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World War II

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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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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My first essay

When I was in the third grade the teacher asked us to write essays on what we did over the weekend. That was the weekend that Dad built our outhouse at the lake. I wrote a nice two pager about … Continue reading

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Minnesota winter sunsets

The winter when I was six, most days after school I grabbed my sled.  A steep hill behind our rental home had a run on it that was a thrill for me.  I’d belly-flop onto the sled, race down the … Continue reading

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It’s over!

World War II dragged on for over three years. Day after day stories came back about massive battles with huge loss of life. Mothers got telegrams when their sons were killed in action, and they hung gold stars in their … Continue reading

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A World War II casualty

In the early 1940’s my grandmother’s next door neighbors had a son about my age named Dickie.  I used to play with Dickie sometimes when we visited grandma.  Dickie had an older brother named Norman, who was in the army … Continue reading

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