“GRANDPA, YOU TELL US OFTEN ABOUT YOUR HOMETOWN OF KIESTER, MINNESOTA. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ATTRIBUTES THAT MADE IT SPECIAL TO YOU”?
“Sweet Little Town” by N. Elliott Noorlun (8/11/15)
Elliott in the arms of his mother, Clarice, in the Summer of 1954.
Sweet little town, Where I first saw life,
As a farmer’s son, From his dear wife.
SO much joy, And little strife,
In these memories sewn with love!!!
An artist’s painting of Kiester’s Main Street (based on an actual photograph) looking to the north.
People’s faces, And their ways,
Graced my tender, Childhood days.
I’m grateful in, So many ways,
This town was sent from above!!!
Arnold Bauman was the faithful owner/operator of our grand “KEE Movie Theater” on north Main Street.
Like Arnold Bauman, Who owned “The KEE”,
And brought such laughter, To kids like me,
With “Tarzan” and cartoons, Whilst I slapped my knee,
This town fit me like a glove!!!
Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church where Elliott and his family attended Sunday worship each week there in Kiester, Minnesota.
Or on a Sunday morn, At the E.U.B.,
As the church bells rang, It seemed to me,
That God and His angels, Were filled with glee,
As we gathered to praise His “Dove”!!!
An artist’s creation of Elliott’s beloved hometown’s Main Street looking towards the south.
The soil near our village, So black and rich,
While glacial hills, In gentle pitch,
Are the home to these mem’ries, Of the kind hearts which,
Helped teach this farm boy about love!!!!
Even though Elliott’s family moved west in 1967, Kiester will always be his beloved hometown. This photograph is looking to the north.
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I may be only one oat seed in a field of millions, yet I have a story to share of beginnings on our beloved farm in southern Minnesota and beyond to life as I've seen it to this point. Famous? No. Gifted? Unlikely. Yet, I want to leave a legacy to my children and grandchildren of who this gentle Norwegian man was. My happy times, sad times, successes and failures. Someday, those who are tiny now, will have this volume to come to and get to know this Norwegian Farmer's Son.
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