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This is a picture of my Grandma Bauer when she was a young lady and her family. Quite a few left Illinois and came out here. She is on the far left side in the light. I thought Connie, who has a blog on old pictures might enjoy this.
As I understand it, Great Grampa Bauer gave each of his sons, 80 acres of land on their 18th birthday. Dad always thought it was strange that so many would sell 80 acres of good farm land to move out here to the semi desert! He loved to go back to Illinois and look at the crops they could raise.
How would you ladies like to cook for that crew everyday, with a wood stove? This would have been taken somewhere close to the turn of the century.
Grandma and her younger sister Eve, came out here not long after this and homesteaded next to a brother.
There is a set of twin boys in this picture. Can you spot them?