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Happy Birthday Dad

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My Dad and me in 1959

My Dad and me in 1959

Today my Dad, Robert Hahn would have been 76. This photograph was taken in March 1959 at my Grandfather’s farm.  Later that summer he and Mom would start HAHN INDUSTRIES. Knowing the creative thinker he was I have to believe while he was shoveling corn this day he was thinking about what he could do to provide for his young family.

I often have to repeat the story when a customer ask me how the business started; each time I say how proud I am of my parents.  They had four kids by the time they were twenty-one, had one unfortunately die, and started a business, I frankly don’t know how they managed.  As Mom states, “and… we didn’t have disposable diapers.”

They worked and lived the American Dream!

Happy Birthday Dad

Photo taken in front of a picture of the business.  Sometime in the 1980's.  He is holding the first mold he started HAHN INDUSTRIES with, I'm holding the chick.  One of my favorite photographs!

Photo taken in front of a picture of the business in Cullom, IL. He is holding the first mold he bought for HAHN INDUSTRIES, I’m holding the chick. One of my favorite photographs!

Later… Barbara

We found a Gnome in our barn!

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We have been in the process of barn demolition the past few weeks.  One more fire to go and the last remnants of the barn will be history.

Future Display Area
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I am sad to see it gone. However, I am excited about dreaming up a new display area for HAHN INDUSTRIES next spring.

On the day the barn came down, and as soon as the dust settled the guys went to take a look when all of a sudden Jeff, my Brother hollered… “There’s something in there!  It looks like a gnome!”  

“There’s something in there!
It looks like a Gnome!”

Everyone rushed over to see. Entangled in the wood rafters, just under the tin roof, there he was, he survived the fall with barely a scratch.

The mystery… no one remembers ever seeing this fellow before.  We thought everything had been cleared out before the demolition.  We have no idea where he came from, or how long he had been hiding there. 

I decided to do a little research…  I learned the 16th Century Swiss alchemist Paracelsus was the first to write about gnomes. He classified them as earth elementals,  very reluctant to interact with humans, and able to move through solid earth as easily as humans move through air.       <now that’s interesting, but why was he in our barn?>

Then I found this… They work at night in the woods and sometimes in human dwellings. In rural areas gnomes often live in the rafters of barns, where, if they are treated well, they keep an eye on the livestock as well as crops. They help plants grow and add color to nature.

Holy moly…  he must have been hiding in the rafters for years.   Now we will have to decide… What are we going to do with him? 

Our Gnome!

A cool link: www.freethegnomes.com  The official site in support of Garden Gnome Liberation.  <I hope they don’t accuse us of keeping our gnome captive!>

Later… Barbara