These four were written in English, and there is a fifth January letter, written in Danish, which has not been translated.
He was already settled into farming on the old homestead one mile north of the eventual site of our family home, and she was working as a mother’s helper in a town about 45 miles away, quite a distance to drive in the 1924 Model T.
Neither of them attended school beyond the 8th grade one-room school houses that dotted the prairie. Both of them spoke and wrote Danish and English.
Their wedding photo is included below.
Jan 3, 1926
Now look what that new pen did. (there’s a splotch of ink on the original letter…) I guess it’s just a spell and it looks to be recovered already.
I have so much time on my hands tonight, that I want to have a little visit with you.
Next Sunday I’m going to see you in person unless the roads happen to block. In that case I will phone you at 2 P.M. Saturday. I was in town yesterday. Got a box of apples and other articles to consume. Also got some dandy calendars. I’m leaving them right in the envelopes, so you can hang them up when you move in.
I am certainly glad and thankful that you are coming soon. I wouldn’t stand this batching and loneliness much longer.
Walter came down last night, and hauled me along home for supper.
Helped him cut up a quarter beef, so I got just the steak I liked for supper.
Am planning on taking a load of wheat in tomorrow. The roads are not very good just now but they may not get much better, and I should have all the wheat in by Jan 25th. There is too much snow for wagon to run easy and not enough for the sled. I always did manage someway, and I guess I will do so again.
Had a card from your father last Saturday. It came together with your letter. I know how cases stand. I know we are heels over head in love. At least we show the usual symptoms.
I am just trying to clean up the last of my Christmas nuts tonight. Hope I succeed.
Have been rather busy in your woodpile the last few days, and it is growing. I guess everybody knows who I am chopping wood for.
Yes, dear Edith; we can begin with Jesus. Remember to pray for our future, then there won’t be any tragedy in our case. He is our best friend always.
Love from your
Will be down for church next Sun if I can get up early enough.
I have just come from Y.P.M. at Walter and Nina, but as this is Wednesday I must let you hear from me.
We got home at 6:30 and everything was in fine shape. I unwrapped all the stuff and put it in the front bedroom. We are certainly going to have a nice home when the rest comes, and we get painted and papered and everything set in place.
I guess you will be the last to move in. That means I hope to have everything in place before our wedding day. We surely have a lot to be thankful for. We have one another, which is the most important, but then we can also enjoy the other pretty things.
Today I had washday all around. Also scrubbed floors, so I am as ready for visitors as a bach can be. That new wall paper catalog didn’t show up yet. I hope it comes before the 24th. That is the day I am coming south again, if it don’t snow; which it won’t when I go visiting. I don’t mind the windy weather we are having as long as it is pushing the snow off. Now there isn’t much left out here.
That dresser top is 18 X 40 inches, so you won’t need to go down to Dies (?) if you haven’t been there yet. I’m just as satisfied as I can be about everything now. I was a little worried about spring, before we made that change, but now all my troubles are ended. I want you to be glad also that it will be sooner.
Just think, in three short months we will be together all the time, to share our joys as well as sorrows, and both we can share with our Father in heaven. I’ll be busy nearly every day till spring, and am glad of it. That makes the time go quicker. I guess you won’t be idle either.
Work and pray together and life will be “lyst og lykkeligt” was what your father told me. When I come down again, I’ll rob the bank for you, so you can spread out a little. It’s only 1 o’clock yet and I have a chapter left in a book, so I’ll get done yet.
Rec’d your letter yesterday, and as there are going to be great changes I’ll write tonight. Enclosed you will find a check. Just present it at the Sidney National and get your dough.
You may be sure I’ll be there on Saturday if the roads are open which I hope. Now another thing: I want you to move with me down to the folks on Saturday so we can get a good start Sunday morning. Can you manage it? I’ll call at Parson’s some time after noon, or you can still drop me a line this week.
I can’t say I’m sorry that you are going home now. That will give you plenty time to get ready for the wedding. No pale or thin girls go around my wedding you know. Hope you gain about 10 pounds.
Today I was up to Fred Frylings for dinner. Of course they wanted to know when the big bang was coming off. I told them; sometime before the next presidential election. That’s in Nov. 1928. They seemed to doubt it all, and looked very wise. However, they didn’t make any cracks about a truck.I wonder where we were when Rev. Nielsen saw us.We saw Mrs. N. but that was before we had anything loaded.
I sold a batch of wheat the other day for $1.60 (per bushel).
I got that new wall paper book, but it is worse than the old one. I’ll bring it anyway. I’m writing to the folks tonight so they will know what to expect. Hope everything will be nice for another week. Don’t you think we are having a most wonderful winter?
I suppose you are staying at Parson’s until the end of the week, otherwise you will surely get this letter anyway.
Am rather short of news just now. Hauling wheat pretty steady. Have 2 more loads to haul to make up the 500 (bushels) I sold. Then I may not haul more till next week. If you have anything to special to write about you might try to get it in Wednesday’s mail, so I can get it on Thursday even if I don’t go to town. See you Saturday P.M. or telephone to 8.1.
From your true love,
Well here is the last evening in January. I rec’d your letter yesterday and of course was glad to get it.
Friday I was in after the Buffet & table, also ordered your sewing machine, and a bunch of dishes. Say, we are going to have a swell place, but I suppose we will be almost broke when its all over; still, I’m still within my original figures, so it’s not so bad.
I got the buffet set up, and do you know it is very nice. Even has a small ledge over the mirror which I wasn’t looking for. I don’t expect to set the table up until the room is papered, as it will not pass thru an ordinary door.
I had my dinner up at Willie’s today, but came home rather early to warm up the house. Next Sunday I hope to be up to see you if it don’t snow, but all the roads are broken again. I know for sure that I can make Coalridge if the weather stays decent, and then I can walk the rest of the way if necessary. However I won’t come until Sunday morning. Do you realize that we have never missed a visiting Sunday yet? I don’t think we will miss next Sunday either, but it all depends.
I told you last time that my back was better. Well it was but not much. I have done a tap of real work yet but tomorrow I begin. It is really very near well by now. I’ll rub a lot of liniment on tonight and will be as limber as a snake in the morning. That long sack is standing right here behind me yet, and every so often I give it a piece of my mind, but that don’t seem to have helped my back any; no, I guess liniment is better.
Willie drove in with the truck to get that furniture, so I got another ride, and saved lifting.
I may be able to mail this letter tomorrow, as I am going up to help Willie fan grain, so you can get it Wed. and let me know all about the roads in your country. If the mailman up there comes in his car yet, then I can follow his trail from Coalridge to the church. However I won’t worry more about this now. Time will tell, and we will soon be together for keeps, but it certainly would be a real calamity to miss one single visit, wouldn’t it?
Hope you are enjoying good health as your lover am.
There are so many things I would like to talk about, but they will have to wait until I see you.
Love from your happy
Many of you could pull out letters and share memories identical in many ways to these. Please free to transcribe into the comments section some of the precious writings from your family members that are perhaps in some nearby drawer.
Of course the folks in those days had hard times and shed tears, just like we do….I heard this song today as I was finishing this MBOB up, so here ’tis.