Betty Jane Harwood (born Turkelson)

Born:Dec 4 1934 In:  Richwood Township, Richland County, Wis
Died:Oct 18 2015 (at age 80)In:  Janesville, WI, at Home
Betty Jane is an active member of the site Turkelson Web Site
Betty Jane visited 5 times, last visit on September 10 2011 (4 years ago)

Immediate family

Myron Omer "Mike" Harwood
Her husband
Harold Eugene Harwood
Her son
Her child
<Private> Eubanks (born Harwood)
Her child
<Private> Kline (born Harwood)
Her child
<Private> Harwood
Her child
Hans Edward "Ed" Turkelson
Her father
Jessie Matilda Turkelson (born Carter-Hoover)
Her mother
Barbara Jean "Barb" Emshoff (born Turkelson)
Her sister
Richard Eugene "Dick" Turkelson
Her brother
<Private> Larson (born Turkelson)
Her sibling
<Private> Turkelson
Her sibling
<Private> Turkelson
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<Private> Turkelson
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My Mother At The Farm

The difference of in the 1950’s and now.

My Mother had several different talents. I have an interest in trying to do several things she could do. For instant, here are a few of the many things she could do:


Decorated Cakes for Birthdays and Weddings for most of our relatives

Sew clothes and etc.

Bake breads, cakes, pies, donuts, candy and etc.

Welcome people who dropped in.

Happy attitude and positive toward life

Smile on her face most of time.

Read Bible everyday

Had a lot of energy

Didn’t complain

Entertain large groups of Family gatherings

We had ice cream social for our church at our house

Lady’s aid worked on making guilt at our house


Ran a house full of seven Children, Husband and endless jobs to do on a farm.


Dress for Church in few minutes she had left after doing chores: milking cows, breakfast, and baby to dress and feed.


Every week my sister Barbara Turkelson Emshoff, and I helped wash the family clothes for nine people on Saturday morning. We had a Maytag ringer washer in the basement beside the double cement tubs fasten on the wall in the basement to rinse the clothes. Before we started to wash we sorted the clothes in piles. White items, bed sheets, colored clothes, work clothes and barn clothes. We washed all the bed sheets every week for 5 or 6 beds, the same day as the regular family wash.


The basement walls were made of sand stone blocks with cement between the stones. There were windows and a big door open to steps we used to go outside to the clothes line. We heated the house with a furnace that burned wood and coal. The furnace was large circle shape, with large pipes going to different rooms connected to large registers. We had piles of wood to burn stacked near the furnace.


There was another room in the basement with a door. We called the fruit room. We stored canned jars of vegetables and meat and berries we canned in the summer. I used to pick grapes and make jelly for our school lunch. We also made peach and strawberry jam. Our family would go together out in the pasture to pick black cap berries. Mother would make a pie of them, and also we ate them with ice cream. If we had extra we would can them in fruit jars to eat in the winter. Once I was picking berries and a snake crawled across the vine above my hand. I screamed and Mother said they eat berries too. She said that was a garter snake. She said if you hear a rattling sound it could be a rattle snake. Mother encourage me to move and pick in another area near her.


Our washing machine was in the basement. We walked up several steps to go outside in nice weather to hang clothes on clothes lines. Our clothes line was on a bank sloping away from the house. So we hung our bed sheets on the back outside lines that were longer distanced from the ground. In the middle lines we hung bath towels. The underwear and smaller things were on the lines closer to the house. We had to take down the clothes that were dry to finish hanging the rest of the washed clothes. Our clothes line was five wires with three wooden posts with cross bars like a cross to hold all the wires. The wood posts were one on each end and one in the middle. The length of the clothes line was the length of one long side of our house.


I like to hang clothes on my outdoor clothes lines sometimes at my home now. Now I also use them for drying fresh washed blankets and sheets so they can blow in the wind in nice weather. I use my dryer most of the time. I love the fresh air fragrance when I go to bed the first night after drying sheets outdoors.


In the winter time we hung the clothes in the basement at the farm. We had clothes lines all over two rooms in the basement. The clothes were stiff when hung inside. The wind outside made them soft. When I got married we bought a Clothes Dryer because clothes dried softer and faster in winter.


When I called my Mother (Jessie Turkelson) on the phone, she would talk about her wash out on the clothes line. She enjoyed looking out the window to see the clothes blowing dry in the wind.

