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Frank and Mary Dane

Portage, Wisconsin

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Here are my great grandparents -- my dad's mom's parents -- all dressed up nice for a photo in Portage, Wisconsin. Around the time of their wedding. The colorful 23rd Psalm was found in the picture frame behind the photo, and I think it was something they had at their wedding.

At this time in their lives, Frank is a farmer in the Wisconsin Dells. But he's about to sign on with a mining company and move up to the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota, where he'll become superintendent of an iron mine near Biwabik. They'll have three children. The oldest, Royden, will serve in the trenches of France during World War I, where he'll be gassed. He'll survive, and go on to become a judge in St. Paul. Their second, a daughter, Helen, will marry, live in Northern Minnesota, and have four children of her own. Their youngest, Mary Marjorie, will flee to Arizona where she'll meet my grandfather, marry him, move to Long Beach, and raise my dad.