Julius Kleinwachter

by

Brian Kleinwachter

 

6th Grade 1996, Tri-County School, Karlstad,Minnesota

 

When and where were you born?

I was born in west valley township, south of Strandquist,MN, on March 8, 1915.

 

How many were there in your family?

I had five brothers and four sisters. Counting mother anddad that makes ten. I was the eighth one in the family so by the time Icame along some of my older sisters were working for others - baby sittingand such. In those days, kids started to work at an early age.

 

When did you move to the farm where you livenow?

We moved to the farm west of Strandquist in Nelson Parktownship in 1917 when I was two years old. We lived in a three room loghouse and we also had a log barn. There was only one and one half acresopen on the 80 acre farm dad bought. Being the farm was nearly all woods,us younger kids had to herd the cows during the summer when there was noschool. The young stock were housed in a straw shed during the winter. Toclear the land, we used a grub hoe to clean out the stumps and then cutthe roots so they could push or pull over with the horses. I faintly rememberthe oxen dad had. In 1919, dad bought his first team of horses. In winter,dad cut a lot of wood and sold it to the people on the prairie in what wascalled pole wood, full length.

 

Where did you go to school?

I walked 2 miles to Oakdale school and started when I wasonly five years old. We carried our dinner in an empty gallon syrup pail.In winter, the lunch was a couple of slices of bread with butter, or lard,or jelly. Some times they would freeze so we would place them on the stove. so we would place them on the stove.