36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 336: Good Loczno potatoes


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 336 — Good Loczno potatoes
03-Jul-1972 (Mon.)


Horse-drawn wagon in Loczno
Horse-drawn wagon in Loczno



Always eating plenty of good food. Although here, very little is grown on the farm. The used to have a lot of land but it was all confiscated. So his taxi business is first.

Played soccer with the kids. At least, I tried. They were really good. Mary Ann even played. We played checkers also. The Polish way of playing, it is so stupid. It’s very easy to lose.

A little weed pulling in the potato patch. Here they do grow a lot of potatoes.


Loczno. My Polish relatives, uncle Nick and teta Anna, are not farmers in Loczno. As mentioned yesterday, they have a beautiful house and a garden, in which they grow potatoes. I suspect that they bought some of their food.

Confiscated lands. They said that they had land for farming but that it was confiscated. I’ve never understood how that happened—my guess is that after the war, land was taken by the new government. Why, I don’t know? This was the time, after WWII, that most of my relatives began to emigrate to the U.S.

Taxi. Uncle Nick’s business is that of driving his taxi. I imagine that he is doing ok. Remember, this is communist Poland and you wonder what they must do to get their own business established. Certainly, the cost of a car itself was a luxury that most people could never afford.

Kids. Having fun with the kids and my cousin Mary Ann. Soccer—anyone from Europe and eastern Europe can play soccer. In the 1970s, soccer in the U.S. was not big. Polish checkers? Easy to lose? I just wasn’t any good at it.

Here are a few photos of Loczno:

Cousin Mary Ann and aunt Nancy
Cousin Mary Ann and teta Nancy
Uncle Nick and family
(L-R) Danusha, uncle Nick, Woladek,
Mirek, teta Nancy, teta Anna
Uncle Nick and family


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