A rose by any other name...
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Photo © Doris Anderson
Elaine Wold's midsummer garden graces Fargo Forum photo gallery.

Click on each of the little rectangles at upper left on the gallery page for another lovely garden view -- the 11th rectangle reveals the above photo of Elaine's garden.

UPDATE -- Elaine's garden featured in Fargo Forum
by Doris Anderson
La Mirada, CA

I was drinking my morning coffee on Elaine's deck, enjoying the scenery and watching for any squirrels -- one of the highlights of our trip! I saw a wonderful garden and grabbed my camera. Everything was so lush and green. I wanted to capture some of the beauty around me, although Elaine had said that we had missed all the iris blooming earlier.

When I got home I realized I had taken enough snapshots to make up a little book and send it to Elaine. The creative bit -- if any -- was taking time to compose the "Your Garden" poem to go with her book -- and that didn't take long because it was fun and every line was so true. :-) (Scroll down the page to "This and That" to find the poem and more garden photos.)

Elaine's Comments:

Doris took the pictures of the garden so they're really hers! She did such a great job of compiling a booklet of pictures from my yard and flowers.

The heat and drought have taken their toll on the garden now; my yard is dried up and weedy, but still I can enjoy looking at the photos and it gives me inspiration to try again next year, too!

I sent in the "Free Weeds, Pull Them Yourself" story I wrote several months ago for Bulletin 212, changing it to update it somewhat for The Fargo Forum, but they didn't print stories; they did use the garden verse and some of my comments in the heading of the article.

They had asked for readers to send in photos, so I did. I have had some calls and comments on it, too. Thanks to Doris! I will have to say that was the lushest time of the summer for the garden. We got the hot, dry weather all of July!

Elaine Wold
Wahpeton, ND

Photo © Doris Anderson
A closer view of a lovely oasis with an arch, a birdbath and gnomes.

Photo © Donna Johnson
A few truckloads of sand, left; turn into a beach party, right.

UPDATE -- Beaver delivers "a beach in a box"
by Donna Johnson
Ashby, MN

We had an actual "beach party" last Friday night. Beaver hauled and dumped while several raked and shoveled to spread it out ... ta-dah! ... a new beach!

The beach party group consisted of Don and Dorothy, Shawn and Lori, Beaver, Donna, Becky, Caity, Jayce, Brooklynn and Rylie. Becky's friend Ben stopped in later in the evening.

I brought along steak, potatoes, salad and creamed cucumbers, mushrooms, cookies and mini caramel rolls. Steak on the grill tastes so great! The mushrooms were a huge hit with Brook and Rylie. I was amazed at how much they loved them. Turned out to be a fun evening.

Photo © Donna Johnson
The crew shovels sand to make a beach for Lori & Shawn.

UPDATE -- family photo at the lake
by Sarah (Dake) Steinhauer
Warroad, MN

Hi! Here is a photo of us enjoying the water at Zippel Bay State Park last weekend with our dog, Chester. The photo was taken by Mike’s sister, Becky (Steinhauer) Anderson, whose husband, John, and son, Zach, were also with us.

Photo © Becky (Steinhauer) Anderson
Sarah & Mike with Chester & Levi Steinhauer at play.

UPDATE -- Jason Quick graduates
by Ardis Quick
Roseville, MN

On Thursday, August 3rd, Charlie, Travis and I flew to Atlanta, Georgia, for Jason's graduation on Friday. He got his Master's Degree in Industrial Design from Georgia Tech. In a sea of gowns and caps I had no problem picking Jason out of the crowd. (The mom telepathy and pride were pumped but I think the cap had a little to do with it.) We had a great five days visiting and sightseeing before returning home. Next project ... finding a job ... but that's another story.

Jason Quick, Georgia Tech graduate in Industrial Design, left; Jason's cap, decorated with left over Post-It notes from his thesis work, business cards and a gift Travis brought him from Hawaii, right.

UPDATE -- Jordan Indermark turns three
by Kristi Indermark
Portage, WI

Jordan's third birthday is Saturday, along with her party. I will send pictures of the party next week, but I wanted to send her three-year pictures because they are so cute.

