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Sun Flowers!
Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Arnica turns to face the summer sun.

Updates -

The Gauderman wedding party and horse carriage.

Update -- Jeff and Jessica marry in North Dakota
by Jeff and Jessica Myron Gauderman
Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Hello everyone! I just wanted to write a quick note about our wedding that took place on June 8th. I (Jessica Myron) married Jeff Gauderman; we had an outdoor wedding at my parents farm in Thompson, North Dakota. We were so fortunate to have such wonderful weather and everything went perfectly.

Danika Vigesaa was my bridesmaid and Jason Gauderman (Jeff's brother) was the best man. We also had Angel Freesemann (Troy and Marlee's youngest daughter) be the flower girl and Collin Grotte (my first cousin) be the ringbearer.

After the wedding we had a reception in Grand Forks, where a dinner was served. Jeff and I went on a Caribbean cruise for our honeymoon! We stopped at the islands of Aruba, Curacao, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. We enjoyed the relaxing time and sun there! Hope everyone is doing well and come and visit us anytime you are in the Twin Cities!

Jessica & Jeff Gauderman, left; the wedding party, right.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Mike Steinhauer
Mommy Sarah, big brother Levi & little sister Kira Steinhauer.

Jettison & Grandpa Morgan share an ice cream treat.

UPDATE -- Jettison visits his grandparents
by Mavis Anderson Morgan
Hope, ND

Jettison Freesemann from Burnsville, Minnesota, visited his grandparents Tom and Mavis Morgan at their home at Hope, North Dakota, recently. They enjoyed having him so much for those nine days and seeing his growth in so many ways. He likes to have people read him books. He was singing the birthday song in preparation for his second birthday, which was on June 6th.

The Cabbage Patch doll he was enjoying was one his mother, Marlee, played with when she was a little girl. Sammy has done well with so many years of being played with by lots of children. (Marlee's uncle Everett Burchill had won it to begin with.)

We look forward to the Freesemanns coming back for the June 8th wedding of our granddaughter, Jessica Myron.

Grandpa reads a book to Jettison, left; Sammy & Jettison, right.

Day to Day R
With Donna Mae
Ashby, MN

Photo © Donna Johnson
Lori & Shawn were very happy to be home with their precious little daughter, McKenna Christine ... doesn't it show in their faces!

Caity Celebrates 11th Birthday at Mall of America

Photo © Donna Johnson
Emma LaRoue helped Caity celebrate her 11th birthday at the Mall of America. Needless to say, they had a wonderful time!

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. LeRoy Dake supplied last week's mystery picture.

How many can you identify?

I recognize the LeRoy Dake family. Parents: Vonnie and LeRoy; children: Ginny, Larry and Ernie. What year was it taken? Late 50's?

Judy (Miller, Rude) Riesenberg,
Great Falls, MT

Dear Dorothy,

Them ain't no mystery guests! Mr. & Mrs. LeRoy Dake and their 3 childerens --- Ernie, Larry and Virginia.... Great family! Glad to have know them,

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

What a shock to turn the page (or scroll down) to see Vonnie and LeRoy with their three children. Now that is the way I remember them. See that cute Ernie? That sweet little Larry, who was so quiet you almost forgot he was there, and then Virginia, who was such a little lady and so capable for her age. If a person could fast forward from that picture until today, at that time, you would never have believed all the events each one would survive and where they are today. I dearly loved seeing that picture, which surfaced some very dear memories.

Betty Weiland Droel
MoundsView, MN

Photo © Whitney Johnson
A second chance for that old blue rocking chair.

The Chair
by Whitney Johnson
Acton, CA

Amongst all the moving out of our house was one thing that each of us kids wanted to save. It was the beat-up La-Z-Boy rocking chair that mom rocked us in from the day we were all born. It was the chair that we were rocked in when we were lonely, tired, sick, afraid, or just needed some rocking. We all grew to love that chair and connected it with all the comforting feelings of our childhood and young adulthood.

When we were asked by different people what we were saving from the house, we would say everything was going but the blue rocking chair. Every person we told that to would look at us like we were nuts and ask, "that?" Yup, that.

