Friday, October 1, 2010

October 1: Hog Cholera

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

October 1, 1920: Was a hot day. We got a message over the phone from Okreek. Tom called that his baby Robert, age 4 months, died Thursday morning, that he and Sadie were on way down here for Burial. Will helped Brad haul ties until noon. I baked bread, Tom Ernest came and we went to Spencer in p.m., they to dig grave and I to help Mamma clean house. I stayed and Will and Tom Ernest came out here, did our chores, went to Ernests for supper then Tom, Rudolph and Will came back to town. Tom E. and Rudolph went home, we stayed all night. 

Tom and Sadie came with remains of Baby Robert at 9 p.m. overland in their car. They left the other children with Cora and Mrs. Wilcot. I talked to Nell at Winner this evening. They are well.

October 1, 1922: A bright warm day and wind blew enough so wind mill had water. Will left for Todd Co. and I went to Spencer while Mamma and Louise went to Ft. Randall with Mr. B. Ellsworth to get fish. Louise came out with me in evening.

October 1, 1923: Bright day and warm. Will was near Tornado in Council Bluffs as was at Ernests. This a.m. we separated hogs and I made pie and fixed chicken and Will helped Mr. Crabtree with moving, also came when Dr. Hines came to see what ailed sick hogs, was cholera.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

October 1, 1934, Monday: A warm night, lovely, bright for awhile in the morning, then a dusty, N.W. wind until in the afternoon it quit and was nice again. Elmer and Will went to the pasture and cut out some of the 1 year old steers, as Elmer gook the saddle horses and Will the car. Will went on to Winner at noon to the Livestock Sale at the Pavilion, and had the car greased, was home at bedtime. 

Maggie did all the work and finished her wine-colored dress, and I sewed on my blue-silk dress and cut out my black-checked skirt and dyed a brown silk dress I had for years to black, and in the evening felt sick and quit sewing. Elmer still looked for steers in p.m. and found 4 more, and Fritz repaired the fence that was washed out in the big pasture, and both got in late for supper. Otto Rothley went by with a big load of cow-chips.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

September 30: Pie Social

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 30, 1927, Friday: After a foggy morning, nice and bright until late evening cloudy. Eli Snyder and Pat Karnes and Dan Wagner came, but did not thresh until p.m. Tom also came at noon. Dick Schmidt, Lewis Lattimore and Clyde Dillion came in p.m., and D. Schmidt and Dan Wagner went home before supper on account of pie social at school-house given by Ladies Aid. Bess Angel came, and I brought Louise home from school, and she and Louise went to pie-social. I just got the meals after I canned watermelon preserves and made apple-jelly and pies, some a fake and others so-so.

September 30, 1940, Monday: Rained before breakfast, quit at 8 a.m., so Seth moved more dirt on the dam on Sturdevant Place, east of the horse pasture, in River Pasture. We were notified from A.A.A. Office that there was not enough fire board, this means 1 to 2 ft. more above water that may come in dam.

September 30, 1956, Sunday: Strong south wind but bright and cool. Will and I were alone in a.m., so he cleaned the house and washed dishes. Furreys brought 1 qt. cream and Apple Pie, a large one, their own apples out of Larsons’ Trees. I roasted beef and gravy, mashed potatoes and made salad with Mary’s help, apple, pears, cherries, bananas and mayonnaise, also jell and pickles. Lunch was coffee and cookies and pie. I feel bum, so Will and I started to Abbotts to get separated milk.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

School Photos

Thanks to Harley Furrey for sending these end-of-year photos and information from the schools Louise Whiting taught during the late 1920s. If you know any names for the captions of the first and third schools, please email me!


WHITING SCHOOL. Back Row: Frank Schimdt, Thomas Whiting, Margaret Schimdt, Geraldine Schmidt. Middle Row: Richard  Elshire, Topby Schmidt, Edith Elshire, Madge Whiting, Mary Schmidt, Stanley Whiting. Front Row: Harold Wheeler, Harold Whiting, Curtis Elshire, Gerald Elshire


Entries that mention Whiting and Haukaas Schools:

September 21, 1928: "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."

July 18, 1929: "Ben Fitch and the Mrs. and some relatives to see Dave about living in his house, if the Mrs. got Whiting school."

August 30, 1929: "Mrs. Ben Fitch and Ben’s Niece came to circulate petition for the Whiting School."

June 7, 1933: "Revival Meetings at Whiting School house attracting attention."

