Last week we passed the 95th anniversary of the 1918 Fire. Did you know anyone who lived through that fire? Well, I did. My grandmother Minnie Dahlman and her husband, my grandfather Edwin Dahlman, had moved to Cromwell in the summer of 1918 when my dad, Wallace Dahlman, was only 2 years old. They lived on the land that is now owned by Scott and Doreen Warner and Kevin Davis on Krogh and Dahlman Roads. The only one who really told me about that day, Oct. 12, was my Aunt Alice who was only 9 years old at the time. She was scared that her home would burn down and that they all would die in the fire. So, she sat in the outhouse for hours praying the fire would miss them. Well, her prayers were answered as the fire didn't take their farm or folks, but then in November of that year, my grandfather got the 1918 influenza and died as a result. He had spent many hours fighting the fire and his lungs were probably weakened from all the smoke inhalation. This left my Grandma Minnie and her children, Alice, Einar and Wallace, to fend for themselves. They did move to Duluth to live with relatives for the winter, but then came back to the farm the next summer. I don't know much more about the following years, but my grandmother never remarried and she managed to run the little farm with the help of her brothers and then her sons as they grew up. I often wonder what their lives would have been like if my grandfather had lived.
Our sympathy to the family of Donna M. Jerikovsky, 83, of Cromwell who died peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. Private family graveside services will be held.
It was very unfortunate, but Jason Line crashed his Pro Stock car on Oct.10, while testing the car at the Rockingham Dragway in North Carolina. He was unhurt in the crash, but I'm sure the experience was scary. While coasting to the finish line on the first pass down the track, the car turned sideways, went straight into the right hand wall and barrel rolled, according to the Duluth News Tribune. Jason, who is 44, is just 50 points out of first place with just two races left in the NHRA Mellow Yello Drag Racing Series.
Congrats to the cross country team for their hard work these past two weeks! At the Polar League meet junior high races, Marcus Pocernich placed fourth and Jayna Swartout placed sixth. In the junior varsity races Jenna Koenig placed fourth, Justice Bauer placed fifth and Tristan Hackensmith placed ninth. We also had two people take 11th place. Great job everyone! Last Saturday the CC team was at the Swain Invitational battling 40-plus MPH winds on the most challenging hill course. Our best place was eighth by Nick Koenig in the JV race. Next week we run at Proctor.
Thank you to everyone who came to the elementary cross country race! It turned out to be a great day with 24 runners representing the elementary. The team trophy went to the sixth-grade team of Shaily, Amber and Emmalee. The top three girls were Shaily Hakamaki, Emmalee Hoover and Amber Collman, and top three boys were Nathan Genereau, Bertie Korpi and Jacob Bellinger. Great job everyone! See back page of this week's Bus Bulletin for official results.
The next dance at the Cromwell Park Pavilion will take place Thursday, Oct. 24, from 1-4 p.m. Mr. Morgan will provide the music. This is the last dance for the year and they will resume in January 2014.
Preschool Census: We are counting all little noses in our school district -- and you are important to us! We don't want you to miss out on special notices for family classes, preschool screening or kindergarten round up, so call the school at 218-644-3716 ext. 1400.
Vision and hearing screening for grades K-12 will be done on Monday, Oct. 28. Volunteers are needed all day, and lunch will be provided. Call Megan Shelton, school nurse, at 218-644-3716 ext. 3150 if you can help out or if you have questions.
There have been a few cases of head lice reported in the elementary grades. Affected classes have been checked. Please continue to check your child(ren) at home. Just a reminder that we have a "no nit policy." Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Our best get-well wishes go out to Marilyn Olesiak Kiehl who is recuperating at Lakeshore Care Facility in East End of Duluth. Cards can be sent to her at Lakeshore Lutheran Home,4002 London Road, Duluth, MN 55804, and she would love to have visitors now.
That's all the news from Lake Havefuninthefall and hello to all our area hunters. Stay safe!