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Kvam, Ingerid M. / The Skalet family : ancestors and descendants of Sever and Malla Skalet

[Grant Marion Skalet and descendants],   pp. 40-49 PDF (3.0 MB)

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GRANT went to Helland Grade School and graduated from Black Earth High School in
1927. He went a short time to the UW- Madison. Grant worked as a Bell-hop at a hotel in
Madison, and then worked at the Standard Station in Black Earth. When he married Grace
he was working for Ryan Schultz and Dahl Road Construction Company, and he couldn't get
time off for their honeymoon, so they spent their wedding night in his tent on their
construction site. Grant and Grace farmed near the town of Riley for a few years and their
daughter Marguerite (Tee) was born there. In May of 1943 they bought a farm on Blue
Mounds Trail in the Town of Vermont and farmed there until Grant retired. While they were
living on the farm Grant worked part-time at Patrons' Mercantile Co-op filling gas and as a
mechanic in the shop from 1968-1987. He also worked for the Dane County A.S.C.
Committee, and was a member of the Vermont Rifle Club. Grant was clerk and treasurer for
the Town of Vermont for 32 years, and a member of the Sons of Norway Vennelag No. 513,
Mount Horeb. Their daughter Tee and her husband Don took over the farm when Grant and
Grace moved to Black Earth. Grant passed away in 1988 of a heart attack. He had noticed
chest pains the day before he died and he went to the doctor and they gave him some
medicine. He died during the night. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday,
March 30, from the Vermont Lutheran Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Musicians at the funeral were Rosalie Richardson (niece), Sue Henderson (great-niece), Joel
Skalet (great-nephew), and Eric Steensrud (nephew on Grace's side). Pastors T. N. Borgen
and Ren Svanoe, presided.
Grant enjoyed the sport of baseball, as did all of his brothers. He played for Black Earth
Home Talent Team and the Riley team. In his later years, he played on the Vermont Dartball
team. (Dartball is a sport played very similar to the rules of baseball, only you throw a dart
underhanded at a 4'x4' board that is marked like a baseball diamond from 20 feet away.)
Grant was an avid hunter. He enjoyed hunting in the western parts of the country, in
northern Wisconsin and at home. He made several trips with his brothers and friends, and on
one occasion on a hunt to the Crazy Mountains in Montana, he shot a deer that was running
down the mountainside. As the deer began to fall from the shot he ran right between two
trees that were standing very close together. The deer was stuck there and not dead yet, so
Grant pulled out his knife and stabbed it. His brothers Phil and Gil, and Dennis Norslien had
also gotten deer that morning and each one had managed their kills in one shot. Gil was to
have said "four shots and a stab, we'll have to cut that number down!"
Grant, Jorgen and Phil worked together each summer with the haying season. First they
would bail and mow Jorgen's hay and then move to Grant's farm and Lastly Phil's. They
worked very well together and were always concerned for each other.
Grant, with the help of relatives and neighbors, cleared away brush, stones and weeds on the
north side of a hill on their farm. When the snow fell that winter, a rope tow was installed.
It was powered by an old Massey-Harris tractor. This made it easy for the skiers to reach the
top of the hill for the invigorating ride down. The activities on this hill could be likened to
that of a kindergarten class. It was here that many relatives and neighbors took their first
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