I did not mention Carol’s contributions to Ewiger Saatz, I am sorry because she did the work on Maggies Cafe story and the piece about Grenz’s General Store. THANK YOU CAROL. Here is a note I received from her about the book. I hope she doesn’t mind that I am sharing it with you…
I hope you have had a chance to come up for air.
The Ashley Quasi must have worn everyone out from all the excitement about the book, the weather, and a great reunion for all the folks who could attend. I was so wishing I could be there to help. I’m still working so there is a limit to how much time I can take off.
The book far surpasses anything I had imagined. I posted my thoughts on the Tri-County Alliance page as soon as I had a chance to take a quick look through the whole book. Now I’m about 1/3 of the way through reading every page. There are just not enough ways to say “Thank You” to you and The Alliance for the work that has gone into this beautiful, well researched and well written book. I know it was a labor of love, but it also took a chunk of your life for the last two – three years.
I believe that this book will be loved and enjoyed by all ages and will long be a reference book, not just for “foodies,” but for all descendants and researchers of our culture. Your skill in journalism and as a graphic designer makes this book unique and appealing to a broad audience. I regret that my parents won’t see this book but I know that it will bring great pleasure to the generation remaining who “lived” the stories and now have the satisfaction of knowing their experiences are documented.
I spoke with Arlen Hehr last night. He and his mother are thrilled to know her story is now documented. Maggie is now 93-yrs-old and gave up her apartment at the Wishek Nursing home a few months ago to move into the nursing care facility there. Until then she was still baking.
My hope is that there is a great demand for this book requiring several printings and that it will inspire more folks to share their stories now that they know their stories are valued. Arlen shared with me that when he cleaned out his mom’s apartment a few weeks ago he found many more documents regarding her business. I think her story isn’t over. There is more to write.
My wish for you, my friend, is that you allow yourself to take some time to simply breathe deep and bask in the joy of knowing that you have done something very important that will be read, reread, valjued and enjoyed by many for years to come.
I hope to finally meet you at the GRHS Convention in July. I see you are also presenting a workshop.
Until then…. Mach’s Gut and get some rest!”