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Bob Lind, Published January 13 2013

Lind: Many people share memories of horse-drawn school buses

This picture of a horse-pulled school bus from years ago is one of many such pictures sent to Neighbors after it ran a note from a reader who wondered if anyone else remembered those vehicles known as “hacks.”

He, and Neighbors, received many replies. This picture is one of them. It came from Rod Lammer, LaMoure, N.D.

Alane Maixner, Fargo, says her mother rode in one that was driven by her father when she was growing up in the Deering, N.D., area north of Minot. “She was little and would get shoved to the outer walls when the bigger kids got on,” Alane says.

She, too, mentions the hack on display at the museum in Pekin, N.D.; an item about it appeared here earlier.

The hacks date back more than 100 years. Trina Shanenko, Valley City, N.D., found a photo of one dated 1909.

“I betcha 95 percent of the farm kids who went to school up ’til the ’50s rode in one of those things,” Gene Reierson, Esmond, N.D., writes.

Gene, 80, recalls that, “The roads would block in the winter, and we would make a road across the fields and drive on them ’til the snow was gone.

“You would take your leftover sandwich and put it directly on the stove in the hack and toast it on the way home.

“Sometimes we would get out and ride on the sleigh runners.”

Neighbors has more hack memories to run in coming columns.


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