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Joyce Hoosier Ryden


Jessica Braff


6th Grade 1994, Tri-County School, Karlstad,MN


My grandmother was born in Badger March 18, 1933. Shewas delivered by a midwife. Her parents were Ed and Alice.

She has four brothers - Donald, he lives in Hillman, MN;Arnold (deceased) lived in Florida; Howard, lives in Badger; Vernon, helives in Danerile, VA. She has two sisters - Evelyn, she lives in Eagon,MN; Vivia, she lives in Racine, Wisconsin.

My grandmother and her family lived in Badger until shewas three. They moved when she was five out in the country. That's whereher brother, Arnold, was born. They were all excited about having a babybrother. Vernon and my grandmother would play by putting chairs togetherand pretend they were cars.

My grandmother's father got a job as a blacksmith in Badger. So, they moved back to town. They didn't have any electricity in the houseso they had kerosene lamps for light. They didn't have any running waterso they had a pump in the kitchen so their mom would heat water on the stove.

They took bathes in a big wash tub in the kitchen whereit was warm in the winter by the wood stove.

My grandmother attended Badger school. They had to walkto school because the bus didn't pick up the town kids.

My grandmother's neighbor children would come over andthey would play tag, ball, and a game called pull away. In the winter,they would make angels in the snow. They would play a game called Fox 4goose and make tunnels in the snow banks. They had a place where they couldgo and roller skate and they had a movie theater.

In school she was in band and basketball.

Her chores in the winter were on Saturdays. She wouldpolish the furniture. In the summer, it was weeding the garden.

Most of my grandmother's dresses and coats her mother sewedfor her. She was 16 when she got a new coat. It was blue.

Before they had electricity, they had candles on theirChristmas tree. They couldn't have them burning long though.

My grandmother had to quit school in her junior year becauseshe had to take care of her father. He was sick and couldn't be left alone. Her mother was a cook at the cafe at the time.

She married my grandfather, Robert Ryden, in October 24,1951 in Badger.

They made their home in Donaldson, MN on a farm. That'swhere all six kids were born. They moved in 1968 to a farm by Strathcona. My grandfather worked for a man. It was a lot different from living intown.

My grandfather and grandmother has six children - Dale,he works at Marvin Windows and lives in Warroad. Mark, he and his familylive in Strathcona. He works at Roseau Farm Service. Warren, he livesin St. Paul and works for North Star Transportation. Charles, he livesin Strathcona and also works for North Star Transportation. Barbara andher family live on a farm near Strandquist and she is an Avon lady. Julieand her family live on a farm near Greenbush. She works at Polaris.

My grandparents have ten grandchildren: Mathew, Sare, Candy,Michael, Jessica, Jeromy, Felicia, Robin, Tonya, and Bradley.

My grandparents still live on the same farm. My grandfatheris semi-retired from Roseau Farm Service. Their hobbies are camping andfishing.

I got all of my information from Joyce Ryden.

I got all of my information from Joyce Ryden.