Almost Wordless Wednesday – Big Jake

Zofia Szczerba Mirota and her favorite draft horse, Big Jake. Circa 1944. Copyright Genealogy Sisters.

Zofia Szczerba Mirota and her favorite draft horse, Big Jake. Circa 1944. Copyright Genealogy Sisters.

This family photograph was taken on the Mirota farm, Readington Township, NJ in 1944. Three reasons why I think it was a warm, autumn afternoon – 1) The nearly leafless tree alongside of the white outbuilding; 2) Zofia’s dark dress has long sleeves but she is not wearing a sweater or a coat; and 3) no smoke is rising from the farmhouse chimney.

The draft horse’s name is Big Jake. It only dawned on me after starting our family research that this horse was probably named after Jozef’s father, Jacob Mirota.

“Wordless Wednesday” is a blogging prompt suggested by GeneaBloggers where the main focus of the blog is a single photograph or image.  With thanks to Thomas MacEntee for his wonderful blogging prompts.

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About Veronica

I live in mid-coast Maine with my husband of 36 years and our old Golden Retriever who is now 13+. My interests are knitting, spinning, weaving, gardening, playing golf and pickle-ball, and researching our family tree.
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4 Responses to Almost Wordless Wednesday – Big Jake

  1. Kelly says:

    One of my favorite photos!

  2. Maryann Barnes says:

    I love this photo too! This was written on the back of my copy – “Dec. 1944 – Notice the horses’ tail swung way out.”

  3. gaphodoc says:

    What a fun family photo to have! Here in the South it is too muggy now to be outside long. You just enjoy the beautiful Maine out-of-doors & doing the shorter posts, lucky!

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