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Bob Lind, Published May 04 2013

Lind: Postcard with no message a mystery to woman’s granddaughter

Here’s a postcard from the past, and a request for information about it.

It comes from Katherine Cannon, of Clifton, Texas, a woman who can claim a relative who was a big political name in Minnesota, and who lives near a town much in the news recently.

Katherine, born and raised in Hallock, Minn., was piecing together her family tree, and in so doing found this postcard sent to her grandmother, Mrs. J.E. (Belle) Reisgard, of Nielsville, Minn.

It was mailed from Middle River, Minn., in 1908. No message was written on it, nor does it have the name of its sender.

“My grandfather (Jules Reisgard) was depot agent back in those days,” Katherine writes. “He retired from the Hallock Great Northern depot in the 1950s.”

Katherine hopes someone can identify the location of the log house and the people in the photo.

If you can help, let Neighbors know at the address below.

Famous relative

Katherine’s connection to a Minnesota politician comes via her grandmother, who was a sister of the late Ed Thye, of Northfield, making him Katherine’s great-uncle. Ed was Minnesota’s governor from 1943 to 1947 and its U.S. senator from 1947 to 1959.

“Uncle Ed was a great guy,” Katherine says. “My mom was pretty much raised by Uncle Ed, his wife and my great-aunt Reka Tommerass at the farmhouse at Northfield.

“Ed raised Norwegian elkhounds, and they all, of course, had Norsk names.

“Ed had one daughter, Jean. She passed away not long ago and now all the family is gone but nieces and nephews, etc.

“When Uncle Ed passed, I got to visit with some of his cronies, Hubert Humphrey being one of them. I remember remarking to my mom, ‘Hubert needs new shoes, or he needs his polished; they look tacky.’ ”

Katherine lives in a town 25 miles west of West, Texas, which she describes as a “lovely little town once upon a time” but which was devastated by a recent fertilizer plant explosion.

“It was a horrible situation all around,” she writes, “My granddaughter’s hubby is a firefighter and he was there on a search and rescue in an apartment building. Needless to say, we were worried beyond words, but he is safe and sound.”


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