Photos out of Ida's
Ida's Prairie Memories
Hansen's in Repose
by Ida Hansen Eschenbaum
Farm Life Photos
( 1917 - 2003 )
KEN & DOROTHY ESCHENBAUM FAMILY
James, Larry, Diane, Dale. Sitting are
Ken & Dorothy
Kenneth and Dorothy Horning
were married September 11th, 1940, in Faulkton, Faulk Co. South Dakota. Dorothy
was the 4th child of Ross and Sadie Horning. She was raised on a farm
of Cresbard. She was the daughter of Ross and
Sadie Horning and had two brothers and one sister. Four showers were held
in the couples honor using their colors of blue and white. They were held
at Monica Maloney's (Kuhl) Malinda Hansen, Mrs. Mary Cooper and the Sunshine
Club in Cresbard. Melvin Eschenbaum and Ilene Miller were their
( photo 1917 ) son of William and Ida Eschenbaum was born and raised on a farm
southwest of Faulkton. He had three brothers and three sisters.
After a short honeymoon in
Aberdeen they lived with Ken's folks on a farm southwest of Faulkton until March
17th the following spring when they moved to a farm south of the Latham School
Ken and Dorothy ( late 40's - early 50's )
they also lived in Faulkton then farmed near Cresbard and back on his father's farm in
the early 60's. Later they moved to Faulkton permanently with Ken working at
Bus's Standard Gas station with his brothers Melvin and Rolland (Bill). He
worked his final job as the janitor for the Faulk Co. Court House. Heart issues
caused Ken to retire from that position. Dorothy taught school and spent her
later years working at the Shirk Memorial Home. They have 4 children; Richard
(Larry) James, Dale and Diane.
Larry lives in
Aberdeen, South Dakota. He married Thelma Grenz, who died in 1980 due to
diabetes complications. They have one son, Craig who is now married and also
lives in Aberdeen.
James married June
Bauhs and live in Sioux Falls, SD. Jim is a printer and June works in retail.
They have two children, Kevin and Lynn. Both of his children were
married in 2006. Kevin lives in Sioux Falls, S.D. and Lynn lives in San
Dale married Joan
Binfet and they have two children, Todd and Rochelle. Dale owns a cabinet
construction company with Todd as one of his employees. Joan owns a home
decorative business. They live in Faulkton, SD. Rochelle lives in
Waseca, Minnesota and works as lab director in the local hospital which is part
of the Mayo Clinic consolidation.
Diane married Tim
Yerdon and they lived in Milbank, S.D. Tim was a teacher and Diane worked at the
local bank. They have two sons, Bradley and Todd Joseph. Of interest, Tim is the son
of Bus Yerdon, Ken's previous boss from the Standard Gas Station. Diane &
Tim now live in Sioux Falls to be nearer their grandkids.
Ken and Dorothy enjoyed their retirement years living at the Senior Center in
Faulkton until their deaths. They are buried together at the
Of note, Ken and his brother
Melvin were only 11 months apart in ages. They grew up together, slept
together, farmed together, worked with each other argued with each other and
kept in close contact throughout their lives. Ken and Melvin were the last
two in the family to survive. Ken died two years before Melvin.
Melvin had said losing Kenny was the worst event in his life. He really
One of the memories that Ida
told me was one time as kids the two boys were fighting in the house. She
told them to go outside to play so she could have some peace. Before she
knew it, she heard a racket outside and there those boys were in the car
fighting and kicking. Well, one of them kicked the windshield out.
She went out there and pulled them out of the car and told them to wait until
their father came home! She said they both got a good licking from that
Melvin & Kenneth