We have done a lot of traveling this summer so I have been very behind on my e-mails and writing. I am trying to catch up this week, but again my week is ending before I finish all of my chores. Hopefully next week I will be able to finish catching up.

Grandma Shari is flying in for Jordan's birthday and my best friend, Jenny, is driving all the way from Minnesota for the party. It will be a great weekend.

Jordan Indermark, left; with little brother Tyler, right.

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With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Beaver, Caity, Don, Jayce, Becky & Dorothy.

Mom and Dad's 56th Anniversary

A fun time was had by all....

Beaver, Becky, Caity, Jayce and I took Don and Dorothy (my parents, Becky's grandparents and Caity and Jayce's great grandparents) out to eat Tuesday evening, to celebrate their 56th anniversary! I'd gotten online to see if there was someplace new to check out, and discovered Eddy's Interlachen Inn. It's a nice drive out around the lake and then you travel between Lake Carlos and Lake L' Homme Dieu for a short distance, which is beautiful.

We all enjoyed the evening and Mom shared her thoughts on the restaurant:

Interlachen Inn is a friendly place, clean and neat, staffed by friendly "Minnesota Nice" wait people ... and somebody out in the kitchen knows how to put together good, old fashioned cooking. The meat loaf was as good as the ones I used to do, the soup was special and the dessert (free for the occasion) was VERY good. (You may quote me.)

Emma's First Birthday

Last Saturday evening we headed for Fargo, to help celebrate Jessy Wolff's niece, Emma's, first birthday. The whole group went out to Olive Garden for a scrumptious meal.

Photo © Donna Johnson
First row: Corey, Becky (Jessy's sister), Brandon & Maddison Johnson, Jayce & Caity Chap, Amy Ostendorf (cousin to Shawn); back row: Marcy (Jessy's sister) holding birthday girl, Emma, Mike Jorda, Mahlon & Myrna Schweigert (Jessy's parents); Myrna is holding Sophie (Becky & Corey Johnson's daughter), Donna & Beaver Johnson, Jessy Wolff, Chris Chap.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Emma Jorda with birthday presents.

(sent from a friend)

A school nurse has written the information below -- good enough to share -- and it really works! I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it's some times difficult to get with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a headful of dark hair, etc.

Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it (and that was frequently), and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me. Unless someone is allergic to soap, I can't see that this would be damaging in any way.

The Matriarch Speaks W
by Dorothy (Dake) Anderson
Alexandria, MN

Who Is This?

Let's Play a Guessing Game: Whenever it is handy to do so, we will run a picture of someone of the subscribers or staff members of our e-magazine. Tell us who you think it is -- we will let you know who was the first to guess it right -- and the correct guess -- in the following week's Bulletin.
(Send us some to run; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn.) Thanks to Tom Miller for sending last week's photo, which he had received after Phoebe Miller passed away.

How many can you identify?

Answers to last week's mystery pictures (click here to review them):

"Who Is This?" Well I will give it a try!

Back Row: [Amy] "Mom" Dake, John Miller, Anton Endreson, Robert Miller, [Bill] "Dad" Dake, Blanche Dake, Phoebe Miller; middle Row: Robert Oleson, Lenore Miller, Alice Endreson, Mary Oleson, Jim Miller, Emil Oleson; front row: two Endreson Boys, Dorothy Dake, Endresen Girl, Dick Miller, [LeRoy] "Bubsey" Dake, Tom Miller; and the one in front is Gert Dake.

This picture was taken in 1934 or 1935 at the Dake Family Farm on Sunday morning after the Sunday Morning Meeting. I think Billy Dake took the picture and "Mom" Miller was perhaps in the TB Sanatorium.

Thanks for some more wonderful memories that are brought out in The Bulletin.

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

Editor's Note: Very well done, Tom ... and to get the Endreson children named ... the oldest boy: Leonard; his brother: Walter and his sister: Gladyce ... were all good friends of ours. It was taken on our lawn next to our apple orchard ... about 1933-34, according to what Phoebe had written on the back.

Of course I know who the ones in that picture are. It really is nice to see them and remember good times. I guess I will tell you from the back to the front...

