Murdo Girl…M.E. and Mary, the golden years

God gives us memories, so that we may have roses in December

Well, the Iowa relatives are coming. That means there will be some Sanderson get-togethers with fried fish of the day. Uncle Sandy is Grandpa Sanderson’s brother. Sandy’s wife’s name is Pearl, and Melitha is a sister. Great Aunt Tet is a sister too, but she lives here, above the store.

Aunt Melitha came and took care of Mom and me when we got home from the hospital after I was born. I think she stayed for about a month. Mom says she carries her pocketbook around like Queen Elizabeth. I heard the Queen doesn’t even have a dollar in her purse. In fact, she wouldn’t even need a purse except it gives her something to do with her hands, and it completes her outfit.

Uncle Sandy (Arlo) makes the most delicious homemade caramels. They are the best things you have ever put in your mouth. There is a funny story about that candy. Aunt Emily and Uncle Wayne, who live next door, couldn’t figure out why their dog Smokey was so sick. they were really worried about him. One day they saw Grandma feeding Smokey one of Uncle Sandy’s caramels. She had been giving him one every day. As soon as Smokey quit eating caramels, he gained his full health back right away. I sure wonder where Grandma had those caramels hidden. I could have eaten a few more myself.


Back in 1961, Grandma and Grandpa had their big 50th anniversary celebration. They were married May 18th, 1911. The open house celebration was on May 21st. They had a beautiful cake with the number 50 on every piece. They had a guest book and Joy Payne took their Golden Anniversary photo. Uncle Jeff and Aunt Irma had a big picnic in their backyard, where they grilled fresh fish on the spot. There was another celebration in June for family that couldn’t come in May. They got lots of gold anniversary gifts, like the anniversary clock that I believe, Aunt Emily and Uncle Wayne gave them, and the golden anniversary plates hanging on the wall from the Leckeys.


(If you pass your curser over the photos, you’ll see all the names)

The following comments are those of Bob Haverberg, grandson, and son of Helen Sanderson Haverberg and husband Robert.

M.E. and Mary Emaline Sanderson lived lives characterized as clean, simple, God-fearing, non-materialistic, and frugal. They dearly loved their children and Grandchildren, and were very involved and knowing as to family events with a strong focus on school, sports, fishing, and hunting activities. They were faithful members of The United Methodist Church in Murdo. They were in close contact with the Sandersons and Tyrells who remained in the Smithtown/Lost Nation/Cedar Rapids and Oxford Junction areas in Iowa, (Grandma pronounced it Iowee.) They were the foundation of a very close, and loving family.

They will live in our hearts forever


Miscellaneous family photos



6 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…M.E. and Mary, the golden years

  1. Mary Francis McNinch May 10, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    The Little Murdo Girl spelled Tyrell with too many r’s…I think it’s Bobby’s fault.


  2. Trucks May 10, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I have many memories of Jeff and Wayne from when I was waiting tables at the Truck Stop and working at the Drive In in high school. They were always such gentlemen and usually had a couple jokes to tell. Always had broasted chicken, thigh and leg. 🙂

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  3. Valerie Halla May 10, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    What a great solid family we have and you and Bobby restore it with lovely words like flowers in an ever growing bouquet.

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  4. Patti May 10, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I remember those caramels. I helped Sandy make a batch the year I attended Cornell College, where he worked. He, Tet, and your grandparents were all such great people.


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