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A song for Grandma and Grandpa

Updates -

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell

Lorraine Tabor

UPDATE -- Lorraine Tabor has passed away

Lorraine Tabor, age 82, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2010, at her home in Northfield.

Funeral Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 13th, at the Northfield Ballroom; 1055 Highway 3 North; Northfield, Minnesota, with burial at Washington Cemetery near Spring Valley, Minnesota. Visitation will be Monday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of Services at the Ballroom.

Lorraine is survived by her brothers, Warren (Dorothy) Peterson of Faribault and Dean (Arlou) Peterson of Milaca, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne, and her sister, IdaMae Peterson.

Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.

Photo © Chris & Jessy Chap
Grady Chap visits Great Grandpa Don Anderson.

UPDATE -- Chap family Labor Day vacation
by Chris Chap
West Fargo, ND

Back in May, Jessy and I decided that we needed to find a time to head down to the Twins' new stadium; we searched our calendars and decided that Labor Day weekend would be the perfect time. Not only would it be a great time to watch outdoor baseball, but we could also hit the Minnesota State Fair at the same time.

We made reservations at "Hotel Weston Johnson" early in the summer, just to make sure the place wasn't booked, as it is a popular summer retreat. Also, we asked Weston to be our tour guide to Target Field, as he has the experience!

Originally, I had planned on taking a half day off the Friday before the weekend and then heading down Friday afternoon. Plans changed early in the week; things have been getting slow at work and that helped it so we could indeed have a nice-sized mini-vacation. We took off Thursday, mid-morning. Our first stop was at Grandma and Grandpa Anderson's in Alexandria.

It was nice to visit with them, along with my mom and Jayce. Unfortunately, we weren't able to visit long, as we had the dogs waiting in the car and there was a storm brewing in the distance. So off to the Cities we went. We arrived at Weston's late afternoon, unpacked, picked up some supper and then were joined by some visitors. Lori, McKenna and Kierra showed up at Weston's and we were able to visit with them a couple of hours and have some supper together. Lori then had to get the girls home, as they were heading to their lake place later that night.

Since we were down a day earlier than expected, on Friday we made a quick trip out to the Albertville strip mall. On the way to the mall, Jessy had spotted a Sonic billboard, and we decided that would be our lunch destination, as we don't have a Sonic in Fargo. Our lunch was delightful, and in fact it was my favorite part of the afternoon, as the rest of the afternoon was spent shopping. In all reality, shopping really wasn't that bad; my wife has seemed to speed up her shopping over the years, as she knows I get bored quite easily.

Friday night we decided to meet one of my high school classmates and his wife for supper. Tyler and his wife, Tami, had A.J. in December, and he and Grady had never met, so we figured it would be a good time to get together. After Weston got home from supper, we went to Broadway in Maple Grove and met the Olson family. We all split some pizza and wings, and it was some of the best pizza that I have had in a while. Grady and A.J. didn't really play much, as they are a little young for that, but I could see them being great friends in the future.

Saturday was the day I had been looking forward to for some time. Jessy and I had been watching the weather all week, and at the beginning of the week, it showed for Saturday to be rainy. Fortunately, as the week went by, the forecast changed and it turned out to be a beautiful day. We got to Target Field about an hour and a half before game time, so we had a little time to walk around the field. It sure was nice having our tour guide, Weston, there to show us around. He was even able to get us into a private club that only season ticket holders can enter, and this club was a lot less crowded than the rest of the stadium. This club also had a balcony that overlooked the plaza in the outfield, as well as the field.

Photo © Chris & Jessy Chap
The Chap family, from just behind Weston's seats.

After Weston showed us a few more things, we decided it was time to get to our seats. We ended up sitting in the lower level, to the right of the Twins' dugout, and almost at the top of the lower level. Our seats were spectacular, but I'd have to say, that this stadium didn't look as though there was a bad seat in the house. After growing up going to the Twins games inside the Metrodome, I have to say that I don't miss the Metrodome one bit when it comes to baseball. Baseball is meant to be played outdoors, and I'm sure glad that they built that stadium.

