It was one of those spontaneous things when Lonna and I met with the Hendrickson's and the Johnson's at the new Teluwut Restaurant in Lake Mills. The food was good, in keeping with the original from Osage and the second in Cresco, so we recommend any of them.
Chuck was busy pointing out his former students there for their lunch. At one point he was talking about a lady age 88, and I was going to ask if she was one of his students too, but got distracted. Probably by one of Ann's stories. The fellow who took this picture is Justin, and I believe he is one of Chuck's. But much younger...
It was a lot of laughs, with stories like Ann's description of 8-man football: like watching Deer Creek freeze over!
The building is the old Farmer's and Merchants Bank in Lake Mills, and if I'm not mistaken the other two Teluwuts are also in old banks. You'll notice the bar directly behind us, clearly carried in from a tavern somewhere else.
Janis suggested I tour the vault behind the brick wall on our right. Inside the vault there are more pictures like the one hanging on the wall here, and one of the old hotel where Chuck stayed when he first moved to Lake Mills and started teaching. He shared his floor with strippers from one of the taverns. Only one bathroom on the floor, he said, but I suppose they were probably sleeping in while he was getting ready.
Maybe one day we'll take a restaurant tour across North Iowa and see what else we can learn.