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Carolyn Amy Horne

Carolyn Amy Horne Carolyn, Ethan & Jennie
Carolyn Amy Horne (left); & with mom, Jennie, & brother, Ethan.

by Carolyn Dake
Tucson, AZ

I just wanted to let you know that Ernie and I are very proud grandparents once again. Chris and Jennie's little girl was born October 1st. She weighed 7 lbs., 1 oz., and was 19.5 inches long. Ethan is such a busy little guy he doesn't pay much attention to her until she cries.

She was born Friday afternoon and we were on a plane to Tucson by 8:45 Saturday morning! :) We had not planned to go out, as they are coming back to Georgia in November and again in December, BUT we just had to go! LOL

Her name is "Carolyn Amy"!! And this Grandma Dake could not be happier. Jennie's middle name is Amy, after Great-Grandma Dake, so this little girl had lots of family behind her already. :)

If anyone is interested, there are lots of pictures at

by Tom Miller
Madera, CA

Editor's Note: Tom is Jim Miller's brother, and a friend of mine since childhood days. ~DMA)

We live in Madera, California, which is about 20 miles north of Fresno (in the middle of the state).

We have lived here since 1977, when we moved back from Arizona. I had been transferred to California in 1968 to be Assistant Manager of the company farming operations. We had over 53,000 acres in cultivation -- all irrigated -- and raised many different crops.

Being in the cotton business, the company wanted as many acres as possible of cotton, and at that time we were under acreage restrictions, which only allowed us to have 5,500 acres of cotton. Other crops were: alfalfa hay, 3,000 acres, seed alfalfa, 3,500 acres, barley, 15,000 acres, wheat, 12,000 acres, safflower, 15,000 acres.

Mingled in were other crops such as onions, garlic and asparagus (760 acres, all hand harvested!). So, there was a lot to look after!

Payroll was the big thing! The farm had not installed a computer system and I had run the computer department in El Paso, where I had lived for 13 years, so one of the first jobs was the conversion to computer.

Don't know if I have given you any "usable" information, but it you would like more, please let me know.


by Rick Anderson
Portland, OR

Thanks for doing such a great job with The Bulletin! I look forward to getting it each week. It's nice to see the pictures of everyone, too.

I'm keeping busy this fall with school and work. This term I'm teaching a math class at Portland State University while I'm gathering data for my dissertation research in mathematics education.

The high school I'm working with is about 30 miles from Mt. St. Helens. I've seen the mountain steaming some mornings on my drive to school, but wasn't there when some of the bigger bursts occurred in the past weeks. Recently, it has quieted down some, since the lava is free to flow into the crater.

All for now. Keep up the good work!


by Whitney Johnson
Long Lake, MN

I am in 7th grade at the Orono Middle School. I am presently in Art, Geography, English, Science, Algebra and Gym. In Art we are doing clay food and working on glazing them, we are working on grammar in English and living science in my science class, in my math class we are working on integers and distributive property, gym is pretty self explanatory. I also have band and lunch. My favorite Subject is algebra, it kind of helps to have a cool teacher :), I love our long term sub, Ms. Shoneman. School is enjoyable and going pretty quickly so far.

by Lori Chap
Maple Grove, MN

I had better write in, since it's been a while and I really have no excuses. For the most part, things are okay, except for a looming surgery on November 2nd. I tore my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in September and the verdict is in and it's knee surgery. The good news is that there is no bone or other muscle and/or ligament damage. Just the good ol' ACL.

My mom is going to take me to and from the hospital and stay a day and then Becky may help me for a few additional days … until I can get around on my own. I have Physical Therapy scheduled for one week after the surgery and for at least two times a week from then on out (until my doctor deems no longer necessary).

This has definitely put a damper on my volleyball career for a while (and also lawn mowing and raking). I thank everyone who has picked up the slack for me thus far and Mom and Becky for planning to come down to help me out after surgery. I will most likely be out from work for 1-2 weeks.

