Betty Barr Boilesen

Memories of the Phonograph and Other Stories

     

 

 

My name is Betty Barr Boilesen.

I was born in Elba, Nebraska in 1924 on a 650 acre ranch by a river and lots of cottonwood trees.

My second grade teacher, Miss Hildred Karre, gave me my first experience with music on a phonograph which was a portable suit-case style. You opened the lid and inside was this wonderful little record player. Our opening exercise was a special time. We listened and also played games to the music such as the Farmer in the Dell and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. However, my favorite part was watching Miss Karre wind the crank. She wore silver bracelets which cling-clanged when she turned the crank.

My two nieces were in kindergarden in the same room. We played school and imitated the real school. Of course, you must have a phonograph. So I put my Dad's razor blade sharpener on top of a grocery-store box, and with the rubber jar rings and gold Mason jar lids on my wrist I was ready to wind the crank and jingle-jangle.

  Kriss Kross Stropper Razor Blade Sharpener, c.1927

None of our neighbors other than one family had a phonograph. They had an elegant floor model. When we visited them, sometimes during the evening we would all go to the parlor and listen to a few records. What wonderful phonograph memories.

 

Other Betty Ann Barr Stories

 

Say "Good-night" to your kitchen and your kitchen will say "Good-morning" to you

 

The "Barr Goodbye"

 

"Shuffle off to Buffalo" - Risque music on the Phonograph

 

The Hour of Charm

 

Life is a Gift - Enjoy the Present

 

Cottage Cheese - "Don't take it all!"

 

"Put My Little Shoes Away"

 

The Christmas Dolls

 

The Blue Hat - Going to the Picture Show

 

Education - Growing Up in Elba

 

Entertainment - Growing Up in Elba

 

Sheetmusic - Growing Up in Elba

 

My Dad - Manley Miller Barr

 

My Grandfather - James Airth Barr in his own words

 

Betty Ann's Wedding

 

My Mom - Anna Ellen Ender Vogt Barr

 

The Enders

 

My Brother - Raymond K. Vogt

 

My Sister - Fay Alice Vogt Erickson

 

My Brother - Chris Vogt

 

My Favorites of 1941

 

Axel and Betty Christmas Traditions

 

Betty's Christmas Cookie Recipes

 

In Memory of Betty Ann Barr Boilesen - October 26, 2000