Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 22: Everything from Hooch to Girls

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 22, 1932, Thursday: Bright day but cool S.E. breeze. I got the meals and canned jars of tomatoes. We had fried cotton-tail rabbits for supper. Will cut cane south of Lattimores and Narve shucked in a.m., and in p.m. finished raking cane west of alfalfa, for Wm finished cutting it and started to rake in a.m., and in p.m. he went to the pasture after taking Will’s horses to the binder, but Will went to Greer’s son-in-law to see about cattle that were in our field, but he could not catch them, so they were left south of home.

Narve and the dog Smoke got the rabbits for supper as they finished raking, and then he started to mow alfalfa north of the barn. Will got coal at Valentine Tuesday, and it is certainly nice.

September 22, 1934, Saturday: This is a bright day and a terrific wind. Nellie Larmer’s birthday, Lee’s tomorrow and Dave’s was the 8th and Nellie Brandon’s the 15th this month. I churned butter, picked grapes from stems and cooked them, but did not can them for Lee, Lemoyne and Narvin came and stayed for dinner, and I talked to them about Everything from Hooch to Girls, and they went to Ed’s after dinner. Maggie ironed and did all the work and we ate an early supper and went to Winner. Fritz went to Lattimore’s for the week-end.

September 22, 1940, Sunday: Will and I went to John Jansen’s to a shower for Mrs. Anthia Furrey. Those there were Jim Mann, Harry Furrey, Tom Sazama, Henry Sells, John Larson, Jay Tate, Wm Van Epps, Bert Roundy, all about Gerald Furrey who had to work on Valentine-Mission Road, but he came in the evening for Mrs. and presents. Others were Jim Dowd, Tom Lydon, Holmes, Mordeaux, Kingsley families and Rank Schneiderweit, Mildred and Pauline Anderson, Mrs. Howard Drucker (Gladys Mercheu), Mrs. Clarence Figert, son Merton Joe, Mr. Kingsley. I don’t know how many of the family came from Wood to see Mrs. Roundy, but they did not stay, Andrews was the name. John Jansen family, Will and I, also the Russell Family and some of Clementzs. She got lovely presents and we all had a nice time and lovely lunch. This is Nellie Larmer’s 57th birthday.

September 22, 1956, Saturday: Bright, hot in p.m. Will and I went to Furreys to wee about canning tomatoes for them, but Louise thinks they can do it if she feels better, so we came home. Went to Winner to get insulin and jars to can, but could not get any, so came back. Bill Abbotts got the 1 qt. size. Bill is with Don Moosmier in the Hills, hunting antelope, so W. L. and Inez are taking cream to Winner.

September 21: Sore Toes, Backs, and Blisters

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 21, 1928, Friday: Bright, cool a.m. but warmer p.m. Sun shone bright. Ben, Dave, Roy, Will and I went to the Fair at Rosebud after Ben got a spring for our car at the store, and Dave (who came from the fair at 5 p.m.) and Roy put it in, and Will took Louise to school. We got to Rosebud at 11:30 a.m. and took in all the sights. Will and I came home via Haukaas School, but Louise walked home and had blisters on her heels and was all in. We ate and went to bed.

September 21, 1944: This is the first day of Fall and beautiful after a cool morning. Will took Elsie, Billie and I to clean the church, but no one was there, so Athel Whiting came from Stanley Whiting’s as she walked over, and carried David, who is 4 months old, and Doris walked from their home to Hidden Timber. They live at the old Bart Wagner Place. It is a mile around the road to Whiting Store. We just swept and dusted the church, for none others came, and it was late. We took water and everything to clean. We brought Athel, Doris and David Lee back home and left Elsie and Billie at home.

September 21, 1945, Friday: I have a very sore toe next to the Big One on left foot. Got it caught in the sheet and, as these toes are stiff near the foot on account of broken leg some 10 years ago, when I moved it, and Will got in bed with me on account of being cold Tuesday night, he gave my foot a push and it got caught in the sheet, must have jerked it loose at the joint.

The mean stacked 8 stacks of hay , mowed north of Sundquists and got low on oil for the Model A power for hay sweeps, so Will went to Whiting Store to get some, and only 1 gallon was available on account of strikes in oil refineries, but he brought the mail home, so we ate supper and read this evening and enjoyed it.

