Monday, February 26, 2018

I volunteered. Marlands Home, American Legion, Ponca City High School, White Eagle Reservation, First Methodist Church of Ponca City, Ok

I volunteered
Most of us have been doing volunteer work after we have grown up and some when we were in
High School.  I sold candy and tickets for various high school projects and also worked in the school library checking out books and putting them back on the shelves.

I taught Sunday School for 15 years and did a lot of various church projects and also worked in
various organizations selling fruit cakes and making cookies for band and orchestra organizations.

I will be telling you about several different projects that I have worked on in the past 20 years.

In 1993 Penney Brownfield called me from High School and asked if I would help her with a project with her EMH girls.  She said she had 6 girls and no boys in her last hour class and she wanted to teach them how to knit and how to embroider. I have been doing embroidery, sewing and tatting since I was 10 years old and taught myself to knit when I was working as a telegraph operator on the railroad in 1945.  I relieved agents in small towns like Nash, Hillsdale and Burlington and in the fall there was about 2 hours of work a day in the small agencies.  So to keep my sanity I would sit around and do handwork.

I started in Penneys class in January of 1993 and went to class 3 or 4 times a week for an hour.  I had lots of knitting needles and yarn and so I took all my supplies with me and gave them to the girls. I had not worked with young people classified as EMH and handicapped.  2 or 3 of the girls were
from the Legion home and there were 2 native American girls.  I am quite impatient with an adult that does not catch on fast.  I did not know how I would handle repeating instructions.

I had to repeat and repeat maybe 25 or 30 times and it did not bother me.  Lo and behold all the girls learned how to do the garter stitch and one Native American girl learned how to purl.  They loved it and Penney said on the days I was not there that they finished their homework and were so eager to knit.

Penney bought pillow cases and had them stamped with a butterfly design, she had them color the design on paper so we would know where to fill in the colors.  I again brought floss and embroidery needles from home.  I taught the girls outline, chain stitch, French knots and satin stitch. They learned that and I had to show them several different times.

Other young people in regular school knew what was going on and they would come by and ask if I could not come to study hall and teach them.  On day after having been gone for a few days I walked in between 5th and 6th hour and one of the regular students saw me and said where I could hear ‘Oh look grandma is back.’

Penney said to me several months ago that she saw one of the girls and she mentioned about how much she enjoyed the time I spent in the classroom teaching the girls.  That was a fun experience and am glad that I made to effort to do it.

The next experience along the same lines was at the Legion school.  Earlene Matthiessen was the teachers aid and the regular teacher was out of town for a couple of weeks and Earlene wanted to know if I would help her with art work.

The students were boys and girls that could not attend regular school because of behavior
problems.  So here I go again.  I started out the first day with knitting needles and yarn.  That did not appeal to only about 3 of the 12 students, so I had to come up with something else.  So I had lots of 4 inch squares of denim and corduroy cut out so the next day I took them out to work on.   Five or 6 of the students liked that and they begin hand sewing the squares together.  Then 2 or 3 of the boys wanted to learn how to sew a button on and how to mend their clothes.  So I took some needles and thread and taught the boys how to do that.

I had black, white and native American children in the class and the 3rd day the black and native American young people were calling me Grandma.  Maybe the only stable person they loved were their grandmothers.

Two or 3 of the native American girls were bored with the 3 projects that I had going so I got out my stash of beads and took them out.  That was a big hit.  Several put their 9 patches together and I brought them home put backing on and stuffing in and they had a pillow.

One of the boys worked hard  sewing every day and he sewed 49 denim squares together.  He asked me if I would put a backing on and stuffing.  He had a nice large pillow and he sold it to one of the house Mothers for $15.00  that was the frosting on the cake and I have laughed about that for twenty years.

The next different sewing experience happened about 10 years ago.  Velma Jones a Native American adult of 93 years of age called and started talking and asked if I would come out to White Eagle as she was going to teach as class on ribbon work. This is the decoration that the Native American people use on their dance  dresses.  She wanted me to help keep the sewing machines adjusted and in the process I would learn ribbon work.  We met about 3 hours every week for about 6 weeks.  We learned to make original designs and how to machine  stitch the designs to the material . They use satin material for their garments and the  cloth designs are satin.  If you wish to see examples of their  clothing go down to Sharps Pawn Shop on South 2nd St in Ponca City Okla.

Most of the women attending were retired nurses that had come back to Ponca City from other parts of the country.  I run into some of the women and they always tell me how much they liked the class.

Velma Jones died about 6 years ago.  She had worked at the 101 ranch and is the Mother of  Danny Jones who at that time was the Ponca tribal leader.  Donna Jones Flood is her daughter and a well know local artist.  One of Donnas pictures is in the post office on the east wall.

