On the Porch

The Lyon County Museum has in its collection a booklet titled, “Why not…..yesterday”. The booklet has a green front and back cover and typed pages with illustrations inside. The booklet is stapled together. There is no publisher information or date printed in the book. The book was produced circa 1970. The prelude in the booklet was written by Doris Louise Johnson and a few poems and illustrations were done by George W. Johnson.

The rest of the booklet contains biographical information on the following Lyon County people: Harris E. Persons, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Claeys, Louis Stassen, Mrs. Pearl Burt, Mr. and Mrs. Edward De Baere, Minnesota Clara Frahm, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Roloff, Louise Fallon, Sabina Speybroech, Frank Gooden, Mrs. Floyd Fuller Cyr, Mr. and Mrs. John Morgan, Mrs. Lucy Beasley, Earl Mitcheltree, Bill Rousch, Mr. and Mrs. Lenard, Torgny Anderson, Floyd Rubertus, Mary Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nicholson, Mr. and Mrs. William Barber, Robert Addison, Lee Alexander, and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Van Hee.

The following information from the booklet is on Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nicholson:

Mrs. Vinnie Nicholson was the daughter of Clara and Henry Austin. Her mother taught school and her farming father worked diligently. When they moved here from Sodus township up on the hill, they lived in a covered wagon and a shed. Later they lived in the barn in turn until the house was built. She attended District 59 and Lynd High School. People would in those days from Lynd would go to Marshall for the weekend. She would catch the train at 11 and go to town for music lessons and return again at 4 o’clock. Her hobby is collecting butter chips. She has about 120. They are valued at $1.50-$1.75 apiece.

Mr. Nicholson also has a collection of arrow heads. Early days of the church were very much involved in the lives of Roy and Vinnie Nicholson. Their daughter, whose husband was a minister, does much in the line of church work today. Mr. Lee Alexander and his father helped in building the church and parsonage. It was indeed a labor of love. So too was the work of love done by Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nicholson.

The photograph featured this week from the Lyon County Museum’s collection is a real photo postcard of the depot and elevators in Lynd. The postcard is postmarked February 7, 1914. Vinnie Nicholson is written with pen on the back.

The Lyon County Historical Society (LCHS) is a non-profit, member-supported organization. LCHS operates the Lyon County Museum at 301 W Lyon St in Marshall. The Lyon County Museum is open to visitors. To contact us, visit our website: www.lyoncomuseum.org, call: 507-537-6580, email: director@lyoncomuseum.org, or on our Facebook page.


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