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mother of the baby attributed the baby's immense weight to the fact
she like sweet corn so much!
time she went to deliver a baby to Harry and Sadie Church. The house
not completed yet, the beams jutted out into the room. The bed with the
mother was in one corner. Mother spotted a big pine snake laying on a
right over the bed. She quietly told the mother-to-be that it would be
better to move the bed to another corner where the light was better.
went well, and the mother never even suspected.
not only brought babies, but she was called on for different sicknesses
and ailments. Her large medicine book was a great help to her. It
a wealth of information and she studied it most religiously.
familiar dress of Mom's was one good black dress covered with a large
apron and her black bag. When you saw her dressed thus, you Knew she
on the job.
times, when there were contagious diseases at different homes, before
came in contact with our family she would take precaution. She would
bathe and wash all her clothing with disinfectant.
morning, June 18, 1911, my mother delivered a baby boy to a neighbor.
same day in the evening, she brought me into this world. I was her 17th
was already in poor health and she went to her reward at the age of 64
in February 1936."
was only part of Madge's story, the entire story is on record in the
Library at Madison. Other memories fondly recalled by Madge were of
Baldwin's Store and being able to come into town, whether on horse,
or sleigh! Her family grew cash crops on their farm and also picked the
bounty of wild berries. Her family sold berries and butter to the train
men at the Holt Depot, receiving orders from Green Bay.
day they received an order for 100 quarts of ras-berries, the biggest
they had ever had! That took some hustling on the families part in
to catch the southbound train by 5 p.m.!
evening was always a big treat for Madge and the family. She recalled
has seeming like a big metropolis to her, and when the day came that
in the neighborhood was lucky enough to have a car, a whole
of kids then piled in the car and headed into the
thank Madge for taking us back to the 'Good Ole Days' with her
and especially sharing 'Babies Were Her Business1 with this generation
of Mountain settlers.
Rasmussen and her sister Viola Rasmussen also recalled the bustling
held in the town of Mountain years ago while they were growing up in
townsite- Mountain hosted many special community wide •
Fourth of July Picnic seeming to be at the top of the list in recalling
grand holidays to be so celebrated. The community picnic grounds was
across the street from H.M. Baldwin's residence on Main Lane, a wooded
and shady spot where a wooden platform was built for dancing, trimmed
red, white, and
Anderson recalled having a quarter, which his father gave him to
with at the picnic, and enjoyed the entire day with lemonade, an ice
cone and all the fun and games, and returning home that evening with
in his pocket! The Fourth of July was truly a big occasion for the
in the area, Eddie walked five miles and back in order to attend!
also recalled attending the dances that were held at the Town Hall
his teen years. He and his brother Harold once hitched up their horse
headed into town but when returning home that night, they must have
asleep, because when they woke up their wagon was parked in front of
Dad's barn, the horse waiting to be put inside!
those years there was quite a large barn at the Blue Mountain House
horses were stabled. The barn was built by Henry Alien, who also built
the Hotel that we fondly remember as the 'Bl-ue1 Mountain House. As Mr.
Alien's stable filled with horses, Thomas Rasmussen worked overtime in
his Barber Shop helping to spruce up the lumberjacks who came into town
to attend the Saturday night dances. 25* for a hair cut, and 10* for a
shave left them looking mighty fine!
Chautaugua Show used to come to town, it being named after a series of
festivals held yearly on Lake Chautaugua in New York. These shows were
put together by agents in Chicago and brought to millions of Ameri-