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On The Mark: Family history runs through our reunions


August 9, 2019

Orris and Katherine Lee descendants, circa 1930, representing three generations, are, from left, Sidney Markusen, Marjorie Lee, Ruth Lee Markusen, David Lee Markusen, Marinus Markusen, Dorothy Lee, Clara Wilson Clapp, Fred Lee Anderson, and Barbara Lee Anderson.

I've long admired the way some area families are so locally present. Hosting a reunion requires little more than picking a date, sending out the word and preparing food. Since the last Stillwater reunion in 2006, my generation of an extraordinarily dispersed family has taken the initiative, organizing a reunion in Cambria, California (2014) and this July back in Minnesota.

Our Markusen/Lee/Wilson family settled in Stillwater in the late 1880s, our forefathers and foremothers generating lots of progeny. Over the years, we've radiated out. A goodly number live in Minnesota, in Duluth, Cloqu...

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