Some years ago I was asked by my cousin Gertrude Hilleboe to write
some stories about the olden days at St. Olaf College, since I am the
youngest descendant of two of the pioneer families, the Ytterboe and
the Mohn families. My good friend Dr. Agnes Larson also asked me to
write all I could remember about my father and mother, Professor and
Mrs. H. T. Ytterboe.
At that time I did not believe I could add anything to what had already
been written, but as I began to recall those days I remembered so much
of what had happened, and knew so much from what the two families had
told me, that I decided it would be well to put it down in writing.
And then there was the further thought that my two children, my daughter
Elise Sanguinetti and my son Harry Brandt Ayers, who we're born and
brought up in the Deep South, might like to read something about their
mother's early life and background, as the years roll on and I am here
I wish to thank Miss Nora Solum for her helpful criticism and Dr. Sidney
A. Rand, President of St. Olaf College, for his generous recommendation.
EDEL YTTERBOE AYERS