[But] when this German girl came to stay with my family a couple years later, my grandparents received her with their usual graciousness. Coming into California, the transformation of the desert scene into the suburban fringes of L. Stopping at places along the way, and then hitting the San Francisco Bay Area. It seemed to me one of the great places of the world.In a way this was America and California at its best. I was very interested in science, technology, math when I was in high school and even before.David: For a period of time they were giving away sections of land.Lynnae: You had to pay something for a section of land, but it wasn’t very much. If you came from a tiny little village in Germany where land was scarce and there wasn’t much opportunity, this must have seemed like a dream. But for somebody to pack up everything, with seven children, and wagons, and make that trip, when they must have known there were all sorts of dangers along the way, and then to suffer what they suffered when they came to California, the loss of wife and baby and small child, I can’t imagine how hard that must have been.ynnae (continued): As a small child, I spent all the harvest seasons with my grandparents. This was my grandparents’ retirement job; they had lived in the Bay Area most of their lives, where my grandfather was a teamster, driving a truck. He was killed in Germany at the very end of the war and they had a lot of animosity towards Germans and to Japanese.My grandmother would cook for us all every day, and we would go out and help my grandfather pick up the walnuts. The two Japanese men always slept on the front porch.Every year, from 1950 to 1959, Japanese came to our house to help during the harvest season. I think they brought their family heirlooms, things like ancient tea ceremony sets, and old masks, and obis that tied kimonos up.He and his wife and seven children got together covered wagons with several other families, and they made their way across the plains.But something catastrophic happened to them in Utah. They stopped almost the first place they could, which was Amador County. His wife, who was pregnant on this trip, gave birth to a baby in Amador County. [Then] Hugh’s youngest child was bitten by a black spider, maybe a black widow, and that child died.
My grandparents really hated Germans, so much more than the Japanese.
That side of my family got a land grant, 640 acres, in Escalon, between Stockton and Modesto. That land was divided between their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
So by the time I was a child and spent all my summers on this ranch, it only had 26 or 27 acres, and my grandparents lived there. The son, George Farrow, fought in the Civil War, [was] from the little isle of Isleboro, Maine.
He is a pioneering expert in the field of computational linguistics and a first-generation Californian, a migrant from St. They live in a large house, the interior decorated with a Japanese motif, in Menlo Park.
Lynnae: My grandfather’s family came from Missouri, the great-great-great-great grandfather’s name was Hugh Harrison Bell.