September 29: 750 Head

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 29, 1931, Tuesday: A few clouds, but mostly bright and a real strong south wind and also S.W. The men chored yesterday morning. Will took Noah’s harness home, and this morning Wm got his saddle at Dave’s, and Will, Wm and Noble Moore counted all of the cattle in the big pasture, about 750 head.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

September 28: This Is Depression, I Must Say

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

September 28, 1920: Was a windy and first real cold day of season. Will disced in the Rye and cleaned barn. I put up curtains and not much else on account of wind but went to Brad’s for water. Papa came from Omaha on evening train with a new limb.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 28, 1929, Saturday: Bright a.m. but cloudy in p.m. and colder, and a very dark night. Will and Roy went to Moore Creek and fixed windmill and tank, and got well tools at Baileys, and returned them, so came home late p.m. for dinner. Dave got a load of barley for hogs at his place. Roy went out to the pasture to drive some cattle from N.E. pasture to river, and was home late evening for supper. Dave ate and left for Totton-Van Epps wedding dance. Will and I went to the church and put up the stove that Mary and I took down before Louise’s wedding, and went on to Pat Karne’s, and took home a large jack.

September 28, 1932, Wednesday: Bright, nice day, but cool north breeze when indoors. Isaac Afraid of Bear and wife Elsie Lean Bad Whirlwind were here for lease money, but we do not have any just now and gave them some pennies, nickels and dimes to get gas. This is depression, I must say.

September 28, 1944, Thursday: Chilly northeast breeze, but sun shone and breeze changed to southeast at 4 p.m., and late p.m. was nearly from the south. I got meals, lay down in p.m., played solitaire, went with Will to Van Epps, he is at John Sundquists getting his rake so he can rake off the weeds and hay that Will plowed for fire-guards on Lunderman Land.

Elsie and Billie went to Wm. Abbotts’ to help get dinner for threshers, but she said there was a lot of help. Mrs. Wallace Gran, Mrs. Roy Drey, Mrs. Wm Chauncey, Sr., Mrs. Frank Abbott, Mrs. Abbott and Delores, for there isn’t any school at Jackson School, for Mrs. Pierce cannot get a girl to take care of her baby, Carol Lee, so she stays home.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Abbott brought Billie Abbott out from Winner, and his wounded head is still serious, have to keep hot packs on and he sits in rocker and lays his head on hot water bottle.

There was a fire over Southeast in Tripp County, and Will was plowing fireguards and never came home until the evening. W. D., Elsie and Billie came in evening and said that a plane got on fire, crashed near Dorian Buttes or on them, and set fire to the prairie and burnt the plane, but all the soldiers bailed out. Threshing crew from Abbotts went to this scene. I went with Will to Whiting Store. He brought home 5 wool batts that he got by mail.

September 28, 1947, Sunday: Bright, nice day and this evening was moonlit and so nice, for Willa and I went to Wm Fronek’s late p.m. after Harry, Louise, Harley, Dorothy, Billy and Mary went home. Harry is going to take Harley and Dorothy back to Winner to Lee Anderson’s and Mrs. Rose Shoemaker’s this evening. Keith and Gene McCormick stay at Shoemakers with Harley, and Dorothy has a small room all by herself at Andersons.

September 27: Chow-chow and Baby Showers

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 27, 1928, Thursday: Bright, warm day. Ben drilled in rye for us and Roy went around cattle, as he finished at Jake Wisenberger’s last evening, and in p.m. he and Dave and Will dug Ben’s 18 tubs of potatoes. Dave mowed our potato patch this a.m. as Will visited with Mr. Hansen and relatives from Iowa. Walter Gruhn of Dallas had dinner here to see Tate, and in p.m. they went to C. Elshire’s, as Tate finished plowing.

September 27, 1934, Thursday: After a real breeze last evening, it was a bright, nice yesterday while we were at Winner. Ed and Rena and Yvonne were here to bring Permit to sell cow, also Ben Clausen was here to see if Will would take him to White River later. B. J. Wagner came to see Will, but he was not home.

Mrs. Iner Sorensen came horseback in p.m. and visited with Maggie and invited her and I to a meeting of the Aid at her place for a shower on Mrs. Jerry Karnes, Mrs. Dan Wagner and Mrs. Jimmie Horton, who are expectant mothers, and I think these showers given before the child arrives are a joke in some ways.

