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Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Visiting Grandma and Grandpa in North Dakota. 1966


From the Fortress of Solitude
Overlooking the Valley of the Pleasant Grove

I love this picture with its creases and all. This was taken in on July 24, 1966. I was 8 years old. Kim was nine. Kevin was five. We took one of our rare family vacations to visit Grandma and Grandpa Liessman (Dad's Mom and Step Father) in Bismarck North Dakota. You just can't separate us from our sugar. Notice Kevin is clutching a bag of M and M's. I still remember those Sugar Babes in my hand. Kim didn't have any candy. Don't know why. Maybe mom ate them all.

Look how young mom and dad look. Mom was 27 and dad was 30. Jon, Janice and Jilane aren't in the picture. Mom left them behind in Rapid City to fend for themselves. I believe Janice was in charge at home. Quite a responsibility for a 3 year old! Jon must have been a handful with all his energy!

We stayed at the Vantines home. Mother made us all sing for our room and board.

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