The following is an illustrated day dream. …Enjoy.
Imagine if you will that you live in a fair-sized city in Wisconsin, the year is 1885. The June morning is warm with a light breeze which feels cool. You are strolling through a park and the leaves rustle as the breeze moves the tree tops, there is the faint sound of a morning dove. You emerge the trees to a corner of the park where a fountain splashes water down two tiers to a large basin bellow, before you is a neighborhood of large brightly colored homes with well-kept grounds. Across the street a boy pushes a lawn mower and can swell the fresh cut grass on the breeze, from behind you hear the approach a vehicle on the brick pavement and you turn to see a horse drawn Phaeton speed past, a distant church bell chimes the hour.
You turn left and walk down the street to the crest of a slope at the end of which is a lake shining as a sapphire on a green velvet cushion. Thousands of bright flashes of light strike your eyes as the breeze turned surface reflects the sun light. Cumulus clouds indolently drift by as your gaze falls upon a mother pushing her infant son in a carriage and her daughter tags along. The mother hums a tune as the little girl chatters about the long walk home and other childish concerns. The young mother notices you and calls out a greeting, you reply “Good morning”. She pushes the carriage up to the gray house, picks up her baby and she and the children go into the house. You cross the street, walk toward the white Queen Anne cottage last in the row, you’re home after your morning walk.
P. S. All the houses in the pictures were designed by William Waters, some were in Oshkosh, others in Neenah and Appleton.