Category Archives: Early years

Electricity, Grandma Johnson

Darkhouse fishing

“I’m going fishing. Want to come along?” “Oh, boy, sure, Dad!” It was January in Minnesota. Clearwater Lake was covered with ice, three feet thick.. Dad had made a little fish house out of insulating board, with a wood floor, … Continue reading

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A Lutefisk lament

When I was very young, every Christmastime Grandma’s house (in Minneapolis) seemed like little Sweden. Of course they had a Christmas tree and a visit from Santa Claus, but on Christmas Eve they always served lutefisk and korv. We kids … Continue reading

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Clearwater Lake

Every summer when I was very young, the Highway Department sent Dad to work on a road job in northern Minnesota. He always rented a summer lake cottage where we lived while he worked there. In 1940 the Minnesota Highway … Continue reading

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Sinclair Lewis’s brother

The summers when I was four and five, we lived at Sauk Lake, near Sauk Centre, Minnesota. I spent the time swimming and playing with two daughters of a man who, I think, worked with Dad in the Highway Department. … Continue reading

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Dad takes me out on the job

“Dad, will you take me out on the job?” “Bernie, why don’t you take him? Maybe he’ll want to be an engineer some day.” So Dad took me out on the road job with him. I was five years old. … Continue reading

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Free ice cream?

When I was five years old we stayed at a lake near Sauk Centre, Minnesota for the summer, while Dad worked on a road project nearby. It was the fourth of July, so we were at the parade in town. … Continue reading

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Hiking with cousin Billy

“Hey, Tommy, wanta go for a hike?” We were spending the summer at a lake cottage in northern Minnesota while dad worked on a highway up there. Uncle Bill’s family were visiting us. Cousin Billy was their oldest. He was … Continue reading

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Shocked (my earliest memory)

I had just turned two years old. I was sitting on a rug in the house.  Nothing to do, might as well crawl around and explore.  Hm, this looks interesting, under the table I saw a hole in the wall.  … Continue reading

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