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This quiet, tranquil scene represents what remains of an early homestead that once belonged to my great-great grandfather Tom Crompton and his first wife, Lydia (McKinney), in the early 1900's, in Wetonka, SD.
Keep in mind, this setting wasn't always as peaceful as it appears in this painting. Tom and Lydia had a difficult time providing for their family on the open prairie. Summers could be sweltering hot, dry and windy, making it nearly impossible to grow enough crops to survive some years. And winters were long, bitterly cold, and especially hard to endure. Eventually, Tom and Lydia divorced. Tom remarried Carrie Mattatal and added at least 7 more children to his name. The farm failed during the "dirty-thirties", and most of the family moved to Portland, Oregon.
Today, I think about how resourceful the people of that era had to be, calling on their faith, hope and love for one another to help see them through the tough times.
Copyright 2009 by Doug Kreuger
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January 7th, 2011
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