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Walfred could deliver this farm produce door to do- -or around the
5* a quart. Walfred and Frieda retired from farming in 1945, moving
town to purchase the home of Herbert Baldwin on Main Lane. Mr.
then began working for the County Highway Department, his beginning pay
was 70* per hour in 1945.
daughter, Mrs. George 'Millie' Johnson maintains the home today/ son
now resides in Kansas. In my many visits with Millie, she enjoyed
her days spent growing up on the farm though she still shudders when
the summers filled with wax beans ! It seemed everyone toiled over
beans, potatoes, or sugar beets in those days of 'cash cropping*.
also gave us an article which was written by her cousin Anna Jenny
as a family keepsake, which helped us place many facts, dates, and
in the proper order as we set to recalling this areas history. Thank
Millie & George. . .Tak for Sist!
Temple started a strawberry farm about 2 and ^ miles east of Mountain
the early 20's. He was probably the first farmer known to put an
system into use in tending to the 15 acres of strawberries^
great depression, coupled with a major drought in the coming years, put
a large crimp in the economy of the farming and cash cropping
cows sold as Low as $5 a head as the farmers began to sell out, and
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
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
in every pot1, as Herbert Hoover predicted for he nation, everything
going to pot. As the Depress-on deepened, Hover said,'Prosperity is
around the orner!1, but with the stock market crash and the bank
many were committing suicide as they saw their ifes labors going down
drain. Perhaps a more apt hrase for those times in our history should
been Prosperity is just around the Coroner1.
Were Her Business
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
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
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
honor! Madge wrote 'Babies Were Her Business' as a tribute to her
and since Madge was born the 17th child in the Kryzanek family when
lived here in Pine Stump, she wanted to share her history with others
grew up in our area.
mother, known as 'Ma' Kryzanek to all of the early settlers, came to
with her husband Tony and family in 1908. They settled near to the
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
having settled in Chicago and Green Bay before coming to Mountain, Kate
having been certified as a Midwife.
begin with this part of Madge's story, when the Kryzanek family came to
this area in 1908;
land was very much wooded at that time, so logging was our chief
But no matter, there were always families and babies to deliver. The
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
not only brought babies into this world. When she found what poor
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
quite often. Our family was blessed with healthy, energetic and hard
parents so we were never in want.
would tell us sometimes of her experiences. Once was when a baby was
with six fingers, she snipped it off with her sissors. Another was a
of a 16 pound baby, a girl, born in September.