Letter to the Editor

Submitted by Don and Karen Hartshorn, Creston, Ohio, friends of Rodney and Marilyn Shawd and Dvonne Hansen.

    We thought you’d like a short bio of one of your many avid readers, Ed Christensen, a former resident of South Dakota. He grew up on a farm in a “Dane” community six miles north of Henry and just west of Watertown. He now resides in Wooster, Ohio, and is a good friend of Karen and Don Hartshorn.
Ed was born in South Dakota on July 30, 1919. His father, at the age of 14, came from Denmark with his family to settle in the area. Ed and his parents, two brothers and two sisters, attended church at North Graceland Free Methodist and many are now buried in Graceland Cemetery. This community had a school and town hall. The town hall was called Dane Hall and nearly every family name ended in “sen”.
After joining the Navy shortly into WWII, following his older brother, he was off to see the world. In Ohio, where he resided after the war, he married and raised a wonderful family.
Upon visiting him at Danbury Senior Living, you will usually find him sitting at his desk reading his Bible, having read it through three times so far. This fine, 96-year-old gentleman is especially fond of the Sanborn Weekly. You should see him smile when Karen hand delivers his copy.
He shares stories of his childhood, and this is a favorite: Clark Gable owned a hunting cabin at Sassy Slough, near Henry, where Ed and his brother often spent afternoons fishing. He states that water would flow from any stream into pockets and end at a slough, fish included. The next time you went, it might be completely dried up!
If there are any readers from the vicinity where Ed grew up, he would love to hear from you.
Ed Christensen
%Danbury Senior Living
939 Portage Rd. Rm 1123
Wooster, Ohio 44691

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