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Grandpa Wells' harness shop left side

Supplies are in details (I found out with this LO that I really need Christy's scripts! :))


CC is welcome; my kids say this page is "too brown" -- what do you think?



Charles’ son John wrote a memoir of Belle Fourche’s early days which reads like an old Western. C.R. Wells, my great-great grandfather, was an early settler in Belle. He learned harness-making back in Wisconsin from his mother’s brother. Later, when the family moved to the Black Hills, although his brothers had filed on 160 acres for him to farm, it was as a harness maker that he established himself. He sold his 160 acres to brother Clarence and worked in, then eventually owned a harness shop in Whitewood. When the railroad extended its line to Belle Fourche and that town became the central round-up and shipping point for the region, he opened another shop there. C.R. moved his family to Belle Fourche in 1872 very reluctantly. Belle at that time was a wide open frontier town with seven saloons and no sheriff -- no city government at all. The shop in Belle had family living quarters on the second floor and was right across the street from one of the saloons. John wrote that the family often opened their door to better hear the music from saloon as Lola, a saloon gal would sing to the accompaniment of a piano played by a professional gambler with a little musical training.John also wrote of the town swarming with cowboys during the great round-ups. The town became lively then, the cowbys riding through the streets shooting their guns in the air & riding horses right up to the bar to order their drinks. It sounds like the worst cliche-ridden old movie, but it all really happened!



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OH wow! LOVE this, it looks awesome in SEPIA, and I love the complimentary browns and creams with the gingham checks. JUST a fantastic layout!

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I really like these heritage layouts! I don't think it's too brown at all - the colors fit the theme and photos very well. Great job on the journalling also!

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I like the browns, like the others said, it really fits the heritage theme. Looking back thru some of the others layouts you posted, those are really good heritage ones. It so much fun to hear or read the stories behind the pictures.

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Sensational! Love the use of the fleur de lis rubber stamp and embellishment to repeat the look of the harnesses in the photo- really clever! Wonderful photos and the overall sepia tone is super with the time frame. Fantastic journaling which I read aloud to my family- really interesting and well written... I want to hear more! If you think it is "too brown" what often helps me is an overall Photo Filter in orange or warming filter 85, which seems to pop the sepia tone just enough. That's me, and I am a beginner.... I think this is really wonderful as is! Great job and it is going into my favorites right now!

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