cool postcards Herb! Looks like a chilly, bustling day there. And look at all that mud! Yet all the tires seem to be clean. Looks like quite a busy place. Maybe this is their first ride in a car? Wish we could travel back a day in time and just witness it!
Beaver City is 100 miles or so south of Lexington, in western/southern Nebraska. A lot of people from that area migrated to the new homestead land being opened up in Montana in the 1910 era. My grandparents came from Elgin, Nebraska to Boxelder Creek, Montana where they started a Post Office for the proposed town of Elgin, Montana. They lasted there about 4 years and then moved closer to the Milwaukee railroad at Plevna and spent the rest of their lives there.
I wonder if anyone names their baby girls Orpha today?? It was quite a popular name at the time.
Nice photo, Herb.
I am intrigued by the electrified touring at the corner of the garage in the picture. Both the carbide headlamps and cowl lamps were obviously aftermarket electric. . . Neat pic Herb !!
Thanks Herb. Evidently we were lacking "landmarks" to name our towns in Nebraska. In addition to Beaver City, there is a "Beaver Crossing" Nebraska too.
Considering the lack of trees (Nebraska), I suspect many beaver of the day were unemployed, or under employed.
Stan, I have often wondered about names like Orpha, Alma, Ethel, etc. My Great Grandma was Alma and My Grandma was Ethel.
Stan I want to get you going on a story now that you have commented on this photo.
There are some new guys who would greatly appreciate to hear what you have to say.
Herb - Thank you for bringing this up!
I vote Yea for another story from Stan.
Those of us who are (were?) happy readers of "The Adventures of Herman and Freida" remember that it came out about early 2008 or the fall of 2007. No doubt many of us are anxiously awaiting Stan's next book.
We know Stan has been busy with his Stromberg and Ruckstell rebuilding, but maybe he could come inside and sit by the stove for awhile and write.
Just think, a new book from him just before Christmas....I'm sure it would be a best seller!
What do you think, Stan?
I've been working so much the last couple years I haven't had time to do anything like write more stories. "Einar and Torvald Go Racing" is still waiting to be finished, I know how it ends but haven't had time to finish writing it.
If you remember, some of the names in the book are, of course, Herman and Freida, Einar, Torvald, Emmaline, Mayvelle & the triplets, Ford Helferstout, Henry Herman & Clara Freida for the triplets. (Ford Helferstout Yustermierson is gonna take that kid a new Big Chief tablet and a new #2 pencil to learn to write his own name when he starts school.) Herman's aunts Tropha, Sophie & Helga; Tillie, her brother Soren and their parents Reepha & Mennard Kolacovich and a few of the other characters -- Zulda & Zora Kinnerman, Moncrief Morrison, Barlow Finsel, Yolanda & Yondola Treffa, Tekla Bohle, Jew Jake and the others were all names I made up from names from the Model T era, some of them based on people I knew growing up in eastern Montana or going to college in North Dakota.
The crowning achievement of names in the book tho, had to be Sather Numbuck, who Herman called Dr. Numnutts when they confronted him in his office in Lindvold. I'm still proud of thinking that one up.
In the racing story, a character reappears from the Norwegian Sheepherder's Ball story, the tall dark haired boy who danced with Tillie and made fun of Einar's new Ford pickup comes back as the race promoter. He still has that cocky attitude and it turns out his name, which is never revealed in the first story, is Boyce Prickerson. I'm going to have some fun with that one.
The most popular line from the book: (When they have to go through the mud hole at the bottom of Norwegian Coulee in the spring) "He hit it like a fat girl headed for the hot fresh donuts on the free midnight smorgasboard at the annual Norwegian Sheepherder's Ball."
Second most popular -- Herman and Freida talking about the three old maid aunts who had just left after being there complaining about everything for a week. "By God, Freida, if any one of those three ever had a good word to say about any thing or any body I'd kiss their bare bottoms in the middle of Main Street of Aberdeen at Noon on Saturday and give them thirty minutes to draw a crowd."
From a practical standpoint, my duplex printer bit the dust a couple years ago and I haven't had time to work on it or get another one operational. I have about 5 or 6 of them and only one still works but won't duplex. I need to get something to print on and print more of the books, I know they would still sell. I sold or gave away well over 1,000 copies from 2007 to 2010.
Thanks for remembering, Keith!
The nice thing about writing books for this age people is you can get them the same book for Christmas next year and them won't remember they already have a copy. So just go back and read your old copy and it will be just like you'd never read it before. I do have to say that my 12 year old friend Savanna read it and she thought it was great. She even quoted me some lines from it and laughed about some of the stuff so I know she actually read it.
When it first came out I had a bunch of phone calls and letters from people who wanted to know where Vindall was and where Lindvold was and etc. I had several people call me and tell me the stories just like I had never heard them before. That was a riot, hearing their take on what I'd written.
Carburetors are waiting, waiting, waiting. Off I go.
Well Stan our families might have been neighbors in Elgin back in the day. I still have relatives there but have had no contact since family reunions in the 80's.
My grandpa's grandpa owned Cratty lumber & grain in the Elgin area.
That must have been Elgin, Nebraska because I don't think the town ever got on its feet in Elgin, Montana. Post Office and a store I think were about it. No photos exist that I have found.
My Grandfather was a blacksmith in both Elgins. He was born in Weeping Water and my Grandmother was from Plainview. Her father was a Baptist Minister, Rev. Tyler.
Yes Elgin, Nebraska.
You're welcome, Stan!
You know that we're all patiently waiting for "Einar and Torvald Go Racing". I'm sure everybody in Vindall is eagerly looking forward to it too.
I can just see it now...They'll all come a runnin' just like the fat girl headed for the hot, fresh donuts at the free midnight smorgasbord at the annual Norwegian Sheepherder's Ball. Stand back, or you might get run over...
Please put me down for one as soon as they're ready.
For any of you new members who haven't had the opportunity to enjoy Stan's book about "Herman and Freida" winters coming and it's great reading on a cold winter night. I too am looking forward to the next adventures of the fine folks from days gone by.
I don't know whether he has any copies available at this time, but here is where to order them.
Once you get there, click on "Home page" for the address. You'll be glad you did. The book is great fun!
I still have two extra copies if anyone is interested send me an e-mail .