The Homesteaders Cabbin 1930'S
This building is a bit of a mystery. Felix Edlund, a Swedish miner who homesteaded near Hoadley,
built most of it in 1932. However, Edlund abandoned the building when it was nearly finished and left the area.
The cottage sat unfinished for many years, lacking windows and doors. The Kramer family bought the land that it
was on and donated the building to the park in the early 1970’s. Members of the Historical Society have put the
finishing touches on the old log building and turned the inside into an early settler's home.
Just to your left, by the bedroom door is an old gramophone. Record players like this were often one of a family's most valued
and enjoyed possessions. On the stove, where they were usually placed to heat, are a couple of sad irons. The wooden handle could be removed from a cooling iron and clipped
onto a fresh hot one. Ironing with sad irons was difficult, and care had to be taken not to let the irons get
too hot, or the clothes would burn. When asked why these irons were called "sad irons", one housewife who had to
use them for many years replied "Because it was a sad day when you had to do the ironing! On the counter, in the
back room sits a carding machine. The teeth on the wheel caught the
wool and pulled it straight when the crank was turned. This is an unusual machine; most families would have
carded wool by hand, using two blocks of wood embedded with wire teeth. Also in the back room, an indoor clothes
washing area is set up. Washing could be done by scrubbing on the washboards to you right, or clothes could also be put in the wooden basin of
one of the first washing machines and tumbled by turning the crank.
The large barrel in the far corner is a butter churn. The handle was
pushed back and forth to keep the barrel moving so that cream inside would solidify into
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