Category Archives: Beginnings

Early years, Grade school, High school, University

Spinning a car on lake ice

If the lakes froze on icy nights with no wind, the ice would have a smooth, glassy surface.  Then it was time to get foolish with a car. You accelerate straight ahead on the lake up to about fifty miles … Continue reading

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Winter weekends in central Minnesota

In my adolescent years, usually with the Boy Scouts, I would throw my war surplus skis and poles over my shoulder and join a friend or two for a ski hike.  We’d carry our skis about a mile to a … Continue reading

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Static electricity experiment

My favorite class in high school was physics.  We learned a lot, and part of that learning was playing with the demonstration equipment. To teach us something about static electricity and electrical capacitors, the teacher had us join hands with … Continue reading

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Football hero

One year in high school I signed up for the football team. It was good exercise but I was no match for the guys that had been playing for years. I was placed on the ‘B’ squad. We only scrimmaged … Continue reading

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The Brainerd High School Band

I had heard that the high school did not have a second-string band, so I thought my cornet playing days were finished. Then I got a post card telling me to come to the school and pick up my band … Continue reading

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Mr. Fenstermacher and the battle of Gettysburg

I never met Mr. Fenstermacher.   I do remember seeing his picture in the local paper once. When I was in grade school Mr. Fenstermacher was over 100 years old.  He lived only a few blocks down the street from where … Continue reading

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The Nokay Lake country school

During the autumn after the war ended, we stayed at the lake while Dad made arrangements for building our new house. Doug and I attended the Nokay Lake school, about three miles from our cabin. The school was the traditional … Continue reading

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The war’s aftermath

The end of world war II  made a problem for our family: Andy Peterson, whose house we were renting, returned from California and wanted his house back. We were staying at the lake at the time, but we had to … Continue reading

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Wetmore and Sugden

In grade school I read anything I could get my hands on, even my mother’s housewife magazines. In one of them I found an ad seeking Christmas card sales people. “Sell Christmas cards with names imprinted!” it read, “Send for … Continue reading

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Bald Uncle Sam

In the fifth grade I played the role of Uncle Sam in a patriotic school play. Most of my time on stage I just stood at attention while other things went on around me. My costume came with a commercial … Continue reading

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