There is: Amy (Dake), my brother John, Anton Endreson, my brother Robert, Bill Dake, Blanche, and my sister Phoebe with Emil Oleson on the end; next row: Robert Oleson, my sister Lenore, Mrs. Endreson, Mary Oleson, ME (Jim Miller); kneeling in the front: Leonard Endreson, Walter Endreson, and two girls I am not sure of -- is one of them you? -- my brothers Dick and Tom ... in the front must be Gert.

Jim Miller
Bradenton, Fl

Editor's Note: Jim, good for you ... yes, the one on the left is me [Dorothy Dake] and next is Gladyce Endreson. Thanks for calling in your guess (and you did think of Gladyce's name, too, with a nudge).

I have taken a magnifying glass and looked carefully at this old picture in the GUESS. I see Phoebe and Lenore and Blanche for sure. The Miller boys all look so much alike, but I think I see Jim and Dick and Bill Dake -- very special, priceless, picture, really.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Travelogue t

Greetings from the Netherlands
by Ary Ommert, Jr.
Maassluis, The Netherlands

It has been very hot in the Netherlands; most records of high temperatures and dry periods were broken. Now it has cooled off. Saw you have a heat wave in the U.S., too. Went to the beach many times and even there it was too hot. You couldn't walk on the sand without shoes. Now we are getting heavy rain the next days.

At work it is busy now the heat is gone, people are livening up and now the season sale starts. High discounts on garden furniture and other summer articles.

My friends from Norway were here and we did some traveling, not as much as planned because of the heat wave.

Coming home in the evening it was so warm inside that the only thing to do is take it easy. Will make an article for publishing in The Bulletin about the heat wave and other interesting things that happened in the Netherlands.

Feel good and greetings to you from the Netherlands,

Ary Ommert, Jr.

This and That
by Elaine Wold
Wahpeton, ND

Photos © Janie Anderson
Elaine in her garden, left; arch with inviting garden seat, right.

Your Garden
by Doris Anderson
La Mirada, CA

When winter days get long and dreary,
Walk down memory lane for something cheery,
Remembering the Creator and all His beauty,
That you tended with so much love and duty.

Over the years you've shared your passion
Developed friendships and gave to others,
A bud there, a small plant there; blossoms everywhere.

As you turn the pages of this book, recall all that you nurtured,
The beautiful mornings, sunshine, and dew on the leaves.
How about the birds, bees, butterflies, flowers and trees?
And squirrels and bunnies that scurried by,
Remember all with a smile, but don't sigh....

As you sit in your chair all snug and cozy,
It won't be long -- you'll hear bird song and everything is rosy!

Photo © Doris Anderson
Pink rose from Elaine Wold's garden.

Green ThumbsC

Photo © Doris Anderson
Doris Anderson's Royal Cape Plumbago

Plumbago in a pot -- a lovely splash of blue
by Doris Anderson
La Mirada, CA

I've enjoyed the beautiful snapshots of flowers contributed to The Bulletin, many of which I'm not familiar with on the West Coast.

"Container gardening" is my hobby. Here is a close up snapshot of a Royal Cape Plumbago from my garden. The delicate blue flowers bloom from spring, through summer, and early winter. I have four of these potted plants against a wall in our back yard that really add a splash of color. In nature, blue flowers are unusual, so it's very striking when in full bloom. This shrub has a tendency to take over, so I keep each confined in a pot. They seem to prefer a large clay pot, rather than a plastic type. They can grow up to 5' high and 6' to 8' wide under ideal conditions. They do well in our hot summer climate when watered and have a cold hardiness of 20 to 30 degrees -- which is about as cold as it gets in Southern California.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
August 24---Becky Chap
August 24---Maggie Zeppelin (2 years)
August 25---Jeff Aydelotte
August 26---Donna Richards
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
August 20---Shane and Jayna Lee Swenson (1 year)

More August Birthdays
August 5---Austin Patrick Montford (1 year)
August 6---Sully Michael Brown (2 years)
August 7---Melanie Lehtola
Ausust 7---Weston Johnson
August 8---Erik Huseby (5 years)
August 11---Mitchell Allen Miller
August 13---Jeffrey Todd Aydelotte, Jr. (11 years)
August 16---Jason Quick
August 16---Rod McNeill
August 16---Darryl McNeill
August 19---Christopher Michael Chap
August 19---Jordan Nicole Indermark (3 years)

