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Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Autumn oak leaves ... falling now.

Updates -

Photos © Sarah Steinhauer

Levi Steinhauer, first day of kindergarten. Here comes the schoolbus!

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer

Mike Steinhauer gets ready to blow another layer of insulation into the attic.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Autumn oak leaves.

UPDATE -- McCorkells take a mini-trip to enjoy Fall
by Ginny McCorkell
Blaine, MN

We took a mini trip east ... to Scandia, Minnesota, and Osceola, Wisconsin. Most of our time was spent walking around the grounds of the Swedish Museum in Scandia. We never did go inside the museum as my goal was to enjoy the weather and get some photos.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Decorative grasses gone to seed

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Bright maple leaves.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Backlit red maple leaves.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Oak leaves against October sky

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Oak leaves in yellow & green

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Basswood leaf & fruits

Photo © Ashley Johnson
Wyatt, cutting tree with chainsaw.

UPDATE -- woodcutting weekend at the Ashby farm
by Ashley Torgrimson Johnson
Ashby, MN

This year's woodcutting weekend included Beaver, Wyatt, Jolene, Weston, Lori, Shawn, Chris, Eric, Ben, and Ashley, with occasional help from the kids.

I had arrived at the farm at 8:30 Saturday morning and everyone had already started filling the woodshed with the year old, dried wood from the wood pile.

Ben, Weston and Wyatt went out to the woods and starting cutting trees into pieces for the rest of us to load up. We worked in the yard for a few hours, then headed to the field with the woodcutters and worked behind them, clearing up what they had cut down.

At noon, we went in for a wonderful dinner of a variety of soups made by Donna. She made Italian soup, cheese soup, and vegetable beef soup. All looked amazing! Before anyone got too relaxed and sleepy after eating more then we should have, we went back outside to finish. We had such a wonderful crew, I think we loaded four or five gravel truckfuls of wood and hauled it back to the farm.

Photo © Ashley Johnson
Eric, Shawn & Lori, loading chunks of wood.

Photo © Ashley Johnson
Beaver carries logs to truck with tractor & loader.

Photo © Ashley Johnson
Eric & Jolene hoist a heavy chunk of wood.

Photo © Mavis Morgan
After the driveway was swept & vacuumed, the sealing began.

UPDATE -- the Morgans' asphalt gets a facelift
by Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

After a winter of snow scraping, the asphalt driveway took on a pale look as the gravel was showing through in many spots. To preserve it, we decided to give it a facelift with sealant recommended for it.

After a good rain to help us start the cleaning, and then a good sweeping and a finish of vacuuming it, we were ready to apply the sealant.

The neighbor girls offered their help, which was much appreciated. In return for their help, we mowed their horse pasture with our big tractor and mower. Good neighbors are a big plus.

After 16 pailfuls (five gallons each) was spread on it, the driveway looks like new again.

Photo © Mavis Morgan

The neighbor girls helped with spreading the sealant.

Photo © Mavis Morgan

Brushing in 16 bucketfuls of sealant is a BIG job.

Mavis, Loree, Marlys & Cathy.

UPDATE -- schoolmates meet for lunch
by Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

The annual lunch in Fargo for three Dwight, North Dakota, schoolgirls who went to all 12 grades together was another enjoyable time on October 12th. The three are Marlys Melby, Barnesville, Minnesota; Cathy Larson, Fargo, North Dakota, and Mavis Morgan, Hope North Dakota. We were joined by Marlys's sister Loree Score of Fargo.

It was a very interesting visit to think back and name the children who lived in Dwight from around 1941 when we started school until we graduated in 1953 from Wahpeton, North Dakota, high school. Most of the houses are gone now, including where five of my siblings and I were born, but it was fun to list off who lived where on our block in the '40s and '50s.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer

Kira Steinhauer, playing in a pile of fallen leaves.

UPDATE -- the little red wagon that used to be a pickup
by Miss Kitty
Anchorage, AK

Last week, when there were pictures of Track Chairs and the "Motorcouch," Miss Jerrianne intended to add a link to an Anchorage Daily News story of another neat "ride" -- a larger than life "little red wagon." Better late than never, she said, so here's the link to the Radio Flyer Mazda pickup truck! Wouldn't you love to take that baby out for a spin?

Mai Tai and I aren't that crazy about going for rides ourselves, of course. We recently got shoved into the cat carrier and taken to the vet for annual checkups and booster shots. Mai Tai didn't really seem to mind, except for the riding part, but I was very put out. All is well, though, and we were pronounced healthy and "good to go." We have become real homebodies and we were pretty happy to get home again. Gallivanting and gadding about just isn't our cup of tea anymore.