Here's some nifty information from the internet about ACL injuries:

What is an ACL injury?
One of the most common problems involving the knee joint is an anterior cruciate ligament tear (ACL injury). The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four ligaments that are critical to the stability of the knee joint. A ligament is made of tough fibrous material and functions to control excessive motion by limiting joint mobility. Of the four major ligaments of the knee, the ACL injury is the most common.

When an ACL injury occurs, the knee becomes less stable. The ACL injury is a problem because this instability can make sudden, pivoting movements difficult, and it may make the knee more prone to developing arthritis and cartilage tears. When the knee is unstable, patients often complain of a sensation that the knee will "give out" from under them. When this is because of an ACL injury, the knee joint is sliding too much. This can be a problem because each episode of instability can cause damage to the knee cartilage. Therefore an ACL injury makes patients more prone to developing arthritis and meniscus tears.

Basically, it's a very important ligament and if I want to play volleyball, run, hike or do anything fun, I need surgery.

The Procedure
ACL reconstruction is not an ACL repair. A repair implies that you can fix something that is broken. If an ACL is completely torn, it will not heal back together, even if the torn ends are sewn together. In actuality, the tendon almost always appears frayed when visualized after an ACL tear. What does work well, is to remove the torn ends of the ACL and replace the ligament with a different structure (a graft). To secure the graft into the position of the normal ACL, tunnels are made in the shin bone (tibia) and thigh bone (femur), and the graft is passed through these tunnels to reconstruct the ligament.

Surgeons have a number of graft options to choose from including:

* Bone-Patella Tendon-Bone (tendon from your knee cap) -- My doctor did not recommend this one.
* Hamstring
* Allograft (cadaver)

If you know of anyone who has had ACL surgery and has an opinion on the above graft options, I welcome them! I need to decide at least a week before my scheduled surgery. Thanks!


Editor's Note: Contact Lori here...

by Donna Johnson
Ashby, MN

Becky went to see an eye specialist yesterday. They found her right eye is significantly worse than it was, before the accident. The left eye was worse, too, but not as drastically as the right. They've ordered glasses for her.

Her doctor also told her that she has a "freckle" on her eye, which they will have to watch in the future. He figures it was caused by the stress to the eyes from the accident.

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With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

An Outing With Jayce

Peggy and I spent over an hour at the park in Alex, playing with Jayce, enjoying the 70 degree, sunny afternoon. This included him pushing us on the merry-go-round and Peggy going down the circular slide a couple times with him. He got a big kick out of watching her come down behind him. (I wished I'd have had the camera along.)

The merry-go-round was a smaller than normal version. Jayce commented, "This is good for little kids like me."

So, being it was smaller, he practiced running and pushing it and then getting himself up onto it while it was spinning, something he'd watched bigger boys do on the larger merry-go-rounds. Then, of course, he had to practice jumping off, too ... which went well for a few tries. Eventually he fell over when he tried leaping off -- down he went, and as he got up, he exclaimed, "Have mercy!" ... and ran back to the climbing section where the slides were located.

On the slide, he stumbled and banged his shin into one of the steps he was trying to run up; that drew some moaning and carefully pulling his pants leg up to check out any damage done, but he didn't cry. After a few seconds he went back to playing.

Then we spent a very long time watching him entertain himself with ladybugs! He would come running or holler over to us, "I found the mommy ladybug." Then a little later it was, "I found the daddy ladybug!" At one point he came running and sat between us on the bench and proceeded to inform us about a whole "family" of bugs, including grandpa, sister, brother.

He'd run from the end of the slide where the Mommy bug was sitting (or was it the Daddy?) and across to the other side of the jungle gym play area to check out the opposite one, then on to another place to visit all the remaining "family." He also conferred with us about what possible names there were for this extended family.