My last bit of volunteer work was at Marlands Children home.  I was asked by one of the Elk Lodge members if I would be interest in teaching about 10 girls out at the Marlands Children home knitting.  The Lodge gave me money for supplies and I went out there in the summer for a couple of hours every week and several of the girls learned to knit.  Then we started doing some other hand work.  We made nine patch pillows and we make book marks and we did a few embroidery stitches and then later on we did a lot of work with beads. 

Some of the girls learned very fast and some had never done any kind of craft work.  They were from broken homes and had all kind of problems.  The girls were thoughtful of me and again I was grandma.  I also had a mix of white, black and native American girls and they seemed to get along quite well.  I always had an aid in the class.  I stopped teaching about 6 months ago as the population of the school went down from 45 to about 16 and I only had about one girl that was interested in doing hand work.

This is the story of some interesting volunteer work at least for me.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

My Father's sister, Mina Cress

My Father's sister,  Mina Cress.

Mina Cress was born Sept 1 1874 the second child of Sarah Hagerman and Jacob Cress.  She had an older sister Angelina then Mina then Daisy and May, two brothers John  and Lafayette.  They were born near Toddville Iowa and in the same vicinity were  her parents Angelina Gray Hagerman and Amariah Hagerman,her brothers Jim Hagerman, Robert Hagerman ,George Hagerman and her sister Ellen and husband Billy Beggs.  I think that all the families homesteaded in that area.  The parents of Angelina Hagerman came to Iowa in about 1840.

Angelina's mother Sarah Howe died in 1834 and is buried in the family burial ground near Mainesburg Penn.  Her grandparents came into Pennsylvania in 1798 and settled in Gray Valley Sullivan Twp Tioga County.  Her grandfather was a veteran of the war of 1776 and he bought 1000 acres in Gray Valley and was one of the first settlers there.

Mina's father Jacob Cress was born in 1849 and his parents Lydia Neighbor and John Cress came into Iowa about the same time that is the early 1840s.  Lydia's mother came west out of Newcomers town Ohio with 8 of her children.  The Neighbors were early Germans of New Jersey and they came to America in about 1733 and settled west of New York City near and around Dover New Jersey. 

The Cress family came out of around the Richmond Virginia area and they came into Iowa in the 1840s.  They had several children Jacob ,Mansfield,  Phillip ,Mary and Marilda.  I have a lot of info about them and also about the Hagermans and the Grays.  That is just a little background.

Mina married Elmer Flickinger on Mar 18 this union 4 children were born. Carl Flickinger Oct 23 1898 died 11-26-05, Mary Etta Flickinger Feb 26 1897 died Mar 29 1897, John Flickinger Sept 11 1901 Died Jan 16 1908. And Sylvia Flickinger born Apr 11 1908.

I have a picture of Mina and Elmer with Carl and Johnnie and it was a lovely young family.  The boys died with either whooping cough or I think diphtheria.  So many young people died back in the early 1900s with those diseases.  Sylvia was born shortly after Johnnie died and I hate to think what Mina went through in those days.  She had lost her sister Angelina and her sister Daisy in about 1905 with child birth fever.  

I do not have the date that Elmer Flickinger died but my father said that he was a strong man and that he suddenly started loosing weight and died with some kind of cancer.  That left Mina a widow and she took in washing in Center Point to support herself and Sylvia.  Then Charles Kimball lost his wife and Mina went to work as his housekeeper and they later married.  I do not have that date either.  Charles and Mina came to Elk City probably about 1918 or 19 and settled there.  Charles had a couple of girls that Mina helped raise and I understand that they were very fond of Mina and they used to come to Elk City and take her down to Dallas to stay for a while.  I understand that they married well and had some extra money.

I will tell you a story about when the kids were growing up in Iowa.  I was out visiting with Mina and she said that when the kids were young the boys were out swimming in the Cedar river naked.  The girls went down to the banks and took the boys clothes so they could not get to them easy.  John stayed in the eater but my dad Lafe came out naked and got his clothes.  We laughed and laughed about that.  Mina was probably 80 years old at that time.

My cousin Ann said that the only sibling Mina ever talked about was my father.  I remember as a child that they always exchanged Christmas cards and caught up with each other at that time.  I know one time Mina came back to Iowa and my father had not seen her for 35 years.  

I went out to see Mina when I was 18 years old and visited for 4 or 5 days.  Laverna had just got married and she was the same age as I.  Lylus was about 13 and was a real live wire.  Charles was maybe 14   and Ann was about 8 and she hated to go to school.  I was probably the only contact that they had with Mina's family.  I think the Scott cousins stopped when they were on the way some where else.  I still have one of the letters Mina wrote to me and I treasure it dearly.

About 30 years ago I was talking to a retired druggist here in Ponca City and he said he was from Elk City.  I asked him if he knew Charles Kimball and her said.  Oh yes..when I was a kid I used to polish his shoes in Elk City.  He said I had not thought of him in many years.  It is a small world indeed.