August 30---Jessica Ann Myron
August 30---Ethan Wallace Horne (4 years)
August 31---Devan Alexander Seaman (4 years)

More August Anniversaries
August 5---Wesley and JoAnne Sigman (17 years)
August 5---Sheldon and Mitzi Johnson Swenson (29 years)
August 6---Ryan and Heidi Johnson Henderson (1 year)
August 9---Jeff and Twila Anderson Aydelotte (15 years)
August 15---Don and Dorothy Dake Anderson (56 years)
August 16---Eric and Leona Senenfelder Anderson (3 years)

August 28---Ken and Merna Morgan Hellevang (24 years)
August 30---LeRoy and Vonnie Thomas Dake (58 years)
August 30---Chris and Jennie Dake Horne (9 years)

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Here is a cute picture I took of the Montford boys. They seem most photogenic in the bathtub for some reason. Maybe they look more innocent! (Austin 1 year and Aiden 3 years.)

Dan Mellon
Alta Loma, CA

Photo © Dan Mellon
Austin Montford, age 1, & his brother, Aiden, age 3.

A belated Happy Anniversary to Dorothy and Don! Did you do anything special? It would have been Russ' and my 30th anniversary, also.

August is turning out to be a "tough" month. Both Russ and my mom passed away in August (my mom, 20 years ago, today), our anniversary ... so many things.

I hope this finds you well. Hello to all. I may be going to my middle daughter's for a few days to a week this coming week, and look forward to that. They live in Roseville. They have a huge deck that overlooks the biggest backyard I have ever seen! I look forward to enjoying that.

Oh ... I got The Bulletin you sent ... thank you, very much. I loved the articles about the Mellon family. Love.....Diana

Diana Mellon Martin
Coon Rapids, MN

Photo Editor's Note: The reference is to Bulletin 51, slightly revised by the addition of two family photos that came to light recently to illustrate the Mellon family stories first published in 2003. Is that cheating? Yeah, probably ... to a purist ... but we thought it enhanced the archived histories.

Keep Us Posted!

Please drop Miss Hetty a line and tell us who, and what, we've missed. And how about a report (photos welcome) of YOUR special celebration?

'Many Thankse

Miss Hetty


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I want to tell you how much I appreciate getting The Bulletin. I read it all the way through and then I scroll it up and down and re-read the parts that are special. I really do like the parts and pictures of the old time days.

We have a forecast of 70% chance of rain. It is now 100% as we have heavy cloud formation, a rolling thunder -- and so far it has rained 3-1/2 inches in the last 2-1/2 hours. We can use it all, as this the fresh water supply for us.

Shari just got back from up North. Tomorrow Shari, Kelly, the two great grandkids, and I will go out for dinner in the evening to get together for the first time in a long time.

Just keep those Bulletins coming my way!

Jim Miller
Bradenton, FL

Melody's mom had been sick for some time this summer. Ten years ago she had a kidney transplant, so was on anti-rejection meds for that ... and they feel those may have masked some of her symptoms. She was coughing, had fever off and on, was nauseated off and on. She spent three weeks in the hospital in July ... seemed to get better, went home, then began getting worse again a couple of weeks ago. Last week her liver began to fail and she ended up in ICU in Denver.

After every kind of test they could think of, nothing definite was ever determined ... but lungs, liver, kidney, etc. all began to fail and she ended up on life support the last few days. When it became evident that she could not recover, they stopped the life support and she died yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon. She was 53 years old.

Justin and Melody spent the night with us last night on their way home from the hospital in Denver. We had been keeping Wade and Callie the past week and a half ... so they were glad to get to go home with Mom and Dad again. Amy had been with Melody in Denver.

Harold and Carol Printz
Sydney, NE

Photo © Janie Anderson
In remembrance of Melody's mom, a lily from Elaine Wold's garden.

It's great to have an old friend back in the Foto-Funnies department! Keep it up, Doug!

Thanks for another "GREAT" Bulletin!

