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Off The Editor’s Desk – 7-15-2015

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend celebrating our great nation’s independence and the summer time activities that July brings.

For our family we gathered in Hayward for summer time events including fishing, picnicking, boating and the kids and grandkids took to the Namekagon with their kayaks and enjoyed the wild river. I would suggest that if you are looking for some adventures, take your canoe, tube or kayak and have a great day on that river. But be sure to include your sunscreen.

On the way home Sunday afternoon, Paula pointed out the young lads that were fishing from the bank of the small lake at Clayton. She commented that you do not see young kids out fishing as we did a half-century ago. She stated that they are too busy with their cell phones or iPads playing games instead of enjoying the outdoors.

When I was young, at 12 or 13, a number of us would camp overnight on trout fishing opener at Sand Creek along 310th Street just by the railroad underpass on 310th. At that time there was a step over the fence on the Stack property and the grass was kept short and it was a great place to pitch a tent. I don’t know who built the steps or kept the grass mowed, (maybe it was a cow pasture) but we really looked forward to camping and fishing out there.

But, at this time and age, the government must have some sort of rules about pre-teen age boys camping overnight along a creek without adult supervision! It was part of growing up and we were never bothered by anyone and we did not get into trouble. I can’t remember how many trout we brought home, if any.

I drove out to the spot along Sand Creek Sunday afternoon and tried to remember what it looked like, but that area has been overgrown with brush and I could not even find the fence, let alone the creek.

On another note: I am currently reading a book called, “Henry and Edsel: The Creation of the Ford Empire”. Richard Bak wrote it. I want to relate how a one-person investment of $100 made a rich person.

Henry had helped several people in building the first cars including men that he worked with. One of those people was James Couzen.

In 1903, Ford was raising money to create what became the Ford Motor Company. Couzen was a big investor in Ford and he convinced his school teacher sister (Rosetta) to put half of her savings, a $100, into buying one share of the new Ford Company. Between 1903 and 1919 she received some $355,000 in dividends on that one share she owned. In 1919, Henry bought out all the outstanding shares of Ford Stock, making him the sole owner of the company. He paid her $262,036 for that one share. That one hundred dollar investment became $617,036. Her brother James was paid $29,308,808 for his stocks in Ford. I just thought you might like to know that information.

Thanks for reading!   — Carlton