It was great to be at Target Field watching the Twins and it was even better seeing the Twins beating the Texas Rangers. By about the fourth or fifth inning of the game, the Twins started pulling away from the game. About this time, Grady decided he didn't want to be sitting around anymore. The Twins were up by a bunch at this point, so it was a good time for us to walk around the stadium and continue our tour.

Weston took us up to where his season tickets are, and I would have to say that his seats were even better than the seats that we sat in. He has a wonderful view of the field from his seats, and an even better view of the skyline of the Twin Cities. After checking out his view, we made our way around most of the rest of the stadium and headed back to the exits. We stood around for a bit after the game, and I'll have to admit that it was difficult for me to leave, as I had been looking forward to this all summer long.

Photo © Chris & Jessy Chap
Weston & Grady, from same viewpoint.

Sunday was State Fair day. We arrived at the fair mid-morning, right in the middle of the fair rush. Luckily, traffic wasn't too bad and we actually got a pretty decent parking spot. We made our way in and didn't take long to get some breakfast. Weston and I decided that pork chops on a stick was the breakfast of champions that morning and I believe we made the right decision.

We walked around for about 4-5 hours and Grady loved every minute of it. Grady generally takes morning and afternoon naps, but he decided there was way too much going on, so he skipped his morning nap. He didn't even want to take his afternoon nap, but Dad decided that he better throw the blanket over the stroller and then Grady finally decided to take a quick nap.

Photos © Chris & Jessy Chap
Grady in stroller, happy to be out & about, left; Grady & Chris on John Deere tractor, right.

With another great weather day, we had a wonderful time walking around, visiting and doing some people watching. We didn't enter many buildings, as it is quite difficult to do with s stroller; we mainly stayed on the streets. We also stuck to the streets because that is where all the food is. The three of us sampled pork chops on a stick, deep fried twinkies, cheese-curds, deep fried cheese burgers, a pronto pup, deep fried pickles, a beef stick and Sweet Martha's cookies. I'm sure that I missed one or two things, but I am getting that full feeling again just thinking of all the things we ate.

The Chap family had a wonderful time on our visit to the Cities. Once again, we would like to say thank you to Weston for being such a wonderful host and tour guide on our vacation. We already look forward to booking another getaway in the future.

Photo © Gwen Stucker
Patty & Don Anderson making music on mandolin & guitar.

UPDATE -- Patty and Don restore my grandfather's violin
by Gwen Stucker
Hopkins, MN

Mutual interest in music brought Don and Patty to my home to return my grandfather's violin, a Hopf likely built in the 1800s. It had not been played by anyone for 60+ years -- shut away when I graduated from my high school orchestra.

Patty saw possibilities and brought it back to life with new strings, a rehaired bow, tuners and some loving retouching done by Don. The impromptu concert by Patty, first on violin and then on mandolin, and Don on guitar, was a special treat for me!

Thank you, Don and Patty, for increasing my interest and pride in my old instrument. Next on their list of things to do for a grateful friend: restring Harvey's old mandolin. I can hardly wait to hear Patty play that one!

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Kira Steinhauer harvests bodacious beet from Sarah's garden.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Levi Steinhauer sorts beans, fresh from the garden.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Fresh beans from Sarah Steinhauer's garden.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Fresh beans sliced for dinner or the freezer.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell

Click here to see what's new on Ginny McCorkell's Bitzidoodles blog.

Photo © Larry T. Dake
Photos from Old Crossing Treaty Park & the Chautauqua & French Festival, August 29, 2010.

Click here for the latest news on LTD's Storybrooke Ripples blog. Riding a cow, plowing with a team of oxen ... and much more. You won't be sorry.

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

Photo © Donna Johnson
Jayce entertains Grady & Chris.

Photo © Donna Johnson
Jayce & Grady play on the floor.

Who Is This?

Let's play a guessing game: 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.

Last week's Guess picture

Art Mitzel supplied last week's mystery photo.
Send us some mystery photos; we will line them up in our staging area to take their turn.

