Estherville Memories, a book of Wallingford and surrounding areas, by Eunice Wee and Virgil Anderson, with contributions from other writers, will be available at Hy-Vee and Fareway in Estherville Nov. 23-24.
Produced by Anderson and Wee and other Rosewood Manor residents, the book is the fourth in a series of oral histories of people from our area. The previous three books were titled "A Glimpse of the Past" vols. one through three.
Virgil was born on a farm near Audubon. The third of eight chileren, he grew up at a time where a lot of families didn't have much but each other.
He came to a point where he needed to make a decision of what he wanted do with his life, and after trying college to be a missionary doctor, he changed his plans to become a pastor to area farmers for 40 years.
Virgil met and married his wife, LaVaille (Jensen) and together they ahd 12 children. He moved to Wallingford in the early 1970s where he was pastor of the Wallingford Lutheran Church. He retired in 1993. He has much to say about the good ole days while he was growing up and into his adult life.
Wee was born on a farm in Revere, Minn. in 1918, the third of three girls. Eunice went to country school for seven grades, then moved to Estherville in 1931 where she graduated from Estherville in 1937.
Eunice met and married her high-school sweethear, Gerald Wee. Together they had one son, Gary.
Eunice has much to remember and say about hte days of childhood, young adulthood and her later eyars. Her motto is "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional."