When I see an old abandoned farmhouse, I like to imagine its former occupants. In this case, less imagination is required since it was once home to my Great-Great-Grandparents, Charles and Mathilda Lundquist, who purchased the house through a Sears, Roebuck catalog.
In a letter written to me, their grandson Gerald (Jerry) Krueger, Aberdeen, SD, fondly recalls his childhood memories of times he spent at the old place... playing "ship" on the big front porch where he was the commander, the smell of freshly baked bread and other edible delights, the front walk lined with huge groups of 4-o'clocks, lots of chickens strutting around the yard and no indoor plumbing!
At the time of writing, this house, along with only a few other scattered structures, were all that remained of a once vibrant small prairie community, Wetonka, SD
This old home has since burned down, leaving nothing but sales and fond memories.
Copyright 2009 by Doug Kreuger
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March 2nd, 2010
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