Having Lived History

Posted on 05/04/2019. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Having been born in 1927, before the Wall Street crash in 1929 and growing up during the Great Depression and having experienced the dust storms during the historic 1930’s drought qualified me to give a talk to the Milbank South Dakota middle school 7th and 8th graders about the experience of growing up on a farm in the area during those times.

This opportunity to talk to the Milbank Middle School students evolved from my contacting Greg Cantine an 8th grade teacher at the Milbank Middle School. I had been searching for a picture of Milbank’s main street to use in a story I was writing and found one in a blog that Greg maintained. I contacted Greg to find out if I could use the picture. This led to discussing other aspects of our lives and Greg, one of those dedicated teachers always thinking of his students, suggested that I give a talk to his class about my experiences growing up in the Milbank area.
Greg’s students had spent time studying local history and to have
a person who had lived some of that history would provide another perspective to what they had learned in studying the subject.

I embraced the idea and Greg proceeded to make the arrangements for me to talk to his students. Eventually both the 7th and 8th grade glasses were scheduled to listen to my presentation and on April 24 I had the pleasure of speaking to these handsome, well-mannered students. They were for the most part attentive, maybe in part because I had a Power Point presentation with numerous pictures. There is something about South Dakota children. Most of them seem to mature into adults who do their best to contribute to society to the best of their ability. This is an admirable trait. I’m not sure if this has something to do with the climate, teachers like Greg, or one of those unexplained phenomenons that we don’t need to know the answer to.

Addressing the Milbank 7th and 8th grade students

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