SOURCE: â€œA Meeting of the Reds: East Grand Forks, 1887-1987,â€
2 volumes, (out of print)
page 193, volume 1
Cecelia Driscoll Shimek was 95 years old last March 26, 1987. Born in 1892, the daughter of Michael and Margaret Driscoll, she is the third of their 11 children.
Michael Driscoll and his brothers came to the area from Canada in the early 1880â€™s and homesteaded their farms north of East Grand Forks. Her father returned to Canada and brought back his bride, Margaret Oâ€™Neil.
Among Ceceliaâ€™s many memories are those of her father telling of his walking to Fisherâ€™s Landing for supplies, and of her walking a mile and a half to the country school. Cecelia also tells of how later she lived in town wither her grandmother, Mrs. Johanna Driscoll, whose home was where the present East Grand Forks post office is now located.
In 1911 Cecelia married Thomas J. Hanrahan, who was a rural mail carrier. She recalls how many times she ran the mail route with the team and buggy while her husband was putting up winter feed. She laughs as she remembers her mother warning her, â€œThose broncos will kill you one of these days.â€
Cecelia and Tom homesteaded in 1913 in northeastern Montana, moved on to Oregon and in 1952, returned to Minnesota. Tom died in 1957. In 1960 Cecelia married John Boese, a retired railroad engineer. It was to be a brief but happy marriage, as she was widowed again in 15 months. In 1964 she married John Shimek, a lifetime resident of East Grand Forks. Although she was 72 and John was 74 at the time of their wedding, they celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary before John died in 1981. After spending a few years in Town Square, Cecelia now lives most of the time in California with one of her three nieces she raised. She returns to East Grand Forks for a few months in the summer, where she stays at the home of her brother, Clarence, at 219 7th St. N.W.
The children of Michael and Margaret Driscoll were John, Joseph, Cecelia, Michael, Francis, Josephine (Mrs. Walter Gaddie), Earnest, Leslie, Lawrence, Earl and Clarence. They were all raised in the original homestead of Michael and Margaretâ€™s north of East Grand Forks. All but Cecelia and Clarence are now deceased, but there are children and grandchildren who remember â€œthe way we were.â€