Lizzie (Linderman) Loftus at the Linderman homestead at 231 E. Mark St., Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, moved there in 1856 from Illinois, Abraham & Mary (Hammell) Linderman from 1856-1884 & 1893 resided there. Children: Mary Linderman, Niece: Lizzie (Linderman) Loftus, Grandson: Edward "Edy" Francis Linderman resided there also in 1880.
My maternal grandparents, Harry William Linderman and Phyllis Eugenia (Palen) married on 27 February 1923 in Clayton County, Iowa. They resided in Julien, Dubuque, County, Iowa in 1930. In 1935 they resided in Ottawa, La Salle County, Illinois. They resided in Indianapolis, Hamilton County, Indiana in 1940. Harry & Phyllis had four daughters together: Yvonne, Yvarra (Billie), Jean, and Patricia (Patsy) Linderman. In 1943 the family moved to Houston, Harris County, Texas.
My grandfather loved watching owls. He was always making wise cracks. So, they named their home place “Wiseacres” in Westfield, Hamilton County, Indiana.
They moved to Houston, Harris County, Texas in 1943. They also named their place there “Wiseacres” in Crosby, Harris County, Texas. My mother was in the last year of high school and transferred from Indianapolis to Lamar High School.
They all loved nature, trees, and water.
Reporting Mike Binkley
WINONA, Minn. (WCCO) – When the earliest settlers arrived in what is now Winona, it was not only the beauty of the surrounding bluffs that drew them in. It was the potential they saw along the Mississippi River.
Many of the founders’ bodies may be buried along a bluff nearby, but the stories of what they started are still being kept alive.
For a few days this week, visitors to Woodlawn Cemetery will get to hear those stories from costumed actors at the various grave sites.
Retired steamboat captain Richard Karnath will be portraying his own father, Walt Karnath, who spent 55 years as a steamboat captain himself.
At another corner of the cemetery is the headstone of biology teacher Cal Fremling, who died in 2010. He was a river expert who made sure his students understood what they had.
A family friend, Steve Bachler, has volunteered to tell Fremling’s story.
“I used to take them out on pontoons and boats and go in the back waters, and we’d just spend all of our days just studying the river,” Bachler said, portraying Fremling
This is the 14th year for the annual Cemetery Walk, a fundraiser for the Winona County Historical Society.
According to event chair Kathy Turner, it’s scheduled to coincide with Woodlawn’s prettiest season.“This place, when the leaves change, it’s absolutely glorious,” Turner said.
Sixth graders in every Winona school make it their annual fall field trip.
“The first year, the kids would come and say, ‘Is this going to be scary?’” Turner said. “And of course we said, ‘No, it’s going to be fun and it’s going to be educational.’”
Sometimes they’ll meet the city’s heroes. Other times, it’ll be the scoundrels. Ray Beyers was a hero who will be played by Pastor Sonny Misar.
“We needed to save our city. We needed to make sure we didn’t flood,” Misar said, portraying Beyers.
Beyers was a milk man who had been in the Navy. He volunteered to dive into the raging river with an inflatable bag to block an inlet and protect the sewer system.
“Winona was the city that saved itself because of how we acted during the flood of 1965, and it was national news,” Misar said.
It’s a reminder that behind every date of birth and death you see etched in granite was a real person with a real story, stories that Winona honors each fall.
“We’re surrounded by some great nature and some great people in this fantastic historic cemetery,” he said.
Tours for the general public will be on October 12 and 13 starting at noon. Click here for information about tickets and times.
As much as it hurts my pride as a New Jerseyan, I will admit, I love this state. New York and New Jersey have always had somewhat of a love-hate relationship. Hate, in the sense that New Yorkers tend to look down on New Jersey, and the people of New Jersey return the feeling with resentment. But, at the same time, our states share a similar culture and a similar role in the nation's Mid-Atlantic Region.
Well, in every day conversation, I usually don't have too many good things to say about PA. Maybe it's because New Jersey needs somewhere to displace the negativity it receives from New York, so the hate flows westward. Or maybe Pennsylvanians just drive way too slow in our state, or just seem a little off in every day conversation (sometimes). I'm kidding, obviously (partially), Pennsylvania's not all bad, even if I feel like I spend an eternity driving through it.