About Grandpa Louie

Louie in 1946. High School Graduation.

Louie in 1946. High School Graduation.

Louie was born in Jamestown, North Dakota and lived there through high school. He was a Jamestown High School football star (number 84) and earned a scholarship to Jamestown College. He met the love of his life and married her (Grace) in 1949. They had four boys, including Grandpa Guy.

After their divorce in the early sixties, Louie lived in several places around the country and signed up for another stint in the US Army, serving a second tour in Korea. While living in Ogden, Utah he met and married Eddie. They moved to Gillette, Wyoming where he spent the last years of his life, reconnecting with the boys and their families.

Click one of the sample letters below, or, to see all Louie’s letters, select Louie’s Letters in the Prior Posts by Category list.

  • Louie’s Letters – Another Little Rascal - My dad had quite the childhood. As the ninth of ten kids he must have gotten by with less supervision than any child I know. I’ve read that a child in those days was five times more likely to die an accidental death than kids today. After reading about what Louie did in that alley and around […]
  • This is the start … - Louie wrote this letter in 1991. Since then, I’ve become a grandfather several times over. That perspective changed how I viewed Louie’s story. When my kids were little, they wouldn’t have gotten out of my sight. Now that number five is toddling around, I tend to be a little more lenient. The primary contributor to […]
  • Visiting Relatives in Wisconsin - Louie’s first story reminds me that our lives are similar, but unique. We both grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota, with our childhoods spent near the steam-powered railroad. In this story, Louie talks about trying to take the train to visit his relatives. My parallel story involves the same train, the Galloping Goose. These little […]
  • A Dog is a Dog - Louie grew up in Jamestown, North Dakota. In the 1940 census there were 8,790 residents, what I’d call a small town. Small towns have advantages over cities like Rochester, Minnesota, where I now live. Well over 100,000 people call Rochester home. Two points in Louie’s story jump out at me. First is his plan to […]
  • European Football - In this letter, Louie mentions an upcoming high school reunion. It turns out that we joined Louie at the reunion and met some of his high school buddies. All of us had a great time getting acquainted. Years later, one of them also came to his funeral where we had another chance to share stories and […]
1946 Jamestown Blue Jays: Louie is # 84. Ernie Gates to the left. Photo by King Studio, Jamestown ND

1946 Jamestown Blue Jays: Louie is # 84. Ernie Gates to the left. Photo by King Studio, Jamestown ND