Category Archives: Mailboxes & Old Barns

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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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Which is better – Cows or Plumb Lines?

Our older son called me just before Father’s Day to tell me of a gift he wants to give me in appreciation of my efforts to preserve our MBOBs. He recently bought a new camera with lots of digital doo-dads and special features. The point-of-purchase … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: The Fire Pit

Mailboxes along the roads and old barns set back in fields overgrown with weeds often served as landmarks that told us where we were and how far we had to go in the high dry prairie country of northeastern Montana … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns: Some Assembly Required, by Maxine Lee

Maxine Lee is grandmother of our good friend carterzest. Today’s guest post from Maxine is the last in this series of seven drawn from the narrative of her family’s history from her 2005 publication – Some Assembly Required.  The publishing of her stories was a result of … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns Guest Post: Some Assembly Required, by Maxine Lee

Maxine Lee is grandmother of our good friend carterzest. We will continue to share the narrative of her family’s history as presented in the book she published in 2005 entitled Some Assembly Required.  The gathering of her stories in the book was a result of her dream “to … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns Guest Post: Some Assembly Required, by Maxine Lee

Maxine Lee is grandmother of our good friend carterzest. We will continue to share the narrative of her family’s history as presented in the book she published in 2005 entitled Some Assembly Required.  The gathering of her stories in the book was a result of her dream “to … Continue reading

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Mailboxes and Old Barns Guest Post: Some Assembly Required, by Maxine Lee

Maxine Lee is grandmother of our good friend carterzest. We will continue to share the narrative of her family’s history as presented in the book she published in 2005 entitled Some Assembly Required.  The gathering of her stories in the book was a result of her dream “to … Continue reading

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