I am including a couple of recipes that I think came from my grandmother Cress.  Peggy said there were my aunt Mina's and she thought they might be my grandmothers. So one way or the other they are family recipes.

Pound cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar Beat until fluffy
Add 6 eggs one at at time
Then 2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract.  
Put in angel food cake pan which has been sprayed with oil and then line with parchment paper
Bake 300 degree oven 30 minutes then
Bake in 325 degree oven for 50 minutes.

The other receipt is for baking powder biscuits I know they are my grandmothers as my Mother could not make biscuits and my dad went down to Toddville when they were first married and brought his Mother out to their house to help my Mother learn how to cook.  They laughed about that all their married life.

For each cup of flour add 2 tsp baking powder.  The add pure cream for shortening and liquid.  Mix and roll out and that is all.  Bake in hot oven.  They used wood burning stoves and they got them hot.  Suppose in modern stove would be 425 for about 15 mins more or less.  They had plenty of milk and cream and they sure used it for cooking.

That is about all I can think of for now.  Enjoy the read..Cousin Deloris

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Grandmother Sparks Bible Contents

In grandmother Sparks Bible
Children of Mr and Mrs Amariah Hagerman
Alice A Hagerman July 26 1846 died 8-1849
Dortha A Hagerman Aug 17 1847 died 8-28-47
Mary R Hagerman Aug 12 1848 died 8-5-50
Sarah E Hagerman Mar 31 1850 died 12-14-23
Samuel J Hagerman Jan 22 1853 died 3-16-22
Jerrima Hagerman  Dec 19 1854 died 10-18-73
Melinda E Hagerman Feb 4 1857 died 1943
George G Hagerman Mar 20 1859
Willis G Hagerman Apr 17 1862
Robert H Hagerman Jan 4 1864

Children of John Cress and Lydia Neighbor
Jacob E Cress was born Aug 27 1849
Callista Ann Cress was born May 26 1851
Mansfield Cress was born Dec 26 1854
Marilda Cress was born Oct 28 1857
Phillip E Cress was born  Sept 30 1860
Mary E Cress was born Jan 24 1864
Second marriage to Mrs Andrews 
John Alfred Cress was born July 7 1868
George Elmer Cress was born May 6 1870
Ida Mae Cress was born Mar 31 12873
John Cress died Oct 10 1888 64 years old
Calista Gott died July 28 1882 

Children and grandchildren of Sarah E Hagerman and Jacob E Cress
Lydia Angelina Cress Jan 26 1873
Mina E Cress Sept 1 1874
Daisie E Cress Aug 30 1876
Lylus M Cress Oct 28 1878
John Amariah Cress Dec 12 1880
Lafayette Gray Cress Oct 15 1882

Mr Elmer Flickinger and Mina Cress married Mar 18 1896
Mary Etta Flickinger born 2-26 97 died 3-29-97
John W Flickinger born 9-11-01 died 1-16-08
Carl H Flickinger born 10-25-98 died 11-26-05
Sylvia L Flickinger born 4-11-08 married Otto Moad in Elk City OK died in 1992
Sylvias children are
Neva Luvern born Nov 13 1927 married Lynn Belieu on child Carol Lynn married Jerry Burnett.  Carol has 2 children
Alice Burnett born Aug 25 1972
Jonatha Burnett born Dec 29 1973

Neva Luvern has been dead about 25 years.
Charles Moad born Apr 7 1933 married Geneive Johnson in 1954 Charles died about 10 years ago
Bert Moad born Mar 15 1955 lives in Phoenix AZ
Peggy Moad born Feb 20 1956 married Webb has 2 children Jason and Danny.  Peggy divorced and her name in now Peggy Hazelrigg and now lives in Elk City OK
Carl Moad born Apr 18 1957 married Rhonda expecting a child in 1985.
Lylus Moad born Aug 1935 died when she was 28 years old had 2 children
Mark Curtright born Jan 8 1956 died in Elk City OK about 1997
Kelly Curtright born Nov 29 1957 lives in Okla City works for State Dept of Education as of 2011
Ann Moad born  Dec 2 1938 married Joe Marglio lives at 530 E 3rd Elk City OK 73644
Two children
Michael born 2-27-60  married Lisa has 2 children
Amber Jo 1-25-82
Michael Andrew 5-11-84

