Vi’S First 90 Years

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We had a 90th birthday celebration for Vi on August 22nd and 23rd, 2009. 108 guests attended and many more responded with cards and well wishes.

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Vi’S First 90 Years

  1. 1. Vi’s first 90 years<br />
  2. 2. Violet Marie <br />Flatau<br />Born <br />November 19,1919<br />in<br />Perham, MN<br />
  3. 3. Vernon<br />Rhoda<br />Violet<br />Rodney<br />Vi’s Family<br />Albert<br />Elsie<br />
  4. 4. Grandma Marie<br />Elsie’s mom lived with Albert & Elsie from the time Violet was born until her passing in 1954<br />
  5. 5. Violet was born in this house that was built by her grandfather, August Beckman, in 1909.<br />
  6. 6. Violet<br />Vernon<br />Rhoda<br />1924<br />Rhoda<br />Vernon<br />Violet<br />
  7. 7. Violet<br />Rhoda<br />Vernon<br />1924<br />
  8. 8. Flatau School<br />
  9. 9. The family moved to Portland, Oregon in 1927 where Albert worked as a hod carrier. The family lived in the garage (above) at Walter & Ida Locke’s home. Ida was Albert’s sister. They stayed for a year and a half in Oregon before moving back to the Perham, MN area.<br />
  10. 10. Rhoda, Violet<br />Rodney, Vernon<br />1927<br />Taken while living in Portland, OR<br />
  11. 11. Violet<br />School mate<br />Marie Gable<br />Rhoda<br />All in same grade<br />1927<br />
  12. 12. In the car: Rodney, Vernon, Vi, Rhoda, Elsie<br />Emil, Liz, G. Marie, Art, Margie, Pearl, Laverne - 1928 <br />A car similar to the one above was the transportation to Portland, OR. Can you imagine the highways in 1927 and camping along the way? Albert & Elsie slept on a narrow bed supported by the back window ledge and front dash board. The front passenger seat was removed & placed on the side of the car. Grandma Marie slept on it (along with Violet, Rhoda, and Rodney). Vernon slept on driver’s seat.<br />
  13. 13. 1928<br />Rodney,<br />Violet,<br />Rhoda,<br />Vernon<br />Violet age 9<br />
  14. 14. 1929<br />Vernon,<br />Violet,<br />Rodney,<br />Rhoda<br />
  15. 15. 1933<br />Rodney,<br />Violet,<br />Rhoda,<br />Vernon<br />Violet age 14<br />
  16. 16. Rhoda age 12 and Violet age 14<br />
  17. 17. Vi’s Mom, <br /> Elsie<br />Aunt <br />Marie<br />Aunt <br />Louise<br />Aunt<br />Emma<br />Grandma<br />Marie<br />1936<br />Vi’s father , Albert, came from a family of 12 children. Vi’s mother ,Elsie, was the youngest of 12 children. As Violet grew up there were many family gatherings. Since Grandma Marie lived with her family most of the gatherings were at Albert & Elsie’s. The summers were always filled with visitors coming to see Grandma Marie.<br />
  18. 18. Violet’s <br />Aunts and Uncles<br />August and Marie Beckman <br />(Elsie’s parents)<br />Theodore and Mina Flatau<br />(Albert’s parents)<br />Martha (died at age 13)<br />Albert & Martha (died at 5 months)<br />Wilhelm (died at age 1)<br />Emma Parks - Marr. Clint <br />Ida (Locke) Bell - Marr. Walter; Marr. Harry <br />Augusta (died at age 2)<br />Amanda Flatau - Marr. Carl <br />Louise Schriner - Marr. Pete<br />Ernest Flatau - Marr.Mabel<br />Bill Beckman - Marr.Marie<br />Louis Flatau - Marr. Minnie<br />John Beckman - Marr. Ann<br />Albert Flatau - Marr. Elsie<br />Marie Friestad - Marr. Anker<br />Theodore and Emma Flatau<br />Clara Walther - Marr. Alex<br />Otto (died in infancy)<br />Minnie Hielman - Marr. Johnny<br />Marr. Fred<br />Robert Flatau<br />Herman Flatau - Marr. Sophie<br />Emil Beckmann - Marr. Liz<br />Marr. Helen<br />Elsie Gustavson - Marr. Sivert<br />Walter Flatau - Marr. Agnes<br />Elsie Flatau - Marr. Albert<br />
  19. 19. Laverne Shriner, Elsie, Albert, Louise Shriner, Rhoda, Grandma Marie, Lucille Parks, Nona Jean Friestad, Violet, Margie Shriner, Bonnie Parks, Emma Parks, Anker Friestad, lower row: Vernon, Frank Parks, Rodney, Inez (Inie) Parks ,(Marie Friestadtook photo - 1936)<br />