September 21, 1947, Sunday: Bright, beautiful forenoon, but p.m. some clouds, northwest wind and dusty , for Will, Hank and I went to Kriz ball game, was to be with Mosher but only a few Mosher players showed up, so crowd chose up sides and played awhile. Will can scarcely walk for his back hurts from spine being fixed by Dr. Jansen last afternoon, but he and Hank got the mail and an order of sweater, trousers, suspenders, overalls and work pants and shirt, and all are fine. Am I glad, for during the war we couldn’t get large sizes for men.

September 20: Badlands

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 20, 1927, Tuesday: Bright, cold day after a real freeze, ice quite thick on pail of water at well. Henry went around stock, cut wood and stayed indoors until chore time. Ben, Lawrence and Will mowed and raked Wagner hay. Louise to school and some pupils were not there on account of work. I made bum bread on account of being cold and nothing to burn but the oil stove. Henry got wood and it raised in a hurry then, but got cold later. I gathered tomatoes and made cake, got the meals. Pat Karens and Eli Snyder were here.

September 20, 1934, Thursday: Cool night and very cold, 32 above zero in the morning, cloudy, then rain, sleet and snow, great big flakes for awhile, but would melt as soon as it struck earth, then some misty rain at times all p.m. and 32 above late p.m., but at bed-time was 35 above. I cooked tomato preserves and they wouldn’t thicken, also the catsup would not finish.

Maggie did the necessary work and we went to Ross’s Sale in p.m. The men in forenoon cleaned the shanty. Elmer and I have real colds in our head, nose, throat and chest. I cut the green watermelon that Will got at John Wisenbergers for pickles late p.m. There weren’t very many at the Community Sale. Ed, Rena, Yvonne and Seth were there.

September 20, 1942, Sunday: Northwest breeze but sun shone brightly, breeze was chilly riding but hot when we stopped in the car. I got up at 5:30 a.m., started fires, fixed toast and eggs and coffee for Will and I, got things in car and never ate breakfast, so I was real hungry in forenoon, but Mrs. Abbott had some ripe prunes and we got ice-cream cones at Belvedere, so I wasn’t so hungry then.

Will and I left here at 8 a.m. after he fed the chickens, shaved and got ready. We went to Wm Abbotts just as Mr. and children were driving cattle out of Sundquist’s corn and returning home. Mrs. had lunch ready, so we started for Badlands of South Dakota, got $1.40 gas at Mission, went past White River, across Little White River Bridge west of town to Cedar Butte Post Office, on west to Corn Creek at Black Pipe Indian Day School, this was nearly west of White River Town, about 20 miles. Then north past Tom Berry’s home on graveled road to Big White River Bridge south east of Belvedere, to Belvedere, where we got ice-cream cones and stopped at rest-room. Passed Kadoka, Cactus Service Station, on west to a ranch and station south (turned here), to another Service Station north of Cedar Pass, then over Cedar Pass to Badlands.

Another cabins and stations south west near Pass to Interior. Got 1 gallon ice-cream, soft drinks and gas west of Interior in Badlands. We ate dinner near a bridge under a tree. Sandwiches, pork and beans with bologna, fried chicken so plentiful, fresh tomatoes, coffee cake, cookies, ice-cream, both vanilla and walnut flavors, had our own drinking water for water in the Badlands tastes bad to us folks coming from sandy country. All the streams and water in this section are muddy of a clayish look, but the stock drink it as if it was good and all the stock are so fat, so something must agree with them, for the grass is of salt type, best for stock, although it is short grass.

We went past Conata, on to Imlay, stopped at Scenic, to restroom. Looked at stones on Service Station and several houses were moved into Scenic and not on foundations yet. went miles south and 3 miles west to Sheep Mountain, where there was a lot of grass but no water and a very odd piece of Badlands in a low place west of Sheep Mountain. We had to go back to where we got up on this mountain and back to the Highway. Houses vacated, some being torn down across a ravine where the bridge was taken out, a school house moved.

We crossed the bridge on the Big White River northwest of Rocky Ford, then to Rocky Ford where we talked to Mrs. George Clifford, keeper of the store and an aunt of George Clifford who is the husband of Florence Cutschall, my cousin. She said that the government marked Badlands was being kept for Bombing Place for the Bomb Ship of the Black Hills, and that the reason for improvements, bridges being moved and 5 bombers passed over going easy down the White River just before we got here.

