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 Barr Boilesen 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