Mr Mark Scott and Angelina Cress married Apr 28 1897  
Clyde Scott born Mar 8 1898 married Grace Hutton 
Betty Lou Scott married Harold Wagon
Alice G Scott married Robert Bell
Albert Edward Scott lives in Corning Iowa
Rev Keith Scott lives in Waterloo or Cedar Falls Iowa  retired Methodist 
 Orval B Scott born May 9 1899 died Apr 19 1906
Alice J Scott born Dec 30 1901 married Hugh Thomas Hutton born Nov 5 1898 in Mount Vernon Iowa married Jan 22 1922 they had 5 children
Hubert Hugh 1028-22 died in 1923
Hazel Mae 5-17-24 married William Kenneth Gentborn 6-20-22 married 1-1-
Kenneth Gregory 7-8-49
Brently Scott 10-9-53 married 6-9-73 to Debra Ann Martin
Dorothy Ellen married Ted Grenis 6-5-47 address 2790 19th Ave Marion 
Anthony 5-1-48 married 7-17-72 Joyce Tippet 4-14-54  one daughter
Theodore 8-24-49 m 9-12-71 Rebecca Larimer 12-4-50
Sharon Ann 12-28-50 m 6-15-74 Larry J Henderson two daughters
Amy and Ann
Constance 11-23-55
Karen 7-17-58
Thomas 1-22-61
Timothy Paul 3-17-64
Georgia Gayle Hutton m 1-3-53 Keith Windenberg b 4-14-30 addy
2965 24th Ave Marion Iowa 52302
Wayne Thomas Windenberg B 7-3-55
Mark Lee Windenberg B 3-28-56
Rick Allen windenberg B 3-15-58
Diana Windenberg B 6-21-63
Thomas Scott Hutton married Susan Roby b 2-14-39
Craig Thomas b 7-23-61
Bruce Douglas b 7-26-62
Brian Scott b 9-27-63
Brent Marshall b 6-20-65
Jill Marie b 7-7-71
Irvin Scott born Mar 9 1902 died Jan 1997 married Dorothy Erwin Aug 25 
Robert Erwin 9-1-26 married Carol Elizabeth Engle 3-18-51 lives in 
Pasco Wash
Celia Kaye 5-15-55 born in Kenniwick Wash married Ed Corrig
2-6-79 as of 1-22-97 is Celia Silkwood NW Ark Regional Planner
Springdale Ark address 406 N Shiloh P O Box 745
Cindy Rae born Moses Lake Was married Jay Marshall
Jay Windsor born 6-6-59 in Spokane Wash
Jack Elwood 4-27-28 in Marion Iowa m Mary Alice McCabe in Cedar 
Rapids 8-6-50
Julie Marie 10-26-56
Sharon Kaye 1-26-60
Jeffery Allen 11-17-63
Quinton B Scott born 4-41904 died Nov 30 1918
Berniece Scott born 3-17-05 died 4-27-05 

Mr Willard Roy and Miss Lylus Mae Cress m 7-797 no children

Mr Bert Stewart and Miss Daisie Cress m 3-3-01
Irvin Paul Stewart 2-26-01 married Gwendoly Reiger b 12-9-04  from
Marshfield Wis M 2-6-26
Harold Eugene B 5-5-29 Linn county Iowa married Nancy
Thompson b 5-22-35 M 1-22-55
Stephen Paul married Dorothy Venice b 10-30-56
Christopher  1976
Nathan Allen 2-26 1980
Aaron Michael 11-16-81
Ronald Dean b 2-9-45 died 9-23-82 married Dora Lee
Anderson b 2-4-46 M 6-265
Denise Lynn b 11-16-66

Willard Alfred Stewart born 1026-03 m Esther L Mumford b 12-19-09
Married 4-16-30
Jo Anne b 3-17-40 married Anthony Warburton Smith 8-18-65
Heather Lynn B 5-6-71
Gregory B 5-1369 adopted by JoAnne and Tony in 73
James Alfred B 5-20-42 died 6-7-42
Lillian Jean B 8-5-46 married Emerson George Woolfitt 8-14-73
Eric Robert B 11-9-79
Ethel Lillian Stewart born 2-1705 her mother Daisie Stewart died 2-17-05
Someone came and got Lillian and raised her.  She married but never had 
Any child of her own.  I met her at a reunion several years ago.  She is now

