In the spring of 1972, the Weaver and Agerter's visited the prop. Here is Ken Agerter building a fire, with PHW taking a photo, while Tom Weaver with beard and camera, is next to Peggy Agerter. Note birch trees and river below.
Picnic early spring 1972, Peggy, Ken Agerter, and Peg Weaver ..
Bluff picnic area 1972, prop in Walcott Twp along the Straight River bluffs, Ken Agerter and Peg Weaver.
Wanting a shack at the Prop, we bought Mrs. Saufferer's chicken coop, sawed it into four sections and secured a permit from the Highway Department to have a truck haul it to our place. (See picture #3, p. 136.) In the meantime we had fun making a simple road in the form of a loop, cutting down trees by band with a cross-cut saw and securing the right-of-way beside a small railroad track. A cement foundation was made to support our shack (my one and only experience at puddling). After scouring the coop and putting it back together, we painted it brown with yellow window trim. It was nifty!
Ray Lieb, a pharmacist who owned a quarry near Faribault, gave us limestone for a fireplace. Pete and Ken built a handsome, huge fireplace which worked beautifully. Such fun we had in our dirt-floored shack. Beer left in the shack was frozen beer in the winter. Pete had a telephone installed on a telephone pole, so that he could be reached in case of an emergency. Although this was long before my mushroom days, I remember seeing many interesting fungi during one wet summer, some that I have never seen again. The Prop was a fun place to have picnics with: Jim and Carol O'Neil; Mary Henning and her boys, Stan and Butch, (Don Henning, Headmaster of Shattuck, was serving as Chaplain in the Military Service);By, Marde, Ruth and Tom Berhow; Peggy's parents, the Harlans, and Peggy's sister and her husband, the Kicksmillers.
We had spent the afternoon at the Prop when we heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on our car radio as we were returning home. That night we went to Roger and Isabelle Kiekenapp's for a scheduled bridge club meeting, but were too shocked to play bridge.
Dr. Rumpf who was in the Army Reserves and had been called into service, suggested that Pete try to resign his commission in the Reserves because Faribault was becoming very short of doctors. I am so thankful that Pete was successful in this, that he didn't have to go to war. He was certainly busy, handling the duties of Shattuck and St. Mary's Schools in addition to an enlarged practice due to the absence of so many doctors. Only one of our close friends was in the war, Carl Stabbert, a dentist.