From: David Girod
I thoroughly enjoyed this past weekendís Cemetery Walk, and this yearís theme of the Mississippi River. A nice touch was the musicians who played for attendees prior to each groupís departure. Organizers of the event had a notebook by the gate for people to write down memories/comments. I guess it was for student projects. By the time I got to the gate it was gone. So Iíll use this venue for my memories.
The flood of 1965 was the topic at Site #2 of the Walk. I was only 12 years old then, but remember that flood. Our family didnít have any damage, but our close proximity to Lake Winona forced us to move out of our home for a month or more, packing up and storing our possessions downtown at the warehouse at Second and Walnut (the building owned by Peter Shortridge).
My father secured his wood shop machinery in our basement. The Minnesota National Guard patrolled our neighborhood and perhaps other places in Winona. I remember my parents, upon returning home, washed and painted the walls in our home. My brother George was one of the high schoolers let out to fill sandbags and patrol the dike, and I have a medallion that was put out in memory of the flood.