Road Trip: Day 35

Posted: August 31, 2016 by timjollymore in Uncategorized

Dateline: Cloquet, Minnesota.

I have written about reunions at which anything can happen in THE ADVENT OF ELIZABETH. Advent front coverMy first classmate-reader wondered, “Does it have to end this way?” I grew philosophical:

“You anticipate, wonder, maybe hope, certainly grow excited. You go to your reunion, and three days later, you go home.”

Admittedly, it may and sometimes does turn out differently, but this is a 50th. The time for change and excitement just might be in the past.  The time for issues and illness just might be in the immediate future. Let’s be realistic.

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What is left of my 5th grade classroom

I spent some time before and after the reunion catching up with a past that holds on into the present. My walk in Cloquet rediscovered and uncovered surprising things (at least to me). The library for example stands, but the glass floor housing the “adult” books

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Our library now a historical society.

had to be removed. It was held up by the bookcases themselves which gave way to an exhibit area. Still, the preservationists prevailed and saved THE ENTIRE FLOOR which is now stored in the basement. Who will come up with a renovation plan and the cash to reinstall the floor? Hey how hard can it be?


No surprise here but still enough. The McKinney/Lindholm family has spruced up the Frank Lloyd Wright station and, I believe, have it placed on the historical register, as well it should. The station now has only two pumps which make for a roomier Wrightian look below the famous copper canopy (originally meant to house hoses for gassing up cars from above). I’m hoping that at my next visit the planters will again be growing flowers and junipers. How about it Mike?

The big surprise was at the former Cloquet Theater. I drank a latte (really very good) in the cafe which replaced the lobby and next door jewelry store, and called Jef whose family owned the place. He and Kathy came down, and we toured the Arise church which is housed upstairs. What did we find?

An intact balcony and projectors which had never been removed from the booth in which Jef spent his high school nights working (and studying, no doubt), filled with film reels and cases. I wonder if Ben Hur is in one of those cans. Arise likely doesn’t allow necking in those seats (prayer room is above) but Mr. F would send Jef up there to stop it anyway.

  1. Margie says:

    Holy Buckets … in the F.L.Wright Gas Station photos: the three fellows drinking “pop” …. there’s GUS in the middle!! 👍


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