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Gourd, pumpkins & Honeycrisp apple.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Harvest time.

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Photo © Larry T. Dake
Peaches the pony on an adventure with Scout the Ox.

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

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

Photo by Jim Miller from the LeRoy Dake collection
Last week's mystery photo was found in Don Anderson's photo album.
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.

Sometimes on the "guess" pictures we don't know who they are at all and sometimes we think we know and make a stab at it and we can be right or wrong, but then again, we come across one we definitely know for sure and that is what I found today.

Pictured is Dorothy Dake Anderson and her soon-to-be-husband, Don Anderson. (At least I think it was taken the winter before they were married.) Now Don had a '39 or '40 Chevrolet at the time. White sidewalls and the whole nine yards. Notice the frost protectors in the window. I do not know where it was taken, unless at Dakes near Howard Lake. Anyway, its a nice picture of A NICE COUPLE.

Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

The picture sure looks like Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Don. If I could remember all the story she has been writing, I probably should be able to figure out the circumstances; but at the very least, I will guess that it was winter in Minnesota.

Earl Stahlecker
Gatesville, TX

P.S. I know you would really like an update from here. I will see what I can do in the near future.

He, he, he ... a picture I recognize! Now even if I didn't recognize you guys ... which I did ... the car was a dead give away! It was also featured in this issue of The Bulletin in your cool wedding photos getting all dolled up for the occasion! Who could miss those fancy Buick ports! I assume the photo was sometime after the wedding, as it is in winter, but no idea what was going on.

Patty Anderson
Isanti, MN

Editor's comment: Actually, it was the winter before the wedding. Don and I were invited to stay at Blanche and Jim's. They lived way back off the main road and the snow was deep. While we were there it snowed more and then Jim had to pull us through a great snowdrift with his tractor. Don did have a cute car, all right, and kept it in perfect shape. Thanks for your "guess." I think for anyone reading my memoirs it was pretty much a dead giveaway, all right!

Yes, I know that couple! Mr. and Mrs. Don Anderson, standing in front of the Dake house! Thanks for all you do for The Bulletin FAMILY.

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

Editor's comment: It sure is Don and Dorothy Anderson, but it is in front of Blanche and Jim Miller's house.

Well, I was certainly way off on the Guess picture last week, I see. I've missed a lot of them, but they are fun. At least we have an easy one for this week with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Anderson by the shiny car.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

This week's Guess picture

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

By Don Anderson
Alexandria, MN

There appears to be a question regarding the wedding car (and Guess photo) in last week's Bulletin.

This 1940 model Chevrolet was not a run of the mill car by any means. It was originally a Club Coupe, which was a three passenger car. I removed the gas tank, which was behind the driver's seat, and installed it in the trunk. I replaced it with a rear seat, making it a five passenger coupe.

Among the extras installed on this car, to name a few: Buick porthole rings, twin spotlights and antennas, dual rear view mirrors, windshield visor, door visors, Chevrolet Fleetline fender moldings, fender mudguards, twin backup lights, fog lights, extra bumper guards, compass, deluxe steering wheel, AM/FM radio, deluxe seat covers, gas heater (a new thing that had just come on the market). Do any of you recall this heater?

This car had a 216-cubic-inch engine. I tuned it to the 9th degree for top performance. It had a pair of rocket mufflers, which gave it a real crackling sound effect. It sported blinds in the rear window.

All accessories were sold by Coast to Coast stores.

We drove this car for about two years after we were married. It was referred to as a "circus wagon" by one (not telling a name). Several young fellas kept begging me to sell it to them.

Dorothy drove it to school while I was in the army and when I came home in 1951, I had no trouble finding a buyer.

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.

Our Wedding Trip -- Revisiting My Bemidji Days
by Mrs. Donald Anderson
Howard Lake, MN

We had planned our trip so that I could see some of my old friends and introduce my husband to them. But I have an admission to make. I had been so busy with getting my education and planning our wedding that I had not written a single letter to anyone who had been a part of my life up there. So we were rather stymied as to how to proceed with our plan.

Our first night, we had stayed in Alexandria and maybe someday we will see that town again, as we both think it is so very pleasant a place ... really a clean and neat town with many beautiful lakes everywhere you look. I don't remember what highways we took but it led through Walker. I have always wanted to see the Aw-Gwah-Ching T.B. Sanitarium there. (When I lived in Bemidji, a man called Raymond Naef was recovering there -- but I never met him.)

