Hi, You probably don't remember me. My name is Floyd Ruggles and I am a 1966 graduate of North High in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I need to verify that you received the flyer with information on the North High Reunion that was mailed to you. In the future, we would like to be able to send information for the reunions by email. Would that work for you? Our 45th reunion is on August 27th and we would be thrilled to hear from you even if you canít attend, You can find all the details on our website at www.nhs66.com Just click on the picture of North High to access the website. Youíll find our yearbooks and lots of other information to take you down memory lane. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 651 777-5605.. Thanks for all your help.. Floyd Ruggles
July 25, 2011 9:30pm
What a great idea Floyd! I can't remember getting the flyer but I have been moving back and forth between NYS and Arizona so I may have misplaced it. E-mails are fine but something identifying North High School or 45th Reunion (like you did this time) will make me open it. Thanks for all your hard work in making this happen......
Rachel Greenstein Page
Email sent July 29, 2011
R a c h e l
It is great hearing from you. I sure hope you can make it to a reunion.
You are amazing! Thank you for all your hard work and passion to make our Class of 66 website incredible!! My brother Larry and I also want to thank you for the wonderful piece you added on our dad. I feel blessed to have had wonderful parents and to have gone to such a great high school as North High. Thank you again for your energy and kindness and great job in preserving history. Rachel
Email sent to Rachel, November 28th, 2016
Thanks for your message. I really appreciate your kind words. It makes all the hard work worth it when I can touch someone with a story. Thanks
Biography Rachel E. Greenstein-Page
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Maria Kruk Greenstein, Polish Refugees
Our father told us this story of how he met our mother during the last days of World War II. Our mother, Maria Kruk, was actually washing her feet in the Danube River in Bavaria at the time of their first encounter. Our father, Tech 5 Joe Greenstein, was serving as an interpreter with General Patton's Army near the front. We're told it was love at first sight. Our mother, Maria, was with a group of Polish refugees fleeing to the west and living in a barn. At that first encounter, Maria imposed on our father and fellow soldiers if they could liberate some milk from the farmer for the children in their group. Dad said Mom was never shy. She was actually an actress in Poland before the war.
Apparently, the farmer was charging the refugees exorbadant fees for the barn accommodations and food was scarce. Our dad never said what transpired between the American soldiers and the Bavarian farmer, but life radically improved for Mother's refugee group thereafter.
For three weeks our parents, Maria and Joe, saw a lot of each other, fell in love and made some committments. Our dad was then re-deployed 42 miles away. We were told our mother followed the entire distance by foot.
Unfortunately, Dad contracted a life-threatening fever and was shipped to an Army hospital in France. He was gone. Mother was devistated. Apparently, Dad was to be flown back to the United States as a casualty. By then the war in Europe was over. There must have been something to their relationship because by whatever means a lowly tech corporal had in Patton's 3rd Army, he got a message to our mother.
Maria was to refugee to Army headquarters in Franfurt, Germany. Dad would send for her as a war bride. We're told mother hitch-hiked the entire way.
The wait in Frankfurt was long. Mother was hired as clerical support for the US Army. That particular job she was proud of her entire life. Our father re-opened his grocery store on Plymouth Avenue in North Minneapolis and waited through months of red tape for his war bride.
Finally Maria and Joe were united in 1947. Maria was one of Minnesota's first war brides. They lived in North Minneapolis and operated the grocery store. They had us two children and several grandchildren.
Joe Greenstein passed away in 1980. The former grocer and city councilman had an annual pumpkin giveaway that earned him fame in the Twin Cities.
Maria passed away in 1997. Through the 1950's and 1960's she worked quite hard at bringing her entire family to America from communist Poland. She was a loving wife and mother.
We children often joke about what if Maria didn't wash her feet in the Danube River that day? Of course, we wouldn't be here and their romantic story would never be told.
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