August 30th, 2017

A Man, a Cigar, and a Plymouth

A pear tree planted by Gottlieb Waschke.

I posted this item almost ten years ago and has been one of the most read items in the Vine Maple Studio. I edited it lightly for this repost. I should note that this story is constructed entirely from hazy memories that have passed through several hands. […]

October 17th, 2009

A Man, a Cigar, and a Plymouth

My great grandfather, Gottlieb Waschke, like most men from the turn of the century, smoked cigars, but he was not good at driving automobiles.

Pear tree planted by Gottlieb Waschke

He had a nickel silver match case with a cigar end clipper and an engraving of a stag on the front. My grandmother said […]