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The Chrisman sisters, 1886. Lizzie Chrisman filed the first of the sisters' homestead claims in 1887. Lutie Chrisman filed the following year. The other two sisters, Jennie Ruth and Hattie, had to wait until they came of age to file. They both filed in 1892.
And we think teachers today have it bad... a soddy with one door and no natural light, burning dung....
Solomon Butcher captured this family at Grandpa Brumbaugh’s sod house near the Coburgh Post Office in Custer County, Nebraska, in 1889. This odd combination of a frame and sod house was considered a “high-toned” home (note the glass windows).