Road Trip: Day 92

Posted: October 29, 2016 by timjollymore in Uncategorized

Dateline: Mandan, North Dakota

Pam and Curt (l) and Tim and Karla (r). Karla dressed for dinner – she directed serving of 500 “pobrecitos” in the church basement. The pizza was good. The will was even better.

How long and how lost do long-lost-cousins have to be? How many times must one pass through eastward or westward before planning a visit?  What length of stay is called for after forty or fifty years?

Very long. Eight. One pleasant day.


Front to back Karla (directing the luncheon at the Am. Legion), Curt (my host overnight, and everybody’s favorite DJ, Pam. In the mirror, taking our picture is Pam’s Rick the best Beatles fan in North Dakota.

I was surprised it had been, oh, 58 years or so (17 for one cousin), and I had to count the times I’d visited Medora, stayed at T. Roosevelt or Sakakawea, and just how much we could share in just 20 hours. We laughed (did we sing, yes a bit) and talked four blue streaks, sharing sometimes faint memories and reminding each other how our lives had paralleled and nearly intersected.  Curt and I spent hours poring through documents and pictures from 60 to 100 years ago.  Here’s a sample:

The Finnish woman who unites us: Ruth Eva Martin (Lumppio) Maki, her sister and nieces, and husband Anselm, grandfather of my cousins, and our Grandma Ruth’s naturalization certificate.

I found my brothers and me in the album as well:

Gary Michael Jollymore, and Nick, Tim, Santa a an older Gary. Whose cars are in the background?

A wonderous trip. One of more-to-come.




  1. Jo Ann says:

    Tim – to bad we didn’t have those pictures and history for our”Lumppio ” book. Keep on having a great time, and safe travel.


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