Stories from our history
The depot had been moved this year from its original location in town. It now sits on property that was formally the town’s sugar beet dump.
David Hunter and his older brother, Jim, were raised in the town in the 1940s and 50s. David Hunter
was at the museum site on Saturday. He gave some insights to the depot and the town in its heyday.
He said the beet business was far different than today. Farmers would bring their beets to town in pickup trucks. The truck, the beets, and all the dirt on the beets, would be weighed. The front end of the trucks were then lifted by a sling-like devise, allowing the beets to fall out the rear into a pit.
The beets would travel along a conveyer while the earth from the beets would be shaken off. That dirt
would then be put back into the farmer’s pick-up and weighed by beet personnel. This would give an
accurate weight of the load of beets.
Hunter said there was no such thing as preschool and kindergarten when he was a child. He said his first job was at the train depot when he was 4 or 5 years old. The youngster would go the depot early each morning. He would get a special bucket, carry it to the local coal yard, and fill it with coal for the depot’s pot belly stove.
After the coal was in the stove and a fire was roaring, the station supervisor, Lena Welch, would pay
him 5 cents. David said that nickel was spent wisely. He would often go to the candy store/bakery in
town and spend the entire coin on sweets and other goodies.
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