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Marilyn Hagerty: Happy 108th, Clarabell

Dear Clarabell Demers, Your friends around Grafton tell me you will be marking your 108th birthday Nov. 3. And I want to be among the first to congratulate you. I've been riffling through my baskets of notes. And the only person I know of older t...

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Dear Clarabell Demers,

Your friends around Grafton tell me you will be marking your 108th birthday Nov. 3. And I want to be among the first to congratulate you.

I've been riffling through my baskets of notes. And the only person I know of older than you in our area is Iris Westman over at Northwood. She turned 113 in August.

Your friends around Grafton admire you - your zest for living. And I remember visiting with you in your apartment when you were 103 - and still bowling.

I know you find plenty to do these days at Sunset Lutheran Home in Grafton.

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Village of Oakwood

Your friends have told me how you and your late husband, Frederick, ran that little bar in the nearby little village of Oakwood. That was after you quit farming. And I talked the other day with your son, Don, who still is at the bar with two of your grandsons, Guy and Gene.

It would be fun to go up there some night when they have Mexican food.

Meanwhile, I want to join in wishing you a Happy 108th birthday. You amazed everyone when you were still bowling at the age of 103. Your granddaughters have told me you always were working. I know you helped with projects for Unity Hospital.

You are an amazing woman. Not just because you have lived all those years. But because you have lived them so well.

Sears catalog

You probably have made many trips to Grand Forks over the years. Things have really been changing.

You know we lost our Sears store, don't you? I am sure you remember when the Sears catalog and maybe the Montgomery Ward catalog would show up in the mail.

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Now all we have for a general store in Grand Forks is J.C. Penney. I hope they keep on going.

I guess all we can do now is look around in the little shops. I hope they will keep springing up around Grand Forks.

Right now, it's all about Halloween. The ghosts and goblins are springing up ahead of Oct. 31. There's a lot going on here in Grand Forks, including the Half Pint Haunt on Sunday afternoon at the Myra Museum.

With all best wishes, Marilyn Hagerty.

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