The little treasures (Volume 28)

More, more, more!

Lindbergh visit?

Contributor: Ella (can’t read last name; looks like Frusty) of Brainerd

Date of picture: 1934 or 1935

Date of contribution: February 22, 2007

Caption: “My grandmother lived about two miles north of Little Falls, Minnesota, on the river road.

“One day while at my grandmother’s, we heard a strange noise. It was an airplane, and it landed in my uncle’s field across from the house. We quickly got dressed and ran out to see it — my brother Mert Paquin [Bulletin Board says: We are not certain of either the first name or the last] , sister Beatrice, my Uncle Pete, and me.

“It was Charles Lindbergh. He had plane trouble and set the plane down in the field. He showed us around, and then we all went back to the house. My Uncle Peter Gervaise [sp?] took Lindbergh into Little Falls to get what he needed to fix the plane. They returned, he fixed the plane, and then he took off.

“This was really a thrill for us, as at that time an airplane was very seldom seen. This happened in 1934 or 1935, as I was about 9 or 10 at the time.

“P.S. I’m old, and my writing is not very good. Hope you can read it.”


two kids in toy plane, Minnehaha Ave.

Contributor: Loose Heel of Woodbury

Date of picture: 1920

Date of contribution: April 15, 2006

Caption: “A photo taken in 1920 in the area of 910 E. Minnehaha St., St. Paul.

“Pilot: George Malone. Co-Pilot: sister Lucille.

“Note: U.S.A. plane.”


Blind (?) kid on mule

Contributor: Emma Carlson of St. Paul

Date of picture: ca. 1921

Date of contribution: May 20, 2006

Caption: “Regarding the photograph of the mule and three boys in the Saturday, May 13 paper:

“My sister has a photograph — could be same mule. A roving photographer with a mule was in Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood around 1921. My sister Dorothy, about 3 years old, is pictured at 1021 Hastings Avenue. I think there was a fee for the photograph.”


Littfin goat pic

Contributor: Dick Littfin of West St. Paul

Date of picture: 1936

Date of contribution: March 26, 2006

Caption: “Noticed and felt a twinge when viewing the goat-and-cart article published in today’s Sunday newspaper. It brought to mind a picture of my wife, Mary, with goat and cart, which has been a wall hanging in our hallway for many years. The enclosed picture was taken in the summer of 1936. You may be interested to know that I married that cutie 52 years ago, and we have been blessed with three daughters.”


family of 4, w: car

Contributor: Old Navy Guy from Mounds View (Winn Bilodeau)

Date of picture: Unknown

Date of contribution: Unknown

Caption: “Like Old Navy Dave of Bayport, I am seeking information on the car behind the picture of my grandparents, Marian and Joseph Bilodeau. The two kids in front of them are me, Winn, on the right and Jack, my older brother, on the left.

“A bit of history: Grandpa was a hooper. He made barrels. In fact, he was the one who put the metal banding on them. He didn’t speak any English, and as I was about 7, I didn’t know any French. As a kid I lived close to where Grandpa worked. In fact, I saw Grandpa doing his thing, being a hooper.

“For the past few years, I have been trying to find out what kind of a car they are standing in front of. One person suggested that it had to have been well taken care of, because of the shine on the metal above the wheels. We are told that the wheels were wooden and that it had two gas tanks. We were also told that it might be a Lincoln or a Lincoln Continental. Wow! I didn’t know they, Ford, made them at that time.

“My dad was one of their 12 kids: 10 girls and my dad and his brother, Oscar.

“They have all passed  now, but there are just bunches of nieces and nephews. No, I can’t recall but just a few of them. Well, I think I can — let’s see, Doris, Ruth, Lydia and Edith are the ones that I remember.

“I am hoping there is someone out there who can solve the mystery of Grandpa and Grandma standing in front of THAT car.”


Norman Rockwell, Moravec

Contributor: Mary Moravec (“his wife”) of Ladysmith, Wisconsin

Date of picture: 1936

Date of contribution: Christmas season, unknown year


“Taken in Faribault in 1936. Father, Frank Moravec, with son Donnie, nicely dressed and posing for the picture. Older brother Victor thinks he’s ‘hiding’ behind the family car. (Is that a look of mischief on his face?)

“Donnie is now 81. Please consider running this picture in your paper; it would be his best Christmas present. His favorite picture in your paper would be a dream come true for him.”


Two girls on stoop, from Opal

Contributor: Opal Peterson of Oak Park Heights

Date of picture: 1929

Date of contribution: April 22, 2010


“Mother made all our clothes. She would go to the feed store and buy used flour sacks for a nickel each. The dresses we were wearing were the floral print flour sacks.

“Then there were the dreaded bloomers — made out of the plain flour sacks that had Pillsbury printed on them. It was difficult to bleach out all the printing, so often when we bent over, it was obvious our bloomers came from Pillsbury. A lot of teasing would ensue.

“Big sis was 87 in March, and I will be 86 in May.

“I certainly posed as a perfect little angel — but was the trickiest kid ever. I used to hide under the back stoop when I thought I was in trouble and wait there till things calmed down and I would come out from my secret hiding place.

“I am reminded of the slogan ‘We’ve come a long way, baby!'”

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