Asaph & Ezra Starting Over
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Starting Over..
I mention the $5 loan to Ezra from Dr. Markley again.....I don't know what specific purpose it was for....Was it for the California trip?  It occurs to me that it could have been...perhaps just for groceries....I was nearly extinct....The next part of the  two brothers from vague memory, and partly from recycled stories...
My most vivid recollection is: taking the Ezra Ehrlich family to the train in Shattuck.....the ride in the evening to Shattuck, and the big train that carried them away. I was only six, but Lyman was a playmate, even though he was just a bit older than me, I was in the first grade, he was in the just starting is the way I remember it.  Anyhow, Ezra had hitch-hiked to Fresno CA. where he found a job in a grocery store, and he has arranged for the family to come to California.  A household auction was held, ....Our family ended up with Linda's piano for some reason.....goodbye's .....that was the end of Ehrlich Brothers, and the beginning of separate lives.
A new beginning for the Ezra Ehrlich family....and all I know is what Florine and Lyman told me recently when I met both of them for the first time since that departure evening in Shattuck, OK....Perhaps they will tell us that story.  Of particular interest to me however is the realization that the parting of those brothers was final....I don't think they ever heard one another's voice again.   They both died young in the 50's.
In the meantime, Asaph had been trying to maintain his hand as a tenant farmer.....he had rented some land from various friends including Adam Bender, who was Otilla's uncle.   Grandmother Laubhan Shaffer, had recently sold her interest in the home farm west of town, and had agreed to loan Asaph $500.  Money for a down payment on a section of land Alex Laubhan was selling which he had named the Jackrabbit Section,  The Federal Land Bank had been created to aid such ventures, and Asaph made the move.
It turns out, there is a turning point.....and this was it.......the rains came....the fence rows deep in dust began to heal.....lots of fences barely visible.....but few bothered digging them out....just built new fences on top...a few years  passed, a few harvests occurred.Pearl Harbor is still fresh in everyone's mind.....the war and better weather have combined to create new jobs, new is 1943,  a new date mark......October 29, 1943....We have a new baby!  Robert Tracy Ehrlich born in Shattuck Oklahoma to proud parents, a 39 year old mother, and very surprised siblings.  My recollection: we kids are home alone in bed, having just been told we have a new baby brother, born this day or last night in Shattuck.  Coincidentally, big brother Gene is returning home that morning from Naval training, plans for a group visit to see the new mother and baby is underway.... I had not been feeling well, in fact I was hot and freezing......and upon arriving in the hospital room, I complained to Mom and....minutes later, a doctor's diagnosis....pneumonia.  I was to spend the next week in the hospital, in and out of delirium......looking back, Mom almost traded boys, one for one....
Asaph and Ezra had gone their separate ways....Starting Over probably felt good.....I always thought the years 1943 to 1949 were some of Dad's happiest.....He became ill with Leukemia about this time, and it was to become the biggest factor in his life, more than the great depression, or the dust bowl....until his death in 1953.....
Maurice Ehrlich.... January 1, 2007


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