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Vanishing America


Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

Ever since I read about Lilly and her general store in his book, Jailhouse Stories, Iíve been asking Neil Haugerud to take me over to the little burg of Amherst for a visit.

"Youíve never met Lilly?" Neil always responds with surprise. "Everybodyís met Lilly."

Well, I havenít.

This summer, after encountering several people, including a former Minnesota state legislator and three slightly unbalanced New York bankers, who were each going through a bout of severe Midwestern culture shock, and after learning that Neil had taken them all to visit Lilly, I insisted that it was my turn next. And last week, the former sheriff finally agreed.

Neil had described Lilly in his book as "a diminutive craggy-faced woman of considerable character". He wrote of the time when Lilly would not sell a customer the last three loaves of bread from her sparsely stocked shelves because the customer "had to leave some for the others".

That anecdote was one of the most refreshing and appealing things I could remember reading anywhere. Lilly sounded like a throwback to another era, a true remnant of a vanishing America. Lilly was more in synch with 19th century sensibilities than those of the 21st. And when she was gone there would be absolutely nobody who would be able to take her place.

Last Wednesday afternoon when Neil and I pulled up to Lillyís Amherst store there were four pickups parked out front. "Iíve never seen this place so crowded," Neil commented.

Inside a few local farmers and loggers were sitting on chairs and well-worn couches talking about the previous nightís thunderstorm.

Neil introduced me to Lilly, who promptly told me that her back was bothering her.

"Iím 85 years old, you know," she said. "I started running this store on April 1, 1954. Thatís forty-six years ago."

LILLY standing outside of her Amherst general store.



I commented on the uniqueness of the country grocery store in todayís world. I knew that Highland, just up the road, still had a grocery store but I couldnít think of any others around the county. I told Lilly that when I was a kid, Greenleafton, a town of fifty, had two grocery stores, as did Cherry Grove, another town of fifty, only four miles to the west.

Lilly said that within a few miles of Amherst, there had once been grocery stores in Newburg, Lenora, Tawney, Choice, Bratsberg, and Henrytow .....
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Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

Cars

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my fatherís side was quite mature when I was born. Iím sure he must have been almost seventy. I donít think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasnít the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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A conversation about farming

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

ďThe valley used to be full of dai ..... 
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What I do when I canít find anything to do

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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It helps if I make a list of things to do when I have the time. I think of all the nice things that I might be able to do for the people less fortunate than I am; such as giving advice to those in need of it and time to the timeless.

When the ..... 
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Journal Profile # 77

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Name: Pat Hudella
Home: Carimona
Age: 56
Profession: Retired Medical Secretary
Family: Husband Roger; 2 daughters, Laurie & Bonnie; 6 grandchildren
Hobby/Interests: Reading, watching the many b ..... 
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Apple Walnut Squares

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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1 1/2cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups fi ..... 
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8/14/00

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Max, Maxxximum, Madcap, Cartoon, Food for thought, Fud 4 thot

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