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Life has created many wonderful memories for Fulda’s Johanna Busch

January 22, 2014

	Embroidering is Johannas favorite past-time.  
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
FULDA FREE PRESS/Norma Dittman
Embroidering is Johannas favorite past-time.
By Norma Dittman
Johanna Busch. Just the mention of this delightful 95-years young Fulda woman’s name will bring about memories of hearty laughter, twinkling eyes, and great conversations.

Busch was born on November 22nd, 1918, on a farm just south of Edgerton, Minnesota. She was the second oldest of eight children born to Martha and Otto Bartels. As she grew, Johanna became her father’s ‘hired man’. “I always helped my dad outside with the farm work. I enjoyed it so much,” Busch stated. “We farmed with horses until dad purchased a John Deere tractor. It was a lot of fun learning how to drive that tractor!” Busch exclaimed. The Bartels family grew oats and corn, milked cows, raised pigs, and used horse power to aid in their farm work.

Young Johanna attended grade school in a small country school near their farm site prior to the family’s move into Trosky, Minnesota. “When we moved to Trosky I attended the school in that town,” she shared.

“One year, mom said she had finished canning 500 quarts of food to keep us going through the winter. Dad and I were out in the barn milking cows and Dad happened to look out and see that the house was on fire,” Busch shared. “We used an old cooking stove and some of the sparks from that stove got under the shingles and started that fire. It was a very good thing that we saw the fire and rushed to the house. The younger children were still sleeping upstairs and we were able to get them all out of that burning house. Oh, it burnt to the ground. But, my baby picture hangs on that wall over there,” Busch recalled as she gestured toward the photo. “It was one of the several items that mom and dad were able to get out of the house. I remember that like it was yesterday,” she said.

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