RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
Love, Russ & Hazel Zakariason
The Zakarisons operated a successful nursery business in Minneapolis for many years before retiring to Mesa, Arizona. Hazel and Russ kept up contact with the Stadems of Plain View Farm right to the last, including themselves on the mailing list of the Stadem newsletter, the Samtaleren. Both have passed away recently. I myself never met Hazel and Russ, my cousins, but I knew of them, and my cousin Eloise Spilde Hefty kept up contact, visiting them whenever possible, in Arizona. In Minneapolis my Uncle Bill Svanoe often went to their nursery downtown to buy the most beautiful flowers and also purchased landscaping supplies there. They grew the most spectacular array of dahlias, which Uncle Bill bought to plant fully-grown in the beautiful grounds of his wealthy customers in his landscaping business. I saw them, and so can testify that Russ and Hazel each had a green thumb!