This went on for so long, when we finally went to eat (after grocery shopping) he ate way more than it looked possible for his little tummy -- devouring chicken, rice, 1/2 an egg yolk, jello, mandarin oranges, pineapple, ice milk with sprinkles and a cookie. He even polished off Peggy's remaining pineapple!

He then wanted to go back and check his bugs one more time, but I informed him they were probably sleeping already. And, after buckling him into his car seat, he too was asleep within minutes -- completely worn out from his outing and bug sitting adventure!

Caity & Jayce at Itasca
Caity & Jayce at Itasca State Park

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

Dorothy: Editor & Matriarch
(A new photo for our new "Home" page)

The Bulletin is now in its third year of production. It has reached out and found you! Now it is time for us to find out WHO and WHERE you are: where you fit into the family or what friend reached out to you; where you live; what you do in your daily work; what else you do (besides work).

We'd love to hear about Ginny's quilting art, just as we've heard about Elaine's shrub roses and had some references to Donna's garage saling. I haven't asked Larry, our new Brooks-Oklee Correspondent, whether they weave or knit things from the wool of their black and white sheep, but I'm going to. I did understand we were going to hear more about Richard and Mia's goats and there are so many pieces of information we hope to have for future issues.

Was it Mavis who asked, months ago, to know what people did for their work? That's fair game, too. We know about Donna's day care and Wyatt's programming and Ary's garden center and Kjirsten's vaccinating and teaching, etc. And for those of you just joining us, you can read all of this and more on our brand new web site:

Do check out the new web site features, most of them still under construction, but growing: About has background information and family pictures (and would welcome lots more). Who's Where is a way to search and find geographical location about many of the people listed in Who's Who. We have begun to assemble collections of Recipes and Stories and Web Galleries. More of The Bulletin back issues will be in the Archives as Jerrianne is able to eke out enough time for it.

Starting next week, I plan to run biographical sketches of our staff members in this column. Each week I will publish one sketch. When that has been done, I want to run sketches on each of the readers and subscribers. If anyone has a question to ask any of the authors, send them to Dorothy at and I will see that you receive an answer. Questions and answers will be published.

Next week Jerrianne will be featured, so if you have special questions to ask her, be sure to send them to me!


Dorothy & Don Anderson with grandchildren Rachel & Ben Henderson

Don and I have been married for 54 years. We have five children, 15 grandchildren and now four great grandchildren. Our extended family ranges from Florida to Alaska and overseas. Our Ben Henderson is going to be married to Heather Overby on November 26 and Grandma Anderson will be there to oversee the extending of our family. The Bulletin is published weekly, BUT the editor and publisher has requested to be excused that week, because being a grandma comes first.

LTD Storybrooke

Storybrooke, The Farm
Family Update, Part 1 of 3
By Larry Dake

Sherry and I live in an old farmhouse on the 5 acre building site of an old dairy farm. The house was built by a French Canadian over 100 years ago. It has had an addition in the past but is still rather small by modern standards. You might call it a two and a half bedroom x two bathroom x two story. It has a bit of a rustic feel on the inside, having walls finished with rough pine boards. In the winter we heat the house with wood. The wood burning stove sits in the living room. We replaced the old stove and old carpet with new ones this past summer.

The house is about in the middle of the five acres. We're situated beside a rural gravel road that has little traffic. There's a beef cattle farm about a quarter mile to the north. Storybrooke, the farm, is about three miles from where my wife, Sherry, grew up in Oklee, Minnesota. Sherry's elderly folks still live in Oklee, where they currently have a trailer sales business. Our rural address is Brooks, though we live closer to Oklee. We're about 80 miles east of Grand Forks, on the edge of the prairie. Just a few miles to the east we can see the hills -- where the hills and lakes of northern Minnesota begin, and stretch all the way to Lake Superior.

We are surrounded by Red River Valley soybeans (or wheat -- depending on the year.) The land here and west is flat. A farmer from North Dakota raises the crops all around us. The beans are not quite ready for harvest.