Editors' Note: Correct guesses appear in bold face type and incorrect guesses in normal type ... generally in the order we receive them, so the first guess received is on top.

The guess photo is my aunt Gustie Mitzel (my mother's sister). Her daughter, Bernice Mitzel (Fuder), and son, Arthur, are admiring her flowers.

Gustie won many awards in flower shows for a number of years. She also had a vegetable garden that excelled, as well as GREAT cooking skills!

Elaine Anderson Wold
Wahpeton, ND

There is a very easy guess picture for me this time. The mother on the left is my dear aunt Gustie Berndt Mitzel with her two youngest children, who are my cousins, Ottie (Arthur) Mitzel and Bernice Mitzel (Fuder). Arthur had the name Ottie while he was very young because, to my understanding, he couldn't say Arthur and it came out Ottie. Am I right, Art?

My guess is they had entered some of their beautiful flowers in some contest, fair, or 4-H doings. Aunt Gustie had so many nice, beautiful flowers, as well as a big producing vegetable garden every year. She would always share the fruits of her labors with everyone.

What we really enjoyed, too, was her chocolate cake she made from scratch, which had a filling that was out of this world. I cannot find the recipe but it required three cups of sour cream. One for the cake, one for the filling and one for the frosting. Talk about delicious!

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

The Guess picture is Gustie Mitzel and two of her kids, Bernice Mitzel (Fuder) and Art Mitzel. And Dwight verified my guess! It appears that Gustie has won a prize for her flowers. I never met her, but I understand she was a talented lady in gardening and cooking/baking.

Janie Anderson
Wahpeton, ND

The picture is of my mother, Gustie Mitzel, my sister Bernice, and myself, Art Mitzel. The picture appeared on the front page of the Wahpeton newspaper, which I believe at that time was named The Richland County Farmer. In the morning, we had gone to Wahpeton to take in Mother's flowers and plant exhibits for their annual flower show. When we returned that evening we were pleasantly surprised to find that she had won the overall competition.

I'm guessing I'm about 5 years old on the picture, which would make the date approximately 1952.

Art Mitzel
Jamestown, ND

I doubt many would have guessed little Judy McCalla in the Guess pictures last week. Fun to think of Dorothy and Judy being those ages at the time of the Memory Lane story. I don't suppose I will get the Guess picture right, but it looks like it was taken at the fair or a flower display. Could that be Cleo and DeLoris ... or maybe Mavis? I give up.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

This week's Guess picture

How many can you identify? What's going on?

Memory Lane

A series of recollections, of the five years when Bill and Lois Dake and their family lived in Minnesota, began with the episode in Bulletin 343. It's too soon to tell just how many parts there will be in this series, just after World War II. In Bulletin 349, I told more about polio (once called Infantile Paralysis) via two links, Polio and Sister Kenny, to minimize disruption of the narrative flow. Both documents are posted as a series of scanned images. We can't edit them or correct typos and they will not respond to font changes or printer settings as regular Bulletin pages do.

Dorothy Dake, 20, hand tinted portrait, 1946.

Valentine's Day, 1950
by Dorothy Dake
St. Cloud, MN

I think this will be a special holiday for me for the rest of my life. I have always liked the fun and coziness of the exchange of valentines. I suppose it would remain a fun time for me, even without having my newest friend becoming very special on this day.

Valentine's Day fell on Tuesday this year, so it took me totally by surprise when I came out from my last class and noticed the neat little Chevy sitting right by the street that runs in front of the school. Don had come to pick me up and deliver his valentine's gift, a very large box of candy in a heart shaped box.

After proper greetings, he delivered me and my books and papers to Pinore's. He decided to wait in the car for me (a little bashful to wait in the hall chair where all the girls would casually stroll by). We decided that the candy had better stay in my room, as it was pretty big to take with me. (And besides, I wanted the girls to see it!) So I got everything arranged and headed for the house.

