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Lake County Past: Money order goes astray, but found

Lake County Past, from the Lake County News-Chronicle archives

May 8, 1919

Money order goes astray, but found

While Herman Falk was in France he received, from time to time, letters from his relatives here with enclosure of money orders and on Oct. 15, 1918, Chas Falk, his brother, of this city, sent him an order for $2 for pin money. This order he never received and it was presumably lost, until a few days ago Chas Falk received the following letter which is self-explanatory:

Dear Sir:

My reason for writing you this note is so that I can enclose this post office money order which, I presume, was sent to your son in France. This is how I came to get the order: My son, Hubert, who has been in France for two years now, returned two days ago and on looking through his stuff today he ran across the order. Then he remembered that one day last December, while he was in the Argonne Forest, he found it in one of his socks when he was putting on a dry pair. He put it in his pocket and, as he was busy at the time, forgot all about it. He forgot he had it until he found it today, otherwise he would have turned it in. I hope your boy is now home or that he soon will be and that he is well.

—J. H. Noble

Herman was stationed in Claremont, France, over 150 miles from the Argonne Forest, where the money order had been first placed in the sock.

Editor note: Accounting for inflation, $2 in 1919 equates to about $30 in 2019.

May 12, 1994

Ann Wood is tireless advocate for seniors

Two Harbors resident Ann Wood was recently awarded a "Success over 60" award at a Senior Options North presentation on Wednesday in Duluth.

"I felt I should keep active after retiring," she said. "If you just sit around in a rocking chair, you don't last long."

Wood has lived in Two Harbors since 1948 and her South Avenue home since 1978. She came here because her father lived alone in Grand Marais and Two Harbors had the nearest hospital where she could use her nursing skills. It was the Christiansen and Budd Hospital, housed where the Lakeside building is now. When the Community Health Center was built, she went there to become Dr. Bill Kosiak's nurse and stayed there until retirement in 1974.

The list of things she's been involved in is impressive. In 1959, she was instrumental in turning the Golden Age Club into the Lake County Council for Community Services, aka the Council on Aging. In 1960, she paid her way as a delegate to the first White House conference on aging. The Council on Aging was responsible for senior housing, now known as Bay View Terrace and Harbor Point.