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Making America Great in 1915

April 30, 2017


This is my grandmother, Hazel Hystedt, circa 1915.  From 1914-1917 she was a public school teacher in a one-room school near Funkley, Minnesota. By her own account, she had 24 pupils in eight grades, and taught manual training, Home Ec, and Agriculture, and “was wanted to start a Sunday School.”  (She declined that last.) One […]

Happy Golden Anniversary, old friend

April 3, 2016


Certain tools are indispensable to the historian.  I staged the image below by way of illustration.  We could play one of those memory games where you look at the image for a little minute and then I whisk it away and hide it under a dish towel and you make a list of everything you remember, […]

Home, home on the range: Grampa Smith’s homestead

February 6, 2016


Once upon a time, a long time ago, my grandfather was 16 years old and trying to find a place for himself in the world. Armed with a romantic streak and a love for history, he headed west along the National Road and kept going . . . all the way to the shores of Malheur Lake.