The Andersons probably went by way of St Cloud, making the trip 132 miles instead of 103 miles and an hour and 49 minutes now.
The western hognose snake (puff adder or blow snake) is primarily diurnal. If threatened (or perceiving a threat), it may flatten its neck (much like a cobra), hiss, and make mock strikes...Although it is more common that they will flatten their heads out, some individuals may puff up, filling their throats with air. This is more common with adolescent males.
Oh yeah, I was sure this was a pull-yer-leg story, but just for fun I googled "blow snake"--and, wow, there really is/WAS such a thing. (With snakes, you react first, talk later). There may have been a small benefit in seeing one if it meant your friends plying you with liquor as a cure, too. "...the snake blew it's poison into his face and poisoned him" was enough, even if there was no poison.
Wonder if the side track in Elk River ever materialized? Who knew there were mineral springs there? Stranger things have happened; it was an age of possibilities and mineral water was mineral water, right?
Wow, just think--Paul's wife Mary (Otremba) Hesch came here when she was 12, and now, at 57, she went to see the big ships. Course, this may have had something to do with Math & Ted talking about going to Europe (they did the following spring), and maybe Mary wanted to see for herself whether or not the were safer now.
What an odd ad, huh? Corn syrup was better than honey? But maybe honey was considered poor man's sugar, where Karo was manufactured.
This next article blew us away. We thought "Live long and prosper" was Star Trek...but no--actually, it was used to wish a happy life to newlyweds too.
(Everything old, etc)