Rich Johnson
Grants Pass, OR

Last Week's Bulletin Review JKL
by Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

I just this minute turned over page 33 of 33 pages of the new Bulletin. Whew, it was really packed! I was trying to bake a peach pie out of once-a-year, Talbot tree-ripened peaches from Colorado while I was reading it, and almost forgot it was in the oven until I smelled it. Now that is too engrossed, wouldn't you say? But it was just that interesting.

I turned back to the front page and looked at the most beautiful, vivid colored petunias that I have seen a picture of ever before. It must be a very expensive camera to get such sharp pictures that even the detailed veins in the flowers showed. I am addicted to that first picture of The Bulletin. This one was no disappointment.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell

I could not believe my eyes to finally see another Update from Larry ... from LTD Storybrooke. It seems so long since we had one of his down to earth, hometown, heartfelt accounts of his own health and the home news. Both Roy and I were very glad to hear, and were very sorry to hear of the disappointment there must be in a drought that makes for some planning again to keep soul and body together, even to ... maybe ... a move. We wish we could see you, Larry, when you are in town this weekend, but likely won't.

I just knew we'd be seeing a cutie again of Levi. That expression on his face is priceless. A perfect caption of a perfect Captain.

Very special that someone took pictures of the old elm tree on LeRoy and Vonnie's boulevard, and thanks, Ginny, for adding your story to it -- which was quite touching, knowing how attached one can get to certain things around home ... even to a tree.

I was thrilled to see the closeup of Gert Pettit ... remembering her mostly as a very pretty, popular, young girl. Now a grandmother of this handsome soldier, and she has a right to look proud of his accomplishment. We wish him well here in Minneapolis.

Everyone is having it hot and dry -- and it was great seeing the Update from Anita Weiland.

Diana -- thank you so much for whatever strength you spent writing that newsy Update on yourself. Really scary and strange that no one could find the cause of such pain you were having. You are going through a lot, Diana, and we think of you.

SULLY ... (the blue eyed wonder!) turns two! Was sad to see that body cast on him, but he looks so resigned and sweet. He must be heavy to move around with that cast on. What excitement to think he will become a big brother soon! We missed a closeup of those eyes, though, Adrianna ... I suppose you're used to them.

The Impromptu "Reunion Picnic" made for a special family report, seeing how the newlyweds are faring, and catch up on that side of the family. With so many children, and their children, Don and Dorothy have lots of company and happiness. We are expecting a report of the anniversary now -- am sure that will be a good one.

Your Labor Day Vacation plans sound pretty wonderful. A trip you would never take yourself, Don and Dorothy, but with the support and assistance of your kind children, it should be a memorable time of reminiscing. A lot will have changed, and I hope you can find your favorite restaurants from back then that you look forward to patronizing.

Glad you promised us a Bulletin that week! Doesn't matter when! Thank you!

I was afraid we'd be seeing the "China Farewell" title one of these times, and today was it. Had to really laugh at the caption on that picture of the riverboat -- cargo coming soon to a Wal-Mart near you. If THAT isn't the truth! Fabulous buildings in the background. Am sure when that couple hit United States soil they were tearfully thankful to be HOME.

Well, Don, it's taken a lot of nerve, but I have made the rounds of my most wealthy friends to see if they would care to invest in some valuable property on five acres, with the title Queen Anne cottage. I have quite a bit gathered up now, but can't seem to find an address to send it to. Maybe you can e-mail me with your snail mail address so I don't have to be responsible for all this money (real, honest to goodness money, too) any longer. I already have my room picked out for when we come to visit you. It's the front room on the top floor with the lovely view of, let's see, what was it again?

Thank you Weston, for the Update on yourself, and your 28th birthday celebration. You have fit a lot into those 28 years already. Hope you have a good year ahead.

Thanks, Doug, for another Foto-funnie! Keeps you busy for a weekly paper.

Well, please know that this was enjoyed to the fullest again. It seems so many new and different things in it this time. Some "submitters" we haven't heard from for a long time.

Thanks so much for another Bulletin, right on time and very professional and complete, keeping our interest and enthusiasm right up to the last word.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Douglas Anderson; photo by Sarah Steinhauer
Prelude to the afternoon of a fawn...

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