This is a photo of Pheobe Ann (Hoover) Sproat and her daughter Sarah.
Pheobe was the wife of William Cullen Sproat.
Charlott on 24th June 2016 @ 7:08am
Any connection to the Sproat Building in downtown HR?
I really like this photo. Great picture of farm life. A rooster and his hens scratching in the dirt. A dog house, or maybe a duck house, nice farm buildings, a wood pile that is getting low, and a celebration of joy over the labors of producing food.
L.E. on 24th June 2016 @ 7:25am
I forgot to add....the tired looking farm wife dragging around a long dress who is probably using the wood pile for the wood cook stove on a hot autumn day.
L.E. on 24th June 2016 @ 7:28am
Lots of things to see but what stands out to me, even more than the giant cabbage, is that startlingly white apron.
Marilyn on 24th June 2016 @ 8:18am
And time to make a little sauerkraut....!
James Holloway on 24th June 2016 @ 9:19am
Could be a dumb off the wall question, but what is that in the upper corner of the gable of the barn? Doesn't look like an access door or vent. Quilt block?
spinsur on 24th June 2016 @ 11:26am
I think it is a block with a design, much like you see in
German and Amish communities back east. Looks like the outhouse behind that scrubby tree.
Charlott on 24th June 2016 @ 2:50pm
That's one fine looking cabbage!
JKG on 24th June 2016 @ 4:41pm
Son Charles Sproat is featured in this HHR photo.
Phoebe died in March of 1901 at age 71. Her husband William died in January 1903.
She must have passed away the following March after this photo was taken?
From the March 22, 1901 HR Glacier:
"Mrs. Wm. Sproat, who died last Sunday, was the mother of Sproat brothers, who came here from Minnesota last fall and purchased the Peter Kopke place. Mrs. Sproat had been in her usual health and on Saturday helped her husband set out some plants at the new home. She caught cold, was taken with the grip and died next morning. The aged couple were preparing to move into their new cottage recently erected midway between the dwellings of their sons."
May 31 1901 HR Glacier says Peter Kopke is going to take life easier after selling his place on the East Side, last fall to the Sproat Bros.
The April 1907 HR Glacier says Herman Kokpe is going to take a trip back to Germany. He came to the valley in 1880 and had owned the east side property now owned by Sproats and Van Horns.
The Sproats came from Wisconsin. Is there a possibility this photo was not taken in HR?
L.E. on 24th June 2016 @ 7:36pm
Sproats came from Minnesota not Wisconsin.
L.E. on 27th June 2016 @ 2:52pm