Drove to lower 48 to attend Beverly’s wedding

hands, wedding rings

Beverly and Kevin were married August 20, 1983

Tuesday, August 9, 1983—up early for the trip to the lower 48 for the wedding. Stopped at Schmidt’s and Darrel’s. Picked up two hitchhikers at Haines Junction. Made it to Whitehorse and slept a little.

Wednesday, August 10, 1983—truck is gobbling oil!! Saw some nice Burl tables and Burwash. Picked up a hitcher, “Bill” at Watson Lake. Lots of road work, saw a coyote. Napped at Fort St. John, and got to Dawson Creek at 6:00 a.m. Left Bill.

Thursday, August 11, 1983—good roads, made it to Regina about 5:00 a.m. Some rain.

Friday, August 12 1983—hot, 90° and winds 30 to 40 MPH. thru Manitoba. Got to Paul and Ruth’s at 10:00 p.m. and to bed at 12 o’clock.

Saturday, August 13, 1983—went to the dairy barn on our farm. Saw Rodney and Rose, Kenny and Eva, Tony, Harold and Lorraine. Drove on down to Minneapolis to Beverly and Kevin’s. Darrell and Nadia and Laura were there—very hot.

Wednesday, August 17, 1983—Paul and Stevie helped us sort out our things in the chicken house (we’re using it for storage). Went to Bridget Shequen’s place to get some of our things. Visited some people and walked over the farm. Stayed at Paul and Ruth’s.

Friday, August 19, 1983—Hot today. Called Theresa. Went to grooms dinner last night and my sister Virginia and her husband, Don Wink are to come over this evening. They are here from Cedar Rapids Iowa for the wedding.

Saturday, August 20, 1983—got ready for the wedding. Good weather, beautiful wedding, then reception and dance. Everyone had a good time. Went to Ivan and Mary Lou Boulton’s for a party—got home (Nadia’s) at 2:00 a.m.

Sunday, August 21, 1983—up at 6:00 a.m., went to Holiday Inn to have breakfast with Don and Virginia, then it rained. In the afternoon we went to Ivan and Mary Lou’s and Beverly opened presents. Rain quit, then went to Theresa and Earl’s for a barbecued steak supper and it rained again in the evening.

Thursday, August 25, 1983—went to the farm, talked to Borders and came back to Paul’s. Loaded truck for trip back to Alaska.

Friday, August 26, 1983—left Paul and Ruth’s about 8:30 a.m. (Sylvia is staying for a longer visit to go to Europe with her sister Frances and Nadia) Did some shopping, and got to Regina at 9:30 p.m. Got to Saskatoon about 12:30 and napped till 4:00 a.m. Had one rain shower.

Saturday, August 27, 1983—oats are fence post high in the fields around here. Some farmers harvest far into the night. Saw a red fox this morning. Nice sunny day, made Dawson Creek at 6:00 p.m. One rain shower.

Sunday, August 28, 1983—nice dawn, sunny day. Perhaps two dozen porcupines live and dead on the road to Watson Lake. One cross fox, one large black bear. Got to Watson Lake at 9:00 a.m. and got to Whitehorse at 3:00 p.m.

Monday, August 29, 1983—got home about 7:00 a.m. Good to be here. Everything here is okay. Did a few things and visited some people.

Went “outside” for Christmas


colorful glass mosaic

Visiting family for Christmas

Saturday, December 13, 1980–got up early to get ready to go “outside” to Minnesota. Got all packed and started in Dan’s van. It was -45° and the wind was blowing the snow. It’s not fun driving around on mountain roads in these conditions, but we got into Anchorage in time to catch the plane. The airline had to deplane two people who were giving trouble to the crew, so we were late taking off. We had quick connections in Seattle and arrived in Los Angeles and my mother was there to meet us. Our luggage was lost.

Sunday, December 14, 1980—our luggage was delivered to us before bedtime. Having a nice visit with Mother, but I’m getting sleepy as I write this.

Monday, December 15, 1980—slept late and went to the VA park to see the plaque mother’s chapter of the DAR had presented—it’s very nice, liked the looks of it there. We did some shopping.

Tuesday, December 16, 1980—we said goodbye to Mother, left Los Angeles, and arrived in Minneapolis late and went to Nadia’s home.

 Wednesday, December 17, 1980—we called the FLBA office in St Cloud and set up an appointment to meet with those people.

Friday, December 19, 1980—we went over to Beverly’s and visited with her. Theresa’s family came over and we had a really good time visiting with them.

Saturday, December 20, 1980—we went to the Nutcracker Fantasy—beautiful symphony music and all that goes with it as guests of Nadia and Darrell.

Sunday, December 21, 1980—good time here at Nadia’s. Went to a program at their church.

