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Maurine Boler: 1952

"Maurine -- 28 Feb 1952." We return to Blue Earth, Minnesota, and the abode of Grace and Hubert Tuttle, hosts of Maurine Boler and her husband Leslie. View full size.

"Maurine -- 28 Feb 1952." We return to Blue Earth, Minnesota, and the abode of Grace and Hubert Tuttle, hosts of Maurine Boler and her husband Leslie. View full size.

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Soon to be Miss'd?

On Jan. 7, 1954, the Waterloo (Iowa) Courier reported that on Dec. 30, "Miss Maurine Boler" of Truman, Minn., wed Gaylen Stewart, who farmed in Grant Township (southwest of Waterloo, in Grundy County, Iowa).

The groom's cousin Lyle Stewart and his wife, who attended to the couple, were listed as residing in Blue Earth. The bride's hometown of Truman is a 30-minute drive from Winnebago, and a 45-minute drive from Blue Earth. We know from a 1971 Minnesota Supreme Court decision (First National Bank of Winnebago v. Leslie C. Boler) that Leslie continued to farm in the area in the 1960s. By 1970 he was seeking a variance for a house in Albert Lea, Minnesota, and by 1976 he was married with three children, living in nearby Hollandale, and crop-dusting.

If Leslie Boler and Maurine Boler were siblings instead of spouses then you'd think that Maurine would be included with 19-year-old Leslie and his parents Claude and Martha in the 1940 Census listing, but she is not.

[Maurine Copper Duff (1923-1998) married Leslie Boler in 1944. - Dave]

Oh, how I remember those rope-like things under the chair.

I recall long hours playing with my toy cars, driving them along the silky rope fringes on bottom of that chair. My grandparents had those things on almost every chair and sofa in their living room. I liked the feellng they gave me, just running them thru my hand.

Gorgeous skin and hair

Be sure to follow Dave's link to her in the caption.  You will view the side of her face and right hand and extraordinary hair up close.

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Sleeper sofa

I remember waking up from a fitful nap many times on that same sofa material with the nubby pattern tattooed on my face. Especially uncomfortable on a hot summer afternoon. I think it was cut pile upholstery almost like carpeting

Dream Sofa

What I wouldn't do for that green art deco sofa.

Fuji Woogie ...

A fascinating exhibition of pattern and colour but what got most of my attention is the pair of prints showing a famous Japanese mountain, Fuji @ 12,388 ft in overall height.

The ubiquitous carpet

The very same carpet was found on the floor of the house I grew up in, and in the home of at least one other childhood friend. Oh, the floral "drapes" and the itchy texture of the sofa's upholstery ... how this brings back memories!

The Three Suns

Another album I've identified: The Three Suns, Busy Fingers (RCA Victor, 1948).

Four months later Flying Farmers Queen, 1952!

This from the St. Cloud Times, 16 June 1952. Leslie Boler and wife Maurine had a 600 acre corn farm eight miles west of Winnebago, Minnesota, just a few miles north of Blue Earth.

Tall, beautiful Minnesota girl

Like I heard about for years. Add "patrician" to the description. Not her first visit to the Tuttle home: no flower pattern on skirt or blouse, and she has avoided the sandpaper couch.

Those shoes

Gorgeous! I'd wear them today.


Leave no surface undecorated.

Floral Notes

Flowers everywhere! Easily outnumber the records!

Looks like the house where I grew up in the '50s

The ever-present ashtray. When cigar and cigarette smoking was the norm and tolerated. On second glance there are two ashtrays.

Who's Looking At Records

When beauty is looking right at you?

Come on over and check out my Shellac collection.

Harmonicas and Accordions are best left to bit parts, not the starring role.


The cabinet full of 78s is wonderful. Quite a lot of them, too. I can make out Charles Magnante, famous classical accordionist, and Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso, but not the rest, and obviously not all the single ones in the typical brown paper sleeve of the day. The LP had come along in 1948, but not everyone switched over to the expensive new technology immediately. The Magnante might be this one:

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