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 no more.
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