Ole Pappy

Odds & Ends from our Mascot readers

Lois Ricke of Montevideo, formerly of Minneota, brought us a 1991 newspaper advertising the Minnesota State Fair and the shows that were on at the fair.

They were called, “Great Shows, Fair Prices.” Reserved seats were $12 and general admission seats, $7. The headliners included Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash; Alabama; Chicago; Huey Lewis and the News; Garth Brooks; The Statler Brothers; Vanilla Ice; Randy Travis and the Beach Boys.

Quite a lineup.

Bet you couldn’t see any of those acts today for $12 or $7. Linda Canton of Monona, IA, formerly of Minneota, made sure we got a copy of the, “Vesterheim,” a publication of the National Norweigian American Museum in Decorah, IA.

This particular issue included, “Weddings in Norwegian America.” It included a piece on (Nels) Jager and Christine (Dahl) who were married February 7, 1877.

“Ole Dahl, who was at that time buying grain in Minneota, was engaged to marry a girl named Amalia Michaelson (from Porter).” Ole and Jager planned to have a double wedding.

“The facilities were better for a wedding in Minneota, so they were married there,” said the article. “There were great doings at our house ... mother sewing the clothes, making new calico dresses for five little girls.

Being Norwegians, they must have lefsa (sic) a few days before the wedding day,” wrote Tilla Regina Dahl Deen, in Chronicles of a Minneota Pioneer. Ole Dahl’s mother came to the house and they all made lefse.

Rev. Olaf Hoel came from Canby on a hand cart to officiate the wedding. The marriage was performed in the “Depot”.

Deen is quoted as saying, “The preliminaries lasted as long as an ordinary church service and everybody was near the starvation point before they were over.”

“That was the first wedding in Minneota,” she wrote. “When the wedding was over, we went to the dining room of Ole Dahl’s boarding house, where long tables were set and dinner was ready to be served.”

There were “two wonderful wedding cakes,” and the food included lefse (again, sic ... wrote Deen). For desert, they had pudding made of rice and raisin served with cream. Thought you’d enjoy a little tid-bit from Minneota’s first wedding.

Carol (VanMoorlehem) Borich said she was going through old magazines donated to the Minnesota Museum of Mining, and an April 1931 copy of Better Homes and Gardens produced an article called, “The Private Life of a One-Tree Bug.”

“I spotted this article about boxelder bugs and thought of my hometown,” she said.

In 1931, there was no Boxelder Bug Days event and the bug was not a novelty, but a nuisance.

The article said, “As the rays of the sun lose their warmth and the nights grow cold, the bugs lose their affection for the boxelder trees and look for protection in the world of man.”

The article also said the bug’s biggest enemy was the “scrupulous homemaker.”

Perhaps we’ll print the entire article around Boxelder Bug Days.

LAUGH A LITTLE: WHOOPS, no present! (I was 71 on Tuesday and one of my friends delivered the following to me right on time).

Forget about the past ... you can’t change it. Forget about the future ... you can’t predict it. Forget about the present ... I didn’t get you one!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: As my Ole Pappy used to say, “Every man has his own destiny. The only imperative is to follow it and accept it, no matter where it leads you.”

Ole Pappy was really a smart man and was always thinking. Yet, he often said of himself, “I’m the thinkingest thinker who ever thunk.”

Thanks Ole Pappy!

Byron Higgin

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