Friday, July 11, 2008

Fahrenwald homestead in South Dakota

We set off from Madison NE for Yankton SD a little bleary eyed from our previous evening. In 1868 my mother's family, the Fahrenwalds, homesteaded a farm 9 miles north of Yankton, and sold the farm in 1906 to the Dahlerup family in order to move to Rapid City SD. My mother, who has done extensive genealogical research on our family over the course of 20 years, had previously contacted the Dahlerups to see if they had any information about the Fahrenwalds. They responded with lots of extremely useful information, and said that if we were ever in the area, we should stop by to see for ourselves. Fortuitously, Yankton was on the way from Denver to our next destination in Minnesota, so we arranged to meet them at their farm. Janet and Jason warmly greeted us with their two sons and showed us their property. Only two buildings remain from Fahrenwald times, a barn and a chicken coop, but it was interesting nonetheless to see the artifacts built by my great-great-great grandparents. Janet then gave us a tour of the local cemeteries to visit various relatives' graves. Some of the older cemeteries were picturesquely situated on higher hills in the rolling South Dakota landscape, and the play of the wind across the golden wheat fields complimented the serene scene.


  1. There's a lot to be seen in the U.S. alone, eh? I'm enjoying reading.

    How's the car working out? Are you getting used to camping in it? Also, will you post some pics of it in action at some point?

  2. There sure is. We've very much enjoyed our trip and have a big list of things we'd like to do on our way back across some time in the future. The car is working out really great - we're definitely used to camping in it, but we're still working on some improvements. I made curtains for the inside so you have some privacy if you're changing in the car, and screens for the front windows so you can have them down and still stay away from the bugs. We're going to take a movie soon of putting the camper up and down so people can get a better idea of how easy the Ecamper is to use. I'll try to remember to post a link here when the movie is done, and keep checking the blog as well of course.

  3. I'm loving the sounds of your adventure - my kind of travelling. I made curtains too but I haven't yet attempted front screens. I'm excited to see what yours look like so we can have them in place for our trip to Ursa Minor's shop. It's too cool to need them at night here. Happy travelling!

  4. Thanks! I finally posted about the curtains - see the September 1 post for more details.

  5. Wow, your pictures sure make the old buildings look intersting. Hope your travels are going well. Thank you for stopping in South Dakota and looking at the grass with us! We enjoyed meeting you.
    Janet Dahleru


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