To the editor:
I wish to thank all the citizens of New Ulm for the successful recent commemoration events.
I've heard about the 1862 tragedy for over 70 years. I live in Arlington, Washington state, and my great-grandparents, the Spenners, Spoerhases and Flick families were involved in the 1862 conflict.
In the six days we were in New Ulm I learned much about the city and my early relatives, from enlightened guest speakers and tours. Special thanks to Denise Eivers, whose elegant oratory gave vivid mental pictures of the 1862 circumstances; Ann Earl at the Brown County Historical Society went beyond expectations to furnish accurate details of family information; Terry Sveine too was a treasure of historical information; Don and Diana Schaefer at the Saturday evening Founders Banquet, were responsible for introducing us to other relatives (several Fritsche and Ludwig Meyer families), and even Honorable Mayor Bob Beussman took time from his busy schedule to shake hands and present me with a pin of Hermann the Cheruscan.
The sextons at all three cemeteries went far beyond their job descriptions to share records and locate grave sites.
To all of these people a sincere "Thank you." Your kindness and thoughtfulness were greatly appreciated.
To the citizens of New Ulm, sincere congratulations for keeping your streets, yards and homes in pristine condition. It was a real pleasure to visit such a clean, orderly city.
I would welcome correspondence from the families of H. Spoerhase, C.L. Meyers, A. Seiter, J. Flick, H. Heinze and the Fritsches.
A. Loren Kraetz
2151-59th Ave. N.E.
Arlington, WA 98223