Category Archives: South Dakota

“Trees To Tame the Wind”

This film, with a running time of about eleven minutes, describes the shelter belt and trees planted by Ed Casey in the 1930s as part of a project to protect the soil from erosion. Ed Casey was the second husband … Continue reading

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Letters from Germany (1881-1919)

Letters From Germany When you’ve been researching your family ancestry for many years, the big discoveries don’t seem to come quite so fast as you continue the search. But recently I experienced one of the “golden events” that was, to … Continue reading

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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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Keeping Up With the (Digital) Times

Changes abound: *typewriters have given way to computers *landlines are being replaced by cell phones *videocassettes gave way to DVDs which are being supplemented by online streaming *and vinyl records, while still available, are becoming rare and were replaced mostly … Continue reading

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Coincidence Times Three

If you’ve read my two previous posting, you’ll recall my telling of some coincidences I’ve recently observed or experienced. Well, if events come in threes, I can attest to a third: This week I had two persons contact me for … Continue reading

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