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My Great Grandmother

Joyce Stamnes Bothum


Kayla Gullicks

6th Grade 1998, Tri-CountySchool, Karlstad, MN

Third Place

Kittson County Historical Society genealogyessay contest - 1998


Joyce Guylet Stamnes was born on March 18, 1917 to Oscarand CeCelia Stamnes of Halma, MN. She was delivered at home by Dr. Turnbulof Karlstad, MN. Oscar was a buttermaker and worked at the Halma Creameryand CeCelia was a homemaker.

Joyce's Grandfather Stamnes moved iin with her family whenshe was three years of age. Since he only spoke Norwegian, that was themain language spoken in the home when Joyce was learning to speak.

When Joyce was seven, her brother, Dale Alouis, was bornon September 3, 1924 at home and was delivered by Dr. Turnbul. As a child,one of Joyce's chores was to keep the woodbox in the entry of her home filledwith wood. They also didn't have indoor plumbing. Joyce and her family hadan outhouse close by their garage.

She attended her first eight grades of school in Halma.While Joyce was in grade school, one of her first jobs was picking potatoesfor Charlie Clauson who lived by Enok, MN, getting 25 cents a bushel basket.One of the activities she enjoyed was going to the silent movies at theHalma Hall.

Back then, if kids wanted to continue their education beyondthe eighth grade, they had to attend a boarding high school. Joyce decidedto go to the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN. So, in thefall of 1932, she started her freshman year there. Joyce was captain ofher basketball team, was on the debate team, class song leader, and hadone of the leading roles in her class play.

Joyce had planned on going to further schooling to becomea stenographer, but love changed her mind. On April 19, 1936, Joyce marriedGrant Bothum of Halma. They started their life together in Kennedy whereGrant had started an L. B. Hartz grocery store along with a cream stationin 1935 with $500 dollars he borrowed. Both Grant and Joyce worked veryhard in the store, which meant that sometimes the store didn't close untilmidnight.

In 1939 and 1940, they opened three more grocery stores,one each in Hallock, MN; Halstad, MN, and Drayton, ND. On August 15, 1939,they were blessed with their first child, Kay Arlyce.

Then, in December 1941, World War 2 broke out. During thewar years it was harder to keep the grocery store supplied with everything.

On March 14, 1943, a second daughter, Dawn Joy, was bornto Grant and Joyce. With the birth of a second child, Joyce cut back somein her work at the stores.

On January 16, 1948, Grant and Joyce welcomed their thirddaughter, Gayle Joyce. In July 1948, Joyce and Grant entertained the Governorof Minnesota, Luther Youngdahl, at their home. Grant was the Mayor of Kennedyat the time and Governor Youngdahl was the featured speaker at the annualProgress Day celebration at Kennedy.

In 1953, Grant and Joyce sold all their businesses so Grantcould devote most of his time to farming.

On May 20, 1954, Joyce gave birth to their only son, GrantWoodrow, Jr.

On May 19, 1981, Grant Sr. passed away at the age of 66.Joyce still lives on the farm. Joyce enjoys crocheting, baking, visitingwith family and friends, spending some winters with her daughter Kay andson in law Vince in California, and doing things with her homemakers clubwhich she has been a part of for 46 years. Joyce has four children, ninegrandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

As this report states, my Great Grandmother has led a veryinteresting life. I have enjoyed my times visiting her and doing thingswith her. She has been a very important part of my life.

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