Thursday, January 31, 2008
BLEAK MONTANA HOMESTEAD
Among the photographs that belonged to Bill and Mildred Fecht was this little snapshot with the simple caption "Monana Homestead." I believe the mounds behind are silage or mowed prairie grasses. I don't think the families who moved there had barns to store the fodder, so lots of animals were lost in the severe winters.
My mom lived in the town of Minot, North Dakota. And, I can recall the news one winter saying that it was 65 degrees below zero - and, in those days wind-chill wasn't taken into consideration.
Getting home before a blizzard was a life and death matter. Most homesteaders would take in anyone who came to their doors in such circumstances.