Category Archives: Mailboxes & Old Barns

Mailboxes and Old Barns: Grain Elevators – Castles of the Prairie

Today’s MBOB is a repeat from a year ago. It’s harvest time again and depending on when the rain finally stopped last spring, harvest has been under way since July in some areas. 1951 was a good year. Dad sold 3,686 bushels … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Walking in Their Shadow on the Path in the Woods

MBOBs take root downward and bear fruit upward — can’t be helped — those things are built into them. There’s benefit for any who will linger in their shadow and gain strength for the journey. I wrote this in early July: Maybe there’s something … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns–The Skies Over Israel

Today’s MBOB is a repeat from two years ago and considering current situations, perhaps a good reminder. The immediate reason for doing a repeat is that I poured boiling rhubarb jam on my thumb yesterday as I was filling jars, using … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Worked In and Worked Out

They left Denmark in the 1890s having served and worked, walked and loved. They had learned lessons around kitchen tables, kilns, and fishing boats. Fishermen and tradesmen leaving home because there was no way to expand. Some with a reputation … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Gotta do what we gotta do

We finally got electricity in 1951. It was expected and though the poles had been installed for some time, the houses wired, and the wires strung, the promise of what was to come – didn’t. The impatience built and finally the … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Dots and Panoramas

Ninety years ago my Dad and five other farmers went together to buy a seeder, each of them contributing $9 to its purchase. They shared the costs of equipment for seeding  in spring and threshing costs in the fall. When summer … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Built from The Familiar and the Unfamiliar

Traveling by car with or without a family was a big deal in the 1930s. Roads that were sometimes barely more than well-worn trails across the prairie connected one little town to the other. Those who traveled them regularly knew … Continue reading

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