In addition to the house, we have an old hen house we've converted into a rabbitry, an old granary built from tamarack logs, a pumphouse that was at one time the milk house to the dairy barn. (The dairy barn has been torn down.) And we have a three sided pole shed, of which part is a barn for the sheep, part is garage, and part is woodshed.

We rotate our sheep through five pastures to get maximum production of grass. The five pastures have woven wire fences, and occupy only about three of our five acres. Right now we have 16 sheep in the pastures and three in the freezer. Some sheep are black and some are white. They are of the Cheviot breed, though are not purebred. We buy hay to feed in the winter. We feed the hay for roughly six months out of the year. We intended to raise only enough meat to eat. However, last fall we did have "extra" lambs that we sold at the livestock auction, making enough money to pay for the winter's hay. This year we're keeping extra replacement ewe lambs.

We also have gardens in which we raise vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The tomatoes didn't do well this year, due to a cool summer and the early frost in August. But we had a good crop of onions and a runaway crop of cilantro. The potatoes are ready to dig.

About half an acre north of the driveway is an old hayfield in which we've been planting and encouraging native prairie plants. It was quite showy with wildflowers this fall. Between the fence and the gravel road there are cattails in the ditch. In the spring, this is the closest thing to a brook at Storybrooke. About a mile to the south there is a real brook. But it is called the Hill River!

North of the house, we have roughly an acre of woods. The woods is thin, having been grazed by cattle in the past. We've planted a lot of tree seedlings in the wooded area. Lately, I've been hand splitting wood each evening, from trees we harvested there after a windstorm two years ago. The air is crisp and the fall leaves are in full color. Ducks and geese are frequently heard flying overhead. It's a romantic time of year.

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The Bolivian Beat
By Kjirsten Swenson

Editor's Note: Kjirsten has returned to Bolivia for a second year of independent study in Morochata, prior to enrollment in medical school at Baylor University in Houston, in 2005. She has spent several weeks trekking around Bolivia before returning to the hospital in Morochata.

A Picturesque Street In La Paz

Kjirsten Goes Backpacking

The computer I'm using just ate the reply I wrote you. :( The hard drive problems sound bad ... My Bolivia photos are all backed up but I suspect most of what you've taken during the last year isn't. I can't call tonight 'cause it's late, I don't know where the cheap call centers in La Paz are, I probably shouldn't be walking around at this time, and I have to wake up at 5 tomorrow to be on an early bus.

Tomorrow I bus for 10 hours to Pelechuco, where I'll hopefully find a mule and guide to take me on a 5-6 day trek to Charazani in the Apolobamba Mountains of Bolivia. It's far and isolated and not an easy walk, but supposedly pretty spectacular. The trail begins at over 12,000 feet and crosses several passes over 15,000 feet, including one that tops out at 16,700 feet above sea level. I'm excited! This afternoon I bought freeze-dried potatoes, dried figs and raisins, and a camp stove to replace the one Mom took back to the states for repairs.

If all goes as planned, I'll be back in La Paz next weekend and will call you then, if necessary. But don't assume that all will go as planned. I could end up waiting a few days to find a guide and mule, weather could make me wait to start, the unemployed are threatening to block roads... I assure you my Bolivian mom is worrying enough for both of you plus grandma. :) Conclusion: I'll plan to call next weekend, but have no concerns if it doesn't happen that soon.

Wish me luck and clear skies!


More of Kjirsten's trekking photos may be seen in her Webshots Bolivia Trekking album here:

Editor's Note: Episodes 1-3 appear in Bulletins 111-114, Episode 4 was in Bulletin 116 and Episode 5 was in Bulletin 122.

California, Here We Come! P

The Johnson Family Reunion, Day 6
by Kimberly Johnson

Sunday: Well the day that guys go crazy with the matches and blow stuff up is here.

