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Vernon W. Krisher

Male 1908 - 2014  (~ 105 years)


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  • Name Vernon W. Krisher 
    Born Sep 1908  Indian Falls, Genesee, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Apr 2014  Lyndonville, Orleans, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Medina Register, 2 Mar 2006
      LIVING HISTORY, Tracking Vernon Krisher's Past
      After a recent drive over the Indian Falls Bridge, Vernon Krisher commented that it was the third bridge across Tonawanda Creek he had traversed. The First bridge he crossed there was made of wooden planks and laid across the span. In 96 years of life, he's seen a lot of changes. He was born in 1909 in Indian Falls and raised on his grandfather's farm. They farmed for a living and he milked 12 cows by hand. The family would haul the milk to Pembroke stored in cans and put it on a train to Buffalo. The fields were plowed with teams of horses. Inside the house, kerosene lanterns were used for lighting and the place was heated by a wood stove. Krisher remembers using a cross-cut saw to fall trees, and an ax and wedge to split the wood. Like other families of the day, they provided much of their own food. A smoke-house was used to cure their meats. The butchered pigs provided salt pork, ham and bacon. Apples were stored in a barrel. After butter was made, it was placed in buckets and lowered deep into the dug well just above the water where the cool air kept it fresh. They also had an ice house where layers of ice alternating with sawdust layers provided refrigeration year round. Driving the team of horses hooked to a sleigh out on a small frozen lake to get the ice was a bit frightening as you listened to the creaks and groans of the ice. There were a few cars on the roads then, but not in the winter. Horse-drawn sleighs were the transportation of choice as there were no plows on the roads and you often had to go way out into the fields, around the road, to avoid deep drifts. Only main roads were drivable anyway and the side roads were often muddy ruts. A heated soapstone at your feet under a warm blanket was certainly a better choice than an "open car". Krisher and his brother walked to the one-room schoolhouse and to church together. They took raw eggs to school and cooked them for lunch on the wood-burning heat stove. Their grandfather made sure they attended Sunday school at the church. Every week he gave the boys three pennies for the offering. Boys being boys, the kids decided that they would each give a penny and spend the others at Ohr's General Store on candy. A lot of sweet treats could be had for a penny! For entertainment and to make some extra money, Krisher set traps in the swamp behind their place (now spring-fed Indian Falls Iake). A fox trap ran about $1 but it was a worthwhile investment. Once, he caught a pure black skunk and received $7.50 for the pelt. The money was used to buy clothes. The love of trapping stayed with him for a lifetime. At age 16, Krisher went to work in Clarence Center for $12 weekly plus room and board The dairy farm had 25 cows to milk and the milk had to be out at the road at 7 a.m. which meant rising at 4 a.m. He decided he would like to try for another job. By 1925 he had purchased his first car, a used Model T, for $100 and found work with the Buffalo-based Outdoor Advertising Co. His job was to go around once a week and wind the clocks on the billboards which would keep a light shining on the sign. On the job, he met his future wife, Alice Retzlaff, whom he married in 1933. In 1943, he bought the farm on Mill Road in Lyndonville, where he still resides. His wife thought he was crazy as the place was in shambles. The plaster was falling off the walls and all the windows were broken. Birds were nesting in the living room. But, they made it a home and had eight children there. They grew cash crops and dairy farmed. The former Heinz processing plant in Medina bought many Krisher tomatoes. Farmer neighbors became real friends, helping each other, especially at harvest time. Bill Carpenter would bring in the threshing machine and go from farm to farm. Area farmers who worked to help each other included John Newton, Menzel Kenward, Lester Thiel, Shorty Huntington, and Vern Krisher. Work was hard but life was enjoyed. In 1980, Krisher sold the farm to his son Dan. Until very recently, Vern actually helped with the work there. Now he spends his time doing some hunting and making log cabin style incense burners in his workshop for his friends. He still loves to trap but doesn't do much of it now. Not because of his age, but he states the price of pelts is too low. He does a little gunsmith work for his close friends, even fabricating parts for old guns. He does his own shopping and often meets friends for lunch. He has gone from sleighs to jets (which he has flown many times) and from ink wells to computers, which absolutely fascinate him. One wonders how many more changes he'll see or if they'll again replace the Indian Falls bridge in his lifetime.
    Person ID I50262  haseley
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2020 

    Family Alice Elizabeth Retzlaff,   b. 3 Jan 1915, Town of Wheatfield, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1997, Lyndonville, Orleans, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 9 Feb 1933  Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Joan Krisher
     2. Vernon W. Krisher, Jr.
     3. Suzanne Krisher
     4. Marjorie Krisher,   b. 20 May 1938, Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 2004, Medina, Orleans, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     5. Carol Elizabeth Krisher
     6. Daniel L. Krisher
     7. Diane L. Krisher
    Family ID F19700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Sep 1908 - Indian Falls, Genesee, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Feb 1933 - Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Apr 2014 - Lyndonville, Orleans, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
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