Roland’s Memoirs

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Roland’s Memoirs .doc <– This version is in MS-Word .doc format, and about 280MB.

Roland’s Memoirs .pdf <– This version is the same content, but in .pdf format, and much smaller – about 2.5MB. The resolution of some images is scaled-down to reduce the file size.

You can also read the memoirs right here on the web. Click the links below or the the right side of the page. You can click on the pictures to see larger sizes, and leave comments if you wish.


16 thoughts on “Roland’s Memoirs

  1. Dear Mr. Ley,
    My father is Lew Wartman, brother of Dave and Dick, sister of Marie and son of Katherine and George Wartman. I had the pleasure of reading your memoirs and came away admiring you and your family. I immediately called dad (Lew) and shared with him some of your memories and he was ecstatic. (In fact, I sent Lew a link to your site- now if he can figure out how to use email we might be in business)! I may just print and send the hardcopy as I’m sure Dave and Dick will enjoy as well.

    Brief update: Dave (Carol), Dick (Polly), Lew (Mary Jo) and Marie (Dick) are as close as ever; in fact, they live in AZ during the winter months and get together quite often. During the summer months, Dave and Dick still live in Ashland and Lew in Milwaukee.

    Our family is planning to celebrate Lew’s 80th birthday this August. His health remains strong except for a slight bout of emphysema from the many years he smoked. Dave and Dick are also quite healthy.

    Thank you for giving me a glimpse into your past and sharing your memories.

    My best to you and your family.

    Dick Wartman (Lew and Mary Jo’s youngest of four)

  2. Dear Mr. Ley
    I am working on a project for school and it is about the creamery/kraft cheese plant. Is it posable for me to contact you through email for an interview?

    Please Consider

  3. Hi and greetings from Hungary!

    I found a movie about you on Youtube by accident. The accident happened as I was curious what the search would bring up as result on my own name. Soon after that I found this page too.

    I am now 29 years old, from Hungary. We share a name (except my second name is not Gerald but Engelbert), but I am unsure if we are actually related at all. My lineage on my father’s side comes from German speaking people, I myself am Hungarian (thus, sorry for typos and other mistakes).
    In any case, I thought I drop by on this website and wish you a nice and long life over there on the other continent.

    • Sorry it took so long to reply, but I do not look at my web site very often. My ancestors come from the Cologne area, Maychoss to be more specific. My wife and I were there to visit for first time in 2011. We were also in Budapest at end of Danube river cruise in 2009 or so. We love the countryside and everything else about Europe. Not likely to get back there again(we have been to Europe maybe 10 times) due to my neuropathy. Great to hear from you.

  4. Dick(Jr),
    Thanks so much for your comments. I am really late in responding to you. Sorry about that. Also sorry for not contacting your mom and dad out in AZ. Will try to do that this coming year. Our tel no. is 847-846-6318.

    • Hi Anne,
      How wonderful to hear from you. I have been a bit negligent in looking at my site. Are we related in any way? Where do you live? I have a new and interesting(I think) posting real soon.

      • Dear Mr. Ley,

        Sorry it took me so long to reply. I do not know if we are related. My husband’s name is McGill he is from southwestern Wisconsin. I am from Ashland, WI and my maiden name is Lamoreaux. My Dad was John B. Lamoreaux and worked at the Post Office in Ashland and my Mom was a teacher at Ondossagon. My Mom’s name is Patricia A.S. (Berg) Lamoreaux. I can’t wait to read your next post.

        I write a blog too, mine are essay’s mostly about growing up in Ashland, WI in the 60’s and 70’s. You can find my stories at this website, under Anne’s Corner.


        Anne E. Mcgill

      • Anne,
        My best friend from Watkins, Minnesota was Phil Weber and his 1st cousin was Lew Wartman from Ashland, Wisconsin. Lew’s Dad owned a funeral home in Ashland. His two older brothers were Dick and Dave Wartman.

  5. Hi Roland, my dad is Ralph Blair from Kimball. It was great reading your recollection of your basketball days in Kimball. My dad passed away in December 2015, but he always had very fond memories of his time in kimball and he always loved basketball!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hey fantastic blog! Does running a blog like this require
    a large amount of work? I have absolutely no understanding of computer programming but I was hoping to start my own blog
    in the near future. Anyway, should you have any suggestions or tips for new
    blog owners please share. I understand this is off subject but I just needed
    to ask. Appreciate it!

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