Richard Holstad finished his last email with some reflections:
There are plenty more stories – close calls down at the Fort At Shell Rock River; Close calls at the train depot (yes the train depot); Close calls climbing on the roof tops down town; Close calls shooting marbles in our sling shots; Close calls throwing water balloons out of the car windows; Ask John Roberts about mixing chemicals in the basement laboratory; Close calls in the hay barn on the farm; Close calls climbing the windmill on the farm; The night we climbed up on the roof of the old gymnasium and wrote ”Show ’em No Mercy Albertson” in bold yellow paint so Albertson could see it from his classroom window; Oh Yeah, the 4th of July antics when it was possible to buy cherry bombs; The spring thaw when the ice jams would make the river flood … WOW there were some close calls there ……..
Remember the little red light on the wall of the Gildner-Johnson building ….. meant there was trouble somewhere and Mel, the Sheriff was supposed to call in?
All these adventures could have turned out poorly
Why did we make it this far and others didn’t?
Let me know if you figure it out ….. on second thought don’t let ANYONE know, we may just be here on borrowed time.
By the way, if anyone knows anything more about the red light on the wall of the Gildner-Johnson building, let us know. On my most recent trip to Northwood I went out of my way to check it out. There's a spot high on the wall that looks like it might have been "patched" with mortar, as if wiring had been there but later removed . . .