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Armistice Day storm still remembered 72 years later (11/18/2012)
From: Donald Doerr Sr.

On this day in 1940, Albert G. Doerr, age 30, was at the Minnesota City Boat Club helping bring in the bodies of the men who froze to death while duck hunting. They included Albertís boss at Froedert Malt Co. and his young son. Just before Albertís boss left to go hunting, he stopped at Froedert to talk to Albert. Albert said he just did not feel like talking, so he did not answer him. Later, Albert helped to carry his body in, with much regret. As I recall what my dad told me, the boy had a stick frozen against his face. Some smart ass said, ďAt least he died with a smile on his face.Ē Albert resented the manís sense of humor. Leon Bronk Jr., my uncle, survived by pulling his boat to an island. He tipped it over and used it for shelter. If Albert were alive (he died November 18, 1995) he would have been 101 October 14, 2012. His wife, Florence, who died at 90 May 5, 2003, would be 100 November 21st. It was a beautiful day 72 years ago today, but it turned cold late in the day, and most of the hunters had not dressed for cold weather.  

 

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