OUR FRIENDS, DOUG AND AGNES From the Re-Echo, September 2007
The Historical Society is mourning the loss of two of its
staunchest supporters, Doug Gullifer and Agnes Hodgdon.
Doug Gullifer had been a member of the St. Louis Park
Historical Society since its inception in 1971. He was a
part of and helped on the camera for several Oral History
Videos covering the early days of St. Louis Park. Among his
many contributions to the Society are the shelves that he
made for the Depot, allowing us to keep our papers and
artifacts off the floor and in good condition. Doug served
as treasurer of the Society for a number of years as well.
And Doug was one of our most valuable “old timers” who could
tell stories of the Park in the 1930s. Doug would not so
much pour lemonade at the Ice Cream Social as hold court,
greeting about half of the visitors by name. Even when the
state of his health would have kept others away, Doug made a
huge effort to come to meetings and man our information
booths. Doug passed away on June 21, 2007, and we will miss
Agnes Hodgdon was not an officer, didn’t drive, and toward
the end could hardly see, but for years she made it to our
meetings and participated in the work of the Society. Always
the voice of common sense, Agnes contributed in small ways,
such as providing all the women with pioneer sunbonnets for
the Parktacular parade. Agnes was always smiling, and we
were pleased that she worked so hard to spend time with us.
Agnes passed away on June 4, 2007
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