Thelma and Joe Clifford are at Hot Springs. George and Florence live near Manderson, S.D. Lawrence and family are at a defense plant on the west end of the Badlands, so we never saw any relatives. Went on south up Porcupine Creek to a place under trees north of Porcupine store and schools. We ate supper, cooked coffee and beans and bologna on camp-fire of wood, had bread, butter, tomatoes, ice-cream, Jello, cake and cookies. 

We passed Catholic and Indian schools, Govt. Farm Agency and other businesses, to a watch tower south of Porcupine, also saw a watch tower north of Norris and northeast of Black Pipe Day School, passed Wounded Knee or Brennan, then stopped at Martin, got gas $1.65, some soft drinks. Will and Abbott drank coffee at Hugh Barton’s CafĂ©. Got hamburgers, then on to Vetal, to Oil Highway west end of Todd County.

We went through Todd County, Mellette, Jackson, Pennington, Washington, Shannon, Bennett. A long stretch south of Paramelee and north of Rosebud to Mission, at midnight to Hidden Timber, Klein’s Store, to Wm Abbotts, left Mr. and Mrs., Delores, Billie and Cora Ann. We all slept but Will and Wm on way from Martin. Got home 10 minutes to 1 o’clock a.m. Tired but happy, and it was chilly.

Monday, September 20, 2010

September 19, 1933: First Time in Front Room

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 19, 1933, Tuesday: A very strong North wind and dust storm in the night. Sun shone bright, north wind, and was cool. I went to the front room in a.m. and stayed all day, sewed on my everyday dresses, and in p.m. I visited with Louise, Harry, Dorothy Mae and Harley, who came to butcher a hog, but Harry could not get it in the barn so they went home and will come back Friday p.m. to butcher.

Opie Bordeaux, who is staying at Guy Lambert’s, Rosebud, brought Nellie Larmer out here, and she was going to Winner to get clothes for Fred, and wanted to put him in St. Mary’s, O’Neill, Nebraska, but I told her to keep up her insurance, which she was going to drop to send Fred to school, so she and Opie went to Furreys, and Louise and the children rode along home from the east gate as they started first.

Noble Moore, after helping Will, Narvin, Curtie and Wm Pierce start cattle from Pierce’s to Mosher, came here and went right back, for Bud Whiting was here and took cattle to big pasture and went home. Mr. Wagner brought in 25 head from his corn field and again this morning. Will and Narvin left early a.m. in Wm Pierce’s car to Elshires, got Curtie, on to Pierces, where they took cattle to Mosher.

Curt Elshire came in his truck and took our car and went to the store, got our groceries and waited for Will’s hat, but it did not come, so he came back and went on to Pierce’s for a lunch to take in Pierce’s car and go on to Mosher. He said they had a son born last night, weight 9 pounds, named Robert, so he is all in today and dreads going with the cattle to Pender, Nebraska Sales Pavilion, but it is a case of have to go, I guess.

Henry Sells and Hans Gehlsen came this a.m. in Sells’ truck and saw Maggie before they went home, and with Mrs. Sells, Delores, Gerald, Howard and Frank Gehlsen, they were going home to the Chas. Gehlsen home, parents of Frank. Hans and Mrs. Sells are to take Minnie Gehlsen back home as she was staying at Sells to go to school, and the Sazama School was condemned, as it was too small for so many pupils, and the balk was because Cogswell School wasn’t opened this school term.

Wm Whiting is at John Boyd’s and bought cattle in Tripp Co. after delivering his herd of horses to Pat Landon and Joe Iddings at Winner. He bought some cattle at Herman sale in Tripp County and some at George Cords (Gicks) on Tripp County line, and brought them to Boyds, then went to Rosebud Fair with Reva, Seth, Ramona Turgeon. Thomas Whiting and Elmer Chauncey took Stanley Whiting and his brother Dick Chauncey and broke down, so Wm Whiting and Elmer stayed the rest came home after the dance, and Carl Gehlsen went back to Rosebud Sunday and pulled Elmer’s car back to his home. Wm Chauncey’s and Wm went back to Boyd’s and had to go down to Cords again, for one of his cows went back.

