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Growing Up in Iowa, Across Generations

The other day I started to take a walk down memory lane, visiting some of my favorite memories of my childhood. Arguably, I grew up in the last generation that wouldn’t be totally inundated by technology throughout their whole childhood. But, what about the generations before me? How ...

Mom’s Diner

The screen door rapidly closed behind me with a loud SLAM! From the kitchen, I would hear my mom holler, "Don't slam the screen door!" After entering the dining room, I always gave a weak, "I'm sorry," followed by, "Mom, what's for supper?"It was as though we boys expected Mom to run some type ...

The Family Farm

It had been 42 years since I'd last seen my great-grandparents' farm. It was where my mom's side of our family would gather from time to time during my childhood. It was a haven for my siblings and me. My father was a minister, and we moved often, so the farm provided us children with a sense ...

Fresh Canned Tomatoes

About every other evening these days, my wife, Gwen, heads to the garden – while I’m training our puppy, mowing the yard, or working on another project – and brings 10 to 15 fresh heirloom tomatoes back to the kitchen. We’re in that golden window of tomato production when I’d be ...

Family Outings on the Pontoon Boat

My growing-up years were adventurous; there was never a dull moment. When I think back to my childhood, I’m thankful for the wonderful memories that are still so vivid in my mind.Although we had many daily activities to fill our time during the summer months, my favorite adventure on a hot ...

Member of 4-H Club Enjoyed Fair Competitions

When I was growing up, my friends and I looked forward to the county fair with mixed feelings. It took place the third week in August every year, which was the last week of summer before school started up again. We could hardly wait for the carnival rides, the shows, and the delicious food, ...

Pie Suppers Held at One-Room School

The one-room school was the setting for the pie supper. To me it was a strange and wonderful place, hinting of mysteries unknown. Anyway, the pie supper was a money-raising activity.The ladies took great care in baking their favorite or prize pies. Then they fairly outdid themselves in wrapping ...

Childhood Memories Include School Programs

I remember a poem I did at one occasion at one of our school programs:"The night was dark and dreary, And a storm was drawing nightLightning flash across the sky.But see from out a lonely wood There comes a vengeful manA blood-stained club is firmly Grasped within his strong right hand. The ...

Childhood Memories of Handkerchiefs

In my early grade school days, and even sometimes when teaching in the '20s, youngsters came to school with NEVER a handkerchief or even a rag.The girls wiped their noses on their skirt-tails and the boy wiped theirs on their shirt sleeves!As young ladies, a fine linen handkerchief was the ...

Childhood Memories of the Good Old Days

One memory still vivid in my mind is the dust storms. We would see a dust storm rolling in. We would get loaded and the bus would go up a hill to the first place about 3/4 mile from the school. This family would get out near the house and then the driver would park the bus beside a Quonset and ...

One-Room Schoolhouse Brings Back Memories

It was hot in late August, and we three sisters walked slowly toward the one-room schoolhouse to keep from kicking up too much dust on our new shoes. We weren't used to shoes, anyway, since we'd gone barefoot all summer...except for Sundays, of course.When we reached the schoolyard we saw many ...

Childhood Memories of the Family Farm: Wood-burning Stoves

My childhood memories of our family farm include the wood-burning stoves with their nurturing warmth. Our old house had a baseburner. On cold mornings we would bring our clothes and dress around its comforting potbelly with the isinglass reflecting vigorous flames. As a 5-year-old I remember ...

Railroad Stories: Classmate’s Illness Led to Clickety-Clack Adventure

There have been many high points in my life that have left an unforgettable memory, and this clickety-clack memory takes me back to early school years in the 1920s. I had not been in school long, when someone in my classroom became ill, and they sent our whole class home.We lived on Lake ...

Railroad Stories: House Overlooked Old Railroad Tracks

My first memory is living in a cabin on a hill overlooking the old railroad tracks, miles off the beaten path in Southwest Georgia. I was about 4 years old at the time, a shy, freckled-face kid with my head in the clouds. Our nearest neighbors were sharecroppers on the other side of a cornfield ...

Railroad Stories: Riding the Rails Was Great Fun

Throughout my childhood, I traveled by train from Port Allegany to Williamsport, Pa., which was more than 100 miles. Twice a year, my mom, sisters and I took that trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa. We would go for two weeks around Christmas and two weeks in the summer. Riding the rails was ...

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