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cross-ways across the end to make a T. The hoop was usually a metal
from an old coaster wagon and here agin, one had to run to keep the
a-rolling* Every summer we made a pair of stilts, two hardwood poles 6
to 7 feet long with a block of wood fastened about 2 feet off the
and we were in business! Another summer project was the making of sling
shots. A search in the woods for a good crotch, usually hard maple, add
to that a couple strips of good rubber from an old inner tube with a
of soft leather for the pocket, and we had ourselves the perfect sling
shot. A trouser pocket full of specially selected stones provided us
many hours of enjoyment. The making of bows and arrows also filled our
spare time. We had vis-sions of bagging wild rabbits and ruffled grouse
with these weapons, but such visions never came to fruit. Most boys, at
one time or another were engaged in building cabins in the woods. I
four different 'cabins' our gang built. Roland Larson, Gordon
my brother Evans, and I built two shacks on the rock next to Paddy's
then Leo Saffran, Evans and I built another in the woods just below
Elaine Pf-aff lives today, and the fourth cabin was a grand structure
Gustave Olson, Fritz Bloomberg, Richard and Alvin Sandberg helped Evans
and I build in the swamp south of the Lutheran Church. The hours we
together building 'our cabins' are some of my favorite memories of
up in the town of Mountain.
we grew older we were able to find summer jobs in by working for
farmers, picking beans and cu-cucumbers. I earned a penny a pound,
was good money ! Picking wild berries for 15 to 20* a quart added to my
summer earnings and by fall I was able to buy my school clothes, a pair
of 'high top boot's and underwear. That year I even had enough money
to buy a second hand gun and some shells. I then picked up 5 or 6
on bounties, crows paying 10*, gophers 10<t, hawks 25*, and owls
used to watch the crows as to where they built their nests so that
the last two weeks of June we could then raid them, garnering 3 to 5
crows from each nest. One day Ellis Saffran and I went to rob a nest we
knew of and as we approached this nest, a
owl flew out of a nearby hemlock. We shot the owl, climbed the tree,
bagged five young crows from the nest.
the way up to Pete Johnson's house, the Town Chairman at the time, we
the idea to claim the young crows as baby owls. . .which we did. We
him we shot that old owl right off from the nest!
Johnson was not to sure, said they looked more like young crows to him.
However, his daughter Eunice saved the day . She insisted they looked
then young crows. Mr. Johnson finally agreed and paid us the bounty.
paid 10* and owls paid 50*. . . enough said !)
Town Baseball Team
town in the area had a 'Town Team1 for baseball when I was a lad.
was another favorite sport, the games were then played in the Town Hall.
Mountain Baseball Team played every Sunday in the summer, one week away
and the next here in town. They played teams from such towns as Spruce,
Klondike, Suring, Wabeno, Langlade, Polar, Lena, and a number of
Some of the first players I recall were Jack Marsh, Raymond 'Paddy*
Rich and Victor 'Mutt1 Jensen, Sigurd Sandberg, Bob and oscar 'Sparky'
Cole-man, Hank Stoehr, Miles Horning, Ray Piepenburg, Walter 'Buckley'
Dunlap, and Cliff Elkey.
ball diamond in those years was located where the county shed stand
many a great game was played upon that ground !
only picture of the boys who played on the baseball team for the town
to be in 1926 because of a fight. You see Wabeno had won the Conference
Championship and they had engaged a photographer to take their picture
after this game with Mountain, figuring this to be their 'Victory1
were ahead in the eighth inning when Mountain came to bat. The Mountain
Team then tied the score however, and had a runner on third base when
Jensen came to bat, hitting a slow roller to the pitcher. The pitcher
the ball and ran after Rich. He was unable to tag Rich before he got to
first base and in his anger and frustration he brought his arm forward