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1:33:55, Oct 17th 2013

jkoljord@yahoo.com says:
I enjoy your articles on the White Front, especially the last one when you mentioned Elmer Walter. He became my stepfather in 1956, sometime after he had left Lanesboro and moved to Winona. Everything you said about him was absolutely true! He and my mother, Helen Jorde from Rushford, bought a hotel in Amery, Wisconsin in September of 1956. He had the lobby walls filled with goofy/funny signs, although some were kind of risque. His business cards to advertize the hotel said, "it's terrible, gonna risk it?" Also, anyone over 80 who books a room with their parents will get it for free! His signs were once mentioned on the Arthur Godfrey show. When my family visited them at the hotel we never knew what to expect! You have heard the saying "so and so is always so late that they will be late for their own funeral. Well, he was! He was living in San Benito, Texas then and was cremated. This was in October. The next June my mother had a graveside ceremony set up for the cemetery in Lanesboro. All the family was there, including my brother from Colorado, whom Elmer had adopted. But, the crematoriium in Texas forgot to send the ashes up! We went ahead with it anyway. This could only have happened to Elmer!

Keep on writing. Jan Koljord
La Crescent, MN