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"In Those Days You Walked."


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The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony, Lake City and Wells Creek near Red Wing.

"In Those Days You Walked."

When I was growing up, the old timers would tell all these stories about what they’d seen, because you see, everybody walked, and when you walk at night you see all these things. Now there’s nobody left that walks at night anymore.

Well, this is kind of like a ghost story, but it’s a true story about when I was about seven or eight years old.
There was a guy running around the neighborhood with a white sheet on. Everyone was still driving horses at that time, and I knew who the guy was, but he still scared a lot of people. He usually knew who was in the buggy because some people might not scare. (If he’d have tried to scare me, I’d have walked right up to him.) But he’d throw a sheet over his head and act like a ghost and they’d likely spook and take off with their horse and buggy.

So this is a true story-- my mother told me this. It was the late 1920’s and this guy was running around with a bedsheet on and he knew that once in a while they’d have young people meeting at our church and on their way home he’d be scaring somebody.

We were talking before about always having hired hands. Well, I can remember when I was in about the first grade, and I had about three miles to walk to school. One morning I started out, and I came running back home and my folks asked, "Why did you come back?" and I said, "Well there’s this man sitting out there in the woods! I’m not walking to school past him!" Well, then my dad proceeded to tell me that he was a hired hand and he was just resting after cutting wood. I didn’t know that, and of course when I saw a strange man sitting out there in the woods, I was not about to walk past him.

But yes, in those days you walked. In the wintertime when it got really bad, (I mean really blustery) then Dad would come to school with the horses and sleigh and pick us up. But otherwise, we just bundled up. I only had about 3/4ths of a mile.

The one time I remember my dad getting us at school was the day of the Armistice storm. He was a Legioneer and had been to Zumbrota for an Armistice Day program. He was in his Legion suit, I remember that, and he stopped at my s .....
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Butterflies through Binoculars

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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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Why Study Turtles Anyway?

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Weaver Dunes Field Report Late Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, August 20, 2001

With nesting finally completed, those of us working on the Weaver Dunes Blanding’s Turtle Research Project can at last step back to enjoy a m ..... 
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Harvesting Herbs

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Virginia CooperMonday, August 20, 2001

If you haven't started gathering herbs from your garden, get out there! What could be better this winter, than a nice hot cup of tea brewed from herbs you grew yourself? Many herbs have started flowering ..... 
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Edgar, Nucla and Niwot

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By Wayne PikeMonday, August 13, 2001

I am looking out the window at our drought-scorched pasture. I should go outside to accomplish something, but it is too hot. I am just going to let my mind wander back to our trip to Colorado in June. We go ..... 
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Shark Stories

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Monday, August 20, 2001

Oh, the shark has, pearly teeth babe...

Sharks have been in the news lately. A few weeks ago, Jessie Arbogast, a Mississippi eight-year old, was attacked by a 6-1/2 foot bull shark in the Gulf of Mexico. Jessie l ..... 
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