The Klaschka home before the addition of siding and
enclosed back porch. If you look closely, those
tiny figures on the back porch are Bobbie and Ruth.

The Klaschka home after the addition of siding and
enclosed back porch.

Albert met Mr. Sears (of Sears and Roebuck fame)
Mr. Sears disliked living in his Allendale, N.J.
country home and envied Albert's home in the city.
Albert disliked city life and envied Mr.Sears' home
in the country. So the men struck a deal and swapped
deeds! Albert paid an additional $500 for the land.

Mom and Pop Klaschka

Out of 13 pregnancies,
The Klaschka-Ulrich union produced:
10 Children. . . . . . . . . . 7 boys 3 girls
16 Grandchildren. . . . . . . .7 boys 9 girls
31 Great Grandchildren. . . . 18 boys 13 girls
20 Great Great Grandchildren..12 boys 8 girls
{as of July 2001}

There were 44 boys and 33 girls!


Barbara and her sister Helen Zinke.
The two boys 'shucking corn' with them are
Brian Klaschka on left and does anyone know who
that boy on the right is?

The Ulrich sisters each had many children
Barbara had 10 Helen had 8.

The 'folks' in their kitchen.

Barbara was laid to rest on her 84th birthday.

Ruth, Rose, George, Dorothy, and Barbara Klaschka

George and Dorothy were married on Dorothy's birthday,
September 8th!

A young Herb and Bobbie Klaschka.

George and Herb were both born on May 4th.

Bobbie Ann, Dave, Glory, and truck.

Dave's original birth certificate reads: "Male None
Klaschka." Later the 'male' was scratched out and
David was written in. Guess that by the time he
arrived they ran out of boy's names! Thank goodness
the next two born were girls!

David also shares his birthday with Martin Luther King.

Sheila Klaschka, Grandma and Linda Phillips

Sheila Klaschka married Charlie Kubrock on her
birthday May 19th.


'Albert Road' was named after Albert by his boys.
After the property was sold and the development was
built, it was made official and put on the map. The
towns folks affectionately called it 'Klaschka Lane' for years.

"Klaschka Lane" before & after the clearing of the land.

Both these pictures were taken from home movies
taken in the fall of 1963 by Dave Klaschka.

Barbara getting ready to go out on the town!

Barbara taught herself how to drive. She would
drive the grandchildren to school during the
week and to Sabbath School on Saturdays.

Lee, Rose, George, and Dot Klaschka

The Klaschka Brothers Ernest and George,
Married the Mandala Sisters Rose and Dot!

'Ol Bessy' provided milk for the Klaschka clan.
When they didn't need large amounts of milk anymore,
the cow was sold and milk was delivered to the
house. I remember the 'Milk Man' the 'Bond Bread Man'
and the 'Egg Man' delivering right to the house!

Albert never learned how to drive. He traveled by bus,
train and plane to where ever he had to go.

A young Herb by the radio in the Klaschka's living room.

Today Herb lives in a log cabin on
Acorn Lane in Oak Ridge!

Gerry and Al Klashka

Albert Klaschka got a job for Al at American Steel
& Wire in Worcester Mass. It was Albert's suggestion
that Al change the spelling of Klaschka
to Klashka for business purposes.

Al and Gerry met while they were both vacationing at
Moody Beach in Maine. Gerry recalls how
Al was attracted to her and had asked one of her
friends for her address. He wrote, she answered,
the rest is history!

Herb at the back of the Klaschka house.

Behind him you can see the cellar door. Remember the
song "Playmate"? We had it all! An apple tree to
climb up, a rain barrel to holler in, and a cellar
door to slide down! [If no one was around to stop us!]

Donny Klaschka fishin' at the ol' fishing hole at Ramsey Lake.

Dave Klaschka remembers when the lake was being
lowered and all the fish were in a shallow area and
just 'there for the picking!' He and his friends
gathered dozens and strung them on a line to make
it look like they had a large catch!

That's Junie Klaschka on her Grandma's lap!

As hard as she worked, Barbara always managed
a warm loving smile!

Shoot out at the Big Corral!

Bobbie Phillips recalls that when 'Mom' had Herbie
she shared a hospital room with a woman who had a
baby girl. When 'Pop' brought her to see the new
baby she was asked,"What do you want, a brother or
a sister?" She shouted, "A SISTER!" Mom looked at
her room mate and said, "Guess I am going to have
to take your baby home!"

Dave Klaschka

George Klaschka was Dave Klaschka's best man.

Ernie, Brian and June

Gloria Klaschka Abrams Pease & Betty Lester Klaschka
both married men named Ernest!
Both of their fathers-in-law were named Ernest!
Both named their first born Ernest!
Both called their sons "Little Ernie"!

Barbara and Albert on their 50th Wedding anniversary!

Most of the Klaschkas came together to
celebrate this special day. They were married
62 years when Barbara died.

Bobbie Klaschka Phillips & Bobbie Klaschka Marsh

Both Bobbies married men named Bill.

Al and Gerry, George and Dot, Edith and Dave and
Ruth and George

Al Klashka died on his son Jeff's 18th birthday
March 10th.
Al's daughter Joan and Ruth's daughter Diane
were both born August 6.

The surviving Klaschkas at Barbara's funeral

George and Jule both died on November 27th
It is also Edith Klaschka's birthday

Albert in the Nursing Home

This picture of Albert was taken with a Polaroid
camera, and he watched it develop much to his
delight and amazement!

Dave, Ruth, Herb, Bobbie and George.

Jill Marie Klashka and Bobbie Phillips were
both born August 2 (55 years apart!)

Dave, Bobbie, Herb, Ruth and George.

This would be the last time the five surviving
siblings would be together before George and Dave passed.
Now there are three.(as of August 2011)

Barbara Klaschka Phillips...........Ernie Klaschka Jr.
Some things never change. Ernie is following in
the familys 'tracks' on his own farm in Virginia

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(Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)

Performed by: The Judds

Grandpa tell me 'bout the good old days
Grandpa everything is changing fast
Sometimes it feels like this world's gone crazy
We call it progress but I just don't know

Grandpa take me back to yesterday
And Grandpa lets wander back into the past
When the line between right and wrong
Didn't seem so hazy

Then paint me the picture of long ago
Did lovers really fall in love to stay
And stand beside each other come what may

Was a promise really something people kept
Not just something they would say
(and then forget)
Did families really bow their heads to pray
Did daddies really never go away
Oh, Oh Grandpa tell me 'bout the good old days