About Grandma Grace

Grace in 1945

Grace in 1945

Grace was born in the late 1920’s in Kidder County, North Dakota. Her formative years were on the farm. She moved to Jamestown with her mother, meeting and marrying Louie Havelick. They had four boys, one of them Grandpa Guy. After a divorce from Louie in 1961, she married Norris and moved to Colorado.

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  • Grace’s letters – On the Dakota Prairie - Most of us were born in town, in a hospital, and grew up on a street with sidewalks and other houses. My mother had none of those luxuries, and a childhood quite different from mine, starting with where she was born. Grace grew up on a farm in the middle of North Dakota during the […]
  • Indians on the Dawson Trail - There’s something special about meeting someone nice for the first time. If that spark is in the air, you want to know everything about the other person. By the end of the evening you know all sorts of things about the new someone. Those stories become the foundation for a new, wonderful, relationship. That sharing […]
  • Papa and Mama - I’ve often thought about what it must have been like to buy land a couple of states away, move to the desolate prairie of North Dakota, not knowing anyone, and trying to make a start of it on an abandoned farm. The agent who sold this young couple a farm on the prairie was quite […]
  • 1929 Chandler - This was one of Grandma Fanny’s favorite stories. Grandpa Ted won this experience, even if he got sort of snookered in the process. My brothers and cousins all have versions of the story that differ in many details, but the result doesn’t change. Ted got a fancy new car. Any time two people tell a story, […]
  • Papa was Sick - There are a couple of things about this story that have always got me to thinking. One is what was his actual medical issue? Could it have been Crohn’s disease, the issue I’ve dealt with for years? This story probably also contributes to my lack of respect for chiropractors. Maybe I’m reading too much into […]

Grace and her favorite horse