  20. 20. Marie Friestad, Elsie, Albert, Grandma Marie, Violet , Rhoda<br />Violet age 19<br />
  21. 21. Grandma Marie <br />and the four kids<br />Vi and Rhoda 1938 graduation<br />(Violet age 19)<br />
  22. 22. Violet attended Central Dakota Commercial College in Jamestown, ND from 1938 to 1939.<br />She lived with her Aunt Louise and her Mom (Elsie) came often to visit.<br />Age 19<br />
  23. 23. In 1939 (age 20) Violet started working with Nash Finch Co. in Jamestown, ND <br />Age 22<br />1941<br />
  24. 24. Rhoda, Vernon, Rodney, Violet<br />Albert & Elsie - 1941<br />
  25. 25. Age 22<br />Rhoda & Vi - 1941<br />Age 20<br />
  26. 26. Violet – age 22 (1941)<br />
  27. 27. Violet age 23<br />1942<br />
  28. 28. In 1943 (age 24) Violet was transferred to Nash Finch Co. in Sheridan, WY where she lived and worked for over a year.<br />
  29. 29. Violet Age 25 (1944)<br />In 1944 Vi moved back to Perham, MN where she took a job with Perham Jobbing Co and later in February 1946 worked for Perham Mfg. Co.<br />
  30. 30. Grandma Marie, Vi, Karen Koehnen, <br /> Vernon, Liz and Emil Beckman, Elsie - 1946<br />
  31. 31. Rodney in 1944<br />Vernon, Vi, Art Beckman, Karen in 1946<br />
  32. 32. Vi at the ball game<br /> with friends! <br />Age 27<br />1946<br />
  33. 33. Vi met Walt at a dance in 1946 after Walt’s sisters (Helen and Eleanor) introduced them!<br />
  34. 34. Walt & Vi met on June 27th<br />
  35. 35. Walt & Vi were engaged to be married on July 27th<br />
  36. 36. Walt & Vi were married on August 10th! <br />
  37. 37. In case you didn’t do the math.<br />Met June 27th, engaged on July 27th and were married August 10th . That would be 45 days! In 2009 Walt & Vi celebrated their 63rd Anniversary. Very nice.<br />
  38. 38. 38<br />Mrs. Walter E. Johnson<br />August 10, 1946<br /> <br /> <br />
  39. 39. Rodney, Vernon, Walt, Vi, Bernice Jahn, Marian (who later married Rodney)<br /> Jerry Krueger, Winnie Flatau<br />
  40. 40. The newlyweds took a two week honeymoon while traveling to their new home in Waukesha, WI. <br />
  41. 41. Walt had taken<br />a job at the Waukesha Motor Company.<br />Shortly after, Vi started work in the office until the birth of their first child Walter E. Johnson, Jr. <br /> <br />
  42. 42. Walter Edwin Johnson, Jr.<br />Born August 1947<br />
  43. 43. Walt, Vi and baby Wally moved back to the Perham area in March of 1948. They bought a 50 acre farm and <br />Walt became a farmer and Vi became a homemaker.<br />
  44. 44. The house had only three small rooms, no electricity, and no indoor plumbing.<br />In later years the farm was affectionately known as<br />‘the little place’<br />
  45. 45. Kristin Louise was <br />Born March 16, 1950<br />Norris Lee was born <br />February 18, 1949 <br />
  46. 46. Wally, Kristin, Norris 1951<br />
  47. 47. In October 1951 Walt, Vi and the three kids moved to a 365 acre farm where they raised hogs and sheep.<br />The brick house was built in 1911. There was plenty of room with seven bedrooms.<br />Photo courtesy of Dale & Linda Flatau<br />
  48. 48. A night out with Walt & Agnes on Maurice & Mary Skoogs wedding, Oct. 17, 1953<br />
  49. 49. On October 2, 1956 Debra Marie was born.<br />Judy Kay was born December 8, 1957<br />
  50. 50. 1958<br />
  51. 51. 1958<br />
  52. 52. In 1958 Walt and Vi were told by their doctor that both Judy Kay’s hips were dislocated…probably since birth. Judy (age 1 ½) spent the next 2 years in and out of Gillette State Hospital in St. Paul, MN. <br />Sometimes Judy stayed in the hospital for six months at a time. Walt and Vi would make the long trip to St. Paul as often as they could to see Judy during the only visiting hours: 2 hrs. on Sat. & 2 hrs. on Sun.<br />
  53. 53. It was a very difficult time for them. The photo shows Judy with a pin through her knee to allow the weight of a sandbag to pull on her leg and reposition her hip. <br />Today it is almost unimaginable that as a parent you would not be allowed to be with your child, especially when your baby just had an operation.<br />