Monday, December 22, 1980—met with FLBA in St Cloud and did business with them.

Tuesday, December 23, 1980—talked to the FHA in Brainerd and the lawyer in Staples, working at getting our business here in Minnesota squared around.

Wednesday, December 24, 1980—took care of farm business in the morning and then on to Minneapolis in the afternoon. Visited with Kevin’s family in the evening.

Thursday, December 25, 1980—they had a Christmas dinner here at Nadia and Darrell’s. She has a beautiful large table and everything was so nice. My gifts were shirts and books. They were really nice—I read lots of books and of course, wear lots of shirts.

Friday, December 26, 1980—took a short walk. Up early every day and we did a lot of visiting with Nadia and Darrell.

Saturday, December 27, 1980—we went over to Paul and Ruth’s and spent time with them.

Sunday, December 28, 1980—we’re having a good time here at Paul and Ruth’s and went to REI and shopped there.

Monday, December 29, 1980—drove up to Motley to stay with Roger and Bridgette.

Tuesday, December 30, 1980—had some farm business in the evening and we found out Bridgette’s mother had died.

Wednesday, December 31, 1980—we did some farm business. Ernie H.and I butchered two lambs and I took them in to the locker plant in Staples.

Thursday, January 1, 1981—didn’t do much all day, up late last night at a party.

Friday, January 2, 1981—I was a pall bearer for Donna Hendricks (Bridgette’s mother). After the funeral we went to see Russell Shequen at the Staples hospital.

Saturday, January 3, 1981—ran all over doing farm business.

Sunday, January 4, 1981—hurried around to go to Minneapolis. Roger and Bridgette (with their son Randy) are driving us down to Minneapolis. There we saw most of our children and will stay at Theresa’s place now.

Monday, January 5, 1981—slept late here at Theresa and Earl’s and played with the grand kids.

Tuesday, January 6, 1981—went over to Nadia and Darrell’s where we enjoyed a good supper. Kevin and Beverly came over and we got to visit with them too.

Wednesday, January 7, 1981—got on the plane about 10:00 a.m. to go to Anchorage. We arrived there 12 hours later and got home at 12 p.m.

Visit to Minnesota, Fall 1979

Minneapolis skyline 1979

Minneapolis Skyline 1979

Saturday, October 20, 1979—worked on the Cat, got it ready for winter. We packed our luggage to go to Minnesota and left Nelchina about noon. We met Karn Rudbeck’s friend at the airport in Anchorage and gave her their sleeping bags. Got on the plane at 6:45 p.m. Three hours later we were in Seattle. We had a three hour layover there, then 2 ½ hours later we were at Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Paul, my son and his wife Ruth came to meet us and we got to see Steven our grandson. He’s a new grandson, we hadn’t seen him yet. Later, my daughters Beverly Volk and Nadia, Darrell Breider (Nadia’s husband) and my granddaughter Laura came over to Paul and Ruth’s late. We had a nice visit. Of course we don’t have a vehicle here in Minnesota, so Roger and Bridgette came down from Motley and drove us to our home here in Minnesota. Real tired.

Sunday, October 21, 1979—went to Brainerd and saw my daughter Theresa Austin and her son and daughter, Lee and Darcy and hubby Larry. Stopped to see Bob and Karn (Karen) Rudbeck who live west of Brainerd.

Monday, October 22, 1979—saw Lee, Roger, Taymond and Clara and Theresa’s family and Everett gave me a tire, took Theresa’s family out for supper.

Tuesday, October 23, 1979—went over to Ernie’s and butchered that lamb that we were getting from him. We shopped in Staples, fixed some tires and took the pickup in to fix the heater. Roger and Bridgette went out to supper with us.

Wednesday, October 24, 1979—did some more shopping and cut up the lamb. Went to see the Rollins family. We have been friends for a long time and it was good to see them again.

Thursday, October 25, 1979—fixed tires on the pickup, put newer tires on. Shopped in Brainerd and Staples and visited Al and his mother.

Friday, October 26, 1979—Some time ago, I had gone to Iowa, cut some hickory logs and brought them up to Minnesota. I wanted them sawed so I could build a dog sled. They had been lying at a sawmill for a long time and hadn’t been touched. I was disappointed about that. Roger knew of another sawmill we might use so we loaded up the untouched logs and hauled them to this other sawmill.

Saturday, October 27, 1979—we loaded some gear and did some visiting. Went grouse hunting and I made a nice shot on a grouse. They make a good meal.

Sunday, October 28, 1979—it’s raining. I worked on my snowmobile trailer and then went to Brainerd and saw Theresa and family

Monday, October 29, 1979—got some supplies and worked on snowmobile trailer some more, packed gear and did some farm business.