In the morning we all crammed into our flock of vehicles, and headed for the hills. We arrived at the poor people's house with plenty of spare time. (They most likely had to make a trip to Target to pick up a few more folding chairs the night before.) We enjoyed our time together and then headed back. The natives probably thought there was a funeral, looking at how many cars we had. They just missed the beginning of it around the last corner there.

Dad was the poor one that had to pull out the cook books in order to beat last night's supper. He sure did it, though, as he pulled a fast one of Barbeque Ribs and the works.

Soon enough, it was plenty dark for the big guys to pull their tricks. They got out the bundle of fireworks and dragged them to an open area in the lawn. One by one they fired up some fancy sparkles. Eventually, they ran out ... which led to some pretty disappointed little kids, as well as some pretty happy ones. (Some were not so keen about this whole noisy, light stuff.)

While they were packing up the toys, some of us saw a little action going on down by the road. Others did not. All of a sudden there was a BOOM! ... as loud as you could imagine ... and enough light to go with it. The few of us who knew what was going on just thought it was loud, but others didn't know what had hit them. John had filled a plastic bag full of acetylene, and lit a gas wick to explode this hand-made bomb. It sure was fun, and I was lucky enough to get a video of it on my digital camera! But please ... Do Not Try This At Home! :)

To be continued ...

The bomb!
John's home made fireworks explosion

This and That
by Elaine Wold
Wahpeton, ND

~author unknown~

If you have work to do,
Do it now,
Today the skies are blue,
Tomorrow clouds may come in view,
Yesterday is not for you.
Do it now.

If you have a song to sing,
Sing it now,
Let the tones of gladness ring
Clear as the song of bird in spring
Let each day some music bring,
Sing it now.

If you have some kinds words to say,
Say them now.
Do some kindness while you may,
Loved ones will not always stay,
Say them now.

IF you have a smile to show
Show it now,
Make hearts happy, roses grow.
Let friends around you know
The love you have before they go,
Show it now.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays:

October 18---Lori Anderson
October 18---Diana (Mellon) Martin
October 18---Dan Mellon
October 20---Wade Printz
October 22---Richard Johnson (Rich in MN)

Happy Birthday!

This Week's Anniversaries:

October 17---Troy and Marlee (Morgan) Freesemann (10 years)

More October Birthdays:
October 1---Brooklynn Ann Johnson (newborn)
October 1---Carolyn Amy Dake (newborn)
October 4---Wesley J. Sigman
October 5---Leona Anderson
October 5---Steve W. Miller
October 7---Steven Anderson
October 10---Cody Printz
October 10---Hannah Aydelotte (3 years old)
October 12---Muriel (Wold) Rodriguez
October 12---Tami (Anderson) Hunt
October 14---Douglas Anderson-Jordet

October 24---Eric Shockey
October 26---Ardis (Sigman) Quick
October 27---Marlene (Anderson) Johnson
October 29---Tom Miller
October 29---Samantha Jo Larson (10 years old)
October 30---Anne (Mellon) Montford

More October Anniversaries:
October 4---Donnie and Patty Anderson (7 years)
October 5---Tom & Lou Miller (31 years)
October 27---Don and Gert (Dake) Pettit (14 years)

October Holidays & Observances
October 11---Columbus Day (Observed)

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Hi! Thanks for the e-card! I had a great birthday. I didn't have to work as I have every Tuesday off, so I had a day to myself!

Jason had told me earlier that he had a surprise for me. I was supposed to go to an address he gave me and would be there about three hours. I couldn't figure out what it would be. Especially for three hours! So ... I drove to the address and saw that it was a sewing store. That still didn't make any sense. (I did have a sewing machine on my birthday list, but what would I do there for three hours?)

I went inside and told them who I was. They presented me with a new sewing machine and told me that there was a class on how to use your machine that I was signed up for. So ... I spent about three hours learning how to use my new sewing machine! It made me inspired to make some things, but haven't had time to get it out since! Hopefully soon I will. So ... that's what I did on my 27th birthday!

