June 30, 2011 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director
We were privileged last Monday evening to listen to Wesley Ellis. The small meeting room downstairs was packed, there was standing room only.
Wesley found a chair and tuned his guitar. Some of his fingers are a little crooked, but they can still tune a guitar.
He kicked off his right shoe and played his drum with his foot.
Wesley plays the mouthharp. He is a one man band and he is ninety-seven years old. He played The Battle Hymn of the Republic and then a Waltz and a Polka before taking a short break.
He spoke about the hard times during the early 1930s and about how dusty and dry it was. Oats was 6 cents a bushel and rye was 8 cents, wheat was 35 cents a bushel. In 1933 it was a bumper crop year, you couldn’t sell your crops for enough to pay the expenses. He left the area and headed west. His book is called Four Trips Across the Big Hump In the Side door Pullman.
I have several copies of his book for sale here in the Museum Gift Shop..signed copies! I asked Wesley if we could have a date for next year again in June. He replied ” You have to talk to my daughter, she is my chauffeur because I don’t have a Drivers License anymore.”
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June 23, 2011 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director
Hello from the Museum! It has been a rainy week and a number of people have found their way to the Museum this week.
Recently I discovered this little book.
These beautiful little books were often given as Christmas Gifts in the late 1890′s. Your classmates and friends could write remembrances and sweet little sayings in them. The books are small enough that they could be tucked into a skirt pocket. This book belonged to Florence.
November 16, 1902
August 19, 1898
If you would like to hear some memories first hand please join us June 27 Monday evening at 7 PM at the museum. Enter the building through the south basement entrance. After a short meeting, Wesley Ellis will be one of the featured speakers. Wesley wrote a book called Four trips across the big hump in a sidecar pullman. Wesley is ninety-seven years old, he is a writer, carver and a musician. He will play his guitar and mouthharp. Leonard Hemerich will be our other featured speaker, he will tell us all about The Itasca Pioneer Farmers Show in August. The public is encouraged to attend, refreshments will be served.
I have read Wesley’s book, I found it to be very entertaining and interesting.
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June 16, 2011 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director
Do you remember this school? Right now it is located at the Hubbard County Fairgrounds. We are searching for any information about when it was moved and what township it came from. If you can help please leave a comment.
A gal by the name of Katie is searching for any information about this old school. During the County Fair in 2012 she hopes to have it open and to have a few students going to school there during the Fair.
If you were a student at this school perhaps you have a story or two that you would like to share.
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June 9, 2011 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director
Do you remember the steel bridge that went over the Fish Hook River? Do you remember when this bridge was removed to make way for the concrete bridge in 1933?
Remember When may be a new series. We will see if anyone leaves a comment!
Just a reminder that our annual dinner will be held this Saturday June 11 at the American Legion from 4:30 to 7:30. Adults $8 and children $4 We are having a silent auction and musicians will strolling through the diners starting at 6 o’clock. I hope to see you there!
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June 3, 2011 by Hubbard County Historical Museum Director
Pioneer women always wore aprons. Nowadays you hardly see anyone wearing an apron. Perhaps no one has eggs to gather, berries to pick or hot pans to move around on the stove.
This is the pioneer woman that stands in our one room cabin. Yes, an entire family would stay in just one small room. Stop by and see for yourself, and bring the kids!
There was a tornado that went through town on the evening of Monday May 31, 2011. There is damage all over town, luckily here at the museum we had no damage. There were lots of leaves on our steps and a few twigs in the front lawn. We were very lucky.
School is out for the summer, school children are always welcome here at the museum, however we prefer that they are accompanied by an adult.
Just a reminder that June 11, 2011 is our annual fundraising dinner at the American Legion in Park Rapids. Serving will begin at 4:30 and end at 7:30. The dinner will include BBQ pulled pork buns, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans and ice cream for desert. We will be having a silent auction and Musicans will be entertaining at 6PM. I hope you will join us on our quest to keep history alive in Hubbard County.
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