Aw-Gwah-Ching really was an interesting place to view but we did not go in. The buildings are very stately and evergreens surround it. We noticed that it has huge windows everywhere, and the surroundings are kept up beautifully.

We were intending to be in Bemidji for our second night of the trip, but we did not stay there, after all -- rather, we went on and rented a very cute, tourist-y cabin near Itasca State Park.

We didn't spend much time at Bemidji and this is why: everywhere we went, it was changed and I hardly saw anyone I knew.

We had noon lunch at Mom's Cafe. That stop was really disappointing as Mom wasn't there and I did not know even one waitress! The food was still lovely so I expect Mom is still in charge.

Next we went to find Photo North. We found the Sport Shop. It took up the whole front of the building ... so we were in the right place but no photo shop anywhere to be found. Don and I did go in and there was Ed but he wasn't able to tell me much. We found that the rest of Beltrami Street is now commercial or else highway. There is no residential area where I used to room or where the nurses' home was. He said that Ken and Harold Foley had closed their business the fall of '49. He thought Ken had married the girl he was engaged to and that they ran her dad's shop. And he thought he had heard that Harold had a "fancy" job on the East Coast.

The next thing I wanted to do was visit with Spence and Marj Sorenson and their family. I had their phone number, so I called and recognized Marjorie's voice right away ... she knew mine, too. She was so sorry that Spence wasn't at home but she invited us out for coffee and a visit.

The directions and my memory worked together so we arrived safely at their gate ... but I thought for a minute that I must have directed us wrongly. There stood a brand new house! I did recognize the outbuildings, so we pulled in and were greeted by Carol and her mom and one of the boys (probably Jim). What fun! I had never heard that they had plans for building a new house. So, of course, that was my first comment, "When did you get the idea to build a new house?"

Marjorie assured me that, though it is nice to have a new house, it certainly wasn't nice the way they got theirs. Their old house had caught on fire while they and their kids were milking one morning, and by the time they noticed, it was beyond saving. I think the saddest part was that they lost all of their personal treasures. All of the baby books she had made for each of her kids had been burned, as well as all of their clothes and furniture -- and they were left homeless. But every one of them felt so glad to be alive ... and everyone is now involved in recovering pictures and keepsakes from anyone who has copies.

We spent an hour or so with Marj and the two kids who were home with her and then moved on to our next stay.

We spent two more nights away from home. One was at Itasca Park and the last one was at Blanche Lake. We did a whole day there. There in the cabin, Don cooked a meal that tasted great. That may be quite an asset someday -- a man who can cook! We left Saturday for Don's folks' house ... and that is where our trip ended ... and where we began planning our move into our first home.

I notice we did get the car cleaned somewhere or another. The cabin shown here is a touristy one near Itasca State Park. The cabin on Blanche Lake was more like a real lake cabin for fishing & such. We had the meal there ... and took a boat ride ... but I didn't find those pictures.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
October 24---Grady Michael Chap (1 year)
October 24---Eric Shockey
October 24---Ken Kitto
October 26---Ardis Sigman Quick
October 27---Marlene Anderson Johnson
October 27---Rich Weiland
October 28---Derrick McNeill
October 29---Sami Larson
October 29---Tom Miller
October 30---Anne Mellon Montford

Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries
October 27---Don and Gert Dake Pettit (20 years)

More October Birthdays
October 1---Brooklynn Ann Johnson (6 years)
October 1---Carolyn Amy Horne (6 years)

October 4---Wesley Sigman
October 4---Anita Weiland
October 5---Leona Anderson
October 5---Steven Miller
October 7---Steven Anderson

October 10---Hannah Aydelotte (9 years)
October 10---Greta Veronica Shockey (3 years)
October 10---Cody Printz
October 11---Jay Smith
October 12---Muriel Wold Rodriguez
October 12--- Tami Anderson Hunt
October 14---Douglas Anderson
October 14---Verlaine Weiland

October 18---Lori Anderson
October 18---Adriana Stahlecker Brown
October 18---Dan Mellon
October 20---Wade Morgan Printz (11 years)
October 22---Rich Johnson (from MN)
October 22---Candice Lynn Miller

More October Anniversaries
October 1---Keith Mason and Lori Anderson (5 years)
October 4---Don and Patty Bratten Anderson (13 years)
October 17---Troy and Marlee Morgan Freesemann (16 years)

October Special Days
October 11---Columbus Day (observed)
October 31---Hallowe'en

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Thank you for the birthday card. I am currently en route from California to Boise. But, I think this has got to be the longest trip I have ever taken ... I left California when I was still in my 40's, and I am only half way there and I'm already in my 50's! :)

Thanks again! It was so kind.

