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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Mountain Memories
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.so Walfred could deliver this farm produce door to do- -or around the townsite~for 5* a quart. Walfred and Frieda retired from farming in 1945, moving into town to purchase the home of Herbert Baldwin on Main Lane. Mr. Bloomberg then began working for the County Highway Department, his beginning pay was 70* per hour in 1945.
Their daughter, Mrs. George 'Millie' Johnson maintains the home today/ son Fritz now resides in Kansas. In my many visits with Millie, she enjoyed recalling her days spent growing up on the farm though she still shudders when recalling the summers filled with wax beans ! It seemed everyone toiled over cucumbers, beans, potatoes, or sugar beets in those days of 'cash cropping*. Millie also gave us an article which was written by her cousin Anna Jenny Friedlund as a family keepsake, which helped us place many facts, dates, and names in the proper order as we set to recalling this areas history. Thank You Millie & George. . .Tak for Sist!
George Temple started a strawberry farm about 2 and ^ miles east of Mountain in the early 20's. He was probably the first farmer known to put an irrigation system into use in tending to the 15 acres of strawberries^
The great depression, coupled with a major drought in the coming years, put a large crimp in the economy of the farming and cash cropping communities, cows sold as Low as $5 a head as the farmers began to sell out, and fields of potatoes due to the drought, produced less bhan a normal yield, and so were left to rot in the field rather than harvest them at 100 pounds for 35*. •lilk, which had brought up to $2.30 a hundred weight also fell to 50 * a hundred, and soon fanners began to re-ilize their income was not going to allow them enough loney to meet their mortgage. Some lost their farms. These were bad times, for everyone. Instead of 'Two hickens in every pot1, as Herbert Hoover predicted for he nation, everything was going to pot. As the Depress-on deepened, Hover said,'Prosperity is just around the orner!1, but with the stock market crash and the bank ailures, many were committing suicide as they saw their ifes labors going down the drain. Perhaps a more apt hrase for those times in our history should have been Prosperity is just around the Coroner1.
Babies Were Her Business
Memories of a young girl growing up in the Pine Stump area of Mountain were sent to us by Madge Kas-perek soon after our Mountain memory column began in the Times Herald. Madge sent us a clipping from her local newspaper which highlighted her as a 'writer of fond memories'. It seemed Madge always loved to write short stories and so had entered a Yarns of Yesteryear Contest held in the paper, without really expecting to receive any awards. But her story placed 16th out of 464 contestants which proved to be quite an honor! Madge wrote 'Babies Were Her Business' as a tribute to her mother and since Madge was born the 17th child in the Kryzanek family when they lived here in Pine Stump, she wanted to share her history with others who grew up in our area.
Madge's mother, known as 'Ma' Kryzanek to all of the early settlers, came to Mountain with her husband Tony and family in 1908. They settled near to the North Branch of the Oconto River in a little log cabin on the farm remembered by Madge as Pine Stump. Tony and Kate Kryzanek originally came from Pennsylvania having settled in Chicago and Green Bay before coming to Mountain, Kate having been certified as a Midwife.
We begin with this part of Madge's story, when the Kryzanek family came to this area in 1908;
"The land was very much wooded at that time, so logging was our chief industry. But no matter, there were always families and babies to deliver. The people of the vicinity were, like everyone else, poor as church mice, but rich in babies. The doctors were far away. Mother, being handy, was quite busy.
Ma not only brought babies into this world. When she found what poor circumstances some families were in, she came home to tear up our sheets for diapers. She dug into our store of food to help them out. And in other ways, she gave of herself by staying several days to help with work. This happened quite often. Our family was blessed with healthy, energetic and hard working parents so we were never in want.
Mother would tell us sometimes of her experiences. Once was when a baby was born with six fingers, she snipped it off with her sissors. Another was a delivery of a 16 pound baby, a girl, born in September.