Your front-page story about Moses Simon and the Winona boathouse community brought back fond memories.

Moses Simon was of course named "Moses" because he was born on a river as the biblical Moses had been. Moses' future parents, Solomon and Jennie Simon, had asked me to let a midwife stay at my boathouse while she waited to assist Moses' delivery.

The Foss boathouse had been constructed on the Latsch Island swimming beach by my son, Andrew, and he had towed it to its present location near the downriver end of the lower Latsch Island several years before Moses' birth.

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The night of his expected birth, the midwife and I waited anxiously in the wee hours for word about baby Moses. Unfortunately, there had been complications and Jenny and Moses had to be taken by boat and then automobile to Winona General Hospital, where all turned out well.

Several months later, a baby shower for Moses was held in the Foss boathouse and all the Latsch Island neighbors took turns holding the first baby born into our boathouse community.

Fred Foss, Winona

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