Well, there went my homework for Tuesday evening! I usually do it as soon as I get home, but first things first! I didn't get back out to the car quite as quickly as I had planned. It is pretty hard to escape from my housemates. Those girls love a good romance and this one was getting pretty serious (they seemed to think). I did not take the band from around the candy, but they all had to come and see how pretty a box it was, and give me advice about what I should wear, etc. Finally, I shooed them all out of the room and got ready for the evening. I left the candy sitting on the table where we do our homework.

Now I am not going to tell you all that occurred this evening, enough to say we had a lovely meal, and afterward took a drive out and about, and when we came home to Pinore's, we came as an engaged couple. We have some plans made and some left to make.

We have a day chosen for our wedding. We do need to check things out, to see how it will all work, so until we do that it is enough to say we plan a wedding for next fall, probably in August. Don did not stay really late as he plans to come again on Friday, to pick me up and take me to Blanche and Jim's for a weekend visit.

Not too long ago, we exchanged photos. I had given him a copy of the one I had tinted at Photo North. He had never had a portrait taken, so he went to a photographer in Wahpeton and had his made. It is very nice. When I put it on my bedstand and the Pinore girls saw it, that had been the turning point in their opinion: he was now a serious contender. Now, when I got home, they all wanted to know why he had come so far just to visit. I decided to let them know the news, and so they knew before any of my relatives, that I was engaged to be married to that farmer from North Dakota.

Then Doris, the brash one, spoke up. "Dorothy, I do believe we need to celebrate. You have lots of candy -- how about us trying it out?"

I made a quick decision; they might as well each have a piece, as there would be plenty for me and some to share at home, too.

I kind of floated over to the table, slipped the ribbon off, pulled off the pretty lid -- and what to behold but a whole bunch of trinkets and baubles, and pieces of trivia! The girls had all crowded into the room and there was instant pandemonium. Doris was bent over with laughter. I guess I really looked bewildered.

Joanie took pity on me and went into the closet and brought back a big cardboard with the layer of candy still neatly arranged. She slipped the paper with the candy on it into place in the box. It took a little help from June, but went in like a charm and looked very inviting. They each had a piece and wished me hearty good wishes, and then they gave me a valentine from them all.

I am not so sure my homework got the proper attention, but it did get done!

Dorothy's valentines; large one on right from Don in 2005.
You can see a web gallery of all 40 of the Matriarch's 2005 valentines here.

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

Hello Everyone,

Some weeks ago I saw that the last e-mail I sent to you was on June 7 and that I promised to let you know something soon. Because of work, holidays and that I didn't use the computer for a while, I didn't answer you or send something for The Bulletin. Of course, that's no excuse, but we know each other for so many years and have no idea why I didn't write you the past months. I'm sure you wondered what happened with me.

Here all is fine now. We had problems at work during summer because we didn't have enough people to do all the work and that wasn't good for the motivation. It also affected me; when I came home I didn't feel like doing anything but lying on the couch. Now all those problems at work are over.

Have bought a new car -- a SEAT Ibiza. Don't know if you see them in the USA. It's a nice car and the colour is red.

Also a late congratulations on your 60 years of marriage. In the Netherlands we call it a diamant [diamond] wedding.

Summer has been mild here in the Netherlands. Only three weeks in July it was warm and sunny. After that, you could say it was over. Only a few summer days, but for the rest it was cool and wet.

Feel ashamed that it took so long before you get an e-mail from me.

Hope you accept my apologies.

Greetings from Maassluis
The Netherlands


Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Special Days
September 12---Grandparents Day

This Week's Birthdays
September 12---Lindsay Dawn Hellevang
September 15---Carolyn Miller Dake
September 15---Shari Miller Larson
Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
September 18---Jay and Sandy Miller Smith (11 years)

More September Birthdays
September 2---Patty Anderson
September 2---Vicki Anderson
September 2---Stanley Wm. Dake
September 3---Jacob Mendoza Dake
September 3---Eric Printz
September 3---Charles Quick
September 4---Wiley Nelson
September 5---Genelle Mogck
September 5---Lori Chap Ostendorf
September 5---
Gabriella Ruth Boltz (2 years)
September 7---Brendan Aydelotte (11 years)

