Sketches and Remembrances Albert Kuhns
Albert Kuhns was the son of Manasses Kuhns, the last owner of the Stahly-Nissley-Kuhns farm that is today Amish Acres.
Albert Kuhns (1903-1987), made these drawings of the 7:00 a.m. west bound Milk Train (1925) and the 10:00 a.m. east bound Mail train (1914) from his memory. The caption is printed below.
"Since my brothers and sisters are nearly all gone I seem to be reliving many old memories. The good Lord has provided a way for them to escape all this. These two trains have made their daily runs for years. between the houses of our grandfather Tobias' two children Manas and Emma, while they were still young and active and had their children with them. How I liked to smell the coal smoke and steam as it floated across their fields and entered in at an open window at times.
These two trains have also been discontinued for a number of years, but the memories are still living on. Is this why I am able to sit down and sketch any of these trains without anything to go by, only as they appear fresh in mind?"
A grandchild of Tobias.
Albert's second set of drawings entitled "Lest We Forget," is of the split rail fence design that was on the farm between 1893 and 1917. The lower sketch details the death of Albert's maternal grandfather, Noah C.Nisley, of a heart attack on "April 22, 1917 at about 7:00 p.m. He was found next morning 7:30 a.m." Nisley was returning from the neighbor's to the north when he collapsed along the "cut through high field for proposed railroad."
The Amish carry the oral tradition of their forefathers to this day. The modern world has lost this means of passing family information to new generations.