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Wednesday November 1, 2017 $1.00 1 5 DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS NOVEMBER 5 illili.IIlti.dllli,,i,hl,hh,dl,dl,,,lqlill,!Id,,h,,ili *******MIXED ADC 553 SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 W COTAST SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 I[11! UljIjlll!!l!lql! II II Volume No. 33 NUMBER 11 12 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition Serving: Walnut Grove, Westbrook, - f~ -2 .... The Chargers, mom r they noon to advance to the Sec-tion3A RegionGt Event Center in Marshall at defeated the Edgerton Eils orth finals against Mountain Lake Area 5:00. Story'on page 12 Fiying Dutchmen last Saturday after-Thursday afternoon at Mattke Field Darrel "lke" Eichner look- ing for stone fence pillars that used to reside on his property By Tom Merchont Sentinel Tribune WESTBROOK -- A while back Darrel Eichner came into the Sentinel Tribune office and told us about a stone fence that had been on his property. Also he was trying to get more information because he wanted to try and recov- er the pillars that stood at the opening.of the fence. The story begins in the early nineteen twenties, when Albert Erickson's Darrell "lke" Eichner held a piece he believes is part of the old fence. father immigrated from Norway and homesteaded a farm, which now is situ- ated on the north end of First Avenue in Westbrook. In 1927 Albert built a 300 foot long fence across the front of his farm in Westbrook. The fence was made from pedestals with iron pipe rails. It was a very time con- suming task taking many months of painstaking labor. The two large gate posts were made of tile slabs and molded concrete, inlaid with over 1000 piec- es of colored glass. There were 33 molded fence posts on each side of the gate pillars. While they were not as large, they still were painstakingly built in the same fashion. Eichner said the fence was removed in 1978 when Dennis Klute bought the property from the estate of Ervil Erickson. Since the fence had become in a state of disrepair, Klute had the fence removed and buried on the property. When Klute built a new house on the lot on the south side of the property, he sold the remaining property and home to pres- ent owner Darrel Eichner in 1988. It was Eichners understanding that the fence was demolished and Ervil Erickson was photographed by the Worthington Globe in the early forties by the fence. buried on the property, but the owner at that time indi- cated the comer posts were claimed and salvaged by a member of the Erickson family, but did not recall who it was. Ever since purchasing the property Eichner says he had hoped to some day find the comer stones and restore them on his prop- erty. He has been search- ing for them since he found out about them, but his search has been to no avail. Recently while digging holes for a new street sign he and his neighbor Doug Kuehl, unearthed what appears to be the top of one of the fence posts. The find sparked a renewed interest in finding the comer posts if they still exist. Eichner says, "if any remaining relatives or anyone else has informa- tion about the where abouts or disposition of the posts he would be pleased to receive infor- mation about their where abouts." He is interested in retrieving them and restor- ing them on the original property. Eichner says the recov- ered piece of the recovered fence post will be given to the Westbrook Heritage House Museum. Hopefully one of our readers will be able to solve the mystery. If you have information about the where the comer posts are or if they still exist, you can contact Eichner at 507-274-6602 or by mail at 1255 First Avenue, Westbrook, MN 56183 ON RECORD PAGE 2 INSIDE PAGE 3 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 TURKEY PAGE 7 INDEX EDUCATION PAGE 8 SPORTS CONTEST PAGE 9 BUSINESS PAGE I0 CLASSIFIED PAGE 1 1 LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12 FALL CONTA US INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2017 Sentinel Tribune " t"