The Liedahl Family

A Family History

Edvard Johnson and Dewey

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Edvard Johnson (note the lack of Dewey the dog…)

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Edvard Johnson and Dewey


Edvard Johnson (that's not a typo, it's "Edvard") was a neighbor to Carl and Clara Knutson (which means everyone else in the local family tree as well).

While I haven't learned a lot about the gentleman to date, what I have learned is this: his dog, Dewey, would immediately run off as soon as the door opened to his Model T coupe and would remain gone for (usually) the entire visit. When it was time to go, there was a bit of a ritual involved.

Edvard would call, "Dewey" over and over again, and Dewey would never show. Finally, when the line had been crossed, he would bellow, "DEWEY! COME HERE YOU SON OF A BITCH!" and Dewey would come running, having had the extra few minutes for whatever it was he was playing at.

-Kirt Liedahl
23-DEC-2014

The "Jeeps"

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Built by Nels Liedahl in the late 1930s and early 1940s, these home-made mechanical creations were used for a number of tasks- primarily haying. (Note the equipment located on the front of the units- old-fashioned haying implements)

The "jeeps" were constructed of various Ford Model A and Model T parts. There were a total of three of them made.

-Kirt Liedahl
23-DEC-2014

The Herbranson Camp

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This is a photo of Stanley Herbranson and Gerald Liedahl standing next to a house that was moved from a place they referred to as "The Herbranson Camp". It was located several miles south of the existing Herbranson farm.

According to report, they moved this house onto the existing Herbranson farm to accommodate Janice and Stanley until they built their farm house.

Also according to report, One of the three Herbranson brothers (Ole, Oscar, and Ted) - I believe it was Ted- lived in the "camp" and tended to the cattle. Ole and Oscar were responsible for other operations for the farm.

-Kirt Liedahl
23-DEC-2014