Hayden still celebrating

Town's centennial features upcoming historical lectures

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— The town of Hayden's centennial celebration continues.

As part of the party, the first in a series of speakers has been scheduled to talk later this month.

Lucille Sundberg, 98, will tell her stories at the Hayden Public Library at 2 p.m. April 25. She was almost 2 years old when her family moved to Hayden from Trinidad in a covered wagon and buggy. She and her siblings traveled about 10 miles by horseback through all weather conditions to get to school. She and her husband owned and operated Linde's Service Station in Hayden for 41 years.

"She has been here for many years," library staff member Cindy Leck said. "Her mind is still very good, and we wanted to lead off with her."

Hayden celebrated its March 13 centennial with fireworks, a custom-made postage cancellation stamp and a social, which 150 people attended. A group of Hayden students also re-enacted Hayden's first Town Board meeting, in which the board approved two liquor licenses and decided to build a jail.

The library is hoping to have at least one speaker a month throughout the year.

"(We are) trying to capture those people that have that 100-year history and talk about some of the old, old times," said Lorraine Johnson, chairwoman of the town's centennial committee.

The library is hoping to record the talks and make them available for checkout.

"Down the road, kids can hear their grandmothers and grandfathers talk," Johnson said.

Leck said the committee is seeking assistance in making the recordings.

The town has produced a video with some of Hayden's best-known residents. The Hayden Community Video was made in 2004 with the goal of producing a snapshot of the town's population that would help residents better understand town priorities and values. Johnson hopes the centennial talks will add to that.

"The older generation actually wanted to sit down and tell their stories, not just answer questions," Johnson said.

She also said some of the talks will be held during the day so elementary classes can attend.

"Hopefully it will spur more appreciation for history," Leck said.

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