Not much else is new. Just thought I'd update you and tell you about my celebration!

(Anderson) Hunt

Miss Hetty Says

Well, the editors have been busy this week and they've kept me hopping, looking up more information, checking their results. They will probably be asking you to check it out, too. I think a lot of it started with Miss Jerrianne being out there on the edge of the family and the edge of the world and trying to figure out what was going on with us here in the middle. She finally asked for, and got, all the published Bulletins, but she has only read half of 'em.

I can't say I blame her for getting confused, because we have managed to merge two completely unrelated Anderson families ... and two completely unrelated Johnson families ... and they are all big families, too. We even have two Richard Johnsons to track -- one in Minnesota and one in Oregon. One is married to Marlene (Anderson) Johnson and the other is married to Mia Nelson. So is that confusing, or what? Now they want me to add birth names to my calendar to help everyone keep track of who is related to whom.

Then Miss Jerrianne wanted to know who was where. She says when Diana (Mellon) Martin reported that frost nipped her squash and tomatoes in August, it made a difference where those squash and tomatoes lived. It's one thing if they're up in Northern Minnesota (which they were) and quite another if they're growing in Missouri or Texas or Florida. So, in addition to the cheat sheet that became Who's Who, they've gone off and invented Who's Where ... so you can figure out where those frozen squash and tomatoes are coming from.

They thought they'd gussy up the web site, put My Boss's picture on it, which they did. And then Miss Dorothy discovered a fine photo with two of her 15 grandchildren. It never ran in The Bulletin because attaching pictures didn't work very well a year ago, so right on the spot, Miss Jerrianne invented About, web pages where Miss Dorothy can share pictures of her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren whenever she wants to.

Well, it sure does keep those two old gals off the streets and out of the saloons, as they say, so I guess The Bulletin web site is a GOOD thing. Next thing you know they will probably be sitting at their computers wearing red hats like Ginny (Dake) McCorkell's. They are sure having fun; I can tell you that! And I have a feeling they will be pleased to share all the fun they are having with you. So do check it all out ... I dare say they got at least half of it right, but if you find any errors, just drop Miss Hetty a note and I'll set 'em straight for you! =:o

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


We had baby Brooklynn, Rylie, Jolene and Wyatt for a visit and lunch. She's a little sweetie. Jayce loved her!

The Bulletin was absolutely delightful! I laughed out loud about the tar (really have enjoyed all of Larry's writing!) and also a big laugh about Sport and the Wheaties!

Loved Ginny's update and pictures; I need to get some purple clothing and a red hat soon!

Enjoyed Mitzi's accounts in the past of their visit and having Kjirsten back to her adventures -- got to admit some of what goes on there makes me nervous for her...

The Johnsons' picture was very nice; love how they are all connected through touching one another. Ary's story and pictures were interesting; made me thankful we don't have gas that is quite that high, though!

Mindy's poem made me tired just contemplating all that work for one day! That high level of appreciation of life is tremendous, though; thanks for sharing, Melinda!

Gert... I'll sign up for that bus; who's volunteering to host/hostess? Carol, are you midpoint? :-) Got a big yard or hotels/motels close by?

Donna (Johnson)

Thanks again for the wonderful job you do with The Bulletin ... and all those who contribute the stories of their lives! The pictures are just great ... loved Brooklynn and her cousins. (Sorry, I'm prejudiced, but I know Beaver and D's family the best.)

Enjoy "getting to know" the others too -- Ginny the fabric-aholic/ quilting woman (my kind of people), and those who share from their parts of the world -- Kjirsten's adventures in South America ... (I'm so glad you are back down there to share that life you live! I was never that brave.) Ary with comments about everyday living in Netherlands, and Donna's travels to D.C. and Itasca and life with kids. I look forward to seeing The Bulletin each weekend.

Barb Dewey

Just got The Bulletin after I sent that last message.... Oh, dear ... I didn't expect to be at the top of the page so big and bold ... but there I am! Thanks for organizing all of this and giving us a chance to join in the fun!

