Thursday, February 24, 2011

Those Places Thursday - Postcards: Redwood County Home

In Grandma Leola's box of treasures, is a stack of postcards.  Most of them were written on and sent to Leola or her parents by family and friends.  There are a handful though that have no writing on them at all.

I remember picking up postcards on my adventures for souvenirs.  In fact I have a shoebox full of postcards from places like Rapid City, Washington D.C., various places in Spain, and any zoo or tourist attraction that I visited as a child.  None of mine have any  writing either.

So curiosity strikes this genealogist again. What significance did the places on these postcards have for Grandma Leola?

The fifth postcard place is Redwood County Home in Redwood Falls, Minnesota:

A little research from the ever-so-handy Wikipedia, tells me this building was only called the Redwood County Home from 1940-1967.  Prior to this it was the poorhouse and the Home for the aged.  After 1967 it was called the Redwood County Nursing Home.

Leola was born in 1909, so she would have been between 30 and 50 years old at the time.  What significance might the Redwood County Home have had for Leola?

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