Photos out of Ida's
Ida's Prairie Memories
Hansen's in Repose
by Ida Hansen Eschenbaum
Farm Life Photos
Prairie is My Garden
(Photos from Ida Hansen Eschenbaum's
can remember so well all the beautiful flowers we had over the prairies when I
a child. I wish I knew the names of every different kind, but we just picked
them by the arm full.
Even after I was married, we had quite a few on our farm. I remember when Bill,
coming home for dinner, used to pick a bouquet for me even if he did have to
retain a five horse team to do so!
He knew I loved flowers and that idea in mind, I sure did appreciate them."
"I don't know how we got along without
those precious buffalo chips. I do know I picked
my share of the lowly cow
chips when a child and also after I was married. Especially
"dirty thirties" then my whole family collected them with a fork and loaded
in a hay-rack. We stored the chips in the granary as we did not have a
We weren't the only ones. It was a good fire but lots of ashes
to be hauled out."
We just took this for granted when we were told
those bones were from the
buffaloes. The horns were so dried up they weren't anything to keep, all
the weather. My brothers have a set that were polished up, purchased by my
I wouldn't wonder but that they are at least as old as I am. I know that
the real genuine buffalo horns. There are so many plastic horns for sale
look almost real." (The link on the buffalo horns shows them hanging in
Lee Hansen has them now hanging in his home next to the Hansen homestead )
"When I entered this room, I was sure care
back to the days of my childhood! With the
baby buggy, pot bellied stove, hard coal burner, spinning wheel, hand wash
wringer, school bell, wooden ox yoke, etc. I guess I never gave the guide a
open his mouth till I went thru the room explaining to Ethel & Porter every item
recognized. Then he asked if it was soon his turn, of course I apologized, but
naturally told me he is always so glad to have someone that really takes half
interest in his display. Some goes thru without a question or comment as if they
even hear; say nothing about even seeing anything unusual."