Prophetic Valentine


Mr. Williamson, pictured below, brought me this memento today. It is a clipping from a Saturday Evening Post given as a Valentine in 1952 from a young John, who was in grade school in Thief River, to his babysitter, who was a cheerleader and Williamson's girlfriend at the time. Apparently the boy, who was the son of the Lutheran minister, had something of a crush on the cheerleader.

Little did little John know how prophetic his Valentine would be. In less than a month, the scene was played out to a tee: Halstad came into the Thief River Falls gymnasium and defeated the home team. The score? Just as Norman Rockwell had painted it: Halstad 54, Thief River Falls 53.