We went out to the old family farm. It is abandoned now, a couple of years after the last batchelor uncle departed the place for a nursing facility. Predictably he did not last long there, our family has strong ties to home.
This is where our tribe set up housekeeping when they left Germany in 1858.
Over time various members of the clan have scratched their initials in the rather soft brick. Here is my brother, Frederick James W. pointing to his 1966 entry: