That brought an email from Harlan Hall, now of Fort Worth, Texas, who grew up on a farm near Woodworth, N.D.
“Chauncey Gwynn, who was the mail carrier in Woodworth for 40-plus years,” Harlan writes, “also delivered mail like this for a few years, as the plows didn’t hit too many of the rural roads, and even to this day, on a snowy winter, they quit plowing before it quits snowing, so you are on your own if you live in some of the rural areas around Woodworth.
“I also remember riding the school bus during some of the snowy winters,” Harlan says. “Several winters, the snow was measured in feet instead of inches.
“I was born in 1945, and we had plenty of snow for about the first 15 years of my life.
“My uncle Roy Hall drove our school buses for 40-plus years. Since we lived on the farm next to him, we were first on and last off.
“The rural roads during those years didn’t see a lot of plowing, not that it would have done much good, as it drifted every day.
“I remember my uncle knew where the drifts were on these roads and used to take a run at them to try and make it through. If he didn’t, we were out with the shovels to dig it out. Not the most pleasant of memories but ones that stick with you.”
Thinking back to another season, Harlan writes that “In the spring, the pasture was just loaded with crocuses. But I would guess that during the last eight to 10 years I was at home, they disappeared. I always wondered what happened to them.
“Since they were in the pasture, they didn’t get sprayed with weed killer.
“I also remember stripping Kentucky bluegrass for the seeds. The company that bought the seed provided the stripper.
“I don’t know what happened to the Kentucky bluegrass.”
Harlan closes by encouraging this column’s writer, saying “I love your columns and read every one. Some bring back good memories and some not all that good, but they were still part of the life lived in rural North Dakota.”
Well, it’s thanks to people like Harlan who bring those memories of the region, good and not so good, to you by writing in. Thank you to all who do!
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