Credits

Gathering history for a small town like Lyle is a difficult task that can only be accomplished with many helpers. Every person who has saved a scrap of paper, remembered something long forgotten, or mentioned something new to me has contributed in some way. Not all of those people are named below, but a special thank you goes out to (in no particular order).

Lyle collectors and historians, past and present:

  • Mark Ashley
  • Doreen (Svoboda) Coleman
  • Charles Ekle, 1926-2010
  • Rodney Golberg, 1938-2000
  • Katherine (Mortensen) Howard, 1910-2010
  • Randy Krulish
  • Amanda Mortensen, 1896-1987
  • Mark Olson
  • Dan Ransom
  • Judy (Johnson) Ransom
  • Verna Roehr, 1905-1982
  • Cathy (Helle) Roser
  • Dona (Johannsen) Ziegler

Volunteers who have directly contributed to my research:

  • Hazel (Sola) Van Hove - transcribed newspaper articles
  • Sue (Meyer) Horgen - transcribed newspaper articles
  • Cathy (Helle) Roser - transcribed newspaper articles

Those who have generously donated or lent Lyle items:

  • Mark Ashley: lent the very earliest 1940 and 1941 yearbooks, donated Lyle anniversary books
  • Gloria (Hotson) Austinson: lent a 1940s baseball picture for scanning
  • Bill Boe: donated an old custard glass napkin ring that says "Souvenir of Lyle, Minn."
  • Cynthia Earnshaw: donated a mint condition copy of the 1945 Reflector yearbook that was her mother's (Betty Fossey).
  • Carol Ekle: donated pictures from the 1980s and Mona history scrapbook
  • Earl Farlinger, 1936-2016: donated yearbook, info on Woodbury cemetery
  • Delos Frank: lent a number of newspaper articles, some Lions and 1970 centennial papers and a 1968-69 sports calendar for scanning
  • Gladys Hanson: donated a very old graduation announcement
  • Brian Helle: lent yearbooks from the 2000s
  • Kathy (Hotson) Helle: donated many yearbooks from the 1960s and 1970s
  • Marty Helle: lent yearbooks from the 1980s
  • Galen Holst: donated old books from Fay and Frank Hotson
  • Phyllis (Dockstader) Helgeson: lent many scrapbooks related to Six Mile Grove and Lyle, donated Six Mile Grove anniversary booklets and directories
  • Sue (Meyer) Horgen: lent massive (900+) collection of obituaries from Pleasant Hill cemetery, lots of Lyle and Mona news clippings, Mona and Six Mile Grove church anniversary booklets
  • David Howard: lent large collection of records related to Woodbury cemetery and donated a Woodbury Cemetery anniversary booklet
  • Stacy (Frank) Mason: donated Lyle centenniel and homecoming buttons
  • Carrie (Harrison) Nelson: lent yearbooks and photos from the school
  • Pearl (Brandt) Nelson: lent many scrapbooks about the Lyle Centennial, Class of 1949 reunions, Lyle booklets, Lyloneons from the 1960s and Lyle Feed Mill items
  • Audrey (Kulff) Noorlun: donated many yearbooks and items related to Kulff Station and Kulff Feed Mill, lent diploma and baptismal certificate for scanning
  • Mark Olson: donated many news clippings about the school, copies of very old family letters, information related to Six Mile Grove, family photos, school programs, and more
  • Dan Ransom: lent yearbooks
  • Judy (Johnson) Ransom: lent yearbooks
  • Jerry Reshetar: donated early yearbooks
  • Tammy Roberts: lent yearbooks
  • Virginia Rohne: donated 8x10 photo of the Lyle Pythian Sisters
  • Dyan (Lastine) Strouf: helped audit yearbooks from the school, passed along Carol Ekle photo collection
  • Amy Theusen: lent yearbooks from the school
  • Dona (Johannsen) Ziegler: lent many scrapbooks about Lyle, a large collection of hundreds of obituaries and news clippings. Sold some yearbooks and scrapbooks on auction that I purchased.

Other Mower County historians and contributors to all the wonderful freely-accessible data on MNGenweb Mower County and Find A Grave and provide inspiration with their work on other neighboring towns and people:

  • Mark Ashley
  • Bill Boe
  • Melody Clark
  • Sue (Meyer) Horgen
  • Kermit Kittleson
  • Kathy Pike
  • Janet Huesby Stephenson
  • Dave Vangsness

Narrators for the Lyle Oral History Project:

  • William "Bill" Bell
  • Patricia "Patty" (Scheffel) Conradt
  • Betty (Olson) Fisher
  • Delos Frank
  • Leonard Haugland
  • Phyllis (Dockstader) Helgeson
  • Galen Holst
  • Larry Ricke
  • Gerald "Jerry" Sampson
  • Darwin Small

City of Lyle, especially:

  • Jim Guthmiller
  • Diana Witt

Organizational Support:

Cemetery researchers and board members:

  • Sue (Meyer) Horgen (Pleasant Hill)
  • Morris Klouse (Rose Creek Enterprise)
  • Karen Sundberg (Rose Creek Enterprise)
  • Gerry Sampson (Six Mile Grove)
  • Steve Sampson (Six Mile Grove)
  • Earl Farlinger, 1936-2016 (Woodbury)
  • David Howard (Woodbury)

Those who put up with my obsession and allow me time to work on my research:

  • Jess Helle-Morrissey
  • Sue Morrissey
  • Kathy Helle