Gerald Wagner, Electronic mail message to Michael M. Miller from St. Paul, Minnesota
Our Christmas was very simple with our parents, brothers and sisters as we did not travel or have visitors because at Christmas we were usually snowbound. We were nearly two miles of hilly section line trail to the nearest graded road so horses and bob sled were needed. We were seven miles south of Fredonia in 1937 as the crow flies. We had canned vegetables, sour kraut, canned meats both pork and chicken, smoked hams, bacon, homemade sausage my father made. We also had plenty of potatoes and home baked bread. Everything was home grown. We always had plenty to eat. We had no radio, telephone, newspaper. We played many board games and cards for entertainment.