Bio: Trindal, Dorothie (Bio Sketch)
----Source: Loyal, Wisconsin Library Scrapbook Collection
Bill and I have three children, Billy, age 14, Shelby, 5, and Cynthia, 2. We live on a farm just inside the city limits (Loyal, Clark Co.). We have 80 acres under cultivation and usually rent an additional 20 or 40 acres each summer. Our crops consist of oats, corn for silage, and hay. At present we have about 125 chickens, 18 milk cows, a registered bull and a number of young stock. Our herd is mostly Holstein, as our milk is sent to a cheese factory and bulk is more important than butter fat content. Last summer we built an addition to the barn and installed a new system of milking. It is necessary in this part of the country to house the stock during the winter months and the customary thing hs been to keep the milk cows in stanchions continuously for at least five or six months. The theory that this lack of exercise and fresh air cuts down the milk supply, is I suppose, this reason why a change has been brought about. In back of this milking parlor is a feed room, about 35’ X 40’. Along two sides of it are the hay bins. Beyond the feed room is the loafing room, 36’ X 60’. A door from this room is always open to the fenced in barnyard, which is protected from weather by the barn itself on the north and west sides. This leaves the cows free to move around at will both inside and out. We employ a man to mange the farm as Bill works with his father at their feed elevator. I think our greatest pleasure in life these days is our two small daughters. Billy is just at the age where he gives us more problems than pleasures. At present he’s learning a lot of practical farm knowledge as it is his duty to help with chores morning and night and to take care of the chickens.
My husband loves horses, and especially harness horses. At present he owns three, two mares and a three year old stallion. These horses are raced during the summer months at county fairs throughout the state. So far, we have had to send the horses away for training, but we hope that in the not too distant future, we can keep them here on the farm and train them ourselves. When the youngsters are a little bigger I will have time to help too. I’m sure I’ll never get good enough to drive them in races, but I can at least help in working them out between racing dates.
Personally, I favor hand craft as a hobby, particularly painting. This, of course, requires a lot of leisure time and right now that’s one thing I’m a little short on, so, using the theory of "first things first", I’m saving that particular hobby until the children are grown and off to school.
We are such an active little community and the beauty of it is that everything here has such a personal element. When you know that our population in Loyal is about 1,000, you can readily understand that you don’t have to live here very long to have at least a nodding acquaintance with everyone you see on the street. Maybe I appreciate this more than native Loyalites, for it wasn’t that way in the large city in which I was raised. There we didn’t neighbor very much and you only saw your friends at school or church or by invitation. Believe me, it’s much nicer this way, where everyone you meet is a friend.
We are members of the Loyal Methodist Church. When Billy was small I taught Sunday school and was superintendent of the pre-high school department and sang in the choir. Now, however, my activities are confined to the Women’s Society of Christian Service. Billy belongs to the Youth Fellowship and he and Shelby attend Sunday school as well as church.
Activities outside of Church are, for my husband: Rotary, Masonic Lodge, bowling and Boy Scout work. Billy is a Boy Scout and plays basketball and football on the high school teams. I belong to Study Club, Eastern Star, Past Matrons Club and am a Red Cross director.
The little sheaf of clippings (another document) is from our local weekly newspaper, with the exception of the Hat Shop ad and it was taken from the Marshfield paper. Marshfield is about 20 miles from Loyal, has a population of around 10,000 and is our nearest shopping center. Just last night a group of ladies drove to Marshfield to attend a concert. We very much enjoyed the artistry of Joseph Battista, brilliant and popular young American pianist who has held recitals throughout the length and breadth of the United States and Canada. Battista was born in Philadelphia of Italian parentage. His numbers included compositions by Handel, Bach, Schumann, Debussy, Mendelson and Chopin.
I am so in hope that you folks are going to enjoy this scrapbook enough to write and tell us something about ourselves.
Re: Bio: Trindal, Dorothie (Bio Sketch)
Contact: R. Kehrberg
I found this piece to be interesting. As a native Loyalite you take for granted the friendliness of a town of this size.
Today, although I've lived in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco I find smaller towns more to my liking. As a resident of Woodside, CA a town of 5,000+/_ people, and almost as many horses, there is also a common bond. Maybe a bit less friendly as everyone seems to be moving very fast.
We have no street lights and no sidewalks, and often on the weekend you can see neighbors walking down your street with children and dogs in tow.
If you close your eyes you can almost see Loyal.
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