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Author has fond memories of life on the farm
Reid Trulson, author of Charlotte Atlee White Rowe, The Story of America’s First Appointed Woman Missionary.
Reid Trulson, author of Charlotte Atlee White Rowe, The Story of America’s First Appointed Woman Missionary.
Reid Trulson has many fond memories of his boyhood on the farm.
The second of Odin and Neva Trulson's five sons and the brother of longtime Stewartville dentist Bruce Trulson, he grew up near Pilot Mound, seven miles southeast of Chatfield, and attended first through sixth grades at "Thorson School - District 56."
"My brothers and I walked the half mile from our farm to our one-room country school," he said in an email. "We had one teacher, eight grades and about 28 students in my time. My class of five children was one of the larger classes."
Beginning in seventh grade, he went to school in Chatfield, eventually graduating from Chatfield High School (Chosen Valley High School). He had a happy boyhood surrounded by brothers, neighboring farm kids, sheep, pigs, chickens, cows, horses, cats and dogs. He recalled experiencing a simultaneous thrill and fear as he rode on the broad back of either of his family's two workhorses, "Birdy" and "Daisy," as they pulled a hay wagon to and from the field during the haying season...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the Dec. 14 Stewartville STAR.

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