John Cress and Minerva Andrews m 12-24-01
Everett Cress 2-2603 married Erma Van Fossen
Lorena Fern Cress born 1927 married Donald Miller
Linda Lynette Miller married Bill Burnell
Fern divorced and married Ralph Karr July 18 1952
Barbara Ann married Bill Kuhn has 3 children
Cathy Karr
Helen Louise at home
Warren at home
Decie  Rose Cress married Clyde Mason  address Shellsburg  IA
Sheryl married Eldon Kurth
Anna Marie Cress married Vaughn Witherall
Debbie married Rodger McDonald address 1855 46th St  N. E.
Cedar Rapids Iowa 52402
Alberta Cress married Earl Mason address Shellsburg Iowa 52332
Darwin married Carrie 2 adopted children
DeWayne married Judy
Doris married George Heafner 
Colette has one child
Russell married Christi
Renee married Darby Stein
Lisa Marie
Roy Everett Cress married Mary
Ray Wesley Cress married Karen
Irene married Jerry Kolshrud Box 153 Shellsburg Iowa 52332
Elaine married David Boddicker Box 24 Newhall Iowa
Bertha Cress married Delmar Oliphant no children died 1907
Forrest E Cress born Toddville Iowa 2-1609 married Clairbel Marie Roseberry
Born 6-23-16 Center Point married 7-1632 at Center Point iowa
Mark Allen Cress married Nancy Marie  Remer born 9-29-35  on 11-20-53
Kyle Marie Cress 5-31-56 married Wesley Dalton Hauk June 1975
Divorce in 1975 had one child
Wesley Dalton Hauk Jr b 9-24-77
Mark Allen Cress Jr 6-13-60 lives in Moore Okla
Timothy Joseph Cress 10-23-64 died same day
Dorothy Marie Cress 10-6-36 married Donald Bickford b 11-2-37 married 
Nov 7 1954 have 2 children
Krista Lee Bickford 11-11-77
Cory Lee Bickford 9-14-81
Evelyn Marie Cress b 5-18-43 married Harold Clarence Luckstedt born 
              -7-20-37  married Aug 30 1959
Bonnie Sue Luckstedt 10-12-66
Susan Marie Luckstedt 11-25-68
Dennis Earl Cress  July 4  1949 married Charolette Lobeye born Oct 29 1955
Married Oct 31 1974 in Zaire Africa have 3 children
Mpembia Libra 9-6-75
Mboyo 8-4-78
Mpia Anthony
Randy Lee Cress  Sept 19 1955 married Carol Jo Bickford born Oct 29 1956
Married July 26 1975. Carol is 2nd cousin to Donald Bickford who married
Dortha Cress two children.
Jeremy Dale Cress Oct 12 1978
Jacob Austin Cress May 10 1982
Dorothy Bickfords address Wyoming Iowa. Evelyn Luckstedt is Wyoming 
Iowa. Dennis Cress lives in Iowa City and Randy Lee Cressin R R Anamosa  
Lloyd Allen Cress Aug 22  1913 married Margaret Tharp on Oct 30 1939
Allen L Cress Sept 9 1941 m Carol Thompson b Nov 28 1941
Scott Allen Cress Jan 18 1969
            Lori Lynette Cress June 4 1971
Judith   Ann Cress born May 21 1950 married Larry Mumm born 11-17-39
Tisha Jo Mumm born 3-12-72
Lafayette Gray Cress born Oct 15 1882 Toddville Iowa married Irene Madison  Sept 25 1912.
Dorothy Leona Cress born 7-1-13 married Iver Larson Dec 28 1935
Warren Edward Larson born Oct 31 1936 married Thelma Fowler
3 children
Bradley 8-1-67
Eric 10-9-70
Sarah Josephine 11-22-72
Mary born 8-31-43 Ellendale Minn married Robert Sullivan in 1967
Darien 11-24-70
Kevin 7-18-73 born in Scotland
Leslie 4-12-75 born in Scotland
Rodger Larson 10-19-47 married Joyce Wray
Matthew 3-18-75
            Ryan 5-5-7
Daisy Marcella Cress 5-19-18 married Donald Wilker 9-11-42
Dale Wilker 7-6-44  b Osage Iowa married Carol Girard 10-29-66
Dana Wilker married Juana
Dean Wilker b 9-7-45
Dennis Wilker 4-21-47 married Sandy Johnson
Christi 6-2-71
Jason 7-27-78
Lawrence Eugene  Cress 3-31-21  died 7-7-97
Donald Clifford Cress 11-28-22 killed in world War 2

Deloris Marie Cress 6-2-27 married Dale Hollis Pickens 9-5-48
Hugh Edwin Pickens 1-12-49 married Betty Manrique Galvez in 
Huancayo Peru on Oct 11  1971
   m Sunday June Pickens 12-24-1984
Carolina Pickens 12-13-72 married Jaime Jahncke in 1997
Keneau born Nov 18  2004
Daniel Pickens 4-7-74 married Silva Montano in 2010
Lily  b Jan 10 2011
                Rory b 
Gail Lynn Pickens 10-13-59 married Steve Bruce Barger 5-24.1958, 1-23-83
Amber Sue Barger 11-26-85, m Caveh Masum 7-3-2016
Rachel Lee Barger 5-3-87, m David C Turnley 4-30-2011
                 Dawson Elizabeth Turnley b, 4/19/2012
Derek Michael Barger 2-18-92
         Grace Taylor Barger 3-20-2006

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Getting to High School in the 1920's and 1930's in Minnesota, USA.

