Bricks

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A. Stimulate Your Senses:

What is this place? What is available in this place? How can you get it?

Who is in the photo? What is that person doing? How do you know?

Where is this place? When was the photo taken?

When does it appear this photo is taken? Now? in the Past? How do you know?

If you needed a brick or bricks, people from the Eureka area got them at Gudeman Brothers' yard. Here you can get a variety of bricks for whatever building need arises. Gudeman Brothers has a workforce of about 20 employees who will be able to answer all of your "brick" questions. Gudeman Brothers yard is located on the north edge of Eureka right off of RT. 117. This particular photo was made at the turn of the 20th century. You can tell it's old because first it is not in color, then the type of clothing the men are wearing depict a much earlier era. You will also notice the lack of homes built in the area and the forested area in the back signifies a much earlier time in Eureka history. (ISWP)


B. Change:

What's changed? What's still the same? What replaced this scene and why?



C. Imagine You Are There:

Write a letter about how your day was when this picture was taken.

Dear Ma,

I got a job working in the Gudeman Brother's Brick yard. I'm sending you this picture. Note I'm the guy with the straw hat. Lifting and moving all of these bricks is back-breaking, but I am getting some muscles on my skinny arms now. They took this picture for the Woodford County Journal, the local newspaper in town. Right now, we are busy loading a ton of bricks for the Dickinson building which is being constructed on the campus of Eureka College. It's amazing just how many bricks it takes to make a building. I have taken residence with a very nice Wiegand family in town. They have rented me a small room to sleep in and I am welcome at all their wonderful home-cooked meals. Well, I gotta go. I'll write to you as soon as I can.

Love, Jonah

Dear Jonah,

I miss you so greatly, dear. Why did you have to leave home? Are you sure you're eating enough? Don't hurt yourself with all those bricks, dear. I do want grandchildren someday, you know.

Be sure to remember to write me EACH day. You know how much I worry.

Love, Ma

Dear Jonah,

Glad to hear you are finally getting some muscles on those scrawny arms of yours. Good to know that you're working like a man, working hard and eating well. Keep making us proud.

Pa

Dear Ma,

Had a bad day today. The brick fire exploded today (I think someone got too close with them there 4th of July bottle rocket things) and I darn near lost my manhood. My jeans are cutoffs now.

More later--I'm healing now.

Love, Jonah (ISWP)