My Mother sometimes hung the clothes out in cold weather. The clothes would freeze, and we carried them in stiff as a board. Then we re-hung them inside on ropes strung across the kitchen to dry. We had to bend over to duck down under the clothes to walk in the kitchen. The room would smell really good with the clothes thawing and drying. The clothes lines were attached to nails attached above a window or door and again across the room. We used the ropes over and over again in winter.


During World war two. We made sheets out of flour sacks. You could feel the seams where the flour sacks joined while you were in bed. We also bought several matching flour sacks so the cloth would match. Each flour sack made one yard of fabric with pretty prints of cotton fabric. We needed four flour sacks to make one dress. We made clothes for Mother and us girls.


My Grandmother Carter made quilts with scraps of cloth of every shape and size called crazy quilt pattern. It turned out very interesting designs, quilts kept us warm on the beds. My Grandmother made a lot of quilts for different family members. Grandmother had a large quilt frame to work on to tie knots of yarn. Grandmother, her name was. Annie Harlan Carter, sewed the quilts by hand with designs to keep the layers of fabric together. Annie was Mother to Jessie Carter Turkelson. My name is Betty and Jessie was my Mother. Jessie had seven children including Barbara. Hilman, Richard, Leslie, Donald and Beverly Turkelson


Grandmother (Annie Carter) filled the quilt with wool batting or cotton batting between the top and bottom covers of the quilt. Sometimes she used an older quilt; put it inside a new cover on both sides. They didn't throw anything away. Grandmother would keep rolling the finished area of the quilt on a bar on the quilt frame. This would help her reach further into the quill when she was sewing. Sometimes when we visited she had an unfinished quilt on a frame set up for her to work on it.


Our money was tight on the farm. We had a milk check once a month. We raised tobacco to pay the taxes. Sold eggs from chickens, and sold calves to buy shoes for one person when they needed shoes.


We had white dress shirts for my Father and four Brothers to wear to Church each Sunday. I and my Mother and my two Sisters, Beverly and Barbara wore cotton dresses that had to be starched and ironed. My Brother Hilman, Donald, Leslie, Richard and my Father Edward’s white shirts were starched on the collar and cuffs. I sprinkled the clothes with a small sprinkler. It fit on top of an empty catsup bottle full of water. Then I would roll the sprinkle clothes and put them in a plastic bag to keep them moist while I ironed. I set up an ironing board to iron the clothes on. I used an electric iron to iron two or three hours. Sometimes I also used several flat irons that were heated on top of the cook stove. It had a handle that connected on it while ironing. Sometime this iron was too hot and could burn clothes. It was heavy also to use.


After the clothes were ironed, I would put the clothes on coat hangers and hang them on cupboard handles so the dampness after ironing could finish drying. This job was expected of me each week.


My sister Barbara a year and half younger than me could hide and read. She got out of a lot of work. My Dad always checked to see if I was doing something, it didn't concern him what Barbara was doing.


My Mother had seven Children in twelve years. My Mother, Jessie also helped to milk cows morning and night. Mother started a fire in our wood furnace every morning, and the cook stove in the kitchen. You could hear her shake the ashes out of furnace and put wood in. The house got cold in the night. I would get dressed on top of a register to warm up because our house was cold.


The only stove to cook on in the kitchen was wood burning cook stove. We got an electric stove to cook on when I was in high school. My Mother made bread, cakes, pies and cookies. I loved the smell of fresh baked food. I learned how to make cakes from cook books, Angel food cake, sponge cakes with fresh eggs. We continually had to be making something to eat, with nine people eating each meal. I didn't know what day old food was until I got married.


HARWOOD, Betty Jane TURKELSON 1934 12-04-1934

MS with Myron. Married Myron Omer "Mike" Harwood on June 1, 1957.

Death date pending"

"Parents of Donald Lorie Marilyn Kenneth & Harold"


Children of Hans Turkelson and Jessie Carter are:

i. Betty Jane Turkelson, born December 04, 1934 in Richland County, WI; married Myron Omar Harwood June 01, 1957 in Richland County, WI; born December 07, 1934 in Richland County, WI; died March 17, 1998 in Haven House Hospice, Janesville, WI.


