Connected Bloodlines

Country Life Revisited: Part 03: Transcription



Gm = Hazel Louise Miller Lowell

Gp = George John Lowell

J = Gerald Ray Lowell

M = Mitchell Scott Block

J: How big a family was Great Grandma Volsch from?

Gp: I think they had seven kids. One boy I understand died in Germany in infancy. My Uncle Louie, he was the only boy in that family and he run that roller rink out at Wall Lake.

Gm: The corn looks nice and green here, George. It doesn’t show any…

Gp: Now you’ll have to tell them where the place is now, Mother.

Gm: I have to find it.

Gp: Well, see where we turned there, it must be about two miles yet.

We’ll figure it out. This is about 3 so it must be about two miles yet.

J: Two miles from here.

Gp: I would just guess.

J: I’ll just make a note of the odometer right now.

Gm: It's way up off the road.

Gp: And there’s a real desolate piece of ground off here to the…. Well I was trying to figure it out. To that first corner is one mile, how many miles have we come since we turned this way? Did ya…?

J: I didn’t measure at that point.

Gp: Oh, okay. I think that I can guess it.

Gm: It might not even be there because it's been sold so many times.

J: Speaking of sales, the house at 1117 is up for sale.

Gp: Yeah.

Gm: I wish you could see that house and what they’ve done to that house inside.

Gp: They’ve really done some…

Gm: Did you go by it?

J: Yeah, we drove by it today.

Gp: They got me over a barrel on that, I mean, no problem but see this darn new income tax thing, I’m really going to get screwed.

J: Oh, really?

Gp: If they’d a done it in 1986, I’d a come out… Now they tax you on 100% of the capital gains and before that…

Gp: This is Dorothy's land coming up.

Gm: I want to tell Jerry something.

After we moved out here you know when Dad moved back on the farm and took us kids and they used to have real bad lightning storms. We were so terribly scared of lightning after mother was killed, you know, and he would put quilts up over the windows. And always when it was storming and lightning bad the horses and the cattle would be way out in the field. And I can remember following dad up in these hills...

Gp: It’s this next place on your right, Gerald.

Gm: Off to your right.

J: Now you mentioned Dorothy, who was Dorothy?

Gp: Dorothy Leubecher.

Her father owned what was called a fraction. To the north of us is Minnehaha County and to the south of us is Turner County. It’s a fraction there.

Gm: Now, these trees to the right of us, the background. Do you want to drive up in there?

Gp: Well, I don’t know, Hazel, whether that would be kosher or not.

You’d have to explain what ya... I don’t think anybody lives there.

Gm: Well, the house isn't even there.

Gp: I don’t think anything… The place isn't even there. The driveway is fenced over.

Is that the driveway that went to it?

Gm: No, no.

Gp: Is it up here? There's the barn or something.

Gm: That's the granary there. See, I don’t think the house is there. Is this locked shut, this driveway? Right here was the driveway. Let's stop a minute. I can’t see if that house is there or not.

Gp: I don’t believe the house is there.

Gm: I don’t believe the house is there.

Gp: The house was east of the barn and that barn you went down that so called big hill.

Gm: All that plum thicket and all that kinda stuff.

Gp: Do you want to walk up there? Jerry, do you care about walking up? I don’t know if Grandma does.

J: I don’t need to.

Gm: I'd like to.

J: Do you want to walk up there, Grandma?

Gp: I don’t think I’d open the gate and drive in. You’d be trespassing. As long as they got a fence.

Gm: You see, this was all brush and stuff. The house was in there about where those thicker trees are. And that’s where the house is, with all the plum brush and stuff. And then you went down quite a steep hill and the barn is. See, you can’t hardly see the barn down below the hill.

Gp: The barn, you see the roof of the barn there.

J: What’s that other big thing there?

Gp: That’s a hog house or something like that. Well, I think it would be legitimate to walk up there, but I don't think I would open the gate and drive in.

J: Do you want to just leave the car here and…

Gp: That’s fine with me.

Just take a walk up there.

Gm: I don't have my walking shoes on but I can still walk there anyway.

Just to the top of the hill so I can look over.

Gp: Don't get your shoes dirty.

J: They wash?

You going to stay, Grandpa, or are you going to come too?

Gp: I'll stay here.

J: Okay, I’ll leave the keys and stuff here, then.

Gm: I can get through here. [crawls between the barbed wire gate.] I can get along here okay as long as there aren't any holes.

M: Want me to hold this?

J: Yeah.

Gm: Okay. I can get along pretty good along here.

J: Shall I go in front of you or behind you?

Do you want me to hold this?

We need to look for fresh cow dung and if we find any then we watch very carefully.

M: Some look fresher than others up. And there’s a lot of trampled grass along here.

J: Maybe they’re here part of the day.

M: Yeah.

J: This is fun.

Did you ever spend any time, Grandma, living here?

M: This is a better side to walk on [referring to the two tracks in the road leading up to the house.]

Gm: When I was six years old, Dad went back on the farm. You see, this is his folks’s homestead. My dad's dad homesteaded it. And then when he went back on the farm, after Mother was killed, he was off two years, and then when he went back he came out here. And then I came, and then he took me, Cliff and I, out here and then he got a housekeeper. She had a little baby, nine months old, and she came to the house. [In the 1920 Federal Census, these two individuals are listed as Rose Cary, housekeeper, age 32, and her son, William Cary, age 9.]

J: Do you want to rest a second?

Gm: And, ah, then we lived here about 4 years and then he bought that farm that Cliff has.

J: He bought that farm then. And they moved over.

Gm: Yeah.

J: Did he sell this then?

Gm: Yeah, I think so. I don’t know, I wasn’t old enough.

J: Stop and rest, Grandma.

Gm: Yeah, that’s fine.

J: Do you want to rest a second more?

Gm: Nah.

It’s uphill all the way.

M: Yeah.

J: We got the better stuff to go downhill though.

I saw the old pump for the house.

There are a bunch of rocks here where something was on this hill.

We’ll just tell them that we have mandatory rights.

Gm: Oh, that must be…

J: Why don’t you stay here, Grandma.

Gm: It is a long way down that hill.

There’s been cattle in here.

J: Now was the house up here on this hill?

Gm: Isn’t there a foundation or something there?

J: Nope. There’s a bunch of rocks here where something was on this hill.

Gm: Oh, that must be the…

J: Why don’t you stay here, Grandma. It gets really rocky up here.

Gm: Were you ever in Rog’s house when he lived in Helena?

J: Yes.

Gm: Remember that great big hill right south of him? We used to climb up that. It made me think of Aunt Gussie, she insisted on climbing up that when she was there.

There was a pump right in the back yard. I mean, you went out the back of the house.

Do you think it was moved off? Or just fell in or something?

M: It's awfully clean here; you would think that it must have been moved for it to be so cleaned up.

Gm: I bet it was. That was the hog house down there and that was the barn and this is when we used to have to run down there and do chores at night.

M: Keep it after you and we’ll be fine. [A bee is flying around Grandma; Mitchell is allergic to bee stings.]

Gm: You know, the bottom of the barn was made out of stone.