Getting to High School in the 20’s and 30’s

My sister Dorothy was born in 1913 and she started grade school 3 miles west of Geneva when she was 5 years old.  She would have started High School in 1926.  We lived 5 miles from the nearest High School which was located in Ellendale Minnesota.  So my folks paid Arthur Muri  five dollars a month so that Dorothy  could stay in town and go to High School.  She did help around the house  and would come home on week ends.  I supposed my Dad drove the Model T Ford in and got her on Saturday and they probably did the shopping then.  I do not know if they took the horse and buggy to get her when the weather was bad or if they used the sled and horses in the winter time.  But they probably did as they were still using the sled and horses to go to town when I was a small child in the thirties.  

Dorothy did not get to finish High School as my Mother had TB and she had to leave in her Junior year and come home and take care of the rest of us children  as my Mother went to the TB sanitorium when I was two and a half years old.

My sister Daisy was born in 1918 and she would go to the same grade school and then she would have started High School in  1932.  She did not go to Ellendale for the first 3 years as they had a High School in Geneva which was 3 miles from our farm.  She did not stay at home either and she lived with a Jensen family on a farm about one half mile from the Geneva school.  I do not know what my Father paid them for keeping Daisy but suppose about five dollars a month.  My Mother was home from the TB sanitorium at that time.  Daisy had to finish her last year at the High School in Ellendale and I do not remember if she stayed with some one in Ellendale or if the school bus came close enough to the house that she could catch it.  Geneva just had one teacher and he taught  Latin and English and all the math courses for students for 3 years and then they had to go to Ellendale to get their diploma.  I think that the state had test to see if you had passed your subjects.  Daisy graduated from Ellendale in 1936.

Lawrence  started High School in 1934 and he also went to Geneva for 2 years.  I think he must have either driven the Model T to school or rode horseback when the weather was good.  I do remember in 1936 that he and the oldest Paulson boy and May Vogt took the horse and sled to school in 1936 when we had such a terrible winter and lots of snow.  We moved in 1936 to a farm 2 miles south of Hope and Lawrence and Daisy caught the school bus  across the filed about one half mile south of us. Daisy went an extra year to Ellendale and took the business courses offered at the High School in Ellendale   By that time we had a Model A Ford and I think in 1937 that they drove the car to Ellendale to School.

Don started High School along with Lawrence in 1937.  They drove the car to Ellendale and they took Helen and Violet Olson and Barbara Webb and Robert Bedney to school with them and I think they paid my Dad some money for doing that.  Lawrence graduated in 1938 and he was 4th highest in his class.  Daisy was 3rd highest in her class.

We moved in 1940 to a farm 5 miles south of Owatonna and Don stayed on the farm we left and worked there for 2 years so that he could finish school.  By that time the school bus came about one half mile from the farm and he caught the bus to school .  Donald also went to the school west of Geneva and then we had moved to the school south of Hope.  Don was in 8th grade and I was in 3rd grade when this happened . Don was born in 1923.

I started grade school in the school west of Geneva and we had to walk about a half mile to school.  My Dad lost the farm in 1936 and we moved to the rent farm 2 miles south of Hope.  So I got to start a new school. I started 4th grade the next year and the the teacher skipped me a grade as I was on the same reading level as the fifth graders.  In 8th grade we moved again to a farm 5 miles south of Owatonna and by that time in 1940  we had a New Plymouth car.  The school was located 2 and ½ miles from our house and so  the neighbors took turns taking the kids to school.   There were 7 kids in the car besides the driver. And I was the oldest one.  I probably held one of the younger ones on my lap.  I just went to that school for 3 months and then I was ready for High School.  My folks decided to send me to Ellendale for one year so I stayed with Iver and Dorothy and Warren and went home about once a month.   I caught the school bus right outside  from the house  and went into Ellendale to school.  The next year I went to Owatonna and Lawrence drove 3 of us to Owatonna  every 3 days.  Sometimes Elaine drove the car and we would disconnect the odometer and put some gas in and drive around during the noon hour.

The next 2 years I stayed with the Supt of our High School and did house work for my room and board.  Got to come home every two weeks.  I brought eggs in to sell to Mrs Burt and that was my spending money.  Think I took 3 dozen eggs back every two weeks.  Probably got fifty cents for the eggs.  My Mother had been a school teacher and my folks insisted we all get to High School and at that time we were rent farmers.  Many of the kids whose folks owned farms did not get to High School but my parents valued an education.

My brother Dick started school south of Owatonna and then he went to a school over by Meridan and then he went to Hope school and ended up in Willow river Minnesota where he was a star basketball player.  That is the way we got to school back in the dark ages.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Games we played in my childhood. In the 1930s and 1940s.

