Oh, Hello there! My name is Fosse the Chicken!
How are you today?
GREAT! I am so glad to have this opportunity to visit with you! I have so much to share with you about myself and the history of this beautiful building that is now the home of Stone Mill Hotel & Suites.
I tell you, there is never a dull moment here, or in Lanesboro. And over the last 50 or so years I have gotten to know a lot about this area, The Lamon – Mortimer family that takes such good care of my home here at the Mill and all of the unique little nooks, crannies and people that make Lanesboro such a great place to live and visit!
Hum…. (Fosse takes a thoughtful pause….)
What, sorry … I was drifting off thinking about all the fine grain I am going to have for dinner…. Oh, you want me to tell you how I got to be here at the Mill. I remember it like it was only yesterday!
The first time I set eyes on Stone Mill (then it was SL Fosse: Dealer in Eggs and Poultry) it was a beautiful summer day. I was out in the coupe doing what chickens do best (pecking grain that is) and the next thing you know I was in a crate, on the back of an old 1930’s Ford truck. That wind from the ride ruffled my feathers terribly! Every feather literally out of place and then if that was not bad enough they took the crate inside and yanked me out and started to pluck out my tail feathers! I had had enough! I was not going to stand for such treatment. So, off the table I hopped and flapped and squawked until I could find a place to hide. After that I learned how to stay out of the way of you crazy humans! But I won’t hold that against you.
Anyway, time passed and they forgot about little oh me, and I learned to survive on crumbs dropped from the workers lunch pails and then when the building became grain storage some time in the 1950’s when the Hager’s became owners of the Mill, well, I tell you I was the happiest chicken this side of the Mississippi! I had all the grain that I could eat and there was so much of it, no one even realized that at night I would eat my fill. I had to have put on a few pounds during that time of plenty!
That’s the short of it! I just wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, and share with you that I Fosse the Chicken will be making a few public appearances on the Stone Mill Hotel & Suites blog. I will be telling you about events that come to town, like the one I just missed the Ibsen Festival, but we have a quite a few others so don’t you worry your pretty little head about that. I will share with you some of my explorations around the Mill and read those great Journals that folks write in sharing their favorite things they did here in Lanesboro and some of the great people that live and work in Lanesboro.
So, so long for now… there’s a grain truck passing by and if I hurry I might just be able to catch some extra BˑEˑAˑUˑTˑIˑFˑUˑL grain as an appetizer before dinner! I am a connaisseur of fine grains!