Distances were no burden in those early times when people wanted to get together for a dance and fun fest. Messrs. A. V. Higley, his son Orte, Bud Loomis, Clint Knox, and Ernest Olson used to canoe up and down the river to dances. They would leave their respective homes during the afternoon and pick up anyone who chose to go with them. And, of course, they danced all night, then took their neighbors home the next morning in daylight.
There were only three or four women in the settlement at that time, among whom were Mrs. Kestner, Mrs. Jack Ewell, Mrs. Knox, and Mrs. Olson. In lieu of enough ladies for partners, some of the men tied a hankerchief around one arm. Then they were ladies.
The only orchestra then was Mr. A. V. Higley, playing the fiddle, and his son Orte, playing the banjo and organ, if any. The "Arkansas Traveler" was usually played and called for the square dances, by Mr. Higley.
Schooling was very hard to get. In the earliest years school was maintained only three months in a year. Herber, Fritchef, Constance, and Richard, and their cousins; Selma, Frank, and Charles Hulten, had to walk six miles morning and night to school. They left home before daylight in the morning and did not return until after dark. The school house was located across the road from the old Norwood Ranger Station. It was a one-room school, built of logs. Others attending school at that time were: Otto, Joe and Josie Kestner, and Herbert and Susie Bennett.
While they were building their house, the Hultens lived in the Borden cabin. According to Hilda (Thomas) they had a small mill with a vertical saw that cut planks. She also recalls that "Aunt Tikda" Olson gave them a salt-sack filled with potato peelings to use for planting. Of course, there were good "eyes" in the thick peelings. In pioneer days, everything had to be conserved.
"We used to heat water in a boiler for washing clothes. Then we'd carry them to the river, fill an old boat with water, and rinse them in it. Then we'd spread them on the grass to dry.