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The City of Wadena, Minnesota has enjoyed modern wastewater treatment services for more than 85 years. This photo is one of a series that depicts the original facility's construction astride Union Creek and immediately east of the then-active Burlington Northern Railroad's Leaf River spur. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.
Northern Minnesota. Bernard Burch (1889-1985) poses second from left with unknown associates. This image was taken either immediately before or after Bernie went to France with the 53rd Infantry Regiment to battle the Hun with his snare drum. He left behind a lifetime of unannotated photos that reveal his two personalities: a somewhat gregarious pre-war youth versus a reserved and taciturn adult. C'est la guerre. View full size.
Isaban, West Virginia, 1910. Wiley Heads children in what must have been their first look into a camera. I like that they are all holding hands. View full size.
Wiley was my great-grandmother's brother. This was taken in 1915 at Isaban, West Virginia. View full size.
The city of War, West Virginia put this parade on after V-E Day in 1945. My mother Jewell Slavy took this photo. View full size.