September 19---Nathanial Kurtis Seaman
September 21---Jessica Aydelotte
September 23---Abigail Mae Henderson (2 years)
September 24---Wyatt Johnson
September 25---Keith Mason
September 26---Jaxon Dwight Hill (4 years)
September 26---Alexa Ann Gauderman (2 years)
September 28---Donald L. Anderson
September 30---Sheldon Swenson

More September Anniversaries
September 2---Michael and Sarah Dake Steinhauer (8 years)
September 4---Ernie and Carolyn Miller Dake (39 years)
September 7---Tim and Colette Huseby (14 years)

September Special Days
September 6---Labor Day
September 11---Patriot Day
September 12---Grandparents Day
September 22---First Day of Autumn

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer
Kira Steinhauer meets Sophia, Grandma Sherry Dake's kitten.

Dear Miss Hetty,

Thank you for the e-card and birthday wishes! I enjoyed a very nice day and actually nice, relaxing holiday weekend. I unfortunately don't have any pictures to share but had a very nice day. Shawn and the girls let me sleep in a bit in the morning and then made me breakfast and then we enjoyed a relaxing day.

That night, Mom watched the girls for us so that Shawn and I could enjoy dinner at Bella's in Alexandria. We both had delicious pasta dishes and one of the best desserts I've had in a long time and it was free for my birthday, too! Yum!

After dinner, our neighbor at the lake took us on our last pontoon ride of the season, and though it was cold toward the end, it was nice being out on the lake. After that, we had a bonfire and good conversation with our neighbor. I received many birthday wishes, cards and gifts from friends and family -- it was a great day!

Lori Chap Ostendorf
Alexandria, MN -- for now

Awesome Birthday Greeting! Many Guten Tags, Gracias, maci bacu, Thank you!

Vicki Anderson

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 was so interested in the update by Patty Anderson about their new addition. I volunteer with several animal rescues, so it was nice to see that the new kitty was a rescue. I was most interested, however, in her nick-name. I have two kitties, one named Lily and the other named Bean. How amazing that Patty's cat is called Lillie-Bean!

Judy McCalla
Salt Spring Island
Off British Columbia

Miss Lillie looks very much like Barb's cat, Kinnickinnick!

Janie Anderson
Wahpeton, ND

We are excited to be getting The Bulletin on a regular basis. It's such a well-put-together epistle and so informative! Thank you for sharing...

Have a wonderful day!

Glenda Berndt
Fifty Lakes, MN

This is a kids' guess? Easy! It's a BLUE bird ... to be more specific, it's a Mountain Bluebird.

Elaine Anderson Wold
Wahpeton, ND

The Little Beeps will take a short vacation in the next few coming weeks. Thanks to everyone for playing. The winner last week was Aunt Elaine who correctly identified the Mountain Bluebird. She will receive the new Bulletin prize, a CD of family-related nostalgia, including interviews with Grandma Dake and much more. Thanks for playing, Auntie! --Douglas

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

Happy 8th Birthday to The Bulletin!

I have to admit that I am spoiled. I always think that I can depend on that first picture to be one that is totally out of the ordinary, and a very sharp, clear, thought-provoking photo. For sure, the one on Bulletin #429 was just that.

I researched and discovered that the photo of the Petunias was taken right outside of our Photo Editor's door (Jerrianne, in Alaska). Now, that was hard to imagine. I do not relate such a beautiful bloom with the igloos in my mind when I think of Alaska.

I had to get a new monitor, and I was so worried it wouldn't be as amazing as the old one, but I wish you all could see the Petunias on our screen. They are so brilliant, so sharp, so clear. Then again, it may be Jerrianne's professional camera, and her expertise with photography.

We get to meet another great-grandson of Gert's. (His sister's name is Gabriella. We have a 3-year-old neighbor girl whose name is Gabriella. They call her Ellie.)