Games we played in my childhood

When I first attended school in 1933 in first grade we had several different games that we played at school.  One of the favorites was run sheep run and as I  remember it one child was it and stood at the corner of the school house and would shout at the other children  run sheep run.  The children had a goal they were supposed to get to  before it could catch you.  If they caught you then you were it for the next time and you had to shout run sheep run and you would try to catch someone so that you would not be it any more..

Another game we played was anti I over..This involved throwing a ball over the school house or wood shed and there were children on both sides of the house or shed.  If someone on the other side caught the ball they would come around the house and tag someone.  If they missed catching the ball they shouted pigs tail.

We had swings and a slide at the school and we used to pump the swings and see how high we could go.  Sometimes we would get 3 children on either side of the teter totter and that got interesting as sometimes one of us would fall off.  Never did get any broken arms or legs but I do not know why.

In the winter time we would ski to school and also bring our sleds.  We had a hill in back of the school at dist 64 and we would ski down that small hill and also use our sleds.  Of course when we got to the bottom we had to walk up to the top pulling our sleds or carrying our skies.  Our skies were fastened to our rubber boots with a strap and some of use skied to school in the winter of 36 as the snow was so deep and the roads were not plowed out.  We walked ½ mile to school come hell or high water as that was just part of our lives.  We went to school even if it got 20 below but we were dressed for it and I do not remember being cold.  We had snow suits and good rubber boots over our shoes.

In the spring and fall the children that were big enough played work up soft ball.  We played it at first recess and noon hour and second recess.  Got half way good at hitting the ball and also pitching as you had to take your turn at every position.  Sometimes we just had 7 players so you got to do everything.  When the batter was out then he went to the bottom of the pack and everyone moved up one position.  Think we had 3 batters and then a pitcher, catcher and first baseman.  The rest were out in the field trying to get the ball and throw it to get the batter out.

The other thing we did in school was on Friday we worked on crafts  all afternoon.  We  used a coping saw to cut out wood. I remember learning to embroidery in school and one time we wove a small piece out of wool and I still have the purse I made so many years ago.  Just could not throw it away and have kept it with me all these 89 years.

Most of us were helping with the chores by the time we were 8 or 9 years old.  My brother Richard was born when I was 8 and I helped take care of him when I was 9 years old.  We just did that and I was also  milking cows when I was 9 years old.  When I was 10 I was making lunch for the 4 of us that were in school.  My brother Donald liked oatmeal cookies and my Mom was so busy that she did not have time to bake every day.  So when Don was in high school he would come home and mix up a batch of oatmeal cookies and Mother would bake them.  He liked about 10 cookies and an orange for his school lunch.  He may have exchanged some of the cookies for something else when he got to school.

I learned to ice skate when I was about 11 years old and skated on the ice in a ditch close to our house.  First I skated by pushing with one foot but then I taught myself to skate using both feet. When I went to Owatonna and worked for the Supt of the High School  I bought Mrs Burt’s skates  for two dollars  and the city provided an outdoor rink for us to skate on. They also had a bon fire there so we could warm up.  This rink was on the straight river.  We really did a lot of physical activity  when I was a child growing up.

The other thing I did as a child was to ride a horse.  My Dad bought a small horse when I was about 12 years old and she did not do any farm work.  She stayed out in the pasture and when I wanted to ride her I had to first catch her.  Depending on how she felt I would spend quite a bit of time catching her.  Then I had to get her up to the barn and put a bridle on her and then I could go riding.  I did not have a saddle so rode her bare back and I just let her walk and sometimes she would trot a little.  Was not all that much fun but there was not much to do on a hot summer day and so would ride her a couple of times a week.  Still am not that crazy about horses and never did ride one with a saddle on it.

My brother Richard and I used to play Chinese checkers and he was good at it when he was 5 years old.  Another game we played was jacks.  You had a ball and about five jacks and you had to bounce the small ball and pick up the jacks.  Lawrence, Don and I used to play it on a rug in front of the coal burning heater in the living room.  We had to be sure to pick them up as the jacks were metal and you could get hurt if you stepped on one with bare feet.

That is about all the games I can think of besides card that I played when I was young.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

My friends and family from our school house in Minnesota - 1936 - School District 64 near Geneva Minnesota

District 64 in Minnesota - One room schoolhouse
District 64

My nephew Dale Wilker sent me a picture of school house 65 which was located 3 miles west of Geneva Minnesota.  The article that went with it was written in 1936 when my brother Don and I attended school there.

I am going to write about the school which I first attended in Sept of 1933  and the students that were in the school at that time.  First grade Deloris Cress .Milton Paulson and Woodrow Jensen.  Third grade Eleanor Christen, Margret Peterson and Alan Mangskow.  Fourth grade Elaine Hanson, Fifth grade  Russell Paulson, Russell Ditlevson. Sixth grade  Maurice Paulson, Donald Cress and Marvin Christenson. Seventh grade Lucille Christenson and Eighth grade Lawrence Cress, Vernon Paulson and Thelma Jensen.

