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Wonderful mashed potatoes and gravy were served in shallow dishes made of cream-colored dinnerware imprinted with the word Forum in bold blue letters. Great Northern Station in Minneapolis could have held five Forum Cafeterias. As a major passenger and freight hub for Minneapolis, the Dakotas, and Chicago, it was active until the 1960s. The station stood in Page 11 Gateway Park, a colorful gathering place for men forced into unemployment by the Depression. When the men gathered outside and within the terminal, their presence added to the visual excitement of entering the station beneath giant Roman arches.
When I was a child, I always looked for my grandfather's name. During World War II, the cannon was hauled away for scrap. Uncle George, now alone, remodeled the rooms downstairs. The north rooms - living, dining, and kitchen - became their living quarters, and the south rooms - parlor, sitting room, and a new kitchen - were later rented to the Heathfield family, who had lost their house when they could no longer make their mortgage payments. My warm-hearted aunt told the family they could rent the south rooms until they could find another place.
To keep me amused during that time, Aunt Anne began writing a memoir that she called "Weighed in the Balance" (appendix 1), the story of the Kilner, Halliday, and Brown families. Over a period of several weeks, my aunt would walk across the lawn that separated our houses to bring me hand-written sections of her work-in-progress. That fall, Aunt Anne took over the duties of caring for two grandchildren when her son and daughter-in-law entered the armed services. "Weighed in the Balance" was set aside and, sadly, never completed.