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JULY 29, 2010
Catherine Carlson is Pierce 1860 Days Grand Marshal
This is an autobiography Catherine Carlson, the 2010 Pierce 1860 Days Grand Marshal, wrote for this yearís Pierce 1860 Days program. Pierce 1860 Days is Aug. 6-8
Wow! What beautiful views!
But this winding road? Are we there yet? We (my husband and our four children)
had traveled Highway 12, but had never before ventured across the
Soon the beauty of autumn followed by snow-laden evergreens, seemed a bit of paradise. The sheer amount of snow was sometimes overwhelming, but the relatively small amount of wind, compared to that which I had experienced growing up in western North Dakota and my husband and I both experienced while living in north central Montana more than made up for dealing with so much snow.
Sharing the above, I think, picks up something akin to the experiences of those who hadnít grown up here, but moved to the area from various locations.
Itís neither the weather nor the beauty of nature that is most important, but the character and spirit of the people that make a community as special as Pierce.
When we moved to Pierce, our
children were entering 2nd, 4th 6th and 7th
grades. They finished their elementary years in the old school on the hill, and
all graduated from
I graduated from
At the community level, Iíve
usually been a participant rather than a leader, trying to be available when
called upon to help with various projects and activities. I certified as an
An annual project, which Iíve been part of for many years is the Pierce Community Calendar, sponsored by the Pierce Altar Society. Proceeds from this project go back into the community in the form of contributions to needs and emergency situations.
A recent activity is the newly formed Historic Pierce Cemetery Friends. I have been an active member of Our Lady of Woodland Catholic Church ever since moving to Pierce.
The enthusiasm of relative newcomers to our community, and their willingness to work, as well as the very important continued support of the Ďnativesí is edifying. You are wonderful, amazing and appreciated.