Biography of Grandfather

Lloyd M. Larson

by

Stacy Kleinwachter

 

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

 

3rd Place

Kittson County Historical Society GenealogyContest

 

 

Lloyd Myron Larson, son of Ole and Mathilda (Furr) Larson,was born on September 29, 1920. He was born in East Valley Township. Therewere five children in his family.

Lloyd, like other children in their township, walked toschool, approximately two miles. He graduated in 1933 at age twelve aftereight grades. As a boy in school he was a good student and found the studieseasy. He especially liked geography and mathematics but didn't like science. He was a tough kid and didn't take any guff from anyone. He was a seriousboy.

After school and on weekends, he and his brothers had manyfarm chores to do. He did not like cleaning the barn, but putting up hay,driving horses and hauling manure were okay.

Some of the fun he remembers was sledding on homemade sleds,skiing down straw piles, and playing baseball.

He attended Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt. He was confirmedthere in June 1935.

Growing up on the farm back then was a good life, but hardwork. There was no extra money and going someplace was slow. Neighborswere friends and they cared for each other. There was a lot of visitingamong neighbors and relatives. Their home was two homestead houses joinedtogether with a bedroom in between. He remembers his mother wrapping towels,heated from the wood stove, around the children before they went to theircold beds. When they got sick or had colds, their mother would cure themwith home remedies. Their food came mostly from their livestock and gardens.

They drove horses to town. After 1928, his parents hada car. It couldn't get through many times in the winter or when rainingin the summer. The roads were just like clay and gumbo, so they would haveslid off or gotten stuck. Everyone was in the "same boat." Thereweren't means to communicate with your neighbors except by seeing them. People were friendlier to others and appreciated seeing them. He remembersno crime, violence, or thievery during his growing up years. His favoritetime of the year would be Christmas. They each would get one toy.

After eight grade graduation, he was expected to work onhis father's farm, so his older brother, Martin, could finish high school. In 1936, he bought his first tractor.

In 1937, the government declared all the land in the MudLake area as unproductive and ordered all the farmers to take their possessions,including their buildings, and move out. Ole and Mathilda moved their familyin a short time to Holt Township. The farm they settled on was almost 360acres of brush that had to be cleared off. The farm is still owned by Lloyd'syoungest brother, Don. Lloyd remembers raising their barn to put skidsunder it and moving that huge building across fields, over the river ona bridge and going several miles to get it to their new farm. It was knownfor many years as quite a landmark until later in the early 1970's it accidentallyburned down. All the acres of the left behind farms became a wildlife refugenow known as the Lake Agassiz Wild Game Refuge.

During the fall of 1938 and 1939, Lloyd took his team ofmules to haul bundles for a steam threshing rig in the western part of MarshallCounty.

In the fall of 1941, Lloyd went to Tacoma, Washington. He attended and graduated from Hawthorne Welding School. He became a certifiedwelder.

On November 25 (Thanksgiving Day), 1943, he married HarryetIrene Lufkin. They have four daughters who are: Marlo, Julie Dianne, Karlene,and Ronda.

After Lloyd started to work on construction, they had tomove a lot. They moved throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and New Yorkstate.

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