My uncle, Rick Elfner, did not have the benefits of a long life. He got cancer in his early 20s and passed away in 1974. I was pretty young, but I have some good memories of him. He rode a motorcycle and had a cool, silver wrap-around helmet. A couple years before he died, he bought a farm near portage.* That was only about 20 minutes away from the cottage, so he would visit the lake or we would go see him there.
When my parents were moving out of Bitters Court, I found some pictures and a letter he wrote in 1972. So I thought I would share them here for my family. Here is a picture of us during a small plane journey we took from Green Bay, with my Dad's colleague, and pilot, Nat Lebish, We picked up Rick and flew around the area. Rick had a Single 8 movie camera and got some footage of his farm.
The picture above is in our front yard on Bitters Court in 1973 or so. He had a Whippet named Justa. He told us it was short for Just a Dog. We had a smaller dog, and my brothers and I thought Justa was pretty cool.
There are a few more pics of his farm in this roll of film from 1973.
Here's to you Uncle Rick. See you on the other side! I want a ride on the motorcycle, please!
* I saw it as soon as I typed it. A couple years before he bought the farm, he bought a farm....