazel