HIGHLIGHTS OF OREN ELLER'S LIFE
I was born on the South Dakota Plains,
where the wind blows a lot and it seldom rains.
It was in the year 1904,
and everyone was very poor.
I finished high school in '23,
quite an accomplishment for me.
I always got a good report card,
I wasn't too smart but I worked real hard.
I started farming in '25,
I could barely make enough to keep alive.
I worked 16 hours a day,
milking cows and pitching hay.
I lived way out in the sticks,
so all my meals to fix.
In '29 I married my wife,
quite an improvement in my life.
We were a mighty happy pair,
until the dust storms started blowing in our hair.
In '33 we moved to the Hoosier State,
I started standing outside the employment gate.
I was looking for someone who would employ
a man with a wife and a little boy.
I finally got inside the door
and I nearly stayed there for evermore.
Everything was going fine,
we got our daughter in '39.
Thirty-five years in the same old spot,
but during those years we traveled a lot.
We got the idea in '48,
that we would like to travel to every state.
We started out real close to home,
and every year later farther we'd roam.
We never seemed to have much dough,
but every vacation time off we'd go.
To some state we'd never been before.
and a few choice spots we wished to explore.
In '49 we traveled far,
that year we managed to buy a new car.
When at last every state we'd at least driven through,
someone up and added two.
I don't suppose we will ever see these,
but we sure have a lot of memories.
Now I live a leisurely life,
in our modest home with my little wife.
Many evenings we just set out in the breeze,
reliving some of our memories.