To celebrate Battle Lake's 125 Anniversary we have 

Two Centenarian (100 year Old) Grand Marshall's

Theone Pederson and Jim Wilkins

Theone Pederson

At 105.5 years young Theone still enjoys putting together puzzles in the afternoon overlooking beautiful West battle Lake at the Good Samaritan center,  We are honored to have Theone one of our 2016 Battle Lake Wenonga Days Grand Marshall!  t Theone was born in Hillsboro ND on 2-7-1911. In her early years Theone grew up in Pelican Rapids. After graduating Theone attended Moorehead St University for 2 years which earned her a teaching degree. Theone’s first job was at the Elizabeth, a One room school house. Theone was responsible for starting the fires for heat in the winter.  In 1936 Theone married Cliff. In the very early 1950’s Theone was hired at the Battle Lake School  where she taught 6th grade. Right before Theone’s son Tom entered the 6th grade Theone told the school she no longer wanted to teach 6th grade, as she did not want to teach her son so she began to teach first grade.  Theone retired in 1972. Theones spouse cliff was a policeman for Battle Lake until 1971. Theone has 2 children Tom and Jean.

Two years ago, Theone was featured on WDAY.

Battle Lake, MN (WDAY TV) - In Battle Lake, Minnesota today, the elementary students celebrated more than Valentine's Day. A valued and much loved retired teacher showed up, to not only read to the kids but to celebrate her 103rd birthday. Finally a sunny morning for Theone Pederson, as she heads back to familiar ground. Now 103, Theone, a retired teacher, decided why not treat a kindergarten class at Battle Lake to something near and dear to her heart, A day of reading. Long before World War Two, Ruff, said Olive, sniffing the air, shortly after the depression. Theone Pederson became an elementary teacher. For decades she taught, always a cheerleader for reading. Theone Pederson/103 Years Old: "You have to learn how to read and read well and you have to use expression." And things have changed in the last 80 years compared to when Theone started teaching. Computers, smart boards. Theone remembers those early days. After a hundred days in school, the Battle Lake kindergarten class couldn't ask for a better teacher today. A century plus three. Theone still reads without glasses, and doesn't miss a day of physical fitness. I walk every day. It was a good day. On this Valentine's Day...a good book, a dedicated teacher And that is the end. who still loves a birthday card, 103 years of collecting them. And throughout her decades of teaching, Theone never taught high school. Always elementary.

Click on this link to view the video from that day.

Jim Wilkins

Jim Wilkins turned 100 years old this year. His legacy is rich with history as he was named after James A. “Cap” Colehour – his grandfather, the last Civil War survivor in Otter Tail County and Mayor of Battle Lake. He was born in Battle Lake in 1915 and grew up at Oakwood Stock Farm and the Prospect House. He graduated from Battle Lake High School in 1933 and attended college at Concordia in Moorhead. Jim was an Eagle Scout and a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy at Guadalcanal in WW II. After the war he taught at the Community College in Fergus Falls. He now lives with Judy, his 4th wife in Fargo.

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