We are cramped for space but we were renting a little space that we were keeping our belongings in that wouldn't fit into the trailer. Including the rocking chair. After a while of paying rent on the space and seeing it wasn't worth it, we figured that we could find space in the trailer for everything but the rocking chair. That's when the little rocking chair was told it had to go. It would have to go to the dumpster at Dad's work.

As Mark and Dad tossed it into the dumpster, the tears started to stream down Mom's face, and I started to cry, too. We didn't shed a tear when we left the house, but leaving the rocking chair was a whole different thing. We remembered other houses in our childhood, but there would never be another rocking chair that would creak just right. We tried to believe that there would be. Trying to see through our tear-filled eyes, we tried to collect ourselves and tell ourselves it really didn't matter and that it was such a silly thing to be so tied to.

Then we went on to get a new belt for Mark in Palmdale. Tears continued to stream down our faces. It seems like such a stupid thing to be so attached to! But, if you think about it, it really wasn't. Our memories as a child revolved around that chair. We sang in it, we read in it, we napped in it; when we were sick we always felt better when we were rocked in it. It was the one piece of anything we had gotten attached to over our lives. ALL of us were attached to it.

Right then and there, we decided we needed to go back for that beat-up rocking chair. None of us could leave that behind, in the dumpster. So back to the job site we went, and pulled that worn out rocking chair back out. What a silly thing to do, we thought ... but there was no leaving that behind. You can take everything but our family and that rocking chair. Such relief when all is safe and sound!

Travelogue t

Photo © Larry McCorkell
Morning fog.

Outer Banks, North Carolina
by Virginia McCorkell
Blaine, MN

Another stop was Fort Raleigh where 250 colonists from England first tried to settle 400 years ago. Those 250 men, women and children disappeared without a trace and are known as the Lost Colony. Historians have never been able to piece together what may have happened to them, though there is a lot of speculation. We heard yet another park ranger tell an interesting tale of these brave people.

Fort Raleigh:

Lost Colony:

Photo © Virginia McCorkell
Sand Fence.

We had lunch one day at a restaurant overlooking the sound. I so bravely decided to order some seafood and was delighted with the coconut shrimp that appeared on the table before me.

I love the ocean with its ever changing moods and patterns on the sand. I soon found that I didn't do too well with standing on the sand and waiting for the waves to roll in around my feet ... the motion of the water robbed me of my equilibrium and the shifting of the sand under my feet would have toppled me if Larry and Suzanne had not been there to keep me upright.

I have a healthy respect for the power of those waves ... and marvel at the brave souls who venture out into the ocean. It does look like fun, but as for me and my two feet ... we will remain just out of reach of the waves.

Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Suzanne McCorkell
Farewell, Outer Banks, where sky, sand & sea meet.

$  A Long Time Ago   !

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Gold ore processing ruins at Independence Mine.

My Incredible Journey To Alaska
Part 6
by Donald B. Johnson
Ashby, MN
This story was published in The Ashby Post, October 2, 1980. The author died in 1982.

That day we came down through Willow, where they want to move the capital to from Juneau. Then we took a long, narrow, unpaved road back in the mountains to the Independence Gold Mine, which isn't being worked anymore and has been given to the state for a park. They will restore the old buildings that can be restored.

While we were at the Independence Mine, I was sitting in the bus with my winter clothes on and a down-filled sleeping bag wrapped around me because it was cold and windy. There was a fellow working on the roof there and all he had on was short sleeves, shorts, and shoes! We saw lots of people jogging in the cold wearing shorts, which proves Alaskans are tough.

Photo © Jerrianne Lowther
Mine manager's house, Independence Mine State Historical Park.

There was quite a town there during its heyday. It was called Boom-town but only part of two or three houses are left. There are a lot of gold mines up through there, some being worked and some abandoned.

To be continued...

Photos © Jerrianne Lowther
Gold Cord Mill, left; assay furnace, right.

Click here for a web tour of Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine State Historical Park.

