C'est moi. Another Mr. Eha's Place Picture Page
Number 15


Oteseraga Indian Village pennant This is a spiffily nice, although today a non-politically-correct souvenir from the old Oteseraga settlement about 40 miles north-northwest of Centerboro on the other side of Oteseraga Lake. The Oteseragas were described as an "offshoot of the Six Nations" by Mr. Brooks in Dictator, but this is not at all correct. The Six Nations Confederacy was made up of the Mohawks (Keepers of the Eastern Door), the Senecas (Keepers of the Western Door), the Onondagas (the Fire Keepers), and the Oneidas, Cayugas, and Tuscaroras, who were admitted into the Confederation in the early 18th century and who are known collectively as the Younger Brothers. The Oteseragas were never part of the Confederacy, much like the Basques are not really part of Spain. They kept pretty much to themselves in the area known today as Oteseraga County. When I was much younger, I remember how they'd shrewdly market all kinds of crafts items and souvenirs to the idiot tourists and summer people who headed up to our neck of the woods. Today the Oteseragas operate a large gambling casino and sell tax-free cigarettes and gasoline on their extensive landholdings. 
THE Teapot!

Wiese got it right!
This is the very silver teapot that William Bean's Aunt Effie of Orenville, Ohio, kicked up such a ruckus about. William rather generously gave it to Effie after all was said and done, even though he had a greater claim to it, having received it from his grandmother to give to his wife. When Effie passed away, her husband Lucius sent it back to Mrs. Bean. The teapot was one of many of his own parents' items that Frederick pawned in that shop in Utica that I frequented among others while looking for accordions for my collection. While in the shops, I'd browse for other things, too, and when I noticed the inscription ("To Martha from yr. husband William") on the bottom of this teapot, I purchased it to give back to them, but unfortunately, I just never got around to making that grand gesture. Perhaps someday you'll see it at one of my Internet Yard Sales.
Here chick, chick, chick!

Oink!  The Beans' Otto and offspring

Mooooooooooo! Cows in the duckpond
More photos from the Bean family album. First we see "Jinx" Bean feeding the chickens. Then we have some Bean farm pigs of which there were always several in the pen for showing at the fair, the market, or for the Beans' table. On the back of this photo are the words "Otto & offspring." As I recollect, being within 20 yards of the pen on hot summer days was not at all pleasant. In the third photograph, Bean cows are standing in the shady shallows of the duck pond where they liked to cool off by sloshing around in the muck and mire. Today I would not think of taking a dip in a pond into which cows had made deposits, but back then, a swim in the pond on a hot summer's day was a delight.

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