I am all in, for this is the first day I stayed in the front room all day [since breaking her leg on May 29], and all the visiting, no wonder I am all in.

September 18: Floyd Wood and Black Spotted Sow

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

September 18, 1920: Was a warm day but bright. Floyd Wood and black Spotted Sow had 15 and 11 pigs but laid on some. I watched them so they wouldn’t lay on many but it was a task. Mr. J. Aggerstedt helped Howard and Will as they put up a large stack. I mopped Kitchen in p.m.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 18, 1925, Friday: Was cool until mid-day, then warm and towards evening cloudy but cleared off. I went with Will, and he mowed and I raked. Wm Pierce came and said our cattle were in his corn, so George went and put them in pasture and he came out to field before noon and in p.m. the men made hay, and I stayed home and got cucumbers. Louise got dinner and cleaned upstairs. The men took stacker apart in the evening. Dick Schmidt went to O’Kreek.

September 17: 30 Pounds of Cabbage

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

September 17, 1921: Was a bright day all day. Will plowed on Bradstreets all day. I baked bread, made butter and mopped and gathered tomatoes. The Boyd Co. Fair is on at Butte so chores today. Sherlocks went up with exhibits and got prize on Peanuts, sweet potatoes and corn.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 17, 1930, Wednesday: After a cool night, was a bright nice day, cool indoors but hot when I hung out clothes in the afternoon, which I washed this a.m. First time I heated water for washing on range this season, and none too hot.

September 17, 1934, Monday: A strong north wind in the night, cloudy, cool north wind and changed to N.E. Maggie did the work of meals, sweeping, bed-making and feed poultry and gathering eggs, and cut 30 pounds of cabbage into Kraut. I cut the green tomatoes for pickles and preserves and wrote in diary to date. The men stacked thistles until noon.

September 16: Winner Sale Pavilion

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 16, 1938, Friday: Bright nice day, quite warm in the sun out of north breeze in p.m. I got meals. Will went horseback last evening to see Stanley about taking large barrow to Winner, and he brought home the mail. Stanley came this a.m. and took a hog to Winner Sale Pavilion, so will and I, after lunch, went to Winner to Sale, and Will got everyday shoes and groceries. Our hog weighed 490 pounds and brought $5.65 per hundred pounds.

Tom and Stanley had cattle for sale, also Harry Furrey had some there. We went on the east road and saw a man on horseback a mile south of 18, and at nearly the same place again on way home, that it seemed spooky, for he was going west each time.

September 15: Eyes Nearly Swollen Shut from Dust

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

September 15, 1921: Was a damp, misty and cold day all day. Will plowed on B.’s and at noon went to Wilsons to get Mr. but he wasn’t home, as Queen got struck with auto and he wanted her killed. In evening Mr. came but she was dead, a good dog gone, so she was. Will plowed in p.m. but came in early and took Bradstreets’ cow back to Wilsons. The damp weather makes us bum.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 15, 1930, Monday: I just did ordinary work and looked in catalog to see about a winter hat. I cooked watermelon late p.m. Will and Wm got the mail this evening and also went to Lattimores, for Mr. Jackson told them that Mr and some of the family upset near Valentine on Saturday, car top was ruined but no serious hurt of folks.

I got a premium from Successful Farmer or Meredith Pub. Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, and like the Checker Board Cake Tin fine.

September 15, 1933, Friday: Misty, very cold, cloudy in p.m., a little brighter, sun shone awhile but towards evening clouded and a dust storm and sprinkle of rain. I stayed in my room and went to the table for dinner and supper, was so cold in a.m. I used a wrap.

I looked at catalogs trying to find something warm for a little money, but did not decide, also played solitaire. Maggie ironed clothes, mended some, sewed on her red skirt, got meals and waited on me. Narvin went to the pasture and hauled hay in p.m. and drove out some horses. He has sore eyes from dust yesterday, taking horses to Witten. Noble More brought saddle-horses back as he got in from Witten in the night. His eyes are swollen nearly shut from dust, same as Narve’s.

September 14: Threshing

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 14, 1926, Tuesday: Bright and cool enough for a fire in the cook-stove, and clouded, as last night, but no rain. The crowd finished threshing, and Violet Allen helped me cook the dinner and supper, also Helen, for Ed brought Leo, Edward, Helen and Charlotte down.

