The Monroe Heller Homestead
FES Title:
[no entry in day books – assigned number]
Alternate Titles: “Pike County Homestead”
Date: 10/1958
Size: 28″H x 32″W
Medium: oil-on-canvas
Type: landscape
Inscription: lr: F E S / ’56
Annotations: en verso: Also called “Pike County Homestead” / Painted by Frank E. Schoonover / Oct 1958 [small faint sketch of an Indian in a canoe]

en verso on frame: #6001 “The Monroe Heller Homestead / Painted in October 1958”

en verso typed on paper: Painted October 1958 / The Old Homestead was located near the village of Bushkill, Pike Co. Pa. In this house lived three old people Mary Heller, who can be seen on the porch – She is putting apples in a basket. Cushing Heller is sawing some wood and Monroe Heller is seen coming up the path he is aided by two sticks – one in each hand The lower room was filled with hay. All three lived in the kitchen in the rear. Mary slept in a rocking chair — Cushing on a lot of leaves piled up in a corner and Monroe on the half of a wire bed. They did not clean the dishes and while sitting in the kitchen one cold afternoon to warm my hands I saw a rat come out and finish the meal. All the people over 80.

Comments: TP 5/9/02; form 5/9/02; index;edit
This canvas is mounted on masonite
Commentary: This is the fifth in the Monroe Heller series. As indicated in annotations above, this unique family intrigued Schoonover which is probably why he painted five versions of the farm. For further commentary see #2327.
Provenance: Sold by artist to Merle P. Price 1960; Schoonover Studios, Ltd., Wilmington, Delaware 1980; private collection