Category Archives: Memories

Update on the town of Lily, South Dakota

In previous posts, I’ve blogged about the very small town of Lily, South Dakota.  My mother-in-law was born and raised there, along with her eleven siblings.  Her parents and grandparents are interred at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural … Continue reading

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Memories of Grandparents John and Leona Schaefers

Where the tradition began I don’t know. She was born Leona Theresa Ernster and married John H. Schaefers. They were our grandparents but we, and all the grandchildren (20 in all), knew them as Ma and Pa. It was a … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Post-Graduation

The class of 1965 from Bridgewater High School in Bridgewater, South Dakota, recently held their 50th class reunion.  Of the 32 persons who graduated that year, 23 people returned for this reunion.  What a fun time it was to see … Continue reading

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Christmas Films

Of all the assorted Christmas films and TV specials, my favorite is Frosty, the Snowman.  The reason for that is simple– Frosty was the first Christmas special I watched with our daughter Naomi. She was about two and a half … Continue reading

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Santa Claus Revelation

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, ” Francis Pharcellus Church, (From the famous editorial “Is There a Santa Claus?” which appeared in The Sun, September 21, 1897) My own reaction upon learning the reality of Santa Claus was not … Continue reading

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Christmas Recipe for Plain Suet Pudding

A seasonal tradition handed down by my mother-in-law Frances Hanson Lohr:  The little personalized notes were an inclusion when she gave us the recipe. (My husband Jim has made this several times.  He says it is not quite the “plum … Continue reading

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Christmas Tree Lights and Martha Harsh

Ah, memories of trimming a Christmas tree (after it was displayed nearly straight and the best side showing to the room, of course!)– putting the Christmas lights on the tree. My sister and I frequently helped our aunt Martha Harsh … Continue reading

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