Category Archives: Mailboxes & Old Barns

Someone Else’s Mailboxes and Old Barns: Introducing Ninety-Two-Year-Old Dan from Beaverton, Oregon

I got acquainted with Dan this past Thursday. I had taken our son and grandson to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum at McMinnville a week ago yesterday and that day I purchased a membership so that I could go again and … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: The Silhouettes, Shadows, and Patterns of Memory

For recent new readers, here’s the how and why that the Mailboxes and Old Barns weekly post got started over three years ago: Mailboxes along the roads and old barns set back in fields overgrown with weeds often served as landmarks … Continue reading

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Menagerie’s Mailboxes and Old Barns: Pioneer Problems And Present Day Perplexities

Picking up the story of my grandfather’s book, we jump back into the story of settlers in Kansas, just as the Civil War starts. The first part of the book is told here. My grandfather titled his book Pioneer Problems and … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Guest Post by Texan59

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I didn’t have to undergo the tough times and conditions that my dad did, with no electricity until 1948, and no indoor plumbing until long after he had left home.  I did grow … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: From Luxemburg to Pleasant Run, A Pioneer Tale by Menagerie

My paternal grandfather, born to a pioneer family in 1881 on the plains of Kansas, wrote a book for our family, a collection of his memories of a life that spanned a time when he still saw Indians water ponies … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Guest Post by ZurichMike

Last week I put out a request for some guest-written MBOBs from our good company who reads here every Sunday, and ZurichMike’s was the first one in over the transom. Thank you, ZM! You’re the best. ;) I grew up … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Good Dirty Fun

Our large tree belt filled about ten acres in a long L-shape around the farmstead and provided some shelter from winter storms. They surely didn’t keep the sub zero temps or winds away but the five and six foot drifts … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns:

Traveling salesmen were some things for sure, but they were not primarily a joke in prairie farm country in Montana in the ’50s. ~They were  mostly unnecessary. Farmers did not plan to buy things from traveling salesmen because if they … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Letters from our Grandfather

Check here for a complete list of previous MBOBs. This is a chapter from the book –  so I’m cheating a little today. ;) Previous MBOBs are provided in the list above in case you are familiar with this story … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Warmth in the Dead of Winter

Whether or not a person is able to stay warm has always accounted for the difference between life and death in the northern latitudes. Perhaps this is a tag line on last week’s post about cold things – When winter … Continue reading

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