October/November 2009 Vine-covered wall photo by Becky Hart
Vol 26 No 1
Great Falls’ Louise Mitchell Stays On Track By Bernice Karnop Louise Mitchell started running at age 48. “I pretty much started from nothing because I hadn’t done anything while I was raising my three children,” she says. She ran half a block, then walked half a block, until she could run a whole block. That year she entered her hometown Great Falls Icebreaker’s one mile fun run. She thought the race would never end. Twenty-nine years later, Louise runs four or five miles every day, enters about 12 races a year, and completed her 15th Marathon this March. She took first in her category, running the 26.2 miles in five hours and 31 minutes. “I run to win,” she says, but not because she has a competitive streak. “I have a streak to do my best.” According to Louise, life consists of different stages, and during this stage of her life, she runs and teaches piano. “We’re so involved raising our children in that stage of life, and then that’s done. It’s your turn, but you don’t know what to do at first. Finally, you just kind of get out there and do it.” Looking back it’s not surprising that what Louise did was run. It’s something she enjoyed in her earlier years, and two of her children ran cross country in high school. Louise grew up on the farm homesteaded by her grandparents near Kalispell. She was born during the Great Depression, but they feasted on vegetables from the large garden and enjoyed plenty of eggs and milk from the cows and chickens. They had pigs, and grew wheat and barley. Her dad harvested Christmas trees and logged during the winter. During World War II when things were rationed, they fared well with what they raised and what they couldn’t have didn’t matter. She walked a mile and a half to the Half Moon school from first grade through eighth. For fun the children rode sleds down the Half Moon hill and ice skated on Piano teacher Louise Mitchell found her the Whitefish River. In summer, rhythm in music and running. She believes they swam in it. On the 4 th of July they all that playing the piano and running require similar determination and perseverance. “I went to the community picnic don’t want a dull life,” she insists. [Photo by in Kalispell and every year the American (Continued on page 62) Bernice Karnop]
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Thanks For Helping Us Remember Thank you so much for bringing back memories of our children. My husband and I are in our 70s. We thought we would write and thank you. My wonderful Mom, who is 91-years-old and lives in Great Falls, sends us articles from your paper all the time. We enjoyed the article in “Remember When” about the Grandma saying she had eyes in the back of her head. I said the same to our kids. One day I was sitting in the chair and felt my hair moving. I looked around and my 2-year-old son was looking for my eyes. My older daughter laughed. We also enjoyed the article about “The Old Expressions.” I remember telling my kids some of these phrases. One of them being “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” It was wonderful raising them. Because of your paper, we have thought of all the great memories. Thank you so much. Mimmie and Bill Aken Yuma, Arizona
Tools And Tool Board Interesting I just got done reading the April/May issue and so enjoyed it - cover to cover. I will probably be a regular from now on. I actually got this issue from a friend who thought Donald Green’s story would be interesting to me. My husband and I have a small, independent hardware store in Bridger and tools, of course, are pretty important to us. Our store isn’t very old, but it is in a pretty old building - once housing Baldwin Lumber/Hardware and Aldrich’s Hardware and Lumber. It’s not a fancy building, but it does have a history! Would it be possible for you to give us some contact information on Mr. Green? I would like to purchase one of his “tool boards” if he has one he could spare. The farmers around here (and maybe even some of the kids)
would probably enjoy seeing something like that here in the store. I’m sure my husband would get a kick out of a “board” as well. Thank you for any help you can give. Annette Anderson Anderson Value Plus Hardware Bridger
How About A Little Perspective? The end-of-life counseling provision proposed and unlikely to be in the final healthcare overhaul bill provides an interesting glimpse into the American way of looking at things. My 87-year-old mother recently flew up to Alaska to visit. She came by herself, although with help here and there - she has never been able to get a boarding pass out of a touch-screen machine. Virtually all my peers have long since lost their parents, so it was with humility and a profound acknowledgement of my good fortune that I took Mom to a nearby lake every day and walked the mile-long perimeter trail with her. She is still a reasonably good conversationalist, if you talk and listen patiently. A friend’s mother, a dear soul who I have known for years, recently made the trip up here for her 90th birthday. She is frail by comparison, still getting around on two artificial hips with the aid of a walker, but alert, if sometimes cranky. While it is always difficult to scrabble around in another person’s mind, neither of these brave women seems at all obsessed by the prospect of death. As I watched the contentious healthcare town-hall meetings on television, the look I saw on the faces of people in their forties and fifties was fear. I would guess they are afraid of their parents’ dying. Maybe they are very close, dependent, even. Or, not close enough but still hoping for the connection that hasn’t yet happened. I came across an AP story on the internet to-
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day, by Annie Hung. She was reporting the recent typhoon in Taiwan that dumped 80 inches of rain in 48 hours, killed 500 and left 7,000 homeless. â€œAmong the survivors was 67-year-old Huang Jih, who walked hours to safety across the rugged terrain, carrying his mother on his back. Now he was worried about how he could support his family of seven,â€? Hung related. â€œI have lost all my things,â€? his 102-yearold mother Tseng Jih told ETTV, crying on her makeshift bed. â€œWhat am I going to wear when I die?â€? Sounds like someone needs some end-of-life counseling. Don Chenhall Ward Cove, Alaska
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