Reply from Vickie LaFontaine Hiatt (’73): Grafton, ND
I never knew a Roger Hiatt
Reply from Rod Hiatt (’69): Bottineau, ND
I guess that I had never heard of a Roger Hiatt either. When I get into town, I’m going to ask my Aunt Stubby if she would know. Another one of those things that I wish I would have listened to my Dad more when I was younger instead of thinking I already knew it all.
From Kay (Lund) Hildebrandt: K Murrieta, CA.
Note: Kay was a Cousin to Robert, Corbin and Winifred (Eurich) Pritchard. Her mother was a Thompson
I’m one of your silent readers, but never miss a day. My grandmother was Candace Thompson (daughter of Anthony and Esther) Grandma Candace married Charles Torbert, farmer in Minnesota. Their daughter, Margery, married Hugo Lund. My Dad was considerably older than my Mother, and a few of the letters today reminded me of some of his experiences before he and my Mother married.
He was one of those miners trapped in the Anaconda copper mine in Butte. He had graduated from high school in 1915 and with his $5.00 graduation gift, he and a friend rode the rails from Minnesota to Montana, looking for adventure. A little guy, but friendly, the miners in line waiting for a job took a liking to him, and talked the boss into hiring him. He was a 1,000 feet down that day in 1917, but close to an elevator shaft, probably in the adjacent mine, the High Ore. One of the lucky ones. The miners went on strike after that; out of a job; the war started, and he was called to duty. He missed his bus, was considered awol, and marched into Camp Lewis in Washington at gunpoint. Off to France and the battle of the Meuse-Argonne.
He returned to Butte, but family called. He and several brothers spent the next seven years in Manitoba, attempting to raise wheat on land that had never been touched by a plow. Their first house was the chicken coop. They finally had acres of wheat, almost ready for harvesting. No insurance against inclement weather in those days, and they were hailed out. Home to Minnesota, where he and Mom met and married–just in time for the Depression! But they were hard workers, and eventually had a profitable flower shop/greenhouses, and retired to California.
Thanks for the great blog, and the opportunity to share my little family history. Kay (Lund) Hildebrandt
Kelvin Homemakers Club Cookbook
Posting from Lynette Honsey: California
Note: Please see Gary Stokes’ comment at the bottom of this posting.
Hi Gary ~~~ just a quick question.
Gary Stokes comment:
Note: Lynette is the daughter of Leonard and Lois Peterson Honsey.
Yes Lynette, Elaine was my mother. This cook book brings back so many memories of the Kelvin Homemakers club that my mother and so many others, of your mothers too, were members of. I believe the club is still active today too. In my childhood day’s the Kelvin Homemakers club was very large with many members. They had their monthly meetings in the member’s homes. It was always a full house. Do any of you remember the Secret sister thing that they had each year. They sure had each other guessing as to who their secret sister was.
Melba Alice Lund passed away
Obituary posted by Vickie Metcalfe (’7 Bottineau, ND
Gary & Friends of Dunseith,
Please note the passing of Melba Lund.
Melba worked for Marie Allard at the Beauty shop on Main Street.
In those years, I believe she roomed many years at the Martha Handeland home..
My mom was one of Marie’s first “girls”.
As WWII was concluding, Mom traveled with her ‘Pop’ to Yakima WA finding work as an elevator operator.
Mom was always quite frugal and saved her money to further her education upon her return to ND.
She lived with 4 other young women one winter in a Fargo apt while they attended NW Beauty College.
After completing the course, Marie hired Mom.
Mom left Marie’s when she married dad in 1947 and moved to Washington.
Returning to ND, Mom continued cutting hair for friends and neighbor’s.
Mom often shared she enjoyed many experiences of working for Marie.
Over the years, many young ladies came to work in Dunseith at Maries Beauty Shop.
Marie told mom most of the gal’s’ worked about a year leaving to get married.
But, Melba was one who stayed with Marie for a greater length of time.
Blog (607) posted on October 30, 2009
Evon, you are so right. That is Elvin, Cheryl’s dad, not Willard. That was my mistake. Thank you so much for the correction. Gary
Elvin Haagenson & Mary Ann Hagen