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Editorial comment W00)r00l War II Memories (Editor's note: This is one in a series of articles, many from The Independent, found in a cherished scrapbook compiled by Ortonville's Heiga (Mrs. Sam) Barr.) Felton Brothers Still Going Strong; Both Have Seen Much Fighting, Neither Hurt Among the Ortonville boys who have been in the thick of the fighting in the European theatre for months on end are Kenny and Wendy Felton, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Felton of this city, but both have thus far escaped injury. Letters from them were received this week. Writing from somewhere on the German front, Kenny says: "Just a few lines to let you know I'm still O. K., thanks to luck for that. I hope this finds all at home well and everything alright. "I wrote Wendy a letter last night and sent him some clippings from the Ortonviile Independent which I thought he would like to read, just in case he don't get the paper. "I haven't had a letter from him for quite some time but I guess it is because our supply lines are longer now than they used to be. "I really think the home paper ought to give my division a little write-up, for it has done more in this war than most any other division. It has been overseas 18 months and dur- ing that time it has fought all the way through Sicily from "D" day to Messina, then we jumped off to make a beachhead at Salerno, from there we had the roughest job to do and that was to fight through all the mountain defenses up to the Venafro river where we crossed it and on to and up and over the strongly fortified Venafro mountain to Cassino, then we got a two weeks' rest and made a beachhead at Anzion where we sweat- ed out constant shelling, bombing and straffing for five months and then we pushed off to Rome which was a ter- rific battle to break those German for- tified lines. "From there we got another little rest and then the first thing we knew we invaded southern France and fought through the fortified beaches and hills across rivers, through forests and Alps up to I where we are and still we are fighting. I think the boys deserve a little praise for their work. don't you? "Well, it won't be long now, maybe a month, and we will be wad- ing snow rather than mud. "Tell Billy to send some of the football clippings to me and Wendy. You know we are interested in the old Ortonville high. Maybe I won't be able to write for a few days for I think we'll be plenty busy for many days to come, but if you don't hear from me don't worry." From another advance point on the German line, Wendy writes: "I suppose the papers still say the 5th Army front is quiet. Well, all I can say is that the guys who write the sto- ries aren't over here or they would find out the word quiet is far from the truth. 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Robert__, founded H  t  chemistry 31. Adjusts 32. To drink deeply 33. Refined iron 38. Its capital is Voletta 39. Mountain range 40. Any natural satellite of a planet 43. Render holy by means of religious rites 45. City in Illinois 46. Gum tree 48. Summons 50. Transmits thoughts 51. Launched Apollo 52. Blue dye 53. Not least 54. Mesotron 55. Sicilian volcano 56. Make sharper 57. Harness horse 58. Direction 59. Public press 2- 3-T T" T t S I :=I I  O  o N v o t_L00v "l 44.45. GreekMaintainletter I I I r 1 47. Scoundrel 1 3 s o u 48. Divides T T "2- T- 49. City in N.W. France T --T T- i u 51. Monetary unit of Nigeria -- -- I 53. Bulk s v 54. Bench 57. Poem division 58. Security man 60. Willow 61. Egyptian goddess 62. First class 63. Light wood Area students graduate from Minnesota West The 23rd annual graduation ceremony for the General Education Development programs (GED) was recently held at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Granite Falls. The following honored graduates from the Ortonville area included Joleen Van Hoorn, David Bercier, Candace Bercier, Galen Swihart, Amy Raffety, Chanda Cain, Abraham Dorry, and Brandi Hagen. loleen Van Hoorn Galen Swihart Amy Raffety Chanda Cain "4 Abraham Dorry Brandi Hagen. I Letters to E//ssa by the/ate ;.  P. Werner D.D. {Edi. note: Following is one of a series of arhcles b the/ate son of an Evangelical minister who moved his family to Odessa from Minneapolis, living there from 1931 to 1934. Your're reading his memones of life in a small Minnesota town as written to his granddaughter Ehssa Kiskaddon The author was born in 1917 in Sleepy Eye and lived in Blue Earth and Minneapolis before moving to Odessa. One of his classmates in Odessa was Rev. Dr. Ihno lanssen, now retired in walnut Creek, Cal. Some oi the memories are from when the author was a volunteer in mission o,n the island of Sumatra. Rev. Wemer passed away tate in the year 2000. "VACATIONS" In all his 71 years of life, my father never took many vacations nor did he stray far from the borders of his native state of Minnesota. I only can remember three vacations that we took, one to northern Minnesota when we lived in Minneapolis and 1 was in junior high school, one west- ward to the Black Hills of South Dakota when I was in high school in Worthington and one eastward as far as Detroit where my brother lived the summer after my first year of college. Thus dad had vacations that reached north, west and east, but he never, to my knowledge, went south of the Minnesota-Iowa border except to take me to college in LeMars, Iowa. Northern Minnesota It was a momentous decision to make in the early years of the depres- sion. Dad and Cheeb (my step moth- er) decided to take a family trip up to the far