A west wind got real strong in a.m., but not so bad in the afternoon, so Maggie got the clothes dried, for she washed and did all the other work. I ground the onions, tomatoes and cabbage for chow-chow, slept in p.m. and started to cook the chow-chow in evening.

Elmer and Will brought in Van Epps’ and some of our cattle in a.m., and Jay tate brought his down here, afoot, then Will and he went to Winner to see if there was anything definite about buying Govt. cattle, for they stopped yesterday until more funds.

September 27, 1935, Thursday: Very cold last night, continued cold indoors all day, but bright and warm outside. I got meals, canned tomatoes, mended some clothes, played solitaire. Henry and Fritz put 4 loads of hay in the hay-mow. Fritz chored, for Will is at Norfolk, Nebraska to sale of stock.

Ben came for the disc to disc his rye. J. W. Sullivan of Mitchell, S.D. was here, so I took subscriptions for 1 yr. each Collier’s, Woman’s Companion, and American magazines, and traded an old rooster and hens for some. Chas. McCormick and Elmer Chauncey brought broken sweep and hay stacker home.

September 27, 1938, Tuesday: Bright day, cool in forenoon but warm p.m. I got breakfast. Narvin helped chore and took Will to the field to shock cane, then came back. I washed dishes, we then got ready, went to Wm Abbotts, then when they were ready, Mr., Mrs. and Cora Ann went with us to Winner. Narvin got his hair cut and went to where Nels and Carl Nelson were, and Stanley Barnett had him take his car to the Episcopal Church, west of school in Winner, so pall bearers could go in it, but it did not go, so they went in McCormick’s car, and Narvin rode with Jake Schummer’s to the cemetery.

We saw Albert Nelson at Mason Undertaking Parlors before noon, and Mr. and Mrs. Abbott, Cora Ann and I went to W. H. Anderson’s home (Mrs. Abbott’s parents), had dinner, left Mrs. and baby and Mr. there. Their sister Helen and I went to Outlaw. Mr. got shaved. Narvin took me to the church before the others got there, so I had a choice of a seat. The funeral was at 2 p.m., burial N.E. of Winner in cemetery by Masonic Rites. Carl, A sister of theirs and Nels were the only relatives there, but a lot of other folks.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September 26: Legion Meeting Places

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 26, 1933, Tuesday: Maggie and I went on an errand to take pictures of Legion meeting places, and had a flat tire, so Paulson’s Garage fixed it, and we also bought a lot of cabbage, carrots and cucumbers from Hans Laprath, Dallas, and Knut Johnson driving a truck. Mr. Tate brought ours to his place, and we brought Mrs. Tate and Richard home, then got vegetables and mail at the store, and Maggie and Will had a time to get one sack of cabbage home from Tates.

Narvin helped Cliff get started this a.m. and came back via Harry and Louise’s. Harley was sick, so Harry came in p.m. and Harley was sick so Harry came in p.m., and he and Narvin butchered a hog, and our share was hanging up nice when we got home.

Hattie's Caption: At the Wm. Whitcher home on the evening of March 5, 1929 service men of the neighborhood organized and applied for a charter for a Legion Post at O’Kreek. Members signing were Curtis Elshire, Pat Karnes, John Post, Frank Sully, Ray Loggerwell, Jay Tate, Oscar Jackson, Jake Metszer, Wm Chief Eagle, Guy Lambert, Albert Knowsky, James Gee, Hugh Barton, Rank Schneiderweit and W. J. Whitcher. Carl Anderson was present but due to the fact that his Army Discharge was in Nebraska, he did not sign the charter.

Hattie's Caption: After April 9th and May 14th, 1929 Meetings at Curt H. Elshire Home and Drought of 1934, Elshire left Todd Co., So. Dak. for Utah or Nevada, and their home was left into a pasture, so Cattle knocked down the sod addition and Barns and Sheds were west of house at Hills. We got the above photo, what was left of their home. Ben Clausen later fixed house, put several buildings and planted trees, and Elshires came back later years and said if they roughed a while longer, they no doubt would have had home here.

Hattie's Caption: Legion and Aux. Meetings at Guild Hall, O’Kreek. This Place was considered home of the Post, but we had dances, so Guild, a church organization, objected, so the Post quit and went to several Places.

