Steve Burwash

Ohop Valley, Kjelstad Farm, 1961

Burwash and Kjelstad family, checking out the new arrival 1961
Burwash and Kjelstad family, checking out the new arrival 1961

The Burwash family is sitting outside at the farm, checking out the newest addition to the family.

Sarah Rabel writes this February 16, 2017:

“Today, my mind has rested on Grandma Burwash [Carolyn Burwash], who passed away this day longer ago than I realized until my aunt Mary [Mary Burwash Chalberg posted a remembrance. I have thought of her strength, her incredible cooking, baking, and canning, her spotless home, her music, her embroidery, her literature, her teaching, her dahlias, her barn boots… And most of all, I have thought of her voice. Here is a photo of her (in the checkered dress) at Coffee Time in the field.”

The picture was probably taken by Matt Kjelstand. In the photo is Steve Burwash (wearing the hat), Kathleen Burwash looking at the baby Mary, and Martin Burwash checking out something in his hand. Behind is Velma Kjelstad and Matt’s sister, Martha. And, of course, Major the dog.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Rabel. 

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Plowing at the Burwash Farm (ca. 1976)

Steve Burwash tilling (1970s)
Steve Burwash tilling (1970s)

Steve Burwash pictured here on his tractor, tilling in Ohop Valley.

His daughter, Mary (Burwash) Chalberg says, “Springtime on the farm was always one of my favorite seasons. Mom [Carolyn Burwash] would be happily cleaning flower beds and planting and Pop could finally get out and work the ground. Here he is plowing with the John Deere Model M. This picture was taken in the mid to late 70’s.”

Photo courtesy of Mary Chalberg.

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The Day the Steve Burwash Moved From the Burwash/Kjelstad Farm

The day we moved the Old Man off the farm, I took one last look around when we were finished. This is the last photo I took of the barn.Barn Window Ohop
The day we moved the Old Man off the farm

The Burwash family has the distinction of having some spectacular photographers. This picture was taken the day that Steve Burwash moved from the family (Kjelstad/Burwash) farm. 

Martin Burwash says, “[This was taken] the day we moved the Old Man off the farm. I took one last look around when we were finished.  This is the last photo I took of the barn.”

For those of you who have had cows, you’ll recognize the Biozide Gel Wound Dressing. It’s still available today, but in a plastic container. I imagine this was used on any abrasions to the cows utters, among other things.

Photos courtesy of Martin Burwash.

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Steve Burwash milking the cows when the barn was full
Steve Burwash milking the cows when the barn was full

Mineral Lake – logging in 1964

Mineral lake - logging 1964
Mineral lake – logging 1964

Martin Burwash writes about this collection of photos . . .

But here’s a little Milwaukee Road history I haven’t seen….the Mineral reload when it was operated by a steam donkey. These were taken with my very first camera, a Brownie Starlite…Payless 127 film in 1964. What you are seeing is indeed a steam donkey pulling logs out of Mineral Lake and loading them on Milwaukee Road cars.

The shot taken of donkey engineer at work was done by the Old Man, as you can see me sitting in the lower corner. That old engineer was so fast at swinging the boom and dropping a log on the car, I told Dad maybe he’d have a better chance at getting a good shot….and that he did. But here’s what’s cool….we don’t have to settle for this blurry crap…somewhere the Old Man [Steve Burwash] has a set of Kodachrome slides of this.

Mineral lake - logging 1964 (2)
Mineral lake – logging 1964 (2)
Martin Burwash watching the operation
Martin Burwash watching the operation at Mineral Lake. His Dad, Steve Burwash, takes the photo.

Finding them is a definite winter “must-do.”

Photos courtesy of Martin Burswash.

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Steve Burwash bringing in the cows

Steve Burwash bringing in his mil cows
Steve Burwash bringing in his mil cows

For those of you who have milked cows, this picture will feel familiar. Steve Burwash, who is today in his 90s, is bringing his milk cows.

This picture was taken by Martin Burwash in the 1970s. This second picture was taken the summer of 2014. Not too much had changed in Ohop Valley.

Photos courtesy of Martin Burwash and Diane Mettler.

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Burwash/Kjelstad farm Summer 2014
Burwash/Kjelstad farm Summer 2014

The Cows of Kjelstad Farm

List of Cows from the Burwash milkhouse
List of Cows from the Burwash milkhouse

In 1889 a Norwegian named Henry Kjelstad settled in Ohop Valley. In 2014 the farm, which had stayed in the family was sold to the Nisqually Land Trust. When Steve Burwash was moving out, this list of cows hung in the milk house. A better list of cow names will never be collected.

Image courtesy of Diane Mettler and the Burwash family.

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Steve Burwash milking the cows when the barn was full
Steve Burwash milking the cows when the barn was full