home page for a little history.com1874 The Mounted Police Tame the Wild Westthe Metis half of the 1885 Northwest Rebellionthe Native half of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion1900-05 Diary of a student and young teacher1908-1920 homesteading experiences and lifestyle1920's farm and community lifestyle1954-56 diary of a boy, before the effects of televisionthe future: extending human limitations through technology (eg. computers and inline skating), presenting history with applets, a family recreation program, etc.



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This is our family in 1952 (on the left) and in 1956.






This is a 1954 photo of me standing on our front porch.







This double exposure was taken with the camera braced on a ladder.
Bruce is sitting on a partly built cart in front of our old garage. (1956)








Photo of Bruce and myself, about 1956. I carried him in the carrier quite often. At that time there was no public concern over safety, so we were lucky that I was not accident prone.




When it was not hatching season, Mom kept busy with creative things like crafts, sewing, etc. Her spirit and imagination are evident in this photo which was taken when she was about 65 years old. She dressed up on this Halloween and went to my cousin's place for trick or treat, and to see if they would recognize her.




This is the model railroad which I began
to plan at the end of my diary:


This photo of my dresser top was taken not long after the last diary entry.



and this is what it looked like about five years later.

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Wayne got heavily into building model airplanes and
was soon doing well in national contests.





Bruce plays in the mess created on Christmas morning in 1956.
This is the end of our long and narrow living room.
The house was built about 1913.



back to the diary.

to notes related to diary.


For two more examples of what young teenagers used to do
in the 1950's, at a time when they didn't feel pressured
to find part time work:



Posted January 10, 2001 .