Category Archives: Family History

Unsettled Weather

This past weekend a pretty strong storm system blew through South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It was the culmination of a week of unsettled weather and it marked the change from hot and humid to cooler temperatures. We had more … Continue reading

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Kids at the Creek

These are the grandchildren of the homesteaders fishing at the Creek in the 1920s. That’s the original Lone Tree “landmark” on the skyline to the right of Dad and his older sister, Harriett, and one of the buildings up on … Continue reading

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Shared Experiences

These could be pictures of the homesteaders headed for Lone Tree Farm. Our family traveled in a covered wagon pulled by oxen, but the stories suggest that Great-grandma Hattie probably did NOT get out and push! She was, however, the … Continue reading

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Old Fashioned Flowers

Back in the mid-twentieth century, Memorial Day was also known as Decoration Day. It wasn’t only military veterans who were remembered and whose graves were decorated with flowers. It was all of our family and friends who had died. It … Continue reading

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A Promise of Good Harvest

A blustering wind has been blowing wet and cold for the past two days. In other years, this really messes up the fall harvest of wild plums because the delicate new blossoms get zapped. Not this year. The plum blossoms … Continue reading

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Prairie Violets from the Creek

  For six generations the kids in my family have looked for adventures along Kanaranzi Creek. We’ve got piles of bones from both buffalo and cattle. We’ve got coffee cans full of good luck rocks that have holes in them. … Continue reading

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Earth Day on the Farm

Every day is Earth Day on the Farm. It’s not just a 24-hour pause to remember and honor the Earth. Earth Day on the Farm is more like Easter. It’s an annual celebration of a long-term commitment to “everlasting” life. … Continue reading

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