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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Page 11 II I By the Junior High Olivia Carlson, on right, shares memories with some of those at the museum annual meeting. Submitted photo Right: The Fairy Godmother tried to help Cinderella. Below: Cinderella mar- ried Prince Charming. Above: The Mary flower lady tried to peddle her flowers. Left: Cinderella mourned the death of her father. By Carolyn VanLoh Westbrook Heritage House Museum annual meeting was held November 7 at the Good Samaritan Home. Those pres- ent discussed projects com- pleted and activity at the museum during the year. Looking ahead to 2012, the group discussed getting flow- ering plants from the school and having a fundraiser. Special guest, Olivia Carlson, talked about her 65 years as a Westbrook resi- dent. She came as a single first grade teacher after being interviewed on her family farm in North Dakota during grain shocking time. The interview took place a week before school began, so she signed the contract, packed and moved to Westbrook. Olivia was the only first grade teacher for 39 eager little learners. For a short ' time, 7 students were assigned to the second grade room, but when they failed to make progress, she insisted that they return to her classroom, and she completed the year with 39 students. "We had a carnival my first year," recalled Olivia. "My school room had war trophies. We had weapons all over the place. Most picked up their things after the carni- val, but two were left behind. It really bothered me." She doesn't remember her starting salary in Westbrook, but she earned $45 a month on a 7-month contract in North Dakota. When she taught near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in the Vale ski area, her pay was a whopping $90 a month. Olivia was making plans to find a teaching position clos- er to family in North Dakota, but as she put it, "John [Dr. Carlson] kind of changed that." She had taught 2 of his children and later became their stepmother after their mother died. She would fill in at her husband's office from time to time. "An office call was $1.50, and that included lab work. You can understand why John didn't die a rich man," Olivia mused. Those in attendance asked questions and shared their own memories of Westbrook's earlier decades, recalling people and places along Main Street. Everyone left the meeting with renewed appre- ciation for the people who made a difference in our community. After taking a winter break, the group's monthly meetings will resume at noon, April 2, 2012, at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Center. See a photo in the Sentinel Tribune you like? Now you can order it and other photos not printed, quick and easy on line... i" Brutis' crew clamored for autographs Gwen the "Big Star" of the show. from This blue button on our website links YOU to all of our PICTURES You can have photos from recent newspapers printed pro- fessionally. Select pictures from albums including many that were not printed in the newspaper. These photos are avail- able to you through easy online purchase. Photo Mugs, posters and T-shirts are also available.