By: Jennie K. Hanson, Pine Journal
Today, I’m grieving for the old neighborhood on Krogh Road. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the original families gathered at the Lester and Grace Krogh homestead on Saturday, Aug. 18, for a kind of farewell picnic gathering. The Krogh home is now on sale and it was the second-to-the-last opportunity for the neighbors to gather for a reunion. The next chance to gather will be at the Krogh Auction Sale on Sunday, Aug. 26, at noon, and then it will all be over. There are several descendants of the original families living in this area, so the names will continue on, but when Perk Peterson died, the old timers are now all gone. Now, we are the old-timers. So, we said a fond farewell to our childhood and now all we have are our great memories of growing up in Red Clover Township. Those were great years and an even greater place to grow up in the 1940’s, ’50s and ’60s! Those families represented at the picnic were the Dahlmans: John and Mary, Mark and Linda, and Jennie and Bob Hanson; the Petersons: Elaine and Jean, Scott and Missy Lind and children, Colby and Cassidy Anderson; and Linda Larson, Kevin Davis and Lola Hakala.
The Cromwell Area Historical Club’s theme this year for the Harvest Fest is the “Trolley Inn.” If anyone would know where we could find a “soda fountain” that we could borrow, please let us know (it doesn’t have to work). We are looking for pictures of the inside of the Trolley, anyone who worked there, and any information about the Trolley. Contact Judy Koivisto at email@example.com or 218-644-3752.
The Farmer’s Co-op Store held its annual meeting last week. The store is doing well and will be giving out rebates this year, so save those register slips and turn them in by the end of the year.
Mike Peterson will be at the Wright Seniors on Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. with a program on fire awareness. Visitors are welcome to attend.
I try to spend a couple of evenings a month with the folks at the Villa and Cardinal Court. Last time I was there we played “Drop the Clothes Pins in the Bottle.” This was our Olympic type event. I was surprised at how well the folks did. I awarded the gold medal to Pat K., the silver to Rose Anne and the bronze to Ralph. The others who took part were Helen, Carol, Larry, Jim, Lois, Janet, Edna, Ailie, Thelma and Lavina. They were all good sports and seemed to enjoy this game from their childhood. It’s always fun to go to the care center.
The Carlton County Fair is now over for another year. Congratulations to our own Lois Jobe and Ed Raisianen who were chosen this year’s Outstanding Senior Citizens for 2012 in Carlton County. We have so many folks who volunteer their time and talents in our area and we need to thank them for all they do to keep our area so well run.
One of the buildings at the county fair that was damaged by flooding was the Little Red School House. There was water up to 18 inches in the building. With all that water, the damage was minimal. We had to throw away a whole row of books from the bottom shelf on a bookshelf, and lots of the stuff in the back coat room, but the floors, desks, posters, etc., were fine. The slates will need to be cleaned of mold and repaired, but other than that, all went well at the fair. Thanks to all who helped volunteer from the Carlton County Retired Educators and their friends. We especially enjoyed visiting with Charles Siemer, nephew of Minnie Siemer, who taught school in Carlton County for 57 years. Charles is originally from Barnum and graduated in the Class of ’57.
Once again, the Cromwell Harvest Fest parade will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Entries of all types are welcome – tractors, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, horses, dogs, animals, walkers, riders, clowns, bands (marching and riding), musicians, businesses, hospitals, clinics, homes for the aging, organizations, schools, churches, clubs, political candidates, and of course our area fire departments and ambulance services. Use your imagination and creativity and compete for one of three cash prizes donated by Northview Bank of Cromwell. If you would like more information, contact Rob or Deb Switzer at 218-644-3780. Parade entry forms will be available at the registration/line-up area at the Cromwell School at 9:30 a.m.
That’s all the news from Lake Takecareandcareforotherstoo.