  54. 54. Judy had a special chair built to allow her to sit with a mostly full body cast.<br />Judy and Debra playing on the floor<br />
  55. 55. In 1958 Vi started the Eagerettes 4-H Club in Gorman Township. Many of the neighbor kids were involved and all enjoyed taking their livestock, cooking, sewing, or garden project to the yearly Perham Fair. The club had a popular booth at the fair that sold the best Buns & Bar-b-que in the county.<br />Wally and his sheep that he took to the fair.<br />
  56. 56. Rhoda, Bud, Lorraine, Vernon, Vi, Walt, Marian, Rodney<br />In 1959 Vi was instrumental in starting a local Homemaker’s Club. Her sister-in-laws and her mom were members of this group and it is still a functioning club today.<br />
  57. 57. The kids in 1960<br />
  58. 58. Vi has always been a photographer. She is a great genealogist , photographer and historical record keeper. She has a daily journal from 1963 to today. Interesting events that her children enjoy reading about…or sometimes not.<br />Christmas 1962 <br />Vi was the photographer<br />
  59. 59. took a trip out west to visit relatives in Port Angeles, WA. The decision <br />was soon<br />In August 1963 the family<br />made to relocate to Port Angeles. The family returned <br />to Minnesota and made preparations to move. In October 1963, they sold the farm and had an auction.<br />
  60. 60. In 1965 the Johnson’s move into the house on <br />608 Whidby. As of 2009 Walt & Vi have been residing at this house for 44 years.<br />
  61. 61. Note from Kristin: “Not my glasses. They belonged to the photographer!”<br />1965<br />
  62. 62. 1966<br />20th Anniversary<br />
  63. 63. 1967<br />
  64. 64. Vi on snowmobile in 1967<br />Vi is sitting behind Karen on the snowmobile. <br />Later Vi was driving it by herself. She followed the guys up a steep hill and slid right off the back end and rolled down the hill. Age: 48<br />Rod and Albert in the background. <br />
  65. 65. 1967<br />
  66. 66. 1969<br />
  67. 67. 1970<br />
  68. 68. In September of 1970 Vi started an in-home childcare business. Some of the fondest memories are of the yearly Easter Egg hunts in her back yard.<br />Vi operated her in-home childcare business until June 1975.<br />
  69. 69. 1971<br />25th Anniversary<br />
  70. 70. 1973<br />The fisherman (Walt) is tickled that he got the land lover (Vi) into the boat.<br />
  71. 71. 1974<br />
  72. 72. 1976<br />
  73. 73. 1977<br />Vera and Vi having a hilarious time playing PONG. What a hoot!<br />
  74. 74. 1977<br />
  75. 75. 1978<br />
  76. 76. 1979<br />
  77. 77. 1980<br />
  78. 78. 1981<br />
  79. 79. 1982<br />
  80. 80. 1983<br />
  81. 81. 1984<br />
  82. 82. 1985<br />
  83. 83. 1986<br />
  84. 84. Jessica & Joel<br />Greg and Gary<br />Walt<br />Brad<br />1988<br />
  85. 85. On their way to Alaska. One of their many trips.<br />1989<br />
  86. 86. Judy &Hannah<br />Jennifer<br />Gary<br />Norris<br />Kristin<br />Erik<br />Joel<br />Lisa<br />Vi<br />Debra &Scott<br />Walt<br />Jesse<br />Jack<br />Beau<br />Brad<br />Sara<br />Dale<br />1990<br />
  87. 87. 45th<br />45th Anniversary<br />1991<br />
  88. 88. 1992<br />
  89. 89. 1993<br />
  90. 90. 1994<br />Joel<br />Lisa<br />Jack<br />Brad<br />Sara<br />Beau<br />Jesse<br />Scott<br />Erik<br />Hannah<br />Dale<br />
  91. 91. 1995<br />
  92. 92. 1996<br />
  93. 93. 1997<br />
  94. 94. 1998<br />
  95. 95. 1999<br />
  96. 96. 2000<br />
  97. 97. 2001<br />
  98. 98. 2002<br />
  99. 99. 2003<br />
  100. 100. 2004<br />
  101. 101. Julius<br />Jack<br />Alissa<br />Orin<br />Dale<br />Brad<br />Sara<br />Erik<br />Joel<br />Hannah<br />Lisa & Marissa<br />2005<br />
  102. 102. 2006<br />
  103. 103. 2007<br />
  104. 104. 2008<br />
  105. 105. Happy Birthday, Vi<br />

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