Celebrations & Observances
From the Files of
Hetty Hooper

This Week's Birthdays
June 24---Aiden Montford (4 years)
June 25---Ben Henderson
June 26---Greg Wm. Dake
June 26---De Myer
June 27---Sam Mellon
June29---Tim Huseby
June 29---Trinidy Creede Roberson (1 year)
Happy Birthday!

July Birthdays
July 1---Suzanne McCorkell
July 1---Zachary Elliot Smith (3 years)
July 3---Vonnie Dake
July 4---Brian Lehtola
July 5---LeRoy Dake
July 5---Jennifer Dake Horne
July 6---James Miller
July 7---Kimberly Johnson
July 8---Trenton Loredo Roberson (4 years)
July 13---Zach Bratten
July 13---Ginny Adair
July 15---Tom Morgan
July 15---William Earl Dake
July 15---Sherry Dake
July 18---Callie Printz (6 years)
July 19---Patricia Dake Myer
July 19---Marlee Morgan Freesemann
July 19---Devon S. Stewart
July 20---Michael Miller
July 20---Susie Miller Smith
July 24---Jeni Larson
July 26---Tytus Joshua Myron (12 years)
July 27---Wyatt Timothy Mellon (10 years)
July 29---Heather Henderson
July 29---Colleen Mellon Scott
July 30---Justin Printz
July 31---Tim Myron

July Anniversaries
July 8---Shawn and Lori Ostendorf (1 year)
July 19---Dan and Nancy Mellon (38 years)
July 21---"Capt." Jack and Ginny Adair (45 years)
July 27---Larry and Sherry Dake (29 years)
July 29---Charles and Ardis Sigman Quick (35 years)

July Special Days

July 4---Independence Day

Miss Hetty's Mailbox:

Dear Miss Hetty,

Thank you for the birthday greeting! :-)

I'll have to get started with something like this. My life is too chaotic to keep up with dates and cards! New technology! :-)

And congratulations to all on the new baby in the family!

Doris Anderson
LaMirada, CA

I want to share our day today. Roy Droel turned 86. June 20, 2007.

With no wrinkles, it's hard for people to accept it when he tells them he is 86. If it hadn't been for his stroke, he would pass for late 60's. Even the doctor said that.

We appreciated a quiet day. We went to Red Lobster for grilled rainbow trout, which Roy usually chooses. It was fresh, not frozen, so very delicious. Then we looked at his cards, and the ones he has gotten on e-mail. So, he felt he had been well birthdayed.

I made strawberry shortcake, which he likes, that we will have as soon as I send this. Would gladly share if you dropped in ... anytime!

Photo © Betty Droel
Roy Droel with Shalana, left, and Krista, right.

We were surprised by Shalana and Krista Weiland coming by to wish Roy a Happy Birthday today. Grandma Verlaine was their chauffeur.

They left their American Girl dolls sleeping in the van. July 28th the family has a vacation planned which will take in the American Doll store in New York. You can see Grandma Verlaine made special beds for Abby and Kristina. She is such a special Gramma. No wonder she is so loved.

Then they took a picture of us on Roy's 86th birthday.

Betty Droel
MoundsView, MN

Photos © Betty Droel and Verlaine Weiland
Shalana & Krista's dolls in bed in van, left; Roy & Betty Droel, right.

Miss Hetty Says:

Miss Kitty said those grandkittens did get their names ... and as she suspected, they weren't going to be named Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, after all. Not that Miss Jerrianne has had time to worry about naming kittens this week with TWO Bulletins to publish! She did get her trip photos out of the camera and into the computer -- that's one of them at the top of the page -- but she said she would think about writing something in a less busy week.

Photos © Ken Carson
Cheerio, left; Tabasco, center; Oreo, right.

Kyra wrote:

We went with the household favorites for the kitten names (Oreo, Cheerio, and Tabasco). With the three of them running around all the time and getting into things they aren't supposed to, the simpler names are handy, although I suppose there's a reasonable chance they think their names are "No!" right now.

