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The essence of Winona (08/18/2013)
Part III

Let’s go back further…yes back to…

When there was a sense of “buy American” and what that actually meant

When we helped one another out by what we bought and where we spent

Let’s keep going…back to when…

For those big ticket items once in a blue moon we’d get

That couldn’t be found ‘round here at a reasonable price lest you forget

Yes for those hard to find things sometimes we’d travel

To La Crosse or to Rochester on roads of crushed gravel

‘Tis indeed a nice thing, how much we have grown

And for most now how convenient life has become

Should we thank loyal people or big business for this greater good

Or our fellow citizens that made sure the city did what was right?

Ne’er the less it’s special to enjoy a spacious sort of urban neighborhood

One which compared to many others has very little blight

Yes, development we need but sometimes enough is enough

And although there are those that would build on a “bluff”

We’re happiest when our city council doesn’t run on that principle

And votes for progress but avoids the unsightly and keeps it simple

And for this we are grateful: we’ve remained more of a village than a city, and more of a city than a one-horse town

Where our forefathers at the cemetery overlooking aren’t groaning “What a pity!” or shaking their heads with a frown

We’ve still got to go back, a little further then….

Theodore L. Schoewe

 

 

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