ties. Thirty years later on Mar 1985 they sold the business and both retired.

Audrey taught school in Winneshiek Co. for 8 years and one year in Baltimore, MD in “The Matthew’s School", a private school for children with handicaps. She attended summer classes at Luther College in Decorah and John Hopkins University in Baltimore. After her marriage she worked in the “Barbeque" restaurant.

Palmer and Audrey keep busy on their farm home where they live since retiring. In the summer they do yard work and gardening. Audrey raises many flowers which she arranges for the church altar almost every Sunday during the summer months.

They are blessed with many friends of all ages and are active bridge players and golfers. They enjoy traveling and have visited many interesting countries and islands.

Anderson, Palmer and June (Barth)

(Submitted by Palmer and June Anderson)

Bio Photo

Leslie and Wanda May 28, 1947

Palmer Arthur Anderson was born 12 Feb 1918 in Winneshiek Co., the son of Ole A. and Isabel (Usgaard) Anderson. Ole Anderson was 4 Dec 1891 inHesperTwp. and died 3 Jan 1973. His parents were Andrew and Toni (Clauson) Anderson. Isabel Usgaard was born 10 Feb 1898 and died 29 Dec 1990. Isabel’s parents were Peder and Julia (Severson) Usgaard. Ole and Isabel were married 22 Mar 1916. Palmer has one sister, Lucille (Mrs. Howard Wendling) and one brother, Richard Dale Anderson, married to Elaine Groth. Both Lucille and Richard live near Locust.

June Helma Barth was born 16 Jun 1921 near Locust in Pleasant Twp., the daughter of Roy Benjamin (20 Mar 1890-1 Oct 1957) and Nellie (Buer) (13 Aug 1897-14 May 1951) Barth. Roy’s parents were George and Helen (Ellingson) Barth. Nellie’s parents were John and Johanna (Bolson) Buer. Roy and Nellie were married 7 Nov 1918 at St. John's parsonage, Locust by Rev. Seehus. June has 1 brother, Grant Jewell Barth (b. 10 Oct 1919), and 1 sister, Rosemar (19 Feb 1923-12 Oct 1992). Grant is married to Vivian Erickson (b. 28 Oct 1921). Rosemar was married to Glenn Rilling (b. 10 Jun 1919).

Palmer and June were married 7 Apr 1940 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Locust by Rev. Carl Losen. The evening of the wedding the Locust Road was not in good condition due to heavy spring rains. (Note: The Locust Road was a gravel road at that time.) The best man got stuck on the Springwater Hill and barely arrived at the church in time for the wedding. Many friends from the west were not able to attend because of the muddy roads.

The first 2 years Palmer and June were married they lived in a little house in the Springwater area. Palmer was a cream hauler at the time. As he loaded cream cans onto his truck, he was often heard through the valley singing “Deep in the Heart of Texas” while north across the Canoe Creek, Kenneth Larson would be sitting on his porch playing his accordion. And up over the hill to the southeast, Charles Stortz would be playing his trumpet. Emma Sande, who was a close neighbor, says these were ‘pleasant memories of the area,’

Palmer was inducted into the US Army in 1944. They then moved from Springwater to a house next to the Locust store so June and their daughter would be closer to family, friends, church and store while Palmer was gone. The Locust store at that time was operated by Lester and Helen Young.

Palmer served 1 1/2 years in the Pacific theater. When he returned home, Palmer and June moved to a farm north of Locust. They rented for a few years and then purchased the farm from George W. Johnson, Decorah.

Palmer and June farmed for 25 years. In addition, Palmer drove school bus. June worked as a kitchen helper, then as secretary to the elementary principal and the superintendent at the North Winneshiek School. In 1966 she quit this job and started a drapery shop in her home. Palmer and June moved to Decorah in 1971 where June continued her drapery business until 1986.

June is the happiest when she has a needle and thread in her hand. Now rather than drapes, it is piecing and quilting quilts and wall hangings. Sewing came naturally for June. Her mother taught her to sew when she was a young girl. June's first store bought dress was for her 8th grade graduation. In 1940 June made her own wedding dress on a treadle machine. While making her wedding dress she ran the needle completely through the index finger on her left hand. Thankfully, she did not suffer any long term affects from this.

Partial OCR transcription, some sensitive personal information such as birth dates of people that maybe living was not transcribed. See the associated scan to compare with the published information.

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