Axel Wilhelm and Rover, the collie cow dog.
Dennis' Guardian Dog with The wood silo and dairy barn is in the background
Rover would protect Dennis when he was trying to chase rainbows over the hill and Rover would not let Dennis get to close to the edge in the hay mow
Axel Willman (may be Axel Wilhelm) and Rover, the collie cow dog.. Wm Knuth's grand son Dennis's dog with the wood silo and dairy barn is in the background. Rover is apparently a pup here so the photo is circa 1950
Rover would protect Dennis when he was trying to chase rainbows over the hill and Rover would not let Dennis get to close to the edge in the hay mow Axel is remembered to be the ‘hired hand’ who lived and worked for the William Knuth Family and maybe later for John Knuth Family after William Knuth died.
The Wm Knuth homestead in Augusta Wisconsin was Axel’s home for most of his adult life (also see Axel as a young man on photo page 41).
Axel, a was kind man with less than full mental capacity - retarded as known during the times of this picture - he may have been an orphan or abandoned by his family as a younger man when he came to the Knuth Family (this info is from memory that is clouded with time).
Axel spent his later years in the Fairchild Wisconsin "Old Folks Home", as it was known in the 1950's, after the Knuth Family could no longer care for him during his waning health