The black chair was at my grandmother’s house I first saw it. This now to describe the family gatherings at my grandmother’s house, Section 17, town of Buena Vista, where were celebrated all those standard occasions, Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays.
Here to include my Uncle Curtis, something of a farm-type inventor himself, who decided to elevate Tom Edison’s birthday to a holiday celebration whether or not the rest of the country went along, specifically Feb. 11 (1847). As another cause to invite family, cousins and assorted debris to the big farmhouse for a semi-civilized potlatch.
To describe the dining room in my grandmother’s house is to detail with some accuracy the Mandan lodge of North Dakota prairie as described in Meriwether Lewis’ journal. As with the Mandan, the dining room was at the center of the house, from which everything else radiated.