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Harry Sorrenson

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THE H. W. SORRENSON CHILDREN Left to right: Doris (Mrs. Julius Hansen); Effie (Mrs. A. D. Parker); Ernest; and Grace (Mrs. Elbert Sweatt)

H. W. and Bertha Sorrenson came by immigrant train from Iowa to Swisher County. Bertha helped in the fields, served as a midwife or as a veterinarian when an animal was sick. Threshing crews said it was worth working for the Sorrensons just to get the meals she cooked.

Harry bought a donkey and built a two-wheel cart to convey the children to school. He made toys of all kinds for his children: a pedal operated car, a little wagon, a doll cradle, a litle cupboard, and table and chairs. He also made a wonderful hobby horse from a solid block of wood, with raveled rope for the mane and tail and a leather saddle and bridle.

Harry was a trustee for the Houston School as long as he had children attending there. He was active in getting the first telephones in the community. Both belonged to the Methodist Church in Tulia, and their daughter Grace Sweatt is still a member.

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