For past few months, this site's template was not working properly, and I started to move to Wordpress. A move to Wordpress may still happen - I am evaluating a new Wordpress Template ... more on this later.
In the meantime, I fixed part of the problem with the old site's template by restoring from a backup. But I can only edit an article from the backend, and not from the front end. So all is not working yet...cratch at kuehnfamily.org/history...
It was with sadness that I learned today about the passing of Orville Rasp, my cousin once removed, who died yesterday in Mascoutah, Illinois. It seems like just yesterday that I visited with Orville and his wife Fern and their daughter Karen Wobbe in December 2009 as seen in photo below.
Karen (Rasp) Wobbe, Orville and Fern Rasp
For the past seven years Orville has been the last of 15 grandchildren of Anton Joseph and Mary Magdalena "Lena" (Zinck) Rist, remaining alive after his cousin Clyde Miener died in 2010, and his brother James left us in 2009.
You can read the following Obituary for Orville Rasp at MollFuneralHome.com.
On Monday, August 21st, my wife and I drove to Clemson University to experience our first Total Eclipse, and it was awesome. We had been to Clemson previously when visited my wife’s great-niece who started there in 2015. The trip there was uneventful, and we made it to Clemson in less 2.5 hours. But Clemson was jammed packed with visitors for the eclipse. We met up with my wife’s niece who had driven down with her family for the eclipse and to see her daughter who is a junior at Clemson. Together we sat under a tree and awaited the start of the eclipse that afternoon.
As the start time of the eclipse grew near, the weather started to change and for awhile we thought we might end up with a cloudy day. But most of the clouds disappeared as the totality approached. Then totality was reached, and everyone took off their solar glasses and watched and experienced the phenomenon. I started to take pictures of the total eclipse. For two minutes, 37 seconds, we were in darkness, as the tree critters came alive, and parking lot lights came on. Although it was early afternoon, it was like looking up into the night sky, and we could make out the planets Saturn and Mercury above us - thanks to my wife’s niece who runs the observatory at her upstate New York university.
And just that quick, darkness disappeared as the sun peaked out from behind the moon’s shadow giving our surrounding the same reddish tint that was experienced just before totality was reached.
We stuck around for about an hour to visit with family, and allow some of the cars to leave. But traffic would be a nightmare all the way back to the Atlanta area. What took us about 2.5 hours to get there took over 6 hours to get back to home. It probably should have been expected because everyone arrived in Clemson over a 2-3 day period, but most of us were leaving shortly after the eclipse. A lesson learned.
I started to describe the town Raymond was born in, and it's layout and history. But then decided to trim all of that back out... This story speaks to the background of Raymond, and his sensitivity. I hope you enjoy it.
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Within the first couple weeks of being born, Raymond could sleep through all sorts of noises. At first he was awakened by the loudness of the fire truck leaving the fire station two buildings down from his house, sirens blaring, as they rushed down the street on their way to fight a fire. There were also several trains per day that went down the tracks just a 100 feet beyond the fire station where the house would shake and vibrate as the freight train went by, and the train whistle would blare loudly at every street it crossed. With the streets closely spaced and the slow movement of the train, each passing was good for several whistle blasts that could wake the dead. But after the initial exposure to these loud noises, Raymond soon slept through these events. They likely reminded him of when he was in the womb - just not quite as loud as they now sounded.