Hedlin Family

A couple of people, who do not live in the incorporated city, but have been an integral part of its history, are Arnold and Esther Hedlin, brother and sister. They have lived their entire life, 80+ years, on a farmstead immediately south of Lowry. Their mother and father, Ed and Annie Hedlin moved here in the early 1900’s. There were four offspring. Louise passed away very young. She graduated from high school and was valedictorian of her class. At the time of her death, she was in normal training in Glenwood to be a teacher. One daughter, Marie Dahlin, was a child born to Annie when she was married to Edwin Dahlin who was killed by lightning. Walter, is married to Mildred Anderson (daughter of Clarence R. Anderson). Walter and Mildred have four sons: Larry, an agriculture engineer; David, a Lutheran minister; Vernon farms west of Farwell as well as farming the home land and Myron who has been a high officer in the CIA, speaks fluent Russian and other languages, and did post graduate work at Duke University. All have BA degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College. A remarkable achievement produced from an 80-acre farm with some rental land. Larry lives in Iowa, David in the Chicago area, Vernon west of Farwell, and Myron lives in the DC area. Esther has difficulty walking but is a tremendous source of history of the Lowry area. Esther has prepared a detail of Norunga Cemetery, which will undoubtedly be very valuable for future generations. Arnold is a regular at morning class, 8:00 a.m. six days a week at The Hatchery. Arnold is the oldest member of the class and is professor. Much information - local, national, international, and cosmic — is gathered in these sessions. Arnold also does the washing on Mondays and the vacuuming on Saturdays. Arnold and his father farmed the land for years and Arnold continued after his father passed away. I remember they had a jackass, which was very vocal and could be heard for a long distance. Before Highway 114 was built, the in drive to the farmstead was from the north, almost an extension of Florence Avenue. The Hedlin Farm had electricity many years before REA. Walter and Mildred’s farm was west of Norunga Church. The Hedlin family has been solid members of Norunga Lutheran Church to this day. Walter was on the Ben Wade Township board most of his adult life