Gert has quite a family. There are those who are graduating from high school and newborns -- weddings and events that we enjoy following along with in The Bulletin pages often. Thanks for sharing, Gert. We see Gertie Dake as this young teenager, so popular and happy, now having become a mom, grandma and great grandma. Time brings changes, and being 60 years ago Gert graduated herself, means a lot of memory making and family building.

Patty, thank you for the update. It seems so long since we saw one from you and Don. But, it would be an inspiration TO WRITE to be able to tell us about Miss Lillie. I heard that Miss Kitty was pretty thrilled about the whole thing.

That was so humorous that Hanna and Miss Lillie had such a meeting. By now, though, I am sure they are friends, especially if Hanna is a big, gentle dog and Miss Lillie is mellow. Sounds like Miss Jerrianne approved of Miss Lillie.

Yes, you are right. "Who on earth are Willis and Glenda Berndt?" Nice to get acquainted with them, seeing they are Bulletin family we haven't met yet. Fifty Lakes is a new area to me, and right here in Minnesota.

That huge Alaska pumpkin was certainly a prize item. It dwarfed the paper plate beside it. We always enjoy those huge Alaska product pictures. We don't see that in our Minnesota farmers' market.

I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the links provided to see the Alaska state fair pictures. I half expected I might see Jerrianne's picture, but no luck. I see they have cabbage fairies in Alaska!

Now who in the world would ever take an alligator for a walk in a harness? It looks too gruesome for me, that is for sure.

But then, actually handling that huge snake would turn anyone completely off, yet looks like Jerrianne's friend gave it a try.

We finally heard from Keith Mason and Lori Anderson, even if it was a Praying Mantis story. Really, those were very unusual photographs for being taken right on your camera. We never know what we'll see in The Bulletin. I loved the last special pose the mantis took there. Looks like he's playing an instrument.

Oh dear -- and then there is Bitzi's itty bitty tree frog in front and center. How clever to have it photographed that way, with the sharp green color against the purple background. I never heard of "Twice Nice"... I must ask you where that is, Virginia. Someone not only gave away that little doily, but it may have been some old relation had made it years ago. The younger generation is usually not sentimental, so off to the thrift store it goes.

Together, the tree frog and the doily provided a lovely setting for one of Bitzi's unique creations.

The link LTD supplied is worth clicking on. It is a video of a lady riding a cow and showing off its skills to allow her to perform riding tricks. I can see why she sent that after seeing Larry's of the Ox cart.

I am so glad someone wrote about a trip to the state fair. Roy and I are not able to go anymore, but we feel we have been there and done that so we can identify with pictures and stories of others' visits. I heard the wind was so strong they had to close the space needle one day.

And there is Beaver by the ice cream churn. A John Deere engine, of course.

We feel glad to have pictures often of Grady Chap. He is growing so fast, and the proud daddy looking on is priceless. What a good picture of the Matriarch! She was thoroughly enjoying that visit by Jessy and Chris.

Memory Lane -- meeting Don's Home Folks must have been easy to write. It would have written itself right out of a vivid memory of that occasion, no matter how old you would get. Looking back onto that experience now, 60 years later, would give you a new love and appreciation for your beginning and continuing and right on to the finish of a marriage of love and care.

Oh, the memories it stirred to have thought of that coffee pot with egg mixed in the grounds. Verlaine's mother, Edith Anderson, used to make that and I have her Swedish decorated coffee pot now. A treasured souvenir of that dear lady we still miss.

Doug's FUNNNIES of The Little Beeps did not get a winner last week. Too hard, Doug! Could this one be a Bluebird? Surely it couldn't be that easy.

I loved the Quotation for the day this time. I remember looking down from the air as we were flying over an area where there was a stream with trees lining it. No growth anywhere else noticeable, but the green trees followed right along that stream. So, it is very true that the water flowing unseen was making the growth nearby green.

Poor Roy has been waiting for some lunch way overtime here, but I started this and can't seem to quit. Thank you again for another great Bulletin #429, and to each one who submitted something to help make it so balanced and complete.

Betty Droel


© Douglas Anderson-Jordet
The Little Beeps go on vacation in the mountains...

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