Sharing My Passion Part 2- Edna Broten
This week is
the second installment from Edna Broten’s book, “SHARING MY
PASSION.” This book is available for family historian to examine
in the Museum Research
Center. It is always enjoyable to read the various family history
books that come in. Again these are excerpts Irene Olson selected
for “A Look Back in Time” on KJ102 (Sunday at 8:30 am).
celebrated her 90th birthday in April.
“whenever Pa (her dad) went to town, usually Badger, he would
always come home with prunes, no matter what else he had to go
for; fruit soup was such family favorite. Us kids would always
call the tapioca frog eyes because it swelled, I can taste it now,
so good. Because we raised our own cows, we had an abundance of
milk, cream and butter. I grew up on Rommegrot, at Christmas
time, sometimes Ma would hide an almond in it and whoever found
it, you would be rich. I never found it, but I always felt rich
because we had strong family values and good health.
(Potato dumplings) was a good family standby; Ma always put a cube
of pork in the center. With all the boys around, they were as big
as baseballs; she had to keep them full. The best part was frying
them up the next morning and serving them with butter and fried
bacon. Ma always had the coffee on, and she taught me her way of
egg coffee. Yes, I gained a reputation of the best coffee around
celebrated birthdays, nobody was left out. A white cream cake
with chocolate frosting was a tradition. I remember when the
Mickleson brothers and their Mom came for a visit; it was one of
their birthdays, so out came Ma’s cream cake and chocolate
frosting. They were so surprised; I don’t think anyone had ever
done anything like that for them before. It was such a fun day.
time on the farm was from April to October. We cleaned in the
spring, washed out lace curtains, beat the heck out of the wool
rugs, washed quilts; it was a time when Ma wanted everything
fresh. We canned as the garden grew, we canned meat, cured pork.
We hayed and jumped in the hay piles. We helped with the harvest,
we worked hard; my teen years were fun and happy years. We always
had lots of company, so us kids played lots of games especially
softball. When I finished school, I stayed home with Ma and Pa,
I helped with housework, baking and cooking.
“I worked as
a baby-sitter for my brother Earl, Merlin and Floyd, Earl was a
rambunctious one. He wandered away from the farm one day, he was
around 4 years old, we looked and looked for him; we even had the
neighbors looking for him. It was getting dark and we were all so
worried Then we saw Mrs. Higdem coming down the road, carrying
him in her arms, he was crying, he had berry leftovers all around
his mouth. She found him sleeping by some berry bushes. We were
so thankful, we all cried, too.
I took confirmation with Pastor Quanbeck and was confirmed on Nov.
we will cover Edna and Henry’s courtship days.
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