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Joan and I lived in Indian Springs for only three years before purchasing the "Meinecke

House" on the west edge of town.

But they were an eventful three years as our birth children, Blane and Kristen, were both born during that period. I have mentioned we were one of the first families to locate in Indian Springs and by the time we moved, I doubt there were more than 10 units occupied.

Shortly after moving there, we received a visit from Ron Hansen, a neighbor from across the street, who asked us to do our banking business with Manufacturers Bank and Trust in Crystal Lake (their Forest City building was not yet completed). That would start a relationship that continues to this day and I would also end up doing MBT's legal work for a number of years.

We quickly became good friends of Ron and his wife, Diane. There was at that time no place in Forest City where you could purchase prepared pizzas. Ron would joke years later about my love of pizza and how many frozen pizzas were consumed at their home to satisfy my cravings. Diane was a registered nurse (and mother) so she was able to guide we neophytes through pregnancy and child birth.

We were also fortunate to pick Dr. Tom Mangan as our family doctor. Dr. Mangan would not at that time deliver babies at the Forest City Hospital but he did see Joan up to the time of childbirth which was handled by a Mason City doctor at Mercy Hospital there. Dr. Mangan now lives in Rochester where he is retired after a long career at Mayo (at about the time you are reading this Dr. Mangan will be celebrating his 97th birthday).

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Dr. Mangan was a small town general practitioner par excellence. I can recall one time we took Blane in for some non-serious issue. First, I would note if Dr. Mangan was running a little behind schedule, his receptionist, Margaret, would call and give you an updated time to come in. He would examine Blane to diagnose the problem and then he would become the teacher foreshadowing his long teaching career at Mayo. Out came the medical books and he would show you explanations and pictures representative of Blane's situation.

But his services were not finished; the phone would ring that evening and I would pick it up to find Dr. Mangan asking me how Blane was doing. And what did we pay for all this--his routine office call charge of $6. I would tell him years later when he was recognized as an outstanding alumni of Forest City High School, I thought we got our money's worth.

Joan always says when we got to Forest City she was asked two questions: does your husband work at Winnebago and do you play bridge. She answered in the negative on both as my long Winnebago career had not yet begun. On the bridge front, many of the "older gals" took her under their wings and over time she came to love bridge and become a very competitive player.

One story that comes to mind is about the late David Anderson's mother, Thea, who was very active well into her 90s. When there was bridge club, Joan has told me Thea sometimes said she would pick up the "old ladies." This is noteworthy because Thea was in her 90s at the time while most of the "old ladies" she picked up were in their 80s.

Until next time.

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