"I was wondering if you know anything about Fred Sporlein--1874-1958--he lost his wife in 1955 and the story was that he stopped shaving that year. I played with Mikey Kappas every day and we would go to Sporlein's place and talk to him while he worked in the garden. He was not called Fred only Sporlein. I also got to know his daughter Louise who lived in Little Falls and was an RN. He gave me one of his daughters' old dolls and some doll clothes. He lived in the house dad was born in--the house behind Zenner's store. He kept a team of horses and a wagon on Math Hesch's farm and one time he brought it to town just to let Mikey and me ride it down main street as if we were in charge-he sat next to us--it was thrilling--he died when I was seven so I must have been about 4 or 5 because Mikey moved to St Cloud before starting first grade. I have a wonderful small pic of him with a full beard. Margaret"
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Margaret Brandl (daughter of Erwin & Rose, from the post office) sent an email about an old timer she remembered in Buckman: