For siblings Elna Hanson, Donald Saterbak, and Helen Quenemoen, life has come full circle.
For siblings Elna Hanson, Donald Saterbak, and Helen Quenemoen, life has come full circle. Born and raised on a farm between Milan and Big Bend City, the three of them have found themselves together again in Copper Glen.
Elna is the eldest; she was born in 1920 and will be 98 this year. Donald came along in 1922; he is 95 years old. The youngest of the siblings is Helen, who is 93. The three had two older sisters that have passed away.
All three are spry for their age. Elna is hard of hearing and is the quiet one of the trio. Donald and Helen get around fairly well with the assistance of walkers.
As most of us can now only imagine, life on a farm in the 1920s and 1930s was vastly different than life on a farm today. “We had 80 acres and had our own livestock,” recalled Donald. “Dad was a carpenter along with his brother; that’s how he made a living.”
When the three of them were old enough to go to school, they didn’t have far to go. Donald said, “We lived across a field from the school. If we took the road it would be two miles, but if we crossed the field it was just one mile.” Helen’s eyes lit up and she said, “I remember that! It was a two room school house, District 17.”
There was no electricity at their farm. In fact, Donald said: “The first electricity I ever had was in the army!”
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