Good Morning and Happy Thursday!
For many of us, the holidays are a time to celebrate the passing year with family and friends. Sharing a meal around a table [ one purchased at Fitterer’s, of course. ;)] , attending Christmas programs at church or school , laughing around a fireplace with a hot drink and good company; whatever your tradition may be, we hope that this holiday you find yourself and your loved ones well.
For this week’s throwback, I headed upstairs in search of the perfect item.
I wanted to be selective today. I always try to choose pieces that connect with people in some way; this week being our last before the holiday, I also wanted this one to have some meaning to the Fitterer family. Without them there would be no cabinets, closets or basements for me to sift through and share.
I went deep into the back of the closet where I haven’t had a chance to dig around before. I found some amazing things. Film reels of family photos , some incredible publications from the 1910s, a 1941 Evening Record with dozens of chilling World War II headlines. All incredible articles, but nothing I found felt quite right for this one.
I saved aside a few of the little treasures that I decided to skip, and went downstairs in search of something from the cabinet instead.
I stumbled across a few black and white photographs, and decided to take a closer look. The largest of the photos was Emma (Daverin) Fitterer. I decided to pull this photo from her 81st birthday. I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
You see, Emma was Phillip Fitterer’s wife and a well known name in the community. She’s said to be one of the first Caucasian children born in the valley. She married Phillip in February of 1892 and the two had four children, including Clarence who later managed the store with brother Louis. You might even remember back in September, I actually found Phillip and Emma’s Marriage certificate upstairs!
Its clear from the photos we have that Emma spent a great deal of time with her family. We have photos of many of the Fitterer’s spanning several decades. Many of these pictures capture family trips, shared meals and social gatherings; something that stuck out for me in terms of ‘being together for the holidays.’ We hope you enjoy these photographs of the family that started it all, here on the corner of 4th and Main.
There’s nothing quite like being with loved ones, no matter the occasion. Whether its face to face, Facetime , or Facebook (lucky for us the later allow us to connect , no matter where we are!), we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Fitterer’s Furniture!