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of the earliest settlers
came to the Mountain area as farmers. The best farming area seemed to
located near Silver Hill Road. Others came in search of making money,
that tended to come from working as a lumberjack. Since the wood's work
lasted through the winter months, these lumberjacks turned to farming
tide them over the summers. They bought a cow, chickens, pigs and
of vegetable seeds and provided their own food. The gardens were
around the stumpage left by the loggers, making farming all hand labor.
the years went by, the farmers
began to prosper and soon had more milk from their growing herd of
than they needed. Mr. W. Blopmberg became the town's first milkman,
his milk at home and bringing it into town on horse and buggy. He went
door to door and sold his milk forjjtf a quart. A cheese factory went
business in the early 1900's and bought the milk from the farmers. Each
farmer brought his milk into town in cans every day. By 1926 the cheese
factory was buying milk from 62 customers.
the loggers moved over
the country side, they left behind acres of barren land. The dead limbs
and brush left behind dried out and fires began to start up easily,
from lightning. Having no means of fighting these fires, hundreds of
burned over. If the fire threatened homes or barns, the neighbors
gathered to wet the buildings down, but the fire continued across the
side. Although these fires drastically changed the land, leaving a
of ruin, they also brought rewards to these hard working farmers. Soon
the charred land began to yield bushels of wild berries and the burned
over stumpage was much easier to remove in clearing farm land. Although
the farmers did not need great acreage in growing crops, it was a lot
to till a square field with horses than to work around the stumps by
and children picked the
wild berries, bringing 2S them in to town and selling them at the
In these early days farmers did not raise corn, oats or hay.
service in the early
days was very limited. The train delivered the mail and there were no
so the mail was picked up at Harry Baldwin's store which served as the
first post office. A.C. Frost is said to have been one of the first
masters in Mountain. The position was held by Marinus Jensen from 1912
until 1928. In 1929 the , Mountain Post Office
served 59 families
and had 53 boxes. At this time Nels V. Jensen was the mail carrier and
traveled a 22 mile route by auto. He delivered mail
• times a week. The expansion of the mail service in
I area depended on the population growth as the following quote from a
postal inspection paper of 1929 indicates: "as soon as the country
get more population and other roads are laid out and kept up, we'll try
to change routes so more of the outlying farmers get route service."
location of the post office
was changed from time to time. Mr. Axel Olsen, who was post master in
for 23 years, had the post office in two different stores during his
of service. The post office is presently located in a separate building
built in the late 1950's.
1897 a new school was built
on the site where the present school building stands today. This was
residential area of that time. In 1905 the school burned down, possibly
from an overheated wood furnace. The school was soon rebuilt on the
location. In the meantime, the children attended school in the town
Walfred Bloomberg, a Mountain
resident who attended the early school tells the following story. "We
walking up the hill to school that morning and could not see that the
had burned until we came over the hill. I was tickled pink because I
we would not have any school from then on. We all joked about one of
boys that had been in the first grade for four years. We figured for
that the only way he would ever get out of the first grade was to burn
the school down."
School House in Mountain
Teacher Mrs. Herb Baldwin
row; I. Name unknown;
2. ? Logan; 3. Unknown; 4. George Baldwin; 5. Walter Anderson; 6.
Heins; 7. Andrew Frost; 8. Unknown; 9. Clarence Kalies; 10. ? Kalies;
Walter Saffran; 12. Lora Frie (Fry); 13. Emma Nuton; 14. Nora Jensen;
Clara Bartz: 16. Annie Olson; 17. ? Engle; 18. Unknown; 19. Dan Cole's
daughter; 20. Mary Peterson.
row: 1. Harry Heins:
2. Kd Saffran: :i. ? Kngle: 4. Otto Bartz; 5. Henry McAIIan: 6. Benton
Kalsic: 7. Maurice Kalsie: 8. Nellie Anrierson: 9. Tillie Olson
10. Mary Frost Thompson; II. Alice McAIIan Kingston: 12. Mary Bartz