To the editor and to Slim Maroushek,

I am addressing this to both of you as it relates to the Aug. 22 article in the News-Record about Slim's carved musicians.

I was born and grew up in the house east of Slim's and north of the town hall. My father was in partnership with A.C. Young in the lumberyard from sometime before 1920 until 1945. My first jobs were helping Roy Knudson haul lumber and cement from the railroad cars to the lumberyard. I then would stack the lumber in the proper spaces. My dad became ill in 1944 and asked me to come home, from working in the California shipyards, to do his part of the operation of the lumberyard.

After a few weeks, I engaged an accountant to audit the books. This led to Mr. Young's offer to buy the business. Later Young's son-in-law operated the yard for a while before it finally closed.

The first time I visited Slim I was so pleased to see the building being used even if it wasn't the lumberyard as I had known it. It had bothered me and my sisters to see the buildings empty.

I now live in a senior building in St. Peter. Some of the folks that live here take frequent trips to Lanesboro. On returning they tell us about the plays and bike trails, but the most talked about topic is the side trip to Harmony and Slim's wood carvings.

I have pictures of me and my kids sitting by those kind of carvings in Wall Drug in South Dakota.

Anyplace these musicians would be located would be a real plus for Harmony.

Martin Larson,

St. Peter