|Romie Michael Sefton|
Romie Michael Sefton was born November 11, 1868 in Decatur County, Indiana. His parents were Edward Bebb Sefton and Caroline Kenney Smiley. Romie had three brothers and two sisters: William (who lived less than a year), Willamina, Henry, Ella, and Edward Jr.
|Nina, Ruth, Mary, and Romie Sefton c. 1895|
|The Indianapolis Star, March 25, 1939|
|Romie and his draft horses|
|Romie visiting his daughter Ruth's home|
Romie liked to played the fiddle and listen to country music on the radio. He also enjoyed playing practical jokes. Here's my grandfather's account of one of Romie's pranks:
At least once each winter Gramp would get me with one of his favorite practical jokes. On a very cold morning, he would sometimes find a frozen egg. I remember his coming in the house with the egg basket crooked on his arm, but he would also have something in his hands. He would say, "Johnny, I have a present for you," and with his hands closed together, he would have me hold out my hands. Cautioning me to be careful, he would try to transfer the present to my hands. Of course, he would be sure that it would fall to the floor with a loud thud. My heart would leap to my mouth as I saw the egg fall. I knew Mother would be angry because we got the floor dirty. A solidly frozen egg, however, makes no mess and Gramp once again had his joke on me.
His house still stands today. It is located just off of I-74 in Greensburg. In recent years, a new Honda manufacturing plant and a hotel have sprung up beside the old farmhouse. My family and I visited the house about seven years ago.