Birthday Cake, An Ancient Custom

Birthday Cake, An Ancient Custom

On the second day of the month of October I always celebrate my birthday. This year’s celebration was uneventful, but it reminded me of another time a decade ago.  My wife had invited a few friends over to our house for a celebration of my birthday. “No...
Coates – My Old Home Town

Coates – My Old Home Town

The Spiral Bridge story occurs in the area between Hastings and Rosemount, Minnesota. During the days of the Great Depression there was a little unincorporated community between these two towns known as Coates, Our family farm was on the northern edge of that...
The One-Room School

The One-Room School

  The first school I ever attended was a one-room school situated on a gravel road about a mile east from Coates, Minnesota. If my memory does not fail me, it was District 108 and Miss Dalton was our teacher. It was a public school on an acre of ground across the road...