RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
TRIBUTE TO PIONEER DAKOTANS, 1865-1945
COMING OF THE
and Lincoln Beachly with his plane. Telegrams brought news you feared,
and telephones proved gossips' gain.
Hestad's "Due Bills" eased the pain
when hard cash took a vacation.
But then came Wall Street's fall and scant rain,
and those who could, pulled stakes to run,
for all looked lost long years had won.
--Want in tandem with great Drought.
Speculators lost all they had,
banks locked doors as guards stood about.
Progress everywhere was cast in doubt.
But along with misery and pain,
Lil' Shirley Temple's dimpled pout made folks laugh
in gloom that filled the nation like a tomb.
grasshoppers chewing up fence poles;
rich folk selling off mink furs,
Russian thistles gamboling like foals.
E'en pool hall men grew nervous about their souls.
But most folks pulled together despite empty bowls,
though some caved in, beaten from the first
--those were times that seemed accursed.
Alfred Stadem didn't give up or forlornly repine;
no dust storm, drought, or Russian thistle
quenched his spirit or silenced his whistle.
Depression, no, HE wasn't depressed!
His God was still MERCIFUL to hear prayers of Oppressed!
cried to his God in such distress.
In hard times he refused to resign
himself to heart heaviness.
"For God will save Zion!" he ended up his plea
--an example of hope so fine it lights dark times for you and me
--an R. S. V. P, Heaven's call to dine.
"Baby Take a Bow" at the Strand.
No more washtub cabbages without toil;
George Washington looks overland where hardship lays a heavy hand.
Lake Poinsett's average is two feet.
Then Bryant turns a ripe fifty;
but don't forget James Crossland's feat:
he's 94, a Civil War vet Papa Time can't beat!
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