More About Betty Jane Turkelson:

Occupation: Housewife


More About Myron Omar Harwood:

Occupation: Owner of Harwood's Carpet Cleaning and Uphostery

Sail Boat Ship Window

Posted by: betty on Friday, January 02, 2004 - 03:13 PM

Anna (Hanson) Turkelson, installed the Sail Boat Ship Window in the farm house dining room upper large window facing the hillside. The top section had like frosted or etched picture of a sail boat ship scene. There was another large window separate under the etched designed window. This was similar to the ship they used when they traveled from Norway to America. She wanted the ship picture window for a keepsake of their trip from Norway to the United States. After Hans Peter Turkelson died, his second wife Anna (Hanson) Turkelson improved the Turkelson farm house. She added a kitchen on the back of the house where there was an open porch. The dining room was originally a kitchen and dining room combined. The cook stove was used to cook meals and also to heat the room. The cook stove was used year around even in the summer. Our family cooked on kitchen cook stove for all our meals until I was in high school.  We cooked year around on this stove. We canned vegetables, fruits, and meat in summer including baking bread, cakes, pies and etc. Before the window was installed, the cook stove was on the west wall toward the hillside. The stove pipe went from the cook stove, through the ceiling to the upstairs bedroom. The upstairs bedroom had a metal heat exchanger that the stove pipe went through in the upstairs floor before it went into a wall chimney, then out though the roof. The heat exchanger helped hold the heat longer from the stove pipe to heat this bedroom. We found the metal heat exchanger in the upstairs of the granary building. The granary used to have a dinner bell on top of the building. This bell was to call the farmers in from the fields when meals were ready. We played school with this bell. My Father, Edward Turkelson came home from point Ridge field. He scolded us for us ringing bell too often. He said the neighbors will think we are ringing it because we need help or a fire. The granary was used to store grain, oats, wheat and barley in upstairs bin's for them on the main floor. There was a grain shoot to collect the grain in pails or gunny sacks as needed to feed the chickens and farm animals. My Father, Edward would take grain to a feed mill in Richland Center, Wisconsin to have it ground into feed.  Written by Betty Turkelson Harwood


Re: Photo of Thomas Turkelson house outside Muscoda

Posted by: betty on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 11:25 PM

 The large lady standing o­n the porch is Alvina Paulson, Turkelson my Grandmother. This farm had dairy cows, chickens, a few turkey and geese. It had a cash crop raising Strawberries, people could come and pick their own Strawberries. This farm was on Highway 133 between Muscoda, and Blue River. The large sign near the road said Luscious Garden Fresh Strawberries for sale. We had that sign in our milk house for years later on. The road has been changed, I went with Lillian Turkelson Mathews, and she showed me where this house was a few years ago. Betty


December 4, 1934 - October 18, 2015 Betty Jane Harwood, age 80, of Janesville, died on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, at home. She was born in Richwood Township, Richland County, on Dec. 4, 1934, the daughter of Hans Edward and Jessie Matilda (Carter) Turkelson. She married Myron “Mike” O. Harwood in Trinity Methodist Church, Richland Center, on June 1, 1957, and he preceded her in death on March 17, 1998. Betty co-owned and operated with her husband, Harwood’s Carpet Cleaning. She was a member of Cargill United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school to third and fourth graders, a Den mother for Cub Scouts, taught Leather Crafting for 4-H, and sang with Sweet Adeline’s. She was a seamstress, artist, and a cake decorator. Betty is survived by her four children: Don (Dee) Harwood of Stoughton, Lorie (Kurt) Kline of Monroe, Marilyn Harwood of Reston, VA, and Ken Harwood of Woodbridge, VA; four grandchildren: Ann (Travis) Ermey of Monroe, Celia Kline of Monroe, Jessy Eubanks and Nicole Eubanks, both of Reston VA; one great-grandchild, Hazel Ermey; three brothers: Ed (Yvonne) Turkelson of Springs, TX, Leslie (Janet) Turkelson of Verona, WI, and Don (Gabby) Turkelson of Springfield, MI; a sister, Beverly Larson of Janesville; three sisters-in-law: Delight (Bob) Totten, Dorothy (Lyle) Pinkham and Janice Salmon; many other nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Harold Harwood; brother, Dick Turkelson; and sister, Barbara Emshoff. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at CARGILL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH with Rev. Stu Allen officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4 until 7 p.m. at SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. Interment will be on Thursday at 3 p.m. in Richland Cemetery, Richland County. For on-line condolences and registry: - See more at:

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