Friday, December 23, 2005

A tent is no place to live through a Minnesota winter

"Anonymous" left a comment wishing I would expand on Esther Clara and her husband living in a tent through one Minnesota winter. Herb Ford counted himself blessed to have a good-paying job that winter. He had been promised that road construction crew members with families would live in cabins. After struggling through blizzards in their "Tin Lizzie" to the road construction site with two small children, they were issued a ragged tent for lodging, a small pot bellied stove for heat and cooking, and a metal chamber pot for their toilet. I can't imagine modern folks living like that, but Herb and Esther Clara squared their shoulders and said, "OK. We can do this." And they did. Herb and his fellow laborers worked 16 hours a day in howling winter winds, snow, and anything else Nature threw at them. Esther Clara cooked and washed with melted snow, entertained the kids, kept the chamber pot emptied and the ragged tent patched. She warmed quilts by the fire to warm Herb on his breaks and provided coffee with milk and sugar along with high calorie snacks for energy to keep him going. Herb thought building roads was an important job. It was the 1920s and America needed roads to transport people and goods across country. They survived, and decided if they could live with two kids in a tent through a Minnesota winter, they could do anything.

Could I do it? Not on my best day. Not ever. Could you do it?

5 comments:

Mark said...

What a fabulous story, they built them tough in those days. Nice blog and I will come back often. Josh sent me.

Have a good Christmas

Mark

Tara said...

Hey there, found your site via BlogExplosion. I gotta say there is NO way I could ever do that! Call me shallow, but without todays comforts I'd just about die.

The Complimenting Commenter said...

I don't think I could. That is a fantastic post about determination. Thanks for sharing it.

Tara said...

Thankyou so so much for your wonderful comment regarding my story. It brought a much needed smile to this face of mine.

If it's okay with you I'm going to add you to my blogroll so I can keep checking back at regular intervals.

Merry Christmas.

Gary said...

Great post. Great blog. I didn't take you long to get the hang of it, did it?

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