This was a typical  country school that taught all eight grades during the great depression.  Our school teacher was Agnes Vaughn and I suppose she finished high school and then went to what was called Normal school for about a year and then got her teaching certificate to teach in the rural school.  All the counties had a Supt of the county schools and suppose they supplied the schools with a few books and such.  We brought to school a tablet and a pencil and if we were lucky we had a box of  crayons.

Here is how they taught us and it was most interesting.  Most of the children had been pretty much sheltered on the farms and I do not remember playing with any little girls until I started school.  So that was an exciting  and new experience for me.   The teacher started off the morning working with the first graders on their reading and then if the weather was fine outside we went until first recess which was about ten o'clock and lasted for 15 mins.  Then back in to the school room and a few more mins of instruction for the wee ones and then outside again to play until noon hour.  We had an hour off at noon and all the kids played outdoors.  In good weather the older kids played work up soft ball and we did "Run Sheep Run" and "Anti- I - Over" and other games.  In winter we made a circle in the snow and cut it into pieces and played "Fox and Goose".  The Fox tried to catch the goose and the center of the circle was the safe spot.  Lots of fun.  Also in winter we brought our skies and sleds to school and went down the hill that was in back of the school. 

When the weather was bad we had a basement and we went down there to play and sometimes we played games in the school room during lunch .  As first graders we did not leave the room every day after working on our reading.  We sat and listened to the other classes recite and we worked on our Palmer penmanship.  That is we did ups and downs and circles and  worked on our cursive writing.  There was a lot to be learned just listening to the other students and was an interesting place for a wee one.

Most of us had about 3 changes of clothing and lots of it was hand me downs and  dresses made from flour sacks and we wore long underwear in the winter time.  We changed our underwear on Saturday night when we took a bath in a round tub.  We wore long stocking and a damn garter belt. 
What a contraption that was and  I was always using safety pins to keep it all together.  The worst thing was going outside to the two holer in that cold weather.  My folks were able to get me a pair of boots and I was so proud of them.  We wore 4 buckle rubber boots to school in the winter when we had to walk through snow.  Our house was half a mile from school and we walked it even when it was 10 to 20 below.  

My brother Don was in sixth grade when I started school and I would turn around and look back at him and he would make a goofy face and I would laugh and get in trouble.  Think Lawrence looked after me well and the other kids did not bother me.   I learned to read in about 6 weeks and the first story was about Mother rabbit went into the woods hop hop hop.  Then Father rabbit and baby rabbit did the same thing.  Math was easy for me and when I was in first grade I could do the 3rd grade math and I was angry that they were not teaching me that.

In March of 1934 new children came to the school.  Two different families.  The Vogt family came and the Mother had died.  Mae and Vera Vogt were in 8th and 7th grade and they were doing the house work for the family.  Arnie and Eugene were a bit younger, I think in 4th and 5th grade.  Then Delores Jensen came and she was in first grade.  The rent farmer moved in March so they could start getting the ground ready for spring planting.   They share cropped with the land owners and times were really tough.

Our school started at 9 am and we finished at 4 pm.  The children started milking cows when they were about 8 or 9 years old and the boys would be doing field work and driving the horses by the time they were 11 and some younger.  There was lots of stuff to learn on the farm.  My brother Richard was born when I was 8 and I looked after him in the day time in the summer so that my Mother could get the never ending work done.  I some times played by myself when he took a nap.

We had a well in this school so the kids did not have to walk to a neighbors to get water.  One time a hive of bees got into the basement of the school and my Dad came to school with a straw hat on his head and a old curtain over his body and he had some kind of smoke device.  He robbed the honey and every child went home with a lard bucket  full of honey.  Lard came in a nice metal bucket and that was used as a lunch pail.  We did not have money to buy a lunch pail.

  The picture I have was taken in 1936 and there was a different bunch of children in school then.  That was the year we lost the farm and had to move to a rent farm 2 miles south of Hope Minn.  1936 was a bad winter and don had to break the snow ahead of me when we walked to school.  My sister Daisy had pnemonia and I and my brother Dick was sent to my married sister Dorothy while my Mother nursed Daisy.  This was before the day of antibotics and the Doctor came out every day and cupped Daisy on the back.  He had to use a horse and sleigh and he could fall asleep and the horse would take him home to Ellendale.

We moved in March of that year and the neighbors came with their horses and wagons and moved us to the new farm.  They had to dig out a road for ¼ mile as it was snow packed.  We were able to get through with our Model T Ford and my mother carried the mantle in her hand that went with the Alladin lamp.  We did not have electricity or running water on the rent farm and did not have it on the farm that we owned at one time.  Life was tough in those days but we lived through it.