Swiss immigrant, Farmer, Oregon, Washington, genealogy
In the autumn of 1923, father left for the States. Mother and the four children remained on the farm. Father had to get himself established somewhere. I (age sixteen) was now the man of the house. Mother and I learned to butcher a cow; we sold some young stock and raised pigs and chickens. We somehow made enough to exist. Winter was now coming on, and about every two weeks ma and I had to go to town through the ice and snow -- and occasionally blizzards.
Thurkauf, Ernest Albert
"Entering the United States Excerpted From One Small Lifetime,"
Swiss American Historical Society Review: Vol. 32
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/sahs_review/vol32/iss2/7