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 him dearly.

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