I am a daughter of Slope County, one of the many grandchildren of Andy and Lillian Silbernagel.
Slope County is one of the least populated counties in the United States.
My last memory of her is when she and I went picking juneberries in the pasture west of our place, along the banks of the west fork of Deep Creek. I was 11. On the way home, she let me sit in her lap and “drive” the blue Ford Galaxy. A few days later, we buried her at Tuttle Cemetery, southwest of Rhame, N.D.
She baked the best sugar cookies ever.
To this day, I use her salt and pepper shakers in my Bismarck kitchen.
What would this daughter of Norwegian immigrants think of a world of Google and Facebook and Twitter? Nonsense, probably. She might even thunk someone over the head with her rolling pin at such foolishness. I would do well to bear in mind her wisdom.