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Bob Lind, Published December 31 2012

Lind: New year brings ‘old days’ to mind

While we look ahead into the new year, neighbors, let’s not forget the so-called “old days,” both to bring up memories for folks who went through them and for the younger generations, to give them an idea of how people lived back then.

Here, for example, is what it was like for a farmer during winter days in the late 1940s when the weather conditions made it tough to get around. It comes from Elaine Sundby, of Rothsay, Minn.

Elaine and her family lived in rural Esmond, N.D., west of Devils Lake, and three miles from her school.

“My dad, Ernest Toso, went on horseback once a week to a small store across the road from the school,” Elaine writes. “The owners, the Stenjehems, bought cream and sold a few groceries.

“Dad met the rural mail carrier at the store and got a week’s mail which he put in a burlap ‘gunny sack.’

“Dad also met a truck that had lignite coal, and filled a wagon box with coal to bring to the farm.”

No doubt many of you can identify with Elaine’s winter story.

And now, Happy New Year, neighbors. May it provide many fine memories for you.


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