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This is the Johnny Hultman home place and it will be a century farm in 2012. I grew up here, milked cows here for 27 years and am currently a Media Specialist at Hinckley/Finlayson High School. I still have beef, run the ground and rent some additional acreage.

—Rick Hultman
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This is the Royalton Memorial Cemetery which is located five miles east of Braham MN. I have lived on the farm that surrounds this cemetery for sixty years and will relate the cemetery's history, to the best of my knowledge, with some short stories related to this church that has been handed down through my family.
My Grandfather, Johnny Hultman, and my Great Uncle, Charlie Hultman bought the surrounding farm in 1913. In about 1914 they gave 1.5 acres from this land for the purpose of starting a church and cemetery. My Great-Great Grandfather, who lived across the road from the church, gave $50 to help start the congregation and my Great-Great Grandmother was very upset that he gave that much money away. The church was called the Methodist Free church and it was a dual parish with Rock Creek which is located about five miles to the north east.
Some of the people who were members or were active in the cemetery work during the early years were Nels Hultman, Johnny and Selina Hultman, Alias Carlson, John and Ethel Nelson, George and Lucille Nelson, Uno Nelson, Victor and Viola Hultman, Arvid and Mildred Carlson, Adolph Mattson, the Studt and Walberg families.

The church was active until the early 1940's and then it dismanded. Today the church is still on the property and looks very similar to this picture taken in the 1980's. Each year on Memorial Day weekend and service is held in the church. Families and friends of people who are buried in the cemetery come back for a short service with potluck lunch served after the service. The service is dedicated to the miltary men and women buried there and it is also a time for the people to reconnect and remember loved ones that they have buried in the cemetery.

Some of my personal memories related to the church is the fact that the road running by the Church usually did not drift with snow as bad as other ones leading to our farm, so I remember driving by the church in many snow storms on the way home, if we made it to the church we could always make it home.

In the spring many of the country roads would be impassible because of mud, but the church road would hold up because the milk can trucks did not travel on it so the school bus would come to the end of the church road and many of the kids walked to the end of the road and got on the bus.

My two Uncles, Gordie and Kenny, were hired in the 1930's to go and start the fire in the church on Sunday mornings before services. One morning, they decided to "relieve" themselves on the stove and then fire it, don't ask me why. When the people arrived they were alarmed at the distinct odor in the church urine in the church. My uncles were marched home and sparing the rod was not in the equation. The church has hosted many weddings, funerals and other events since services were halted.
My uncle Gordie went into the army in 1943 and they held a going away party for him in the church. My Grandmothers funeral was held there in 1967 on a frigid day with no heat in the church.

I drove my daughter, Nichole, down from our farm in a horse drawn carriage to the church in 1997 for her wedding.
Stories of young men and ladies stopping at "The Church" to get better aquainted, have been told, but of course that might be a myth.

To the people of the Clint community the church has always played an important role in our lives and I hope it keeps going for future generations.

—Rick Hultman
 
 

This is the Gray place which was bought by Art Miller in 1956. I bought it in 2005 because it was adjacent to my farm to the north with connecting pastures which is nice for running beef. The barn and house were taken down before I bought it.

—Rick Hultman
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My parents move to this farm in 1960 when I was only 3 years old. In 50 years many new changes have have been made. I think they will injoy this great photo. Thanks again.

—Gary
 
 

We purchased this small farm in 1993. It had belonged to my great Uncle. We had moved a trailer house just southwest of the house and we rented the farmhouse out. In 1998 we built a new home where the trailer house was and in May of 2008 a tornado came through destroying everything. Thank goodness for pictures like this that keep the memory alive.

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We were married in 1974 and moved into this farm house that my dad owned. My grandfather had owned it before that. We moved from here in 1983. In 2008 a tornado came through destroying everything. All those beautiful trees are completely gone.

 
 

This farm was my Grandma Sloan's property. They purchased the property back in the 1960's and have owned it ever since. My mother had always wanted a picture of the farm, but wasn't able to obtain one of the ones my Grandma had taken. I was delighted when I saw the Vintage Aerial advertisement and had the opportunity to surprise her with a picture of the farm back when it was at it's best. The buildings now are all falling down, but this picture captures the property at it's happiest time. Thank you for helping recreate some of those memories for our family.

—Shelli McNabb
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Dear Vintage Aerial,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the beautiful photo you found for our family. The photo of our farm was special to my Dad, and I'm glad he got to see it before he passed away. Our family farm was his most sacred place on earth....the land he lovingly farmed....that once belonged to his parents and his grandparents as well. So, this beautiful image is already hanging on my family room wall and I will surely treasure it for years.

Special thanks Tom for your help in finding the photo. Special thanks to Paul and Lisa Clark for visiting me at Dad's funeral and for your friendship. The photo was proudly displayed at his wake and all of Dad's brothers and sisters, family members and friends got to share in the memories that Dad's farm has provided over the years.

Many many thanks,
Karin Perozek

—Karin Perozek
 
 

This is our home. We bought it in May of 2009. It was in very rough shape when we purchased it but I knew it was where we wanted to be (convincing my husband and daughter of that was a job in itself!)
We have worked very hard with family and friends and gutted the whole house; it is still a work in progress but WE LOVE IT HERE. I can't think of any other place on earth that I would rather call home.
Getting the picture of what it used to be and all the history was such a great gift that I received for Christmas from my husband. It looks wonderful hanging in our living room and makes me smile every time I look at it to think of all that this house has seen and heard over the years. Thank you so much for this wonderful photo!

—Dorothy Brotz
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We don't own this farm but having grown up here there is a lot of senimental attachment. Between dad & I and my landlord and his dad we have been farming this land for almost 60 years and counting.

—Merlin Tuma