Senior Connections Senior Connections Aug. 2018 - Page 4

Delano twins recall growing up in the 1930s ALLISON SCHAUST Correspondent Fresh spring air blew in through an open nurs- ery window of a little Delano farmhouse. Sleeping soundly side-by-side were newborn twins, George and Genevieve. It was a beautiful day March 3, 1930 when the twins joined the growing family of Antho- ny and Elizabeth Schaust. The family would eventually have 10 children, all of whom remained very close into adulthood, yet there’s no denying the special bond George and Gen- evieve “Jean” shared as twins. Their family was like any other Delano family growing up in the countryside. Anthony was a farmer who met his wife, Elizabeth, while she was work- ing at the Delano newspaper at the time, The Delano Eagle. George recalls that Betty, as she was fondly known, was “the best writer in the county.” Anthony and Betty passed onto their children a strong work ethic and included them in all the farm work. “Everyone milked cows by hand, girls too,” George added when he was asked what kind of chores they participated in. Along with the family’s 50 cows, they had Per- cheron workhorses, pigs, chickens, dogs, cats, geese, and ducks. One time, George’s older brother-in-law was having troubles with one of his workhorses. He lived just down the road, so he asked George to bring over one of their Percherons. These horses weren’t for riding, yet George climbed on and road the gigantic horse several miles to his brother-in-law’s farm. When the kids fi nished their chores and studies, they played many games like “Annie, Annie over,” tag, hopscotch, and horseshoes. The boys and girls played together, but Jean stated that “Ma never let us play outside in the rain.” 4 Senior Twins George and Genevieve “Jean” Schaust have re- mained close through their 88 years. PHOTO BY ALLISON SCHAUST Their family was among the fi rst in the Delano countryside to install electricity, and with that came the fi rst radio in their neighborhood. George and Jean recall that whenever Joe Lewis’ boxing match came on the radio, the neighbors came over to listen togeth- er. While the parents gathered around the radio, the kids played tag outside. “We were all close to each other,” Jean added with a smile. All of the Schaust kids attended the country school, where they laid the foundation for their education. For a time, the schoolteacher boarded with their family for $1 per day, which included three meals a day. Betty delivered a hot lunch to the schoolteacher every day since she had to stay with the children. The schoolteacher paid George 15 cents a day (out of her own pocket) to go to the s 6ƆW6PV&ǒFR&rGW&rFRvFW"F7F'@FRvB7FfR6FBBvVB&Rv&vVWfW'RV6R'&fVB6R6BBЦFFR6VG2BFRVBbFRFF7vVWv6FR&6&&G2BVGFRG&6WfW'&rvV&vRvVBvRW&RЦf&RFR7&6bFvFV֖ƲFR6w2&RЦf&RR&FFR66ƆW6RF7F'BFRvBЧ7FfRFV&&6Rf"'&Vf7BR6VVB2FW"vFFRF6W2&Vf&RRVg@vFFRFW"G2f"66vV&vR6B2ff&FR7V&V7Bv266VGV6FvRVVFVBFB6RfV@VvƗ6खF6RF2Bv2V6f&Цr6VGƖRFVf"&2Fw&GRЦFRg&v66VWVBFB( vFVBW2FRGv5Fw&GVFRFvWFW"( Ф6V7F2VwW7B#B'7BvV&vRv2W6FB&V6W6RRBWЧV7FVBF&Vvv&rFRf&'WBR6B( ĐFBBf"( ФvV&vRBV6&VB676W2FvWFW"@v&VB&BBFV"7GVFW2( vV&vR6B&VBR7B676W2( V&RЦ6VB&FvV&vRBV&VV&W"&VrPbF&VR'2bGv2FV"vRw&vrW( ėBv0VW7Vf""b&v&Gv2F6RF2( ФvV&vRWVBखCrFRGv2vW&RFV"6V"V"bv66Bv26VFW2V"FBBv0FR'7BV"FVBfF&FVvV&vRv2&6VB'FR66FFPFV2'Vr&6'WBRBF62&VG>( W&֗76F66RfF&vVBFRFPvg&FRf&BFVFFR&6b&VpW&VBvF2&VG>( &W76rvV&vRVBFPFVFVvVFF( BgFW"667'G26RFB'F6FR6"( vRFF( BƗfR@66ƖRvF2( VWVBgFW"w&GVFvV&vRBV&F'&V@B7F'FVBFV"vf֖ƖW27FRbF2FW&VVBfW'66RvFV6FW"BFV"FW 6&Ɩw2दV'&VB'&6Rf&BFvWFW"FWBB6G&VRbv6vW&RGv2vV&vPB2vfR6RB6WfV6G&V6Rbv6vW&RGv2'&6Rv&VBBFRw&FRv&2FVB2V62WBb2v&vRvRVW@'W7BRGv2vV&vRBvVWfWfR( ĦV( 66W7B&R6vআW&RV&ǒFvFFV"FW"VƗ&WF66W7B5T$ԕEDTBD6V"6V7F24