Thursday, November 12, 2015

1955 "Hi, Joe (Hiestand), Watta Ya Know?"

Wilmington (Ohio) News-Journal – 7 Nov. 1955
Joe Hiestand of near Hillsboro O., points out one of his fine Holsteins to Joe Hiestand of Taranaki, New Zealand, who stopped in for a visit on his way home from his native Switzerland.  New Zealand Joe first learned about Hillsboro Joe in 1938 when he read a news account of the Ohioan's winning several national trapshooting titles. He said then he hoped to meet his "twin" some day.  Both Joes are successful farmers, the wife of each is named Mary, and each has one daughter.  Yes, the daughters' names are (or is) Linda.  And the whole thing is coincidental.

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The article fails to mention that New Zealand Joe had five daughters and five sons, and Ohio Joe (1906-2004) had two daughters and one son.  But, yes, both did have one daughter named Linda.  The New Zealand "cousins" have visited Ohio several times since 1955, more on them at some future date.

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