September 14, 1927, Wednesday: After a miserable night of a hot south wind, was a lovely day all day. Louise and I washed clothes, and they dried in a hurry, and I cooked grapes and made 1 gallon of jell in the evening. The men stacked hay after Ben and Lawrence cut and shocked Ben’s squaw corn. Will swept hay meanwhile. Henry around the stock. Mr. B. Wagner was here to see Will about cutting his hay.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 13: Gov. Dewey

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 13, 1926, Monday: Bright, cool and cloudy, no rain. Miss Clara Doane went to school and came home at noon as Schmidts and Violet Allen cleaned the school-house, so Miss Doane helped me cook for threshers as Pat Karens and Jay Tate brought their machine this morning. Those that helped were John Wisenberger, Al Harris, Joe Mustang, Joe and Tom Colombe, Henry Arcorne, Curt and Abe Elshire, Ed Anderson, Lew Lattimore, William, George and Will and Fred Menz.

September 13, 1927, Tuesday: Bright, hot and oh such a strong wind from south and S.W., one could hardly go.

September 13, 1934, Thursday: Warm in the night, lovely forenoon, a north breeze and clouds in S.E. in p.m., but no rain here. I cut the beef Noble gave us last evening, and Maggie ground hamburger and salted it, and she fried 3 gallons and gave Ben, who came for the rake, some hamburger and boiled bones, and he got 2 loaves of bread.

The men stacked thistles on Noble’s, and Elmer and Fritz went to the store and to Tates in the evening, got cream and groceries. Fritz took Ben’s inner tube back to him on horse-back in the evening. Mr. Chauncey and Billie mowed and raked hay in N.W. hills. I fixed over my everyday blue and tan dresses. Maggie and I churned butter in evening.

September 13, 1944, Wednesday: Sun shone and was a beautiful day, got a little warm in p.m. in the sun. I got breakfast quite late as we got in at 2:30 a.m., but we were ready for Valentine before 11 a.m., so Will and I got ready and to town we all went, had dinner at Auditorium and wen to Fair Grounds.

We all waited a long time this afternoon for Gov. Dewey, New York State, and his party to come to McKelvie Ranch, but they finally got to Fair Grounds about 4 p.m., so Rodeo was on. Dewey, Presidential Republican Nominee for President, just thanked folks for the reception, there wasn’t any speech of politics. Large crowd of folks and so many cars. During the long spell of waiting for Dewey, the announcer said there was a prairie fire at the Adolph Nollette Farm near Sparks, Nebraska, so several car loads of men went to help put it out, as there were only 2 families at home out there, but soon the men came back and the fire was out.

Dewey, Mrs. Dewey, Mr. McKelvie and a chauffer rode in an open car. A soldier carried an American flag in the lead on horseback, then 3 or 4 cars of Dewey’s Party, then horsebacks, some Indians, 50 horsemen with flags called Dawson County Nebraska Plum Creekers, more horsemen of the Cherry County type, about 100 cars followed but they never went into the grounds. We went uptown and saw Dewey’s Special Train with double-header engines and 13 coaches of Pullman Cars leave Valentine going west to Wyoming and Colorado. Dewey will talk from Denver, Colorado, where disabled veterans are in convention. These veterans are of both wars.

September 13, 1950, Wednesday: Rained in a.m. but p.m. only partly cloudy, but cold. I got eats and Will and I went in the pick-up to take salt to the cattle in Big Pasture, then on to Furreys, where we got 4 1/2 dozen eggs, 3 bushels and over wheat, and a sack of roasting sweet corn ears. Visited awhile, I with Louise and Will went to Harry and Harley on Flood Creek, where they are moving and raking hay.

Dorothy is teaching the Weaver School. Billie is at Mission High School, staying in the dormitory. Mary goes to Nelson School. They take her, as is first year. They have to go North to the Highway west o Kriz, south to school, 12 miles round trip. They take Jean Marie Chauncey, but Eleanor got them this evening. The Larson 3 girls go, so size of the school with Margaret Diez, Mission teacher staying at Larsons. R.E.A. line men put wire and transformers to Furreys’ yard today. We stopped at Hawks’ corn field to see if he would come for underground wiring, and he will come Friday.