Category Archives: Larsen Family

For the Dear Hearts and Gentle People Who Still Live in my Hometown – Culbertson, Montana

Like some others in the community, we (those kids of Immanuel and Edith Larsen) did not live at Culbertson except for the first decade or two of life but like most in the community, our lives were and are utterly stamped, … Continue reading

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WW I Vets were subject to the first peacetime draft in 1940

This post is being updated on 9/24/2017 to include historical information regarding the peace time draft first imposed in 1940. I was born in 1944 so that was all before my time – and I had not pieced together the … Continue reading

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Immanuel Larsen was born in Nebraska in 1897

In May of 2010, Grant and I were preparing for a nine-state road trip which would take us south from Minnesota on I-29 to Omaha; west across Nebraska on I-80, with a planned historical/family heritage stop in Aurora, NB, for … Continue reading

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We Went to Yellowstone Park in 1949

At about 7:08 in the video, there’s a beautiful view of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, with the usual view of Yellowstone Falls. Our parents drove the family there in the old car. It was a trip of over … Continue reading

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Sayings from my Dad

The sun has riz the morning is I wonder where  the birdies is This often used when he called up the long stairs to the second floor bedrooms, letting us know it was time to rise and shine No rest for … Continue reading

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Dots and Panoramas, Calderas and Fractals

Ninety years ago my Dad and five other farmers went together to buy a seeder, each of them contributing $9 to its purchase. They shared the costs of equipment for seeding  in spring and threshing costs in the fall. When summer … Continue reading

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The First Day of School

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Somehow it seemed that the first day of school was always a perfectly sunshiny day that still had the smell of wheat chaff in the air.  The hollyhocks on the east side of the house were so tall by this … Continue reading

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Grandpa Soren died this afternoon: June 13, 1956

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Mom and I were at the regular Ladies Aid meeting at a neighboring farm where they had a phone. I was playing quietly with my friends and then the phone call drew a line through the middle of the afternoon. … Continue reading

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1952: Maine. And California. And Iowa.

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Do you have an Imaginary Rand-McNally Road Atlas for the United States available? I’ll give you a minute to get one. Got it? Ok. Open it to Imaginary Page 56 where the interstate, state and secondary roads in the state … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: The Front Room

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It was never called a living room.  The front room had sheer curtains on the one south-facing window; an upright piano until about 1951 when it was replaced by a studio piano; a maroon patterned rug (never called a carpet) … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Not Milking Cows

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We always had one or two cows to be milked twice a day, every day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with the cats always getting their portion, both air-borne and in the pan. I never milked a cow.  Even though I often begged … Continue reading

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As I Remember It: Cooking For Dad

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Mom took the bus to California to help my sister when my niece was born when I was in my early teens,  so I was to be responsible for the household for a bit.    It was just Dad and me … Continue reading

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Count Their Legs and Divide by Four

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Branding irons and barbed wire fences were frequently the frame for range wars in the 1800’s.  They were sometimes cause and sometimes consequence of bitter battles between competing ranchers; between those who owned cattle and those who owned sheep; and they … Continue reading

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Others Lived There First

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Some who drive through eastern Montana on I-94 today believe it’s a place you go to only to go through. Even those who love Montana understand that.  One time my Dad said with a chuckle, “I think we should just … Continue reading

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