Hattie's Caption: This Log Cabin was Meeting Place and we had to give presents to Legion Members as they baked cakes. All were good so prizes were a mixing bowl and spoon to each cake Baker. Just North of Guild Hall. Another time Legion lost to Aux. so Hugh Barton, cook, with help of other Members, served a Mulligan Stew of Potatoes, Cabbage and Onions. Was it good. Baked Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Pickles, Coffee, Bread, Butter, Apple Pie with Ice-Cream. Aux. winning for most members was this delicious dinner. Folks stayed at Guild Hall. Men cooked at Log Cabin and we all enjoyed watching them from Windows as they would come out and empty vegetable peelings and peeled onions outside, was in Winter. I could look up the date but we had too much fun to do that then.

Hattie's Caption: As time continued on, we met at the Log Cabin below in East O’Kreek. Other than usual Meetings, we once had Mrs. Elimar Wright, Gregory, S. D. Dist. President for an Official visit at this Cabin and for some reason our Janitor, who kept fires and swept floor, had nice fire and lot of wood but never swept Floors. Were we embarrassed, but Mrs. Wright had a lot to tell, she never noticed dust or at least tried to Overlook. We had a nice lunch and wiped dust off of Tables so all was O.K.

Hattie's Caption: June 11, 1929 Legion and Aux. met at John Post home on account of mud, got home at 4:15 a.m. All model T cars. Posts left here and went to Minnesota, later on to West Parts but I don’t know where. John Jansen later moved to this place from Mosher, S. D., and they now have a nice home of farming and ranching. All their children are married. Betty is Mrs. Elvis Hansen. Florence, Mrs. Roy Merchen. George’s wife Violet Miller. Jack’s wife Ruby Bruce. Harry’s wife Marjorie Totten, and 9 or 10 grandchildren. Their home has been Meeting Place of several Legion and Aux. Meetings as their rooms are large enough for separate meetings, Juniors upstairs, Aux. in Dining Room and Legion in Front rooms. We have had pleasant dinners there when Men got birds and Ladies roasted with dressing, also a lot of other eats.

September 26, 1937, Sunday: A beautiful day, after a freezing night. Will and I nearly froze when we came from the show, “The Family Upstairs,” a comedy in M and M Tent Show, Mission.

September 25: Klein Store Fire

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 25, 1927, Sunday: After a rainy night, a cold icy day, when rain fell it turned to ice at times and towards evening it quit a little. Ben and Will went to the store and had to go on to Wheelers to get some shells. Tom came and they went to Moon Creek, but no ducks, so all stayed indoors until late p.m. Henry went back home. Will went to Winner. Louise ironed clothes. I got dinner, started to clean 2 chickens, but dogs got one, so fried only one and made a hurry cake.

September 25, 1937, Saturday: Bright, but cool S. W. breeze and real cool in evening. I got breakfast, and Will varnished 3 chairs, and Wm Van Epps rode around stock. We went to Mission, got there just as the Big Shots of W.P.A. were coming in to dinner at the Quick Lunch or Checkerboard Café, but we managed to eat our dinner, then Will and I were to go to the Dedication of Hall at Mission, but he was somewhere so I had to go in alone, a job I hate worse than sin, that is to go to a public gathering alone, but he came later and got a seat ahead of me. We went to the ball-game, and I visited with Louise as they were there. We came home to chore and went back to a show.

September 25, 1938, Sunday: A strong south wind, quite dusty. I got the meals. Will took me to church at 10:30 a.m. and got me again at noon. Ben Clausen was along with him. Sam Boyd came with their car, and he took Narvin to Winner to see Albert Nelson at General Hospital, but stopped at Nelson Bros. Ranch. Albert had died at 2 p.m. yesterday, so Narve and Sam went on in to see him and were back here at 10 p.m.

Lemoyne went to the store in p.m. on horse-back. Edgar Leihman of Mission, who is helping at Furreys, came with them this p.m. Ben said they all stayed for a bum supper. Furreys took home the desk that used to belong to our folks, also all the pictures of the hold home and folks, also Louise’s other keepsakes, and we looked them over in p.m.

September 25, 1948, Saturday: Bright but cool day. Will and Joe fixed the tractor, and Joe took tractor and sled to McKee’s in p.m. and came home to get the mail. Elva brought milk and cream and cleaned her home, was up here in p.m.

