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Please note: The author of this website is not associated with nor has any contact with the current owners of River Ridge Farm. River Ridge Farm is owned by a religious organization and is not open to the general public. Most of the property lies behind locked gates and is not accessible.
This web page is dedicated to Ernesto L. Grandelis, the foreman who built River Ridge and to his family who lived in the farm’s Gate House for a generation.
All color images (except those specifically marked) were taken by William L. Passauer. All color images are copyrighted and may not be used without permission.
“Christmas was a very special time on the farm. In addition to the horse drawn sleighs, the special private parties held by the Sibleys and the many parties held among the workers families, there was always a very special children’s event sponsored by the Sibleys. Everyone would gather in the top floor of the blacksmith shop (I imagine because of the heat from the blacksmith’s fire). There you find a stage for the children to perform one of their special annual plays. One favorite was the “The Christmas Carol” or “Scrooge” as the children called it. During the party the children would all be given a special, top of the line toy such as an expensive baseball glove or doll. Then, everyone on the farm would be given $1.00 from the Sibleys. While a $1.00 bill doesn’t seem like much today, back in those days it was almost equal to a day’s wages. Church was also held in the top floor of the blacksmith shop on Sundays.” -Jack Beebe
William L. Passauer