Gleeks out there, you know what a mashup is. For those who don't, it's a work that recombines and modifies existing works to create something new. Welcome to Monday Mashup, in which I will provide updates to old posts and throw in a few new things to keep things interesting.
1. My first reason to have a Monday Mashup: blog reader comments. People often comment weeks or months after the post first appeared and I'm afraid most other readers don't see them unless they re-read a post. To help those great comments see the light of day, I'll spotlight them on Monday and provide links back to the original post.
Bob Meehl recently commented about a blog post on Zipoy's Grocery at 50th and France: "Hi, my dad ran a corner grocery in South Minneapolis (47th and Bloomington) for many years. His closest friend was Bud Zipoy, who ran a grocery on University Avenue. His brother Marty ran the store in your photo, and when he died Bud took over that store also. My dad closed his store and retired in the early 60s, and then helped out Bud by working in his 2 stores. Bud Zipoy was a wonderful guy. Our families vacationed together every summer when I was a kid (in the late 40s and early 50s). Bud was loved by all his friends and customers!" I love getting comments. I know how many people visit our web site (about 1,000 per month these days), but comments let me know what people think. I also learn a few things from our visitors!
2. I was sad to learn that Grace Raymond recently died, just months after her husband's death. Her obituary appears here in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. I wrote about the couple's World War II era love story here. I also featured Grace, who grew up in the Country Club District, in a post here about the grand opening of our "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit. Death is a part of life, especially when you work with people in the last chapter of their life story. I consider myself fortunate to work with so many role models, who lead active and interesting lives well into their 80s and 90s.
_3. I received the following photos and emails recently about Mort and Katherin Arneson, who owned the 14-acre property that surrounds the Edina History Museum. The couple donated their home and land to the city as a life estate, and the property is now aptly named Arneson Acres Park.
"My family was very good friends with Morten & Katherine Arneson. We lived on West Shore Drive for many years, and our property ended where his began. He and my dad spent hours playing cribbage together, and Katherine taught me how to knit. I was going through some old photographs, and thought you would like to see these. I believe these were taken on his Florida property.
I had the pleasure of visiting the historical society last year, located in the Arnesons’ old house. I’m so pleased that the house and grounds are being so well maintained. " ~ Kathie Wiederspan (formerly Brodnicki)
For more on the Arnesons and the park, see the story here on our web site.
4. Support our work! Please consider becoming a member of the Edina Historical Society this year. Your dues, which are tax-deductible, support our work collecting, preserving and telling the history of Edina. If you enjoy reading the blog or attending any of our many programs, please send us a donation to help us continue our work in 2012. You can mail in a check to: Edina Historical Society, 4711 West 70th Street, Edina, MN 55435. Membership form and more information can be found here.
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