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194 MessingerFarmPhilipMilkingMachine
Philip Messinger in the milking shed in Scottsdale, Arizona. There's a calendar in the backround; but, unfortunately, I cannot bring it into focus. I'd guess that this photo was taken in 1943 or '44.
The "boy" today: www.ipernity.com/home/98270 . (I'm going to have to add some pictures to their ipernity page.)

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 Matthäus Felder
Matthäus Felder
VIII, 3: Vera Marian, geb. Fulton 13.06.1899; heiratete 1923 den Rechtsanwalt William H. Messinger in Grand Rapids (Mich.). Seit 1946 in Phoenix (Ariz.). „They have a ranch (irrigated) on which they raise alfolfa?, keep about 20 milk-cows and several thousand chickens.“ Das war in der Zeit als Messinger aus Gesundheitsgründen in seinem Beruf aussetzen musste. Jetzt haben sie alles verkauft und er übt wieder seine gute Praxis aus; diese ist in Phoenix, die Wohnung in Scottsdale (Ariz.).
JOEL, THIS I FOUND HANDWRITTEN, WHAT ANIMAL MIGHT THIS BE. ALPACKA? PLEASE HELP!
10 years ago.
 Joel Messinger
Joel Messinger
No, "alfalfa" --to feed the dairy cows. As your grandfather stated in a letter to my grandmother (dated August 1st, 1946): "Emerson wrote me that you had a ranch (irrigated)... [I think Emerson should have said "farm" or "dairy farm", as "ranch" would imply a cattle station with an expanse of land on which they could graze [weiden oder grasen] the cattle --the focus of a ranch being the raising of animals for slaughter.--J.M.] ...on which you raise alfalfa, and I found in my books that is what we call Luzerne, a sort of trefoil [Klee --J.M.]. I guess that you feed your milk-cows with it."

Normally, English-speaking people say, "lucern"; but because it was the Spanish who introduced it to this region, we use their term for it, "alfalfa", which is of Arabic origin.
My grandparents actually moved to Arizona at the end of 1942. My grandfather had trouble with his eyes; and the doctors recommended that he move to a dry climate.
10 years ago.
Matthäus Felder has replied to Joel Messinger
Thanks Joel, you helped me a lot. I have never heard of this stuff, although I grew up in a farmers’ village (Münsingen-Hundersingen, in case you want to Google-Earth it). At the moment I do text capture of Friedrich Felder’s diaries, which really isn’t easy, as german handwriting has changed extremely in the past decades.
Yours sincerely … Matt
10 years ago.

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