reaches of the northern part of the state, a land of thousands of lakes and thick pine forests. This was defi- nitely a budget trip. Dad bought a canvas cot without the legs that could be fitted into the old Model T Ford at window level. There was a slit in the front left side for the steering wheel to poke through. Wooden braces kept it from collapsing inward. The rationale behind this improvisation to save money was that my sister and Cheeb would sleep on this upper deck arrangement and my dad and I would sleep on the floor of the car. Of course it was necessary to remove the front seat to accommodate four adult reclining bodies within the narrow space of that 1927 Model T. Northern Minnesota is noted for its voracious mosquitoes, so another limitation on this sleeping arrange- ment surfaced. If we opened the car windows we were devoured by the little pests. If we kept the windows Iclos we suffocated. We alternated 1 / I the opening and closing of the win- dows according to who was com- plaining the loudest at any given time. The day of departure had arrived. The parsonage at 1825 Emerson Ave. North was separated from the church only by a paved driveway. Streetcars ran in front of the house. 1 had visions of leaving the narrow con- fines of this cityscape for the vast expanses of northern lakes and woods where there were no pave- ments and no streetcars. We had packed our few belongings and dad I turned the car northward toward ' Duluth. 1 don't remember many details about this trip, but I do remember our first night of sleeping in the old car. The City of Duluth had opened the state armory for cars to camp in overnight. My dad found a parking place in what seemed to me a sea of cars full of tired parents and lively kids. We ate what we had brought with us from home and then we made the car ready for the night. It was awful. We were cramped and hot. There was no air. We had to keep the windows open so the sounds of near- by campers kept us awake. Sometime during the night 1 fell asleep but when I awakened in the morning, one eye was swollen shut. A bee had stung me during the night and half my face looked like a foot- ball. But this didn't seem to dampen my spirits as we drove that day along the north shore of Lake Superior. We were approaching the Boundary Waters National Canoe Area along the northern border of the state and the great Arrowhead region that juts like an arrow toward the heart of Ontario. Here French and Indian names and words abound. I breathed pine-scented air and reveled in my first vacation to see new sights and stretch my horizons. I (continued next eek) r Im Candace Bercier David Bercier Want" name on Legion calendar? I Call Karn Anyone who would like to change or add names or order birthday calendars from the American Legion "" Auxiliary should contact Lorrayne Karn at 839-2353. Anyone may have their name on ttt th dit the calendar, ers to e e or III IIII I ONCE AGAIN... To the Editor: farming. Its fun to make a safe prediction. But 2000 and 2001, grasshoppers MANY THANKS But nobody becomes popular by disappeared and songbirds were Recent new and renewal sub- saying, I told you so!" This prediction reduced in number. Ev.en scribers to The Independent is necessary for if the phonies are mosquitoes disappeared during which we gratefully acknowledge with thanks for your loyalty: Carol Hyatt Diane Carlson Mrs. Dorothy Hanson Rodell Rudolph Dale Krier Ronald Thompson Loren Clark Roland Storly Charles Kareis Lucille Mathews Carol Barrett Terry Oakes o Melvin Maatz Caroline Zahn Helga Zahrbock Keith Chitwood Pare Warriner John Folkens Eldred Swenson Leslie Kutil Paul Chindvail Arlen Giese Kelly Stotesbery David Gruenwald Norbert Berndt Thomas L. Nelson John Athey Donna Rabe Harvey Kunkel Arthur Quance Mark Amundson Pauline Karels Hazel Gibson Irvin & Marlys Jessen Rae Ann Gilbertson Larry Haugen Vernon Strege Dr. lhno Janssen Douglas Stielow IdeHa Ross III successful in covering up an environmental atrocity, similar hypocrisy will occur again and again. Might will seem to make right. Here is the prediction: Even if weather is dry, the mosquitoes will soon return. The grasshopper hatching season will soon be over. What has that got to do with it? Back in May, 1996, I heard news that yacht owners on the east coast had gotten permission from the Environmental Protection Agency to poison seagulls. Wealthy people didn't like having to hose down their yachts. I didn't believe it! Eastern gulls are an important natural control of grasshoppers here. But Autumn 1996, only a third of the usual number of gulls remained to eat grasshoppers at our roadsides and fields. During 1998 and 1999 was the first time I had to poison grasshoppers in 50 years of grasshopper hatching season, and flys were reduced in number. It was high altitude spraying, code named "contrails" that did it. Grasshoppers kill easily soon-after hatching, In the nymph stage of development, even malathion will kill- them. My objections will cool if only malathion was used. But I wonder if malathion .is strong enough to do the job, diluted over a big area. Insecticides are not just "pesticides". They are animal poisons and have greater harmful effects in our environment than herbicides. It is not alright just because one can get away with it. Hypocrisy does not benefit the environment. Wesley Olson Box 142 Clinton MN 56225 ph 320-325 5565 Tfl[ The JAMES I Editor Computer BILL l BOB ! Camera NANCY Tues., June Published $,30.00 par year Parle, Traverse Minnesota, Grant t in South Dakota. counties All others, ! 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