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credit card operation called NAC, along with E. J. Korvettes Department Store credit cardholders. I was Comptroller, initially, and in charge of auditing the current operation for Citicorp, to sign off on the final purchase and contractual agreement, along with reviewing and approving all manual and systems changes. After a few years at this position, I was promoted to Director of Finance, and I was in charge of preparing the financials, along with preparing additional contracts to factor and purchase the credit card receivables of other department stores in the Baltimore-Washington Region.

I might add at this point, that I am sure my studies during my 11 years at Milford School, one year at Roland High School and my B.S. Degree from Iowa State, along with my graduate school, night studies at George Washington University and American University in Washington, D.C., helped me throughout my career to seek out and achieve perfection, as much as possible. After retiring from my career with Citicorp, I had my own Personnel Placement Business and Management Consulting Business for a few years. Then, I also complimented this with obtaining a Series VI License to sell life and health insurance, IRA’s and Annuities.

During the past 15 years, my companion and I have enjoyed international travel and have seen quite a bit of the world. Our daughter and her family live only a few hours away in Charlottesville, Virginia, and we see our grandchildren as often as possible. I still get home to visit my mother at least twice a year or more, if possible. In fact, I sincerely enjoy spending as much time as possible with family…..after all, that’s what life is all about!

“Four Miles South of Roland”
Arlen Twedt ‘62N.

This intersection has special significance to me. Jacob and Allie Twedt, my grandparents, farmed the 160 to the northeast, and this is where my father, Floyd, was born in 1913. Allie Twedt’s brother, Oscar G. Twedt (Jacob and Allie were Twedt cousins) farmed the 160 to the northwest. Allie’s sister, Elizabeth Cole, and her husband farmed the 80 to the southwest. Orleen and Amil Twedt and Otis and Argyle Cole were my father’s childhood playmates and life long friends. To the southeast was the Tendall place where my father found his future wife, Grace, who was born in 1917. She was born at what I knew as the Haugland place in Sec 3. Her parents, Mike and Christine Tendall, then began farming in Warren Township until they purchased in Sec 11, their 160 acre farm back in Milford Township. Tendalls pg 222.

1942 Baseball News

In the 28 April 1942 edition of the Student Paper, “Milford Messenger”, the progress report of the baseball team mentions getting beaten at McCallsburg, 6-1. Errors seemed to play a large part in the outcome with Milford committing 13 errors in this seven inning outing with Don Halverson on the mound. That may have been the first game of the season, the diamond may not have been in the greatest of shape, (it often had stones the size of a walnut laying on it) and the mere small structure of the gloves probably contributed to the high number of errors.

Almost as a footnote: “Due to the war situation, games will be played beginning at 12:15, so the boys can come out for baseball and still get home in time to do their work.”

Young Man in Trouble
Straight from the Roland Paper of June 1909.

“Considerable excitement prevailed in Milford Twp last Thursday evening, when it was reported that Chas. Olson, a young man from this place, had threatened to kill Miss Helen Brekke and Mr and Mrs B. A. Rasmusson at the latter’s place. Mr Olson, has been paying attention to the young lady for some time, but of late she refused to have anything to do with him. He had taken the cure last winter and when the young lady refused to have anything more to do with him, he got on a drunk and it was while under the influence of liquor that he made his threats. Sheriff Warrick, of Nevada, come up here Friday and took the young man to Nevada, where bonds were secured for his release.

“After sobering up, Mr Olson found that he had made a serious case against himself, and so promised to go to Knoxville and take treatment at the state institution, and throw away the liquor habit for good and all.”

Edit: A notice appeared in the Roland paper with the news that one Ellen Brekke wed one Chas J Olson on 20 Dec 1909 at the home of her mother, Mary Brekke. Chas, it is mentioned, just opened a blacksmith shop on the south end of Main in Roland. No further details were found.

Making Hay when the Sun Shines.
Enlargement on page 350

This artistic shot from Ila Bailey‘46 shows her Dad at a hot summertime work activity in an almost idyllic manner. Shot from the safety and comfort of the shade of the front lawn, the copious amount of hay for the livestock’s comfort is about to be swallowed into the haymow. The sun beaming through the clouds seems to send a message that the pleasant weather will soon be replaced and we mere mortals had better be ready for it.

In reality, it was hot, dirty, dusty, chaffy, itchy, sweaty, monotonous, tiring hard work when a dipper of cool well water could never again taste better.

Not the End - but the Beginning

In a classic pose, and representative of most classes, perhaps all, of Milford School, the class of 1947 gathers for the camera. The picture has the appearance, smiles and degrees in hand, of being taken after the awarding of the degrees, however, the class broke with the tradition of moving the mortarboard tassel from right to left after receiving the degree. At least, they’re all together.

Kenny Watson, Dick Couser, Lola Tjelmeland, Joe Harper, Harriet Comfort, Millard Anderson, Richard Stevenson, Dorothy Tendall, and Stanley Sorem. W. E. Swim was the Supt at the time.

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