Kittson profiles and photos from the past and present
Latest Activity: Jul 20, 2016
Grandpa and Grandma Johnson had one of the first larger Grain Farms in Kittson County. He had a larger operation and made a good living at farming. He had cattle also and a large barn to facilitate the herd. I can remember helping grandpa and grandma with the chores, milk the cows, attend to the milk machine, feeding the cows, cleaning the barn, herd the cows into the barn to be milked after going and rounding them up in the field or woods by the beautiful river. I had great times staying at the farm for days and sometimes for a week or two or three. Grandpa and I played checkers a lot and ate Grandma's yummy Molasses Cookies, dunking sugar lumps in coffee and had just a wonderful time. The Blacksmith Shop was a neat place to hang out as grandpa did a lot of work there. I remember fixing the plow and cultivator in front of the Blacksmith Shop, and when there was a slow time I would oil down the plow and cultivator to preserve them from rusting. I did quite a bit of plowing in the field with grandpa's Red MM Tractor [I think it was an MM Tractor-forgot after all these years]. I did whatever I could on the farm, fixing things, getting water from the well at the end of the sidewalk [usually grandma's job though]. The River was a great place to spend time, crossing it on the rocks, fishing on the other side, cutting wood and all the fun things; there was work also. The little Outhouse!! Wish I had a picture of it just outside the yard fence beside the rivers edge, where we had to visit many times, day and night. Grandpa and grandma had quite a bit of land and I walked the entire bit of it; woods and more woods; it was a great place to visit, stay over night and work. Trapping gophers was also fun. I will have a picture of the barn on my site and you will see that it was a big and tall barn, well kept, always painted white. I can remember riding in the old Model-T [or A] that they had, and I even drove it down the road (crank start). It was stored in the Blacksmith Shop and I can remember doing work on it from time to time. The house was neat also, with grandpas round-table Rock Garden on the porch as you came into the house from the front. Grandpa's Rock Display is at the K.C. Museum now. The steep stairs going upstairs where we slept and played was narrow. I will have a picture of the house also on my site. You will also see in their front yard the Rock Garden that was beautifully arranged by grandpa and grandma and was a focal point to all who came to the farm. I will never forget the Old Wood Stove in the middle of the dining room which I helped cut wood for and stoked the pot with wood many times. We would peer into the fire through a glass door. YES, it was a great place to grow up around and I will always cherish the memories of grandpa and grandmas farm. The Ice Cream Socials each year was a big thing with hundreds from the Poppleton, Lancaster and Kittson County area attending for good food, fellowship and ice cream. I sure wish I had more pictures of the farm but when you are growing up you do not think of those things. IF you have pictures of the farm please share them with me [any and all pictures]. Please email me at my email address. Thanks very much. Ron Johnson (son of Victor and Lucille) - >> firstname.lastname@example.org
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