Ellen Christine Stromberg

by

Heather Ryan

 

6th Grade 1993, Tri-County School, Karlstad,Minnesota

 

I'm interviewing Ellen Christine Stromberg. She was bornApril 23, 1908. Now, she is 84 years old. Her parents are John and BerthaHolmstrom. They are both deceased. They were both around one hundred yearswhen they passed away.

She lives about three miles west of Strandquist. She isworking at Strandquist School as a teacher's aide. She used to work atGrand Rapids Hotel and at St. Francis Hospital in Crookston for eight years. She also helped the Swan Lindstrom family (her aunt and uncle). She wentthrough the eighth grade at Oakridge School because that's all OakridgeSchool went up to.

After that she helped her aunt and uncle with some farming. After a couple of years with washing dishes, washing clothes, watchingthe little kids, she went back to another school and finished high school.

After a while, she married Willard Stromberg at the CrookstonTrinity Lutheran parsonage on August 27, 1948. A few years after they gotmarried - after a while he passed away and now she is living with a friendshe has been for a while.

She said she didn't really like it back in the 1900's becausethey had to carry water, feed animals, plow fields with horses. In themorning and after school they had to do their chores. Then they did theirhomework.

When she did the chores after school, she had to bringthe kids out with her. She would have to put them by her side when shefed the pigs or milked the cows. They were too little to do chores by themselves.

She worked for other people for 50 cents cleaning houseso she could buy clothes for the kids and so she could buy food for thekids too. She also picked potatoes for one and a half cents for differentfarmers. She also had to farm potatoes and pick two hundred turkeys andfeed pigs, milk cows, feed chickens. She had to take care of them.

A while after Willard Stromberg passed away, she marriedHarry Storeby at Thief River Falls by the Justice of the Peace. She hadfive kids: Vernon Storeby, Joyce Brunow, Ervin Storeby, Palmer Storeby,and Bev Ranum.

Compared to the early 1900's, prices are at a big difference. Prices back then were really cheap but people had to work hard to get money. Hamburgers were 25-50 cents, and pop was only about ten cents, and a bottlemilk was about 50 cents. The prices were really cheap then. cents. The prices were really cheap then.