By: Jennie K. Hanson , Pine Journal
The 2011 Cromwell-Wright All School Reunion is now just a memory in the hearts and minds of those who attended. It was a fantastic get-together for all concerned. The reunion committee got so many compliments on the events of the day and we are thankful for the kind words and hugs of appreciation. This whole event was put together by seven women – Elaine Crouch, Barb Dahl, Ann Heikkila, Aurelia Hemmila, Linda Larson, Lindsay Lally and Jennie K. Hanson. Also, thanks to everyone who sent out the reunion letters to classmates, promoted the event and especially to the Family Pride 4-H Club for setting up the 500 chairs and 50 tables. We couldn’t have done it without you. There are so many folks to thank, so we want you all to know how much you are
The reunion book sales were great. We had 250 books printed by McGregor Printing and they are almost all sold out. I have a few left, if you still want one, but they may go fast, so let me know soon if you want one.
The oldest graduates attending were Arnold Dahl, Class of 1936, and Signe Maki Pitkanen, Class of 1934. Youngest was Daniel Thomas, Class of 2003. There are also two other older graduates who were unable to attend but who are still in the area. They are Gladys Clark and Eileen Grover – both from the Class of 1933. Gladys is at Villa Vista and Eileen is at Sunnyside Health Care Center in Cloquet. I’m sure they would love a visit from anyone.
The Class of 1961 met on Friday, July 1, at the home of Lloyd and Linda Shelton for their 50th high school class reunion. Also, if you were at this event and bought a reunion book at Sheltons, there is an eight-page supplement that you will need to get from me. Just call and I will get one to you somehow.
Many area folks got to meet the new superintendent at the reunion on Saturday. She is Jennifer Backer from Kettle River.
New and open in town is the gift shop owned and operated by Peter’s Hardware. This building was the old barber shop that Wesley French had and then the Wenstrom Insurance Building for several years. Stop in for a good look and have a sample treat. It’s nice to see that this old building has been restored and still in use. It’s the one with the “red door.” Peter’s also has milk now and other essentials for your shopping needs.
The Wright Co-op has seen an increase in business since HomeTown Family Foods closed in Cromwell. It’s hard to see businesses close, but the Wright Co-op, B J’s Highway Express, Peter’s and the Clark Station will help out with your grocery needs, especially in an emergency.
The family of Grace Krogh will hold a Celebration of Life service on Tuesday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at the Cromwell United Methodist Church. There will be a visitation an hour before the service. There will also be a visitation on Saturday, July 16, from 2-4 p.m. As you might know, Grace passed away June 7, 2011, at the great age of 97.
Stan Davis received word that his brother Dean Nels Davis died June 25, 2011, in Salem, Ore. Dean was born in Cromwell on June 4, 1931, to Howard and Emma (Larson) Davis and graduated from Cromwell School in 1949.
The Annual Carlton County Thrivent (# 31299) Pot Luck Picnic will be held at St. Matthew’s Church in Esko on July 27 at 5:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite hot dish, salad or dessert to share. The meat, buns, beverages and utensils will be provided. All ages are welcome, but please RSVP by calling 218-384-4400 or toll free at
The Forest Hill Cemetery of Cromwell can use your help. As expenses rise, we would like to ask you for financial help. We like to keep our grounds well groomed and a good place to visit your friends and family. Early lot purchasers contributed to a perpetual maintenance fund, but probably weren’t aware of what future costs would be. If you are able, please send any donations to Carolyn Krogh, 5459 Krogh Road in Cromwell. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
The Area Clothing Depot, now located in Cromwell, will hold a special Bag Sale the whole month of July. The first bag will be $4 with a second bag for half price of $2. You must buy two bags to get this deal. Then on Saturday, July 16, bags will be just $1 in honor of Wrong Days in Wright. Wrong Days will be held the weekend of July 15, 16 and 17. Buttons are available in area businesses. Also, check out the posters put around town for all the usual events, starting with the Steak Fry, Pie Social and Fireworks on Friday, July 15.
Wrong Days in Wright is just around the corner. I got a letter from Chairperson Andy LaMotte asking for our help and participation in being a volunteer for Wrong Days. If you are interested in helping in any way, call Andy at 218-357-2177 or call Robyn Larson, who graciously volunteered as the food services coordinator at 218-357-0340. Any help will be much appreciated.
If you have friends or family coming for the reunion or Wrong Days, please let me know some details so I have news for next week. News gets a little slim during the summertime, so give me a call or e-mail me with your news at
email@example.com. Calls are also welcome at 218-357-2385.
That’s all the news I have from Lake Happyandrelievedforthegreatturnoutatthereunion. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you!