Linda’s parents grew up on farms in Montrose and Madison, in eastern South Dakota. Neither Greta nor I had ever been there before, so we decided to drop in to track down some Minnaert connections. The Zimmer farm in Montrose doesn’t seem to be intact, but we visited the center of town where Greta’s grandfather grew up.
Driving up Valley Road to Madison, we went by the farm where Greta’s great-grandmother lived before moving to the current Minnaert farm in Madison in 1949.
In Madison we found Greta’s great-uncle Joe, who then took us over to the Minnaert family farm, where Greta’s grandmother and her 12 siblings were raised. It is now farmed by Joe’s son Chris, who came in from the fields to meet us. It was really fun meeting them both.
Greta has spent her whole life in the forests and hills of the northwest, and it was amazing to see where her family had come from, how different the environment and their lives are from ours. She was also pleased to find out that she is related to people who have lots of cattle and pigs.