Richard Johnson
Meridian, ID

Thanks so much for the birthday greeting. I am playing in a golf tournament today, having nothing to do with my birthday, but great timing, none-the-less.

Dan Mellon
Alta Loma, CA

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Purple coneflower.

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


Click here to review last week's Bulletin

The Bulletin arrived -- what a great start to this beautiful day! It is a joy to get better acquainted with the Anderson side of the family. We count Doris and Jr. as very dear friends but I have never had the opportunity to get to know the rest of the family. Having Mavis and Tom come for a visit last summer and then having that delightful time with them and their wonderful family this summer was a real treat. Attending your wedding anniversary celebration this summer was another highlight.

Thank you for all the great work you do to put out The Bulletin.

Glenda Berndt
Fifty Lakes, MN

I sure enjoyed The Bulletin and would love to keep getting it, thank you very much. From here, it's the only way I can keep up with the FAMILY -- thanks again.

Jim Miller
Bradenton, FL

Thanks again for The Bulletin. The pictures of Mom and Dad's wedding were so sweet to see!

Marlene Anderson Johnson
Meridian, ID

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

I am looking out at piles of the beautiful leaves like our first picture. We should enjoy them, actually, as all too soon they will be covered with the cold, heavy snow of another Minnesota winter.

So far, we are enjoying very pleasant Fall days, and have gotten lots of work done towards the next season soon upon us.

Bitzi surely knows just which angle and color are best on the photos she takes. They are spectacular. I know when we drive through Scandia, we see the Swedish memories and the museum type buildings so the pictures of it were certainly interesting as Roy and I have never taken time to actually walk around the grounds. Verlaine loves to show us the fence like they have in the "old Country" of Sweden.

How could anyone not love living at a lake home like Shawn and Lori? Just watch two precious little girls when they get near the water, of course. Looks so inviting, and I know they will have lots of company. It will be nice that they can enjoy the labor they put into building that home more than just on weekends or something. Their jobs being the kind they can do work from home is almost too good to be true.

Hannah looks like she is well cared for, and would be such company for Don and Patty. What a giant pumpkin! How I would love to browse in the Red Chair Antiques store again. And ... have a treat fresh out of the oven like they serve.

Mavis, you have your own cats now, and I am sure Miss Kitty and Mai Tai are watching so they don't wiggle into first place here in The Bulletin pages. We have lots of cats to watch and hear about, but Miss Kitty will always hold the top spot for some reason. Maybe, just because we knew her longest.

The Track Chair is a winner, to say the least. For anyone loving the outdoors, and not able to get around on the uneven ground, it would be the answer. Having designed it after seeing the effort of Tim's son, Jeff, resulting from the paralyzing accident, makes it all the more valuable. I remember visiting the son in the hospital just after the accident.

Photo © Sarah Steinhauer

Levi Steinhauer practicing moves with a Track Chair.

That "Motorcouch" was quite an attraction. It would be great advertising for Tim's company.

I was so impressed with the onions Sarah sent a photo of. We love onions.

Bitzi, that was a most beautiful creation for the cancer awareness week. That old fashioned rose set off by the matching background drew our attention to the cancer theme! Be aware....

Glad we get some response from LTD, even if it is the ox and wagon.

The Memory Lane this time was priceless with the account and pictures of the beginning for Don and Dorothy's 60 years. I am glad for so many photos that were in the memoir about the occasion, and for the pictures with Lorraine Slotten Jacobson on them. That's the way I remember most of the folks on the pictures looking.

Such a beautiful picture of the purple flowers. It said at the very end of summer. All I see looking out our windows are piles of leaves to rake. What a refresher to see beautiful purple blossoms amidst it all!

Coming from the family she is of, no wonder Harlie Mae already has green thumbs. She might be the next generation planting those onions.

The Quotation for the day was just the way it is about now here in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. The varied colored leaves are a thick carpet everywhere you look. We have to admit it is beautiful.

I printed The Bulletin, and will mail it to my sister, Ruth Kitto, so she can enjoy it while she sits by Kenny's side as he is in rehab after his hip break. She isn't able to use her computer at present, and loves that Saturday morning Bulletin like the rest of us.

Thank you for your continued efforts to produce The Bulletin, and we hope to continue to contribute so you have something to include in future issues.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell
Is Harlie Mae Harrison going to sail away on an autumn breeze? Love the 'stool!

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