I just love that tar story of LTD's ... it truly is a self-portrait in words!

Ginny (McCorkell)

What a Bulletin!!!! I wonder how many newspapers are as widespread as The Bulletin is? Just think ... many states are mentioned -- plus faraway Alaska, Bolivia, and Netherlands. How interesting!

Beaver has well deserved the award for the heartwarming essay he wrote. One gets shivers when he/she reads it. Keep it up, Beaver; other holidays and events are coming up to write about, too.

So nice to see the pictures of the cute little tots, as well as Beautiful Lady in Purple, Ginny. I think she's taken up with the RED HAT SOCIETY, the way it looks. Way to go, Gin, Keep yourself young!

Elaine (Wold)

Photo Editor's Note: I believe you're right. I read all about it at

I thought donning red straw hats with flowers on top might be just the way to attract some more volunteer help for our gardening in the park and highway median strip beautification project next summer. And this morning when I opened the front door to pick up the newspaper, I found a box from a friend ... with three kazoos inside! Move over, Ginny ... company's coming! ~ Jerrianne ;)

It was interesting to see Gert's comments about the reunion she went to in Spicer. That is indeed close to my home turf. I went to school with Geer kids, baby-sat for Geers and one of my mom's nurses is a Geer. Small world!

Thanks again for the newsletter. I love it.

Carolyn Dake

A couple of dates to add to your files, if you like: Lou and I were wed on October 5, 1973, and my birthday is October 29th. (You know the year.)

Thanks for all the work you put into The Bulletin! I enjoy reading about those I may know and also the other interesting stories. I tell Kathy Pfingsten about her sister-in-law when I read about Marlene, Mrs. Richard Johnson. Editor's note: Kathy is Rich Johnson's sister -- and a friend of Tom and Lou's.

My interest gets very keen when I see letters or notes from persons in places near to me.

Thanks again,

Tom Miller

I haven't found time this week to write anything about the Washington, D.C., trip. I'm still trying to catch up on all the things that didn't get done while we were gone!

To Rich - How do you get people to pay $6.50 for free tickets? Just tell them there might not be any free tickets when they want them. There’s a sucker born every minute. This phrase has been accredited to P.T. Barnum, but was actually uttered by a competitor. However, Barnum did get people to leave his museum by posting a sign: "THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS." When people went to see the Egress, they found themselves on the street with a locked exit door behind them, and had to pay another quarter to get back in. I would have fallen for it!

To Dan Mellon - I sure hope we get a chance to meet someday. If you are interested in driving tractors, repairing fences, and cutting weeds, I would be especially interested in getting to know you.


Editor's note: Frans came with Ary to attend a license plate collectors convention in the states. He met several of our family at that time. He asked to be put on the mailing list. You can read about his trip to America in Bulletin 110, July 18, 2004, and you can view his pictures in the web gallery found at:

Hello Everyone,

Hello from Frans. I hope everything is oke with you and your family. At my place it is not oke; my mother (87) past away last Thursday. We had on Saturday the burial. She was for more than 9 years resident at a nursing home. She had the disorder of Alzheimer.

You ask me to tell where I live in Netherlands: yes, I live in the town named Oosterhout. We have around 56,000 inhabitants. Oosterhout is in the southwest of the Netherlands, near the border of Belgium about 15 mile from it and 35 miles from the city of Rotterdam. (And 4 hours drive from Paris, France.)

Oke, I am always waiting every Saturday afternoon for the new Bulletin. I like it and love those people who are becoming bigger (like Jayce).

I do hope this is oke (information), if not????

Have a nice day to you and your family from Oosterhout. (If you like to have some pictures, let me know.)

Frans de Been

Editors' Note: We wish to extend condolences from our extended family to Frans, who has sent us an article and photographs for the next issue of The Bulletin. We look forward to more articles.

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