Kyra Carson
Mill Valley, CA

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


Oh no! Say it isn't so, no Bulletin on Saturday AM : ( ...but we will wait as in anticipation of McKenna's birth ... expecting another great edition. It feels like when the electricity goes down for a period ... you expect it to be there and when it is not, it jogs you into thinking of all the wonderful blessings you are receiving without notice.

So THANKS for all you both do to bring us news of the "extended family" and great places to visit, wonderful pictures, and yes, even The Bulletin writers deserve a break! Have a great weekend!

Barb Dewey
Ashby, MN

Editor's comment: It has been such a whirlwind of activity getting #261 and #262 finished and sent out that the editors haven't even had time to tell about or listen to what happened on the vacation trip! I do believe we shall see and hear about it once things settle down again!

Thanks for the picture of LeRoy in his straw hat! Looks like he is ready to go shocking grain or pitching hay! Good ol' days...

And the pictures of Jeremiah Dake and his grandma! That one is special!

Thanks for all your efforts in putting The Bulletin together.

Tom Miller
Madera, CA

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

We wondered if it would ever come, but at the same time we were hoping our photo editor was enjoying a safe and eventful, much needed vacation, so we were willing to wait patiently as long as necessary.

We are anticipating great stories and pictures from your trip, Jerrianne. Be sure to let us know how Miss Kitty survived the loneliness, or was she so well taken care of by Kathlyn that she didn't even realize the computer was idle?

Could there have been a more appropriate picture for our Father's Day issue? A brand new father, and a prize expression was captured on film as he carefully stroked his very own daughter's very soft, warm arm. No caption needed on that one. These days you are welcoming McKenna into your family. What joy!

What a good picture of Auntie Becky and that tiny baby! She won't forget that she was able to quiet down her crying newborn niece with her magic touch.

Jessica Myron looks like happiness itself on every picture of her. June 8th has come and gone so she likely is already Mrs. Jeff Gauderman.

The picture of Farmer Dake must have been taken awhile ago, although the smile is the same one I saw last Sunday.

I was glad to see more of the Dake relation when Jeremiah became a Bulletin subscriber and was able to bring that happy smile to Grandma Lois.

Raspberry Coconut Cupcakes -- The closest I got to those was making Roy strawberry shortcake for his birthday. It was so funny. I lit one little candle, and he had to blow at it three times to blow it out. Maybe one gets a little weak when you reach the 86th birthday, or maybe he was laughing too hard.

It was quite interesting to see Outer Banks featured on the Internet of the most popular vacation spots. Sand dunes with the ocean in the distance is a long ways from what we see here, and what a restful vacation to wander around with not much of a time limit. I see it is to be continued. We always like that.

And then there is the next chapter of the "Incredible Journey to Alaska." I read every single word of that story with interest, as he makes it so realistic. I have had authentic sourdough pancakes, but I guess I prefer our plain ole, plain ole.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that the dress and suit Tom and Mavis had on were what they had worn at their wedding 50 years ago. I wonder how many could manage that? We've only been married 14 years, but I know I have "changed a lot" since then. Now wasn't that a nice way to put that?

I read every single Miss Hetty letter, also the Letters to the Editors. I see my sister Ruth and Kenny Kitto wrote that they were taking The Bulletin to read on their trip. They have called us to tell us they were here and there, and by now they would have made their destination of close to Manhattan, Montana, to one of Kenny's five sons they will visit as they travel. They plan to be at Manhattan 1 and 2. The area where Kenny lived until he moved to Phoenix with Ruth -- was it five years ago already? I'm sure he's glad to be in Montana weather to "cool off."

What a clever CHUCKLES this time! Caity really is Super Girl, at least for the moment. That is so totally amazing how those huge rocks can balance and not topple. Of course, in this case, it's a good thing Caity was there.

We don't have to wait too long now until Saturday. This is already Thursday.

Thanks again for all the rush and push and pull you needed to do to get us this wonderful Father's Day issue. It was well worth the wait.

Betty Droel


Photo illustration © Virginia McCorkell; photo by Suzanne McCorkell
Recently seen shutterbugs, Outer Banks ... the McCorkells!

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Under the sun!
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And not pick one.
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