For too many years now, I've been meaning to reacquaint myself with the place where my dad's family first settled after arriving to Wisconsin in 1868 from their homeland of Posen, Germany. Today, the stars and planets finally lined up so I hit the road at 6:45 a.m. and headed north to Newton (population 550 per the 2000 census). The foggy morning added a bit of melancholy to the ride, but these bits of whimsy on County Road J neutralized the effect...
(If you're looking for a creative way to repurpose all those extra bowling balls
you've got laying around the house, here it is!)
Further on, cows enjoy their breakfast at this busy farm...
while, down the road, retired farm buildings rest peacefully.
My arrival to Newton is marked by a colony of egrets
who squawk as I pass them wading in the marshy pond.
And the sweet little country church that my ancestors helped
establish waits for this Sunday's morning service to start...
while Great and Great-Great Grandparents rest peacefully in the church yard.