Last night, coming from Valentine we saw lights in the distance, was Klein’s Store burning down. All the neighbors were there, but Kleins were all at Winner at a football game, Winner vs. Pierre, Pierre won 18 to 0. Some men stayed until Kleins came back, and Hank Haukaas brought his sprayer, so put the fire under control, and a real rain at 4 a.m. simply drenched everything, so no more fire at Klein Store. Saved the Light Plant and fuel barrels, and gas tank and pump were not hurt. The propane tank jumped around and exploded in the field west of the store, caused a lot of excitement. All of the folks who went to Kleins today to trade were surprised there was no store.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

September 24: We Had a Run-Away

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

September 24, 1922: Another bright warm day. We hauled old sows and 77 little pigs with their 8 mothers to day after cleaning out pen. In evening Will and I went over to B.’s and I got some plums for Mamma. She went home with Langans in evening.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 24, 1925, Thursday: Was a bright nice day. Will finished raking sudan and George cut cane with binder until noon, and Mr. Wm Pierce came so they went to fix Pierce fence, which our cattle broke down, and to get our cattle in the pasture. Mrs. George Smith’s sons, George Richard and Robert Marion, came down. They walked as the pump was broken, so no water. I took them home via school-house and got Louise and Tom’s children and Elshire rode past and colt frightened Prince, and we had a run-away, but no damage, only frightened a little, but got home safe. George and Will went to Smith’s after supper and fixed pump.

September 24, 1944, Sunday: Was a bright, beautiful day, but chilly in the house, so I put a fire in the cook-stove and put beef and pork roast in the oven, and had a boil beef stew of carrots, tomatoes and string beans on top of stove to boil. I got breakfast and Will took me to 10 a.m. church War time (Mountain), one hour later than ours, and he came home, for Harry, Louise, Harley, Dorothy and Billie and Mary Alice, who will be 5 months old September 27th came. The men were hunting so I came home with Elsie, W. D. and Billie. Elsie had to sit on a gallon can in the back seat for their cushion is at home.

We had dinner, for I got the balance of eats on arrival home. We had beef stew, roast beef and pork, gravy, bread, cookies, butter, coffee, sugar, pure cream from Van Epps, fresh peaches, blackberry preserves and potatoes. The men got 23 pheasants. Furreys took 7, Will and I took 4 to Van Epps in evening as we took salt to the Big Pasture.

September 24, 1949, Saturday: Strong south wind. Kenneth mowed fire guards and quit at noon. Will and I went to Valentine and bought a light blue colored Club Coupe at the Ford Garage, left the V8 there to be repaired.

September 23: Lee Larmer's Birthday

~ Boyd County, Nebraska

September 23, 1922: A bright day but cold in the morning and warm rest of day. Will and I hauled stock hogs from Brad's to new fence, also I baked bread with Mamma’s help and she churned butter, we also finished stapling south and west side of fence.

September 23, 1923: A bright, warm day. Will went to Mattie Hynes in Holt Co. with Chas. Mitchell and Gene Bradstreet to get Mitchell cattle and there was an orphan calf so Will kept it home. They left 8:30 a.m. and were not back until 8:30 p.m. I had an awful lonely day, went for water and got dinner and waited. Mr. O. Clohson and son, Mr. A. Ward and Leo Kristine came to see Will.

~ Hidden Timber, South Dakota

September 23, 1927, Friday: Bright, warm day after a cold night. Will raked the rest of the hay and Ben mowed millet and in the p.m. Ben drove hogs to the corn. Lawrence and Henry came home late at night, and Henry was on the job today, around cattle and in p.m. fixed fence east of here. Will and I went to the store, and then he took Lawrence home, and on return he and Ben cleaned jars of spoiled stuff at the creek. Louise went to school and was home late evening. I cooked apples for butter and cleaned jars and got the meals.

September 23, 1930, Tuesday: A terrific south wind in the night but no rain, wind blew the tops off of hay stacks and continued today, but not so strong, and the sun shone bright. The men chored and Will, Ben and Wm went to sand-bucket well on Moore Creek and got down 50 feet, so quit at 4 p.m., and Wm went to look for gravel along river, and Will and I went to the store and got coal-oil, gas and groceries. Wm Wagner came for Ben’s wagon and he and his family hauled a load of cow chips, and he brought it back in the evening. I got plum butter ready to cook and got a chicken dinner.

September 23, 1937, Thursday: Nice forenoon, clouded in p.m., a dust-storm from the west in the evening, then a rain until bedtime. This is Lee’s birthday. He is 23 years old, and Nellie Larmer’s birthday was yesterday.