| Detail: Margaret
Margaret Francis Kugler
b.12-20-1914 in Roberts Co., SD
When Mom & Dad got married they
vacationed with Mom's parents Charles and Anna
Kugler. They visited Portege Wis.
where Great-Grandma Kugler
lived. While visiting Great Grandma
offered coffee, Grandma poured cream in
her coffee, apparently Great Grandma
though she used to much cream and told her
that she used to much cream and that she
wasn't on the farm now.
One time of many when the entire family was
out picking rock, as we went up and down the
field Mom noticed one of the cows was out of
the fence. She told Dad, and He said no
it wasn't out of the fence. They
bantered back and forth and finally Mom said I
bet you it is out. I can't remember what
they bet but Dad took her up on the bet.
As we got closer to the fence line sure enough
the cow was out. Then Dad started to
weasel out of the bet; but Mom held her ground
and finally Dad admitted he lost the
bet. I never knew if she did collect the
Mom was good to all of us. She demanded
that the things we were supposed to do were
done but was never mean to any of us, or
talked to us in a mean or degrading way.
When I was very young it seemed that she
worked all the time. But as I and my
sisters grew older I came to realize that she
did sit down in the evening to watch TV.
She darned socks or sewed as she watched but I
think she was able to do this because now she
had daughters to help with all the work.
I remember Mom always took care of the
chickens. The feed was stored in the
chicken house but she carried the water to
them. When the snow got bad one of us
kids carried the water. She would always
talk to the chicken and it seemed like they
would talk back to her. Animals always
liked her and would always go to her for
attention. She would pet them or talk to
them. It was like they knew she would
not hurt them.
The eggs from the chicken were gathered two
or three times a day. We would sit and
watch TV in the evening and clean eggs.
This meant wiping them off or sanding
them. They were sanded for some reason
because this would not remove a natural
protective coating. I think the egg
money was used to buy groceries and