Sixty-one years of journals

Gaylord Borgan with a stack of his journals. Many of them are the yearly A&K calendar and others are yearly diaries or journals. Unfortunately, Borgan kept a stack of his journals in a refrigerator in the barn. The mice found them. His newest journals are kept safely in his basement.

Gaylord Borgan with a stack of his journals. Many of them are the yearly A&K calendar and others are yearly diaries or journals. Unfortunately, Borgan kept a stack of his journals in a refrigerator in the barn. The mice found them. His newest journals are kept safely in his basement.

By Marcie Klomp
Locals have probably heard how Joshua Williams kept a journal for most of his adult life, nearly 70 years. Well, another local, Gaylord Borgan, is giving him a run for his money!

Borgan started keeping a daily journal since 1953, when he got out of the service. His older sister, Hazel Davis, also kept a journal. “She kept it from the time she was a teen or at least as long as I can remember. She kept it until the very end.”

Borgan said the siblings’ journals solved lots of arguments. “If someone started to argue about whose turn it was to host Thanksgiving or Christmas, we would just get our journal and resolve the issue!”

Borgan was close to his sister. “I had surgery on my leg and was out of school for a year. She schooled me. She got books from the Hovey School. I went back to the same grade the following year.”

All sorts of things are listed in Borgan’s journals—the temperature and what kind of day it had been, what the family did, if there were visitors, etc.

As everyone knows, the older we get, the less we remember. Luckily Gaylord doesn’t have that problem. He can always go back to his journals to figure it out!

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