As you read posts on this blog, you’ll come across stories from and about several people. This page helps you understand the relationships. Click one of the links to read more about them, including their letters.
Guy and Judy
Grandpa Guy grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota and married Judy, a native of Fargo. They met on a “blind” date and married just over a year later. While living in Rochester, Minnesota, they raised two children, Lon and Mara, who live nearby.
Life has been good to Guy and Judy. Their hobbies over the years included cross-country skiing, old cars (including Cadillacs and MGs), music, children, and now grand children and an Irish band, RavensFire.
These are Guy’s parents. Both wrote a series of letters included in this blog. Grace grew up on a farm about fifty miles northwest of Jamestown. She and her mother moved to Jamestown in the late forties where Grace met Louie. Louie was a town boy, and a ruffian.
Their marriage lasted just over ten years. At first, they lived with Grace’s mother Fanny in a little pink house by the James River, just a few blocks from his childhood home. During that time Louie held a number of jobs, including two Army tours in Korea.
Louie remarried years later and moved to Gillette, Wyoming where he spent the last years of his life.
Fanny and Ted
Guy’s grandmother was the one person who inspired this blog. She was a story-teller. She and Ted moved to the North Dakota prairie in 1919, at the height of the North Dakota farm frenzy. They stayed on the prairie through the depression and had four children.
Ted died in the early nineteen-forties and Fanny kept the farm for a while, finally moving with her daughter Grace to Jamestown, North Dakota.
You can read more about Fanny in Grace and Esther’s letters.
Ted and Fanny raised four children on the farm in Kidder County, North Dakota. Grace was the youngest of the four children. Her stories make up a big piece of this blog. Esther, her older sister, had a great influence on Grace and we all respected her wisdom.
This blog includes a series of stories from Esther, Guy’s aunt. You can also read about Henry’s trip to Alaska in a 1953 Chevy.
Lucy and Ken
Judy’s parents both grew up on farms in the Red River Valley, just north of Fargo. They survived the Great Depression, and held out through World War II in Seattle building airplanes. Lucy wrote a series of stories in the nineties; you can find them all in this blog.
Ken and Lucy had two children. Their first, Susan, had terminal kidney cancer as a child. In an ironic twist, she was unsuccessfully treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where Guy and Judy moved in the early 1970’s. Lucy lived in Rochester for the last ten years of her life.
Guy’s father Louie wasn’t really present in his life in the sixties, so Guy (being resourceful) found someone who would fill the “Dad” role. Jim did a fantastic job of parenting, and he describes his complicated life story in the series of letters included in the blog.
Jim was born in North Dakota, and lived for a few years on a depression-era farm before being adopted out to a family in Massachusetts. After serving in WWII, he reconnected with his mother in Bisbee, North Dakota, moving back shortly after that.
After his Navy tour in the South Pacific, he continued to serve in the Navy and Air Force Reserve, retiring from the North Dakota Air National Guard with a small pension.
Jim majored in English after the war, which might explain why his letters are the longest and most involved of any on this blog. You can see his letters by clicking on Jim’s Letters in the Prior Posts by Category list.
Eric, Linn, and Chris
These three boys are Guy’s brothers. Eric wrote a series of letters about his life included in this blog. Linn wrote a moving description of a visit he made to see our father, Louie, in the